Friday, July 20, 2007

Hockey in Israel—Who Knew?

Updating an earlier post on the World Jewish Hockey Championships, BU sophomore forward Zack Cohen is bringing home a gold medal and a bunch of unforgettable experiences from his summer trip to Israel. Cohen scored 4 goals and 4 assists in games for Team USA in the tournament just completed in Metullah. The largely-collegian USA team, backstopped by former Harvard goalie Dov Grummet-Morris, beat Israel in the championship game, 2-1, after winning all three preliminary games. Canada took the bronze, beating France, 4-1.

Cohen, who skated on a line with UMass forward Matt Burto and Middlebury’s Scott Bartlett, visited Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with his teammates and caught up with Grummet-Morris’ brother, an Israeli soldier. Metullah, where the Canada Center is located, is so close to the Lebanese border that Cohen could see a Hezbollah camp from the hotel swimming pool.

The U.S. team included several sets of brothers and even a father-son combo. USHR reports that 50-year-old Caleb Koeppel, who once played for Trinity College, and Caleb’s son, Max, a club player at Syracuse University, made a unique a family affair. also reported on the tournament as did the Israeli dailies.

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