PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Roar Zone Honors Minnesota Coach’s Late Son With Sign At Pegula Ice Arena

Although Penn State coughed up two embarrassing defeats to No. 5 Minnesota this weekend, a kind gesture from Nittany Lions fans may have salvaged the series.

The Roar Zone, Penn State hockey’s devoted student section, showed some excellent class by making a sign to honor Mack Motzko, the late son of Minnesota hockey coach Bob Motzko.

Mack was tragically killed in a car crash on July 24, 2021, in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., at just 20 years old. Before the accident, Mack had played in the United States Hockey League for the Sioux Falls Stampede and then in the North American Hockey League for the New Mexico Ice Wolves.

The Roar Zone’s sign read “WE MISS YOU MACK #23.” The poster also included the Ice Wolves’ logo.

The sign had made its way back to the Minnesota head coach, who took to Twitter in gratitude to the Penn State community.

Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky had praise for the student section and shared that the idea came from senior forward Adam Pilewicz.

“I just thought I found out that that idea came from Adam Pilewicz, not surprisingly,” Gadowsky said. “It speaks a lot of the Roar Zone to do it and what they’re about for sure. It also speaks volumes about what kind of an individual Adam Pilewicz is.”

Gadowsky said he was proud of Pilewicz and happy to see the respect demonstrated by the team’s student section.

“We’ve said many times. It is the best student section in college hockey, but they’ve also got a lot of class,” Gadowsky said. “They’re classy. This speaks a lot to their class to what they’re all about.”

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Gabriel Herman

Gabriel Herman is a journalism major at Penn State from Minneapolis, MN. He writes about several sports-related topics. If you want to discuss great moments in Minnesota sports history, you can reach him at [email protected]

State College Links
Follow on Another Platform
113kFollowers
157kFollowers
54.9kFollowers
4,570Subscribers
Other posts by Gabriel

Seniors Take On Full-Time Roles With Penn State Athletics Communications

Need to get in touch with Penn State’s softball or track and field teams? If so, you’ll likely need to go through these two seniors.

We Want To Hear Your Penn State Elevator Horror Stories

What Does Your Two-Factor Authentication Method Say About You?

The Story Of Julia Cipparulo & Her Motives For Allegedly Vandalizing Penn State

“That broken ear is a permanent reminder of the dark side of Penn State University, the lives lost, and a warning. A warning that the deaths will continue unless massive change is enacted.”

The Story Of Julia Cipparulo & Her Motives For Allegedly Vandalizing Penn State

“That broken ear is a permanent reminder of the dark side of Penn State University, the lives lost, and a warning. A warning that the deaths will continue unless massive change is enacted.”

Penn State Alum Charged For Campus Vandalism

In a statement sent to Onward State, Julia Cipparulo claimed to have vandalized several Penn State campus landmarks, including the Lion Shrine, on May 8.

Penn State Football Announces New Jersey Numbers For 2022 Season

Nittany Lions old and new have received new jersey numbers ahead of the 2022 season.

 
Send this to a friend