Zadik ’20 Signs Tender with Walpole Express of the Eastern Hockey League

Commitment Q & A with Chen '20
Chen Zadik ’20
Number: 22
Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Position: Defense

Why did you choose to play for Walpole Express?

I skated with them during the season and they seemed very connected and supportive of each other, which is something I appreciate. I also liked that the coach is smart and experienced.

What's it like to be a student-athlete at Vermont Academy?

It’s fun but it can be challenging at times. If you manage your time well you can have a lot of fun. VA gives you the freedom to go to the gym and the rink whenever you have free time, so I was very lucky in that sense.

Who would you like to thank for supporting you up to this point? 

I want to thank my parents, brother, and sister, and both of my grandmas for supporting me through everything whether it be giving me an opportunity to study in the U.S and supporting me mentally if I need it.

What have you learned at VA that you will apply at the next level?

Time management and work ethic.

What does Vermont Academy mean to you?

Even though I was only at VA for one year I had a lot of fun with my friends in the dorms and sports. When I think back to this year, I think of growth with my close friends. 

What does this opportunity represent for you and your family?

I know my family is excited for me to be able to continue my journey and I feel very lucky to be able to have this opportunity because there are not many Israeli hockey players out there. 

Head Boys’ Varsity Hockey Coach, Dan Allen, said, “Chen was a great addition to the Vermont Academy community. He brought a level of expectation in the classroom and on the ice that helped push the other players in our program. Chen has a bright future and Walpole is getting a player who will compete and push himself and others to be better. I am excited to see Chen enter this journey and all the success that will come his way.”

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