HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will embark on a trip to Europe for additional practice time and competition against quality opponents in one month. The 10-day endeavor from August 13-23 will benefit a host of returning Bobcats as the team nears the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
In lieu of the much anticipated 2014 Europe Trip for the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team, staff, friends and fans, the 11-day (Aug. 13-23) travel itinerary from Eurosportours has been announced. The Bobcats will be residing in Italy for the entire 11-day stay with two games scheduled against the Swiss National Team and a Zurich Pro Team with Swiss National Team players. Among the many day trip highlights includes sight-seeing of Lake Como, Bellagio, Zurich, Venice and three days spent in Rome.
College ice hockey teams are allowed to participate in preseason international trips every four years and head coach Rick Seeley said the trip is a great opportunity to build team chemistry among his group of 19 returners from the 2013-14 squad that set the single-season program record with a 22-6-9 record to end the season, advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and was nationally ranked for 22 straight weeks.
"We are thrilled and excited to be part of a special opportunity to travel abroad this summer," Seeley said. "This trip represents an opportunity to grow together as a team and to really experience and observe a part of the world that we might not otherwise be able to. We are so thankful for this wonderful opportunity to enhance the academic experience at Quinnipiac."
Women's Ice Hockey Europe Trip Itinerary (Game Dates and Venues Subject to Change)
Day 1 (Wed, Aug. 13): Plane from New York arrives in Milan with a bus ride to Como and check-in at the Suisse Metropole Hotel. After touring around Como, the team and travel party will gather for a welcoming dinner overlooking Lake Como.
Day 2 (Thurs, Aug. 14): Morning boat departure for a full day in Bellagio with an opportunity to see Como's glamorous Villas. Travel party will have an opportunity to tour Bellagio as well as surrounding beaches.
Day 3 (Fri, Aug. 15): Free day to enjoy Como or take an optional day trip.
Day 4 (Sat, Aug. 16): Morning bus departure to Lucerne, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lake venues, where the travel party will spend the majority of the day sight-seeing and exploring the city. The Bobcats will then depart in the early afternoon for Bienne and a 5:00 pm exhibition game against the Swiss National Team. Following a postgame meal for players and staff, the travel party will return to Como.
Day 5 (Sun, Aug. 17): After lunch in Como, the travel party will depart for one of Switzerland's most diverse and glamorous cities in Zurich. Everyone will have free time to explore the city and sight-see before playing their second game of the trip against a Zurich Pro Team with Swiss National Team players. Postgame dinner with players and staff from the opposing team will follow before the travel party leaves for Como.
Day 6 (Mon, Aug. 18): A full day of sight-seeing in Milano will follow as the Bobcats and travel party will take in a wide array including 'Il Duomo' (Cathedral), the world renowned shopping district Via Montenapoleone and Castello Sforzesco. An afternoon departure for Bassano Del Grappa will follow as the travel party will check into the Belvedere Hotel and walk to dinner at the 'Roman Wall' restaurant.
Day 7 (Tues, Aug. 19): The long-awaited morning departure for Venice via train will highlight the day for the Bobcats' travel party. Eurosportours will offer a guided tour of Piazza San Marco and Ponte Rialto before spending the rest of the day sight-seeing in one of the world's most amazing cities on water.
Day 8 (Wed, Aug. 20): A morning check-out will kick start the seven-hour journey to Rome where the travel party will remain for the duration of the trip. The travel group will check into the Massimo D'Azeglio Hotel and have a free evening to take in the ancient and remarkable city.
Day 9 (Thurs, Aug. 21): Morning departure for walking tour of Rome finishing at the Colosseum. From there, the travel party will have the opportunity to visit the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, Vaticano, Trevor Fountain, The Ruins and many more of Rome's distinguished landmark sites.
Day 10 (Fri, Aug. 22): The final full day in Europe will be an entire day in Rome with options to sight-see at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Closing dinner for all members of travel party will be held at an ancient Roman restaurant.
Day 11 (Sat, Aug. 23): Early morning checkout at hotel and departure for Rome Fiumincino Airport with arrival back in New York expected around 5:00 pm (ET).
Fans interested in checking in with the Bobcats during the trip can visit the official website of Quinnipiac Athletes, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Quinnipiac University Sports Information will provide photos of the team's experiences both on-ice and off throughout the week.
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