Benjamin Greiner and Andrew Silard

Championship Week - Behind the Scenes

With no opportunity to waste and only 24 hours in a day, Benjamin Greiner ’18 and Andrew Silard ’18 make the most of it. The Hobart hockey teammates took the competition off the ice this spring as finalists in the Stu Lieblein ’90 Pitch Contest— once again proving that HWS student-athletes constantly strive beyond practice and game-time. This is how things get done on the clock as teammates and classmates fit Pitch preparation in between hockey practice and meetings for the HWS Finance Club, which Silard founded.

Andrew Silard

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.

Stern Hall

Silard ’18 reviews a graded paper from Assistant Professor of Economics Warren Hamilton in his “Portfolio Analysis” class. After graduating cum laude in economics and environmental studies, Silard continues crunching numbers and analyzing data in his role as multi-asset trader at LD Capital Markets, a hedge-fund based in Greenwich, Conn.

Benjamin Greiner

Thursday, March 1, 10:45 a.m.

Warren Hunting Smith Library

Greiner ’18, who graduated summa cum laude, works with Kelsi Carr ‘18 on their entrepreneurial studies project, a business proposal including market research and value proposition for a sandwich shop in Geneva. Greiner, who hails from Newport Beach, Calif., is playing professionally on France's Les Johers hockey team, based in Clergy, and previously held a marketing internship at Advanced Management Group.

Greiner, Carr and the rest of their team presented the project later that day at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship at 22 Castle Street in downtown Geneva.

The Pitch

Thursday, March 1, 8:40 p.m.

Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center

Greiner and Silard pose for a photo following The Stu Lieblein ’90 Pitch Contest, in which Silard secured a $10,000 grant to fund his start-up Revolve, a social media crowdfunding platform for non-profit organizations.

“I was motivated to compete in the Pitch because I believe in this idea,” said Silard, who worked closely with mentor Nan Doyal P’18, president of the International Forum.

Greiner proposed plans for the non-profit organization, a resource that helps individuals provide support to those struggling with the condition. During development, Greiner consulted with alum mentor Dr. Katherine Platoni ’74, Col. (Ret.), national expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hobart Hockey

Saturday, March 3, 9 p.m.

Northfield, Vt.

Silard (second from right), Greiner (right), teammates and Hobart hockey fans celebrate following the New England Hockey Conference Championship after triumphing over defending National Champions Norwich University. In three NEHC Tournament games, the Statesmen outscored their opposition 14-2.

Saturday, March 10, 7:25 p.m.

The Cooler, Geneva, N.Y.

After practicing for nearly 30 hours that week, Greiner, Silard and their teammates faced off against SUNY Geneseo in the first-round game of the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The Statesmen were ultimately edged out by the Knights, finishing the season with an 18-6-5 overall record.

After their final time on the ice, Greiner and Silard reflected on what it means to be Statesmen.

Hobart Hockey

“My time on the Hobart hockey team has shaped me as a leader and a person off the ice. Being part of a program where culture is a priority, you carry it into the classroom and throughout campus,” says Greiner. “I couldn’t be more proud to be an alumnus.”

“Dedicating more than 30 hours a week to Hobart hockey required an unwavering commitment and discipline that spread to every facet of being a student-athlete,” says Silard. “The late practices, early work outs and long bus trips forced me into creating a balance between all of my responsibilities…to approach every situation with the same degree of intensity and effort.”


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