Congrats to fellow Colorado College hockey alums Brett Sterling and Brian Connelly on winning the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga Championship. It was the second consecutive championship for Sterling and the first for Connelly with EC Red Bull Salzburg. Salzburg defeated Orli Znojmo 4 games to 2 in the best of 7 series.
Another one of our former teams, the HC Bolzano Foxes begin their quest for a second Erste Bank Eishockey Liga title when they host the Liwest Black Wings Linz in the first round of the playoffs. After a dominant performance in the regular season, where they finished in second place, Linz fell to 5th place after the pick round. The Foxes look to avenge last season's first round game 7 loss to Linz.
After finishing third in the EBEL regular season, the Vienna Capitals will host seventh place Villach (VSV) in their first round playoff matchup. The Capitals will look to avenge their 2014 first round playoff loss to VSV, who upset the Capitals 4 games to 1. Game 1 is available online at www.servustv.com.
We've been fortunate enough to have many former teammates and good friends play professional hockey. As most people know the career of a professional athlete is terminal and the majority of us have to embark on our second careers once our playing days are over. Our former classmate and captain at Colorado College, Lee Sweatt enjoyed a 5 year pro career spanning the NHL, KHL, SM Liga, AHL and the EBEL. Lee was kind enough to take some time out of his schedule to talk about his time at CC, pro hockey and what he is up to now.