Class of 2008
When Derek Pallardy is not reading Chaucer or Wordsworth, he's making a name for himself playing professional hockey with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League and recording his experiences and observations in a blog he started for the team as they enter league playoffs. A native of Chesterfield, Missouri, Derek was recruited to play for Merrimack's NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team. He became team captain in his senior year and was chosen by the team and coaching staff to be honored for his leadership and dedication to the hockey program on and off the ice. Named twice to Hockey East's All-Academic Team, Derek graduated from the college with honors, majoring in English and minoring in philosophy. Of his decision to become an English major, Derek reports, "I'm still glad that I made that choice. I may have forgotten a lot of the factual material, but I continue to benefit from the way that the major opened my mind, taught me a new way of thinking, and trained me to explore ideas at deeper levels. Everything in the major experience was valuable."
Derek has ambitions to coach hockey someday at the high school or college level and to teach English, but for right now, he's playing and writing about the game he loves.