Sunday, March 1, 2009

Former Sooners get their hockey fix elsewhere

When Sooner football players graduate, some go to the NFL, but for others, they never put on the pads again. Sooner hockey players, like Matt Pangrac have the opportunity to continue playing hockey right here in Oklahoma.

Pangrac graduated from OU last spring, and was one of 4 seniors on the Sooners hockey club. Upon graduation Pangrac has landed a job in the Norman area, and now remains in south-central Oklahoma year-round.

Pangrac is one of many former OU hockey players who now play in the Oklahoma City adult hockey league.

"I play because I still love the game," Pangrac said. "There are a lot of guys on the team that used to play for OU, so we have a good group of former Sooners on the ice together."

League manager Larry Donavan is also the General Manager of the OU hockey program, and said he tries to help the former OU players get situated on the same teams.

Donavan said the summer adult session will involve even more former Sooners, as many come to live in the Oklahoma city metro area for the summer months.

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