Post #4

IN THIS POST…

  • The Passing of Wayne Dean and Rick Schwartz
  • Ivy League Officially Cancels Winter Sports

The Passing of Wayne Dean and Rick Schwartz

The Yale women’s hockey program was rocked with the sudden passing of two of the programs’ biggest supporters this week. Word came Monday that long-time former Deputy Athletic Director Wayne Dean, who oversaw the women’s and men’s hockey programs, passed away last weekend from a heart attack. He had just retired from Yale in July. He was affectionately known as ‘Deaner’ and synonymous with the Yale hockey programs for over 30 years. Although our staff only had a short time with Wayne as our administrator, his passion for Yale hockey and willingness to help our players in any way possible will be sorely missed. You can read Yale’s official statement HERE.

The news on Tuesday didn’t get any better as we learned that Rick Schwartz, father of former Yale women’s hockey alum Mandi Schwartz, also passed away of a heart attack earlier this week while at home. Rick loved the game and seeing his kids thrive in the sport. Mandi played parts of three seasons for the Bulldogs from 2008-2011 and eventually passed away due to acute myeloid leukemia in April of 2011. After Mandi’s death, Rick and his wife Carol became heavily involved with cancer research and the Mandi Schwartz Foundation helping find bone marrow matches through drives held on campus each Spring at Yale and in Canada. I last had the chance to see Rick in December at the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK where Mandi attended. He was so proud to show me old photos of Mandi up on the walls of the rink. Also proud to show off his newly received Stanley Cup ring from the St. Louis Blues. His youngest son Jaden plays for the Blues. You can read more about Rick and the Schwartz family HERE.

Our sympathies go out to the Dean and Schwartz family’s during this difficult time.

Ivy League Officially Cancels Winter Sports…

Thursday evening the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced:

  • The cancelation of the winter sports season
  • Fall sports will not compete in the ’21 Spring semester
  • Spring sport competition will be postponed until at least the end of February 2021

Yale Athletic Director Vicky Chun and Yale University President Peter Salovey broke the news to all winter athletes and coaches in a Zoom call. Sighting its commitment to the health and safety for all student-athletes as well as the greater campus and local community, the Ivy League Council of Presidents needed to take this action.

Teams will still be able to practice and train in accordance with each institutions health and safety protocols as well as local authority guidelines. This decision does not change much for our program as most of our players were not enrolled this season. No timetable has been given for a decision on a return for Fall or Winter sports for the 21-22 season.

You can read the Ivy League’s official announcement HERE.

Until next time….

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