The Old Salts
The puck drops, and the game is on. The hard rubber disc, like ice when frozen, can be a deadly projectile when shot too hard amongst the sticks on the ice.
Several Sailors assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are currently making a name for themselves, because of their skill and finesse with a hockey puck. They're known as 'The Old Salts' and as one of the few afloat commands in the Fleet to competitively play in a ice hockey league.
The 'Old Salts' are the first command hockey team in more than ten years for Nimitz, nicknamed for the ship being the original and oldest Nimitz-class carrier. The decade between teams made building a team from scratch difficult for Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Andrew Claveau and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Garrett Strachan, who are 'The Old Salts' team captains. They had to gain enough support and interest from the command to be able to get it started.
"It can be hard keeping a team going on a ship when players are constantly being cycled in and out," said Claveau. "You have people of all different skills being mixed in and still the same focus towards winning the game and staying unified as a team has to be maintained."