Hockey: Norwich holds 20th annual Allen Doyle Golf Classic, men’s MVP award named after late Jim Grip ‘71

President Schneider, Cam Ellsworth, Ronny Peters, Steve Bergholtz, Allen Doyle, Mike McShane at 2019 Doyle Golf Classic in Woodstock, Vt.

WOODSTOCK, Vt. – The Norwich University men's and women's hockey teams, in conjunction with the Norwich Hockey Blue Line Club, held the 20th annual Allen Doyle Golf Classic at the Woodstock Inn and Golf Club on Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12.

The annual event that serves as the primary fundraiser for the men's and women's hockey programs raised over $30,000 this year. Over 100 golfers participated in the event ranging from 1950s Norwich graduates all the way up to current players.

This year's 20th anniversary of the event was held in honor of hockey players from the Norwich class of 1971 that have passed away, including Jim Grip, Tripp Sutherland, Bill Reardon, Jane Heaps (wife of John) and Jane Tait (wife of Jim).

Jim Grip was Norwich's first-ever hockey All-American selection, earning the honor after his senior season. He scored 22 goals and had 30 assists for 52 points in 24 games played as senior. In just 66 career games played, Grip tallied 55 goals and 70 assists for 125 points, ranking him in the top 10 in program history for career points per game with 1.89. 

During the dinner portion of the event on Monday, the Norwich men's hockey team announced that its annual most valuable player award will be renamed in honor of Jim Grip '71 starting this season.

The Norwich men's ice hockey team begins its 2019-20 season on Saturday, Oct. 19 with an exhibition vs. Saint Anselm at 7 p.m. in Kreitzberg Arena. The regular season opener is slated for Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Univ. of New England.

The Norwich women's ice hockey team will play its first game under new head coach Sophie Leclerc '10 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Saint Anselm. The Cadets open the regular season on the road on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. vs. defending national champion Plattsburgh State.