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TCU alumni connect with each other at Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. on Friday Oct. 7, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tristen Smith)
How TCU's alumni chapters keep the Horned Frog spirit alive post-grad
By Addison Thummel, Staff Writer
Published May 11, 2024
TCU graduates can stay connected with the Horned Frog community with alumni chapters across the nation.

Hockey finds growing support in students

From Newport Beach, Calif., this senior marketing major is more than just a student. In addition to being a member of the Brothers Under Christ Fraternity, Matt Benvenuti is also an elite in-line hockey player. He’s president of the In-Line Hockey club and was recently asked to play for an American In-Line Hockey League in Texas.

Q: What attracted you to in-line hockey?

A: Well, my friend moved in right next door to me and he kind of introduced me to hockey, and so I just played with him until I realized that it was something I really had a passion for. One of the local teams was in-line hockey. You know, we’re from Newport Beach, so there wasn’t as many ice hockey rinks around the area, so I just started playing with them. And the rink that I actually started playing in has one of the biggest in-line hockey rinks in North America. So playing with them, I had a really high level of competition and I just kind of stuck with that for the longest time.

Q: And, so you play here at TCU?

A: TCU has a club team too.I’m the president.

Q: Do a lot of your friends play too, or is it something that just you do?

A: Yeah, well, my roommate, Travis Brown, is one of our goalies. We’ve got about 10 guys. You don’t need as many players for in-line hockey, so it’s kind of a smaller group. A lot of people don’t even know that we have a team, but we’re getting a lot better. We’re just kind of in an exhibition basis, but we have a few games every once in a while. And we’re hoping that we get a few more fans to come out, but it’s good, it’s fun.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about it for you?

A: It’s really fast. It’s a lot like ice hockey, but it’s a lot more speed based with a lot more finesse. There’s just a lot of times where it’s just really fun to play. It’s not really stopping, ever. It’s really fun sometimes when you make a highlight reel goal.or even when you make a big stop on defense or something like that.either way it’s just one of those things where you just get a rush and your like, “Wow! That was a lot of fun.”

Q: So, tell me a little bit about the Texas Terror team.

A: Texas Terror. It’s from the AIHL.American In-line Hockey League.I just got picked up by them a few days ago because they said they needed another player. And, so, I started playing on their minor league team, and in the first term they said they needed a few extra players, so they bumped me up to their elite team. I played okay, but I was really tired because I had to play for both teams during the weekends. So, I mean, hopefully I can do a little bit better next time. But I did get a game-winning goal for them, and I did decent in the minor league team. So, it was a lot of fun, and it was good to meet a few new guys.

Q: So, this is a big deal, and it’s fun for you.

A: Yeah, it’s a really big deal for in-line hockey especially because it’s just starting to get really popular. It used to be a lot more popular. They used to have the RHL, which was a professional roller hockey league that paid pretty well, but popularity died down a bit. They’re starting it back up again with these leagues, and maybe it’ll go somewhere, maybe it won’t. Hopefully it will though.

Q: Do you see a lot of students getting involved with in-line hockey, and these types of leagues?

A: Well, yeah there are a lot of different schools around the area that have a team. TCU’s team plays against UTA, UTD, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Abilene Christian and a few others. So, I’ve met a lot of people through that. They go to different schools, and I’ve actually hung out with a few of the guys in Louisiana on their way to the tournament in Mississippi, so it’s a pretty cool way to network around, and it’s just nice to meet some other hockey players.

Q: Is there anything else about you, or in-line hockey in general, that you’d like for other people to know about?

A: Yeah, well, in-line hockey is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing for the longest time. I just really wish more people knew about it and how exciting it was because everybody that ever comes out to games always enjoys it so much. It’s actually a lot faster than ice hockey because there’s one less player on the rink. There’s just people going full speed the whole time, and there’s a lot more goals so it doesn’t have the same minuses that ice hockey does, when people say there’s only one or two goals a game and stuff like that. So, it’s my favorite sport. I like playing ice hockey too, but in-line hockey’s pretty good.

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