Potsdam to induct former Shamrock on Sunday
POTSDAM Former Salmon River standout Nathan Sunday is one of three former SUNY Potsdam athletes who will be inducted into the Bears Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Sunday, a star hockey player for the Shamrocks and the Bears who began his collegiate career as an NCAA Division I athlete, joins another former Potsdam defenseman, Howie Vandermast, and ex-Potsdam swimmer Kelly ODonnell-Warren in the 2012 induction class.
The ceremony will be at the Knowles Conference Center MPR, beginning with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon lunch and presentations.
Sunday, from Hogansburg, played for Potsdam from 1994-98 after starting out at Division I Kent State. Sunday was a key player in Potsdams only SUNYAC Championship season in 1995-96. Sunday won first-team All-SUNYAC honors that year, as well as after the 1997-98 season. He was a second-team pick for the 1996-97 season. He finished his Potsdam career with 16 goals and 68 assists. Sunday lives in Akwesasne and works as a career development officer.
Vandermast skated for the Bears between 1984-88 and ranks ninth all-time in Potsdam scoring with 123 points (51 goals-72 assists). The Long Beach native was SUNYAC Co-Player of the Year for the 1985-86 season. He reached the conference first team in 1985-86 and 1986-87 and won All-American status. Vandermast, a former Potsdam High School assistant hockey coach, lives in Massena.
Warren, from Hauppauge, still holds Potsdam records in the 500- and 1,000-meter freestyle events. She capped her career with a victory in the 200 breaststroke in the SUNYAC championships in school, pool and conference record-time. Warren won SUNYAC titles every year of her career at Potsdam, which spanned 1988-92. Warren went on to earn her masters degree in special education and lives in Gold Canyon, Ariz.