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The University of Mississippi’s club ice hockey team has racked up plenty of wins over the years and hopes to increase its fan base. written by Melanie Crownover

photographed by Joe Worthem

Three invitations to the national playoffs. A trip to the regional competition five out of the past six years they’ve played. Conference runners-up for the 2016-17 season. The University of Mississippi hockey team has garnered no shortage of accomplishments since they first hit the ice in 2009, but their level of recognition is still lagging. “There are so many people around here who don’t even know we have a hockey team,” team president Tommy Diver said. “I found out about the team because my brother came here to play a couple of years before me, and he only found out from something he saw on social media. We’d been playing since we were kids up in Nashville.” Finding high-quality players like the left wing position Diver brothers to man the team is an obsession for coach Dan Armstrong, but it’s not as challenging as it sounds. The New

The University of Mississippi’s club hockey team plays Mississippi State University’s team last January at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo in the Frozen Egg Bowl. The teams are part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. December 2017 / January 2018 | INVITATION

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