Gold Eagle Hockey Team Starts Season

Story Number: NNS090416-13Release Date: 4/16/2009 1:49:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Shen, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) "Gold Eagle" hockey team played their first game against the Hampton Roads
"Kingpins" April 2, at the Chilled Pond Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake, Va.

This is the first time that a hockey team sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) has been assembled aboard the carrier. The "Gold Eagle" hockey team is part of the Chilled Pond's Adult B League, with 20 scheduled total games this season.

"When I first checked aboard, I noticed we had a supply of hockey gear available to us, and I found out that a chief who was here previously had tried to start a team," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW) Brian King, MWR. "So, with the help of 'fun boss' Erin Saluta, we decided to send out an e-mail asking for people to sign up."

Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter was also on the ice for the season opener. Carter, who played college-level hockey for the United States Naval Academy, expressed his enjoyment and interest in continuing to play with the team whenever his schedule will allow. Currently, the team has 12 players and is looking for more participants.

"It is really exciting to have the CO [commanding officer] out there with us," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Luke Kosten, team captain. "I really hope more people from the command will get involved with future events."

After a tight game, the final score was 8 to 6, in the Kingpins' favor. Although the "Gold Eagle" team didn't win their first game, the spirits and attitudes of the players could not have been higher.

"The best thing about tonight's game was that we all came from different skill levels, and everyone got a chance to play," said Carter. "It was actually the first time that many of us got to play together as a team. We had a slow start, but we came back very strong at the end."

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