"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gross Featured in The Penn Stater

Women's captain Taylor Gross was included in the January/February 2013 edition of The Penn Stater alumni magazine, as the subject of the single-page profile on a Nittany Lions student-athlete that always leads each issue's sports section.

Because (to the best of my knowledge) The Penn Stater's content isn't available online, I thought I'd use my powers to share Gross' page with those who do not get the magazine, as I once did with former Icers captain Marek Polidor. The text of the write-up follows, with a scan of the page at the end.


Taylor Gross

This well-traveled forward leads the Nittany Lions in their varsity debut.

By RYAN JONES '95 COM

Taylor Gross went to high school in Colorado and started her college career at the University of Connecticut, a stay that lasted just a year and a half. She came to Happy Valley last January, drawn by the university's academic reputation and because, she says, "I thought it would be a really cool place to start a hockey program."

She plans to relocated again next fall, but this move will be a shorter one - 50 yards, give or take. A junior forward and captain of Penn State's first Division I women's hockey team, which opened varsity play in October, Gross says she's fully focused on the current season. That means playing in the intimate, yellow-lit rink at the Greenberg Sports Complex, all while construction on the Pegula Ice Arena - Penn State's hockey home starting in 2013 - continues just a slap shot away. "I haven't even thought about the new rink," Gross says. "But I know it's there."

For now, Gross is content to leave the new rink to the construction crews. She and her teammates are too busy building a foundation of their own.

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