With Arizona State in Town, Cornell Sounds Off on Expansion of Hockey to Warmer Climates

The Cornell Daily Sun

It wouldn’t be hard to imagine if Southern California native Alec McCrea has a hard time relating to his teammates. While many of them once flocked to Tim Hortons for an after-school treat, he elected for In-N-Out. There were no such thing as ski weekends but a year-long surf season. Bundling up meant the thermometer was nearing 60 degrees — not sub-freezing temperatures.But for one of the few times in his life, the Cornell men’s hockey senior defenseman will share an uncommon bond with the other skaters on the ice when Arizona State arrives in Ithaca for a two-game series this weekend: He and many of the Sun Devils know what it’s like to play in places where ponds don’t freeze over in the winter.“It’s really cool,” an enthused McCrea said of playing a team from near home, one which even boasts several players native to the Southwest. “I hear rumors of more programs like Arizona State coming to play D-I hockey. I know there are some club teams in California.”Born in Atlanta, sophomore forward Cam Donaldson also has a non-traditional path to college hockey. The Pittsboro, North Carolina, native is one of five Cornell players not from Canada, the Midwest or the northeast. In addition to McCrea and Donaldson, the Red has one player each from Russia, China and Colorado.Not only will this weekend pit two top-20 teams against one another in a series that could have NCAA Tournament implications, but it …

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