Quinnipiac and Connecticut Men's Ice Hockey Teams Establish 'Heroes Hat'

The award, formed in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, will go to the winner of the annual season series

Feb. 27, 2002

In honor of the many heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, head men's ice hockey coaches Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac) and Bruce Marshall (UConn) have announced that the winner of their 2001-2002 season series, and all annual series from here on out, will be awarded the "Heroes Hat".

The two Universities hope that the establishment of the "Heroes Hat" will not only strengthen the rivalry on the ice between the two schools. More importantly, though, they hope that it will evoke a sense of pride and honor for all of those who sacrificed their lives on Sept. 11, with every stride, shot and save.

Both Quinnipiac and UConn have won one game during the 2001-02 season series. The winner of the March 1 contest at the Northford Ice Pavilion will win the season series and will display the "Heroes Hat" in their locker room until a winner is named after 2002-2003 season.

The "Heroes Hat" will be presented to the winning team by Mrs. Lori Mascali and her daughter Katie, who lost their husband and father, Joseph, while he was attempting to save lives on September 11. Joseph was also the father of Quinnipiac freshman golfer, Chris Mascali and senior Jennifer Mascali.

The UConn Hockey Family also was touched personally in the wake of the September 11 terrorists' attacks. Former Husky letterwinner Matt Jarret's (1996-2000) older sister Amy, 28, was a member of the United Flight Crew 175 that struck the second tower of the World Trade Center.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt and his family during this tough time. Matt was presented with an American Flag in honor of Amy by UConn's 2001-02 captain Mike Boylan before the Iona game on October 19.

Also attending the "Heroes Hat" ceremonies will be firefighters from FDNY's Rescue Company 5 in Staten Island, NY.

The "Heroes Hat" has been donated by Rescue Company 5, and will have Joseph Mascali's badge and company number displayed on it.

"It is our hope that the "Heroes Hat" be a Connecticut sports tribute to the many heroes and their families involved in the September 11th tragedy," said Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold.

Local rivalries are an integral part of college hockey, and several other Division I programs have established annual rewards for the winner of the season series. Among the more notable include the Alumni Cup, awarded to the winner of the season series between UMass-Amherst and UMass-Lowell, and the Gold Pan, awarded to the winner of the season series between the University of Denver and Colorado College.

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. Following the game, there will be a brief presentation to the winning coach and captains, where they will receive the first annual "Heroes Hat."