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KAWARTHA LAKES: Over the past few seasons, many of the Lindsay Muskies have continued on in their hockey and academic careers, after their time with the Fish. It has not been often though that two players who were teammates in Lindsay went on to play together at the NCAA Division 3 level, but that is exactly what happened to Pickering native Joey Vocino and Lindsay’s Stuart Fierheller, as the pair both wound up continuing their education and hockey careers, at SUNY (State University New York) in Canton, New York. Both are doing well with their hockey, and excelling in their educational endeavors, as I found out during interviews with each of them recently.
Fierheller played with the Muskies over a period of five years, from 2011 to 2016, and a further 28 games with the Brockville Braves, at the tail end of the 2016 season. During his time with the Muskies, he was easily the most involved in community events that went on in local schools, with Boys and Girls Club, and other events in general. Although this season, his second at SUNY Canton, was shortened slightly by an injury at the end. He has played 26 games with the Kangaroos over the past two years. The school hockey season is a short one, with 25 games packed in between Oct 28th 2017, and Feb 11th 2018.
“Hockey is going well. The team is taking steps to break school records every year. The season is short and taxing with 26 games and practice almost every day,” said Fierheller.
While he is having fun with the hockey, the schooling is also going very well.
“I’m currently in the business administration program and will be moving into a management program next year. Last year I was highest GPA in my program and an all American academic”, Fierheller wrote via email. “My future plans include getting my full degree, with possibilities of several minors in accounting, finance or economics”.
When asked about his hockey future, Stuart said he would just like to continue playing the game for as long as he possibly can, wherever that may be.
Vocino played two full seasons with the Muskies in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The 23 year old went to the Roos a year earlier than Fierheller, and has just completed his third and final season there.
In describing his time playing hockey in Canton, he said the team has enjoyed several huge victories over nationally ranked opponents and he has worked hard to gain the trust of his coaches and teammates to earn a larger role on the team.
“When my Sophomore year concluded, I was recognized as the Most Improved Player. Now, as my third year on the team comes to a close, I am definitely a much more confident player at both ends of the ice”.
Also this year he became the Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committees goal was to help bring awareness to different events, such as the school’s Special Olympics.
Vocino’s achievements in the classroom have been impressive as well.
“I am currently in my final semester at SUNY Canton. Over the past three years I have been able to find academic success, which has given me the opportunity to graduate a year early. During my three years, I held the highest GPA in my program each academic year, as well, I was named to the Non-USCAA All-Academic Team each season. I was also honoured, at the end of my Sophomore year, as a SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipient, which recognizes my success both in the classroom and on the ice. This May 2018, I will be graduating SUNY Canton with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology”.
When asked what his future may hold, he was quick to say that his line of work will eventually be in the field of education.
“I am currently applying to a concurrent Bachelor of Education and Master’s Program. As for hockey, I am not sure where my skates will take me, but I am definitely not closing the door on my hockey career just yet”!
All of us, with the Lindsay Muskies organization, are proud to see our guys move on successfully, and it was a real pleasure to catch up with these guys and we wish them both continued success.
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