Postcard: Union's Seney starts season with mind in DC

All Union College hockey freshman forward Scott Seney wanted to do was adjust to college life.

He wanted to do well in his classes, wanted to make a contribution to the hockey team and wanted to enjoy the entire college experience.

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But for the past few weeks, Seney had something else on his mind – his family's safety.

Seney is a native of Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C. Silver Spring is in Montgomery County, where the majority of the sniper attacks took place. One of the victims was murdered in Silver Spring on Oct. 3.

"Every shooting in Maryland was within a five- to 10-minute drive from my house," Seney said last Wednesday, a day before the alleged perpetrators, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, were arrested. "It's tough."

The three-week sniping spree left 10 people dead and three seriously wounded. It left residents in the Washington area fearing for their lives.

Seney was worried about his family's safety.

"I've talked to my parents every other day just to get updates on it," Seney said. "It's scary, obviously, for them and all my friends and family back home because it's so close to where I live. [They were] keeping my brother and sister out of school in reaction to the shooting. But at the same time, you don't want it to let it dominate your life. You want to try live your life as normal as you can.

His parents tried to reassure Seney that they were fine.

"When I talk to them on the phone, they don't sound scared," Seney said. "But you know deep inside, they are. I'm scared for them. It's hard dealing with that on top of hockey."

Seney spoke to his parents after Muhammad and Malvo were arrested.

"It was pretty much a sigh of relief for them," Seney said. "Everything can start going back to normal now. I feel better, too. I don't have to worry about them now and their everyday

– Ken Schott

Ken covers college hockey for the Schenectady Daily Gazette

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