SHU Hockey Team visits Bishop Caggiano

BRIDGEPORT—Members of the Sacred Heart University hockey team and coaches dropped in on Bishop Frank J. Caggiano yesterday to present him with a hockey jersey.

The Bishop thanked the players and coaches, said the was proud of the team and took the opportunity to pray with them before the picture taking ceremony.

Among the group Zakarai Schneider, 16, of Bethany, who joined the Pioneer men on the ice a few weeks ago and has become a team member. Zakarai, who had Downs Syndrome and plays with the Southern Connecticut Storm Special Hockey program, signed a letter of intent, becoming the first youngster formally connected to a Sacred Heart team through Team Impact, a national non-profit effort to connect chronically ill and challenged young people with college teams.

The Pioneers, tied for third in Atlantic Hockey’s preseason coaches poll after reaching the league quarterfinals last year after a strong second half, are enjoying another strong season. They play their home games at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Their next home games are set for January 17-18 in Bridgeport against the Golden Griffins of Canisius.

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