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Senior Reflection: Men's Ice Hockey's Ryan McDougall

Senior Reflection: Men's Ice Hockey's Ryan McDougall

From the moment I stepped foot on Babson's campus in my senior year of high school, I knew this was where I wanted to call home for the next four years of my life. For me, growing up just 25 minutes away in Milton made this decision a little bit easier. Having the ability to have my family and friends support me throughout my journey at Babson meant the world to me.

Arriving on campus my freshman year and not knowing anything about being on my own was daunting at first, but my teammates were quick to jump in and help. I'll never forget on move-in day when more than half the team showed up just to say hi and said to reach out if I needed anything. That's just what the Babson hockey culture is.

Over my four years at Babson, I've had the opportunity to grow as a player but more importantly as a person. This is all a testament to my teammates and coaches I've had along the way. I've been fortunate enough to play with so many talented players who have all left their mark on Babson hockey in their own ways, but Babson hockey goes far beyond that. Babson hockey is a family, it's something bigger than you, it's holding yourself to the highest standard and most importantly it's about representing all the alumni who have paved the way for us.

Seeing the gym upstairs in the rink packed side to side with alumni on Friday and Saturday is a special feeling. It shows how much Babson hockey means to them. Watching alumni run into the locker room after a Saturday win is a whole different story. The excitement and enthusiasm they still have for this program is next level. Some of these alumni I never even played with in my four years, but you would think I had. That's just Babson hockey.

The countless memories I have been fortunate enough to make and be a part of while at Babson and as a part of Babson hockey is something I will be forever grateful for. From playing at Frozen Fenway my freshman year to traveling to Chicago and Wisconsin my junior year to being elected a captain my senior year, these are all memories I will be able to share with my best friends for the rest of my life.

To everyone I've been lucky enough to play with, I can't thank you enough for making Babson the best four years of my life. From my freshman year all the way to my senior year, it has been a blessing and an honor to play with you. More importantly, it has been a pleasure getting to know you as people and being able to call you my best friends.

Coach Rice, thank you for choosing me and making this journey a special one. Rick Burr, thank you for always keeping me healthy and able to keep playing the game I've fallen in love with over the last 20 years of my life. Coach St. Cyr, thank you for always pushing everyone to be their best. Thank you to Mr. Lynch, the rink staff, athletics department, faculty, staff, and everyone else who made these past four years possible.

To anyone thinking about choosing Babson as your home for your next four years, say yes. You won't regret it. The people you meet along the way and the friendships you form will last a lifetime.