The hockey program at the Naval Academy, which hosts its annual Crab Pot tournament this weekend, is doing quite well, thank you, despite its distance from the cold beds of the college sport.
"We're making tremendous progress," said Coach Steve Gordon, a former player at Northeastern University in Boston. The Mids, who are 6-2 this year, are still officially a club team, although, accordin to Gordon, the players now are receiving "some of the privileges of varsity athletes such as being presented varsity letters."
The Crab Pot, named by Gordon in emulation of the Bean Pot event that is a mainstay of Boston college hockey each year, will pit club teams from the University of Delaware (9-5-1), Ramapo, N.J., (6-6), and St. John's (6-2-1), N.Y., along with the host team.
Delaware will play Ramapo at noon today, with Navy meeting St. John's at 4 p.m. The consolation game will be played at noon Sunday, followed by the 4 p.m. title contest.All games will be contested at Dahlgren Rink on the academy grounds in Annapolis.
The Mids are led by a freshman from Ithaca, N.Y., John Knight. He has scored 15 goals while playing in only six of the team's eight games. Ted Carter, a Rhode Islander, has 11 goals.