Men's Hockey Inks Top Recruit, Zakarai, At Team IMPACT Signing Day

Zakarai Schneider, from Team IMPACT, signed with the Pioneers men's ice hockey team on September 24 at an event held at Webster Bank Arena.
Zakarai Schneider, from Team IMPACT, signed with the Pioneers men's ice hockey team on September 24 at an event held at Webster Bank Arena.

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The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team officially inked its top recruit, Zakarai Schneider, of the 2019-20 season, at a press conference at Webster Bank Arena Tuesday afternoon. Zakarai joins the Pioneers from Team IMPACT the Boston-headquartered national nonprofit.

"Zakarai is such an amazing kid," said Pioneers head coach CJ Marotollo. "The determination that he shows and the smile he has every time he steps foot on the ice brings great energy and will lift our spirit up as a team this season."

After signing his letter, Zakarai dressed in the team locker room and took the ice with the Pioneers for practice. The 16-year old was diagnosed with a neurological disorder at birth. He will join the Pioneers for team-building events, meals, games and other activities. The 16-year old was diagnosed with a neurological disorder at birth.

Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,800 children with

SHU hockey opens its 2019-20 campaign on Saturday, October 5 at home, versus UConn. The game will be played at Webster Bank Arena with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 pm.