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WVU Ice Hockey Team Plans on Heading to Nationals

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The WVU Ice Hockey Team practicing at the Morgantown Ice Arena for Nationals in March. The WVU Ice Hockey Team practicing at the Morgantown Ice Arena for Nationals in March.
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MORGANTOWN -

Now Morgantown isn't known for being a hockey town, but it does have a great hockey team. While the U.S. competed for a medal in Sochi, the WVU Ice Hockey Team is preparing to head to Baltimore for it's own title.

Hockey is notoriously an expensive sport to play. And as a club sport, the players don't receive scholarships or much help from the school.

"Just for a pair of skates it's $800, sticks are $200 a piece, you can go through five sticks a year easily. At least $2,000 a year in equipment," said Dylan Coffey, the Captain of the team. "Ice is really expensive depending on where you're playing. It's still $150 per hour and we're on the ice for at least three hours a week."

The team's coach believes that once they get to Nationals they'll be a contender for the title.

"We've played six of the top ten teams in the country this year. We've proven that we can go toe to toe with them. We haven't been real close record wise but we're close," said Paul Taibi, the head coach. "So, we feel that we're not going to embarrass ourselves, we're going to go out there and be competitive. And we have a chance."

Team members, like Coffey, said they'll pay whatever it takes out of their own pockets to make it to Nationals.

"We're planning on going, we're going to do everything we can because we've worked so hard all year to get there that we don't want to let something like that get in the way of being there," Coffey said. "We'll be there, we'll find a way to get there."

Hockey players and their families spend thousands of dollars every year to stay in the game. Taibi knows from experience that for everyone from beginners to Olympians, it's worth every cent.

"Ask anybody in this room, with the success we've had this year, they would do it all over again," said Taibi. "If you'd ask either of the two teams Canada and the U.S. If it's worth all of the time and money that they've spent, talk to their parents, they would say without a doubt."

If you want to help the WVU Ice Hockey Team make it to Nationals head over to the team website and don't forget to keep them in mind for next season.