This is "tomorrow," right? It's A tomorrow at least. Anyway, here are the last of my many hockey banquet reports - the senior speeches. I'm going to divide it into three posts, one for each senior, because (surprise) I've made them awfully long.
This is always my favorite part of the hockey banquet - when we hear from the boys themselves. With only three seniors this year (Evan Tironese is graduating as well but was not at the banquet), this portion of the festivities was naturally somewhat shorter than usual, but no less heartfelt and touching. I'm going to divide it into a post for each senior because their remarks deserve lots of space.
Normally at this point I would suggest you guess who the most emotional speech-maker was this year, but with two of the seniors absent it wouldn't be much of a challenge. Brady Wiffen was not likely to choke up reading Viktor Liljegren's speech, nor was Tommy Grant likely to lose it reading Jared's. Mike Prapavessis made up for it though - he struggled enough getting through his speech for all three guys!
There were quite a few similarities among the speeches. All three seniors thanked virtually everyone they could think of associated with the team and program in any way, includng RPI President Shirley Jackson and Athletic Director Lee McElroy. And, unsurprisingly, all three thanked Seth Appert and his staff for giving them the opportunity to play at RPI.
Viktor's speech was first, read as mentioned by Brady Wiffen. His speech was a bit brief since, he said, he had played a double overtime ECHL game the night before the banquet and wrote the speech afterward. He said it was around this time four years ago that he decided to spend his next four years as an Engineer, a decision he is proud of. He said he's learned more than he thought possible and met many great people who supported him and helped him during his time at RPI.
He thanked everyone he could think of and extended a big thank you to all his teammates from the last four years, saying, "I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys and know I've made friendships that will last forever." And to his classmates he said, "We created a lot of memories and I wouldn't trade any of them for the world. I wouldn't have survived college without you guys and I'm very grateful to have friends like you."