Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

HFC Roller Hockey Club finishes second in the nation

Group photo of HFC Roller Hockey Club
Standing (from left to right): Head Coach Rick Fenwick, Eric Holgate, Mike Gasior, Josh Dyl, Dominic Stankiewicz, Asst. Coach Joe Gallo. Kneeling (from left to right): Griffin Young, Joe Cahalan, Chris Greco.

The HFC roller hockey club competed in the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) National Championship April 12-14 in Rochester, NY. The Hawks made it to the championship game, losing to St. Louis Community College (STLCC) 6-2.

“We had a really good run. We made it to the championship game and lost to STLCC,” said Rick Fenwick, HFC roller hockey coach who also served as an adjunct psychology professor at the College.

An impressive record in a short time

The club is in its second season. Fenwick, who played hockey for 20 years, coached both seasons. This is his first time out coaching a team at the college level.

“We just finished our second season. Last year, in our first season, we made it to the Final Four and lost. This year, we made it to the National Championship. That’s pretty good for two years,” said Fenwick.

Forward Dominic Stankiewicz, of Dearborn Heights, made All-Conference both this season and last year. He led the entire Junior College Division (JCD) in assists, while teammate Eric Holgate led the entire JCD in goals scored this season.

Coming together in a “cool way”

“The team came together in a cool way,” said Fenwick. “I talk about my hockey days in my classes, applying it to my psychology background. One of my students was Dominic. He approached me, telling me he wanted to put a hockey team together and needed a coach. I thought about it for a few weeks and met with HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor. She interviewed me for the coaching position and hired me – that’s how it all happened. Pretty crazy, isn’t it? It was just good fortune.”

Visit the Roller Hockey Club at HenryFordHawks.com.