Hockey Program To Be Known As Defenders
- Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2019
- Updated Thursday, August 29, 2019
(Wednesday, August 27; Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt University has announced the Dordt hockey team will transition from the nickname Blades to Defenders for the 2019-20 season.
“Sharing the Defender name will aid the hockey program and allow it to more closely identify with the university’s athletic programs,” said Ross Douma, Dordt’s athletic director. “The hockey program shares the vision of our department and it is only natural it shares our mascot and nickname.”
The hockey program celebrated 50 years of existence during the 2018-19 school year. It has seen many transitions, initially playing outdoors in Sioux Center as the Sioux Center Blades. The team was a completely student run organization playing in Sioux City, Iowa and Luverne, Minnesota as the Dordt Blades. In 2001 the Blades moved all of its practices and home contests to the then newly constructed All Seasons Center and Vernon Arena in Sioux Center. The Defenders will be coached again this season by Nate van Niejenhuis who also played hockey for Dordt.
“The parallel transition from Blades to Defenders and college to university signifies a collective desire to move forward with sureness, stability and conviction while honoring the past,” said van Niejenhuis. “This transition is consistent with the direction of the institution, the athletic program, and the hockey program,” said van Niejenhuis.
The first-ever Defender hockey season will open at home against Missouri on Friday, October 18. Dordt will continue to be a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III (ACHA).