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  • Congratulating the Providence College Men’s Ice Hockey Team for Winning the 2015 Ncaa Division I National Championship

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2015-04-20

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    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I am very pleased and also very proud to follow the senior Senator and my colleague and to join Senator Reed in congratulating our Providence College men's ice hockey team on winning its first-ever national championship. The Friars edged out Boston University 4 to 3 a week ago Saturday night in PC's first trip to the Frozen Four in 30 years. The BU-PC event was a southern New England showdown that brought more than 18,000 hockey fans to Boston's TD Garden. Playing so close to home, PC had plenty of support from the stands. They also had a little bit of good luck, but it was more than luck that put Providence College over the top.

    Those kids played their hearts out, and forward Brandon Tanev's go- ahead score in the third period to seal the win was no fluke. The Friars earned that victory, and Rhode Islanders couldn't be more proud of them.

    Head coach Nate Leaman said that when it gets to be that late in the season and when there is that kind of championship pressure, ``You win,'' he said, ``with guys that are gritty. . . . '' Well, Senator Reed and I are excited to join Providence College president Father Brian Shanley and the entire PC community in celebrating this historic win. Congratulations to Coach Leaman and his staff, to goalie Jon Gillies, who was named Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player, and to all the PC players who fought so hard all season to this wonderful result.

    As junior forward Noel Acciari, a native of Johnston, RI, put it, ``We might be a small State, but we're hard workers.'' Well done, Friars. You are, indeed, hard workers and your hard work paid off.

    I yield the floor.

    Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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