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Snell, Michael '83 - Hockey

During his year at Ridley, Michael made a big impression on the First Football and First Hockey teams—his talent and passion for the game of hockey particularly apparent. He earned a scholarship and went on to captain the varsity team at Oswego State University in New York, where Michael set the record for most goals scored in a single season; it's a record that still holds at 51.

Michael currently ranks third on the Oswego Men’s Ice Hockey All-time Scoring List with 137 goals, 126 assists and 263 points in 131 games. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise he was inducted into Oswego State’s Hall of Fame in 1992. After graduation, he attended
NHL camps for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Philadelphia Flyers, and then spent two years playing professional hockey in Germany.

But despite his individual victories, Michael is confident that real success only comes with strong teamwork; his greatest lesson learned through sport is the importance of being a team player. "This belief," he imparts, “has served me throughout the years in all aspects of my career, as well as in my personal life.”
“When you are a part of a team, it’s not about the name on the back of the jersey—it’s about the logo on the front of the jersey.” 
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