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Ice Hockey stars mean business after most successful season yet

Tuesday 8 May 2018

SIX international business scholars have helped put Manchester on the map for ice hockey.

Manchester Storm Stars Michael Clemente, Luke Moffatt, Gerard Hanson, Dallas Ehrhardt, Matthew Beca and Dane Byers guided the blossoming team to second in the Elite Ice Hockey League and a cup triumph, all while studying at the University of Salford.

Four of the students will be soon finishing their MBAs in Sports Business, with the other two completing an MSc in International Business.

Real world

Canadian, Matt Beca said: “It was a good season for Storm and a good year at the University of Salford. We had a really good group of guys and we had a lot of fun out there and I think it showed in our play.

“I’ve been able to learn real world, practical skills and I’m feeling more comfortable about transitioning out of hockey, into the real world.” 

Luke Moffat, from Arizona, said: “The year at Salford Business School has been a lot of hard work and some long hours but it’s all worth it, to get through one year and get the MBA and learn a lot of knowledge for our future.”

After his second year with Manchester Storm, net minder, Michael Clemente, from Washington DC, said: “Not many people were expecting for us to as well as we did and it’s been a great year at the University of Salford.

“The scholarship has been great to get the brain going and I feel I’m ready to the join the working world.”

Luke Moffat and Dallas Ehrhardt, who has been representing Great Britain at the World Championships, have both signed new contracts with Manchester Storm. 

Balance school and sport

Ryan Finnerty, Manager of Manchester Storm, thanked the University in his end of season notes. He said: “The partnership between the Storm and the University has been excellent for both my players on and off the ice.”  

Salford Business School has been very accommodating to the player’s professional schedule, which allows them a chance to balance school and sport. We are lucky to have the University on board and we look to continue our involvement for years to come.”

Professor David Spicer, Dean of the University of Salford Business School, said:  “It has been great to have the six players with us this year, they have made a great contribution to the university as well as to Manchester Storm. Salford has a growing reputation in the sports business world and this is evidence of that.”

“Salford prides itself on the relevance and applicability of our programs and we aim to teach the type of skills that are in demand to prepare people for life as an executive and are confident the players go onto to do great things.”

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Harrison Taylor

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