Freshman defends the net

The club introduces a lot of first-year players this year, including Doug Connor ‘23, the goalie for the first two games of the season. Originating from Pound Ridge, NY, Connor brings a lot of experience and skills with him to Elon.

Up until his junior year in high school, Connor played for club teams in the Bedford area, but during his senior year, he moved away from home to play hockey at a higher level. During his gap year, he played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) league. He was then traded to the Vancouver Island Victoria Grizzles in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). This was followed by another trade to the Atlanta TPH Thunder.

“Before coming to Elon, [hockey] was a really big part of my life,” Connor said. “The culture, the sport has really shaped my personality. It shaped my morals and my values, so I owe a lot to the sport.” 

Connor, who is one of four players on the team from New York, decided to journey south to attend Elon because of its esteemed academics. 

“I chose to come to Elon because of the really good education,” he said. “Everyone I trusted when it comes to college told me that I’d really love it here, that you learn a lot and grow a lot as a person, and it’s also a lot of fun.”

While there’s no doubt that Connor will help the club this year, the Phoenix began their season with a rough start, falling to the Christopher Newport University Captains, who won 4–1 on Friday Sept. 20 and 6–5 in overtime on Saturday Sept. 21. 

Connor said he plans to work on his consistency and play at his best every time he’s on the ice. 

“[My biggest strengths] were coming up in big moments for the team,” he said, “and just being back there all the time and being someone hopefully the team can rely on consistently.”

Looking into the future, Connor is excited to get to know all the guys and girls on the team.

“I’m still a freshman, so I’d love to get to know everyone on the team as much as possible to just really create bonds with them so that how ever many years moving forward, we just have really good chemistry and get along,” he said.

Photos by Beth Costello.