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Chase-ing The Dream: Blogging From The Pros

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April 5, 2011

Following the conclusion of the 2010-11 hockey season, UMass senior forward Chase Langeraap signed with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Chase will be sharing his story with fans through his blog giving you a unique look as he begins his pro career.

Chase was interning in the Media Relations Office when he received the call from the Stingrays. In his second blog entry, Chase talks about some recent meet-and-greets with fans, talking to some elementary school students and getting ready for the playoffs.

Chase's Second Blog Entry: April 3-April 9
Hi UMass Fans! Hope you all are doing well getting ready for some good Spring weather! Last week was a tough week for the Stingrays as we fell short twice to the Greenville Warriors, our division leader.

Last week we did some community service events and met with some of our fans. That's a big initiative with both the team and the league.

I had the chance to get up close and personal with our fans on Saturday afternoon when we had a team outing held by the booster club and the season ticket holders. We went bowling for the afternoon but it was more for the people who work hard behind the scenes to raise money and and make the fan base as strong as it is.

Sunday's game was fan appreciation night, so players stayed after the game to skate with fans and do signatures. It was very interesting to see how many fans there knew all the players by name including myself.

On Monday I was privileged enough to be one of two players to visit an elementary school to talk about my journey in hockey as well as in school. The group consisted of 12 students ranging from grades one to five.

These students were the winners of a program where if they read three books and completed three book reports in a period of time they won an ice cream party and a visit from a couple Stingrays. It was fun to talk with the children and answer the questions they had.


 

 

Monday night we left Charleston at 11 pm to head to Fort Myers, Florida, the home of the Florida Everblades. We arrived at 9:30 am on Tuesday morning and went straight to the rink for practice that day. We were there for three games: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. We came away with two wins and a loss to leave us in fifth place going into playoffs. Our first round of playoffs will begin Tuesday at home versus the Wheeling Nailers.

 


March 28, 2011

Following the conclusion of the 2010-11 hockey season, UMass senior forward Chase Langeraap signed with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Chase will be sharing his story with fans through his blog giving you a unique look as he begins his pro career.

Chase was interning in the Media Relations Office when he received the call from the Stingrays. In his first entry, Chase talks about his first experiences with the team and what his day-to-day life is like in Charleston.

Chase's First Blog Entry: March 16-26
First of all, hello to all the UMass fans out there and thank you for all of your support during my career and throughout the season.

I started out my journey by flying to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the Stingrays would play the next evening. I was nervous to meet the coach and teammates, but they were all welcoming and helpful in getting me acquainted and ready for my first game.

We won the game at Kalamazoo 5-1 as well as our next game against Toledo, where I scored my first pro hockey goal.

We traveled to our next opponent after the Toledo game which took a toll on my rest but I did the best I could to get some sleep. The third and final game of the road trip was against Wheeling in West Virginia. We came up short losing 4-1. After the game we had a quiet 12 hour bus ride home.

The bus is equipped with 24 single bunks which were actually quit comfortable so I got some good rest. When we got to South Carolina it was 80 degrees and sunny out at 9 am.

When I got to South Carolina I was put in a three bedroom apartment suite with two teammates. The apartment is nice; well kept in a nice area. Behind my building is a large pond surrounded by palm trees and a big sign that says beware of gators. Not exactly comforting but it looks nice.

One of my roommates is a first year player for the Stingrays, Jordan Pietrus, from northern Ontario, who graduated from Brown last year. The other is Dustin Stevenson, a young player straight out of juniors from Saskatchewan, Canada.

So far my everyday schedule is pretty light. We practice every morning at 10 am and are usually out by 12 pm so the rest of the day is for us to enjoy. If I do not have anything to take care of that day after I workout, I can be found lounging next to the pool or at the beach enjoying the 85 degree weather. Just thought I would rub it in.

I thought that cooking dinners might be problem without my girlfriend Ashley who cooked my meals and took care of me while I was at school, but I have been getting by with good meals that my roommates and I prepare together every evening like a family.

That's just a quick update for now; be sure to check back often as I try to keep all of you great fans up-to-date. Thanks again for all your support and GO UMASS!

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