Hockey Player, 1974-75
Scott Snyder made the most of his one season with the SC4 men’s hockey team.
The defenseman was the first Skipper to receive All-American honors in hockey as he was a Second-Team selection for the 1974-75 season.
Following Snyder’s success on the ice were two other Skippers – David Hebner and Jerry Moses. Hebner and Moses were First-Team All-Americans in 1976 and 1977, respectively.
The 1973 Port Huron Northern graduate grew up playing in the Port Huron Minor Hockey Association. He competed in Silver Stick tournaments with local travel hockey teams.
Snyder decided to make the switch from playing with the Fogcutter Junior team, which finished third in the nationals, to the SC4 team for the 1974-75 season. He played one season for the Skippers under coach Tom Clark. The Skippers enjoyed a successful season, falling a win shy of a trip to the NJCAA Division II nationals.
The Skippers competed in the Midwest Collegiate League against such schools as the University of Dayton, the University of Michigan-Flint, along with four-year university junior varsity teams.
“I just thought I had a better opportunity to get scouted by colleges by playing for the college,” Snyder said. “It worked out because I ended being recruited by the University of Cincinnati and played three seasons there.”
Snyder said he started out his minor hockey league days as a goalie but quickly made the switch to defense.
“I guess I wasn’t that good as a goalie,” Snyder said. “My older brother, Tom, played defense so I decided to follow in his footsteps.”
Snyder, who lives in Hurst, Texas., still finds time to play recreation hockey.