Perseverance rewards Geverd


If any college hockey player deserves rewards for perseverance against incredible misfortune, it’s St. Michael’s College defenseman Tim Geverd.

If you’re a University of Vermont fan, you might remember Geverd and his incredible story, though he only played two games for the Catamounts.

Prior to attending UVM, Geverd had lost his right eye and he had undergone heart surgery. At Vermont, he missed his first two years of eligibility with early season-ending injuries.

Finally, in the fall of 2007, Geverd broke into the lineup, playing two games with a zero +/- rating and 17 penalty minutes. After the first semester, he decided to sever his ties with the Catamounts, transferring across the Winooski River to St. Michael’s.

Ill-fortune continued to pursue the 5-foot-10, 230-pound defenseman last year, injuries limiting him to one goal and two points plus 12 penalty minutes in 10 games.

This year, Geverd has been healthy and a force for the Purple Knights. In 13 games, he’s scored six goals and 12 points to go with 27 penalty minutes.

“I’ve never been happier in my life,” said Geverd after Saturday’s 4-4 tie with New England College. (Note: At the time, he was holding a pressure bandage to his chin, courtesy of a late-game cut.)

“It’s what you look forward to, playing every game, being an integral part of the team,” he said. “I couldn’t ask much more of coach (Chris) Davidson or any of  my teammates. Everybody’s making it a real enjoyable experience.”

Before getting shut out in the tie with NEC, Geverd had scored five goals and three assists in three games against Colby (tie), Bowdoin (loss) and St. Anselm (tie).

“I don’t know what’s going on there. I’ve never really been one to put the puck in the net. I’ve just been trying to shoot and put pucks on net for my teammates to get to,” he said. “We’ve had traffic in front and (the shots) have been able to find a way in.”

Geverd still follows the Catamounts and he stays in touch with his former classmates, Peter Lenes, Dean Strong and Corey Carlson, all of whom graduated in May and have moved on.

He isn’t certain what he will do when his career ends at St. Michael’s, but until then, he’s going to enjoy every sweet minute on the ice.


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One Response to “Perseverance rewards Geverd”

  1. Seth Cole Says:

    Great article Ted – thanks so much!

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