Saint Mary’s men’s hockey player Bob Marx is having a solid season for the Cardinals so far. The junior leads the squad with 10 points, including six goals and four assists in 15 games. But besides a strong presence on the ice, his presence is also felt off the ice as he’s part of a Cardinal team that is dedicated to community service.

The Cardinals have been busy this year helping with freshman move-in, painting both the CSTea House and the Winona Community Friendship Center, doing yard work, helping run cross country meets, doing set-up and takedown at Winona’s Great Dakota Gathering, holding the annual Teddy Bear Toss, recognizing military personnel at Veterans Appreciation Night and sponsoring Youth Hockey Night.

Tell me about some of your favorite community service projects that the men’s hockey team does. 

This year we painted the CSTea House and helped do yard work. We were able to make a big difference there and you could really tell that our work was appreciated. It was at the beginning of the school year so it was a good way for the guys to get to know one another away from the rink.

I also enjoyed helping out with the cross country meet. It was neat to see my classmates compete in their sport.

Do you think the team takes pride in doing these projects?

Yes. It not only gives us a chance to give back to the community, but it also gives us a chance to bond as a team. It really makes you feel good when you see the difference you make.

What does it mean to you personally to do these things?

To me it means a lot. When we are able to go out as a team and make a difference in the community, it really makes you feel good. We are very fortunate to have what we have and to be able to give back means a lot to me.

Do you have a hard time balancing academics, athletics and other activities such as these?

Being a student-athlete can be challenging at times. It really makes you put your priorities first and forces you to manage your time well.

One thing that being a student-athlete has taught me is that you have to be disciplined and well-organized. I feel that these traits we learned as student-athletes will help us be successful as we leave school and enter the real world.

Any final thoughts?

Being on the hockey team at Saint Mary’s is like having an extended family. We like to work together and have fun doing it — whether it is on the ice, in the gym or out in the community.

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