Laurie Bollig

Time management not a problem for hockey winner Cheyne Rocha

by Laurie Bollig April 22, 2013 in Hockey


Cheyne Rocha is a master of time management.

Somehow, this extremely bright overachiever has recorded outstanding grades, fashioned a solid collegiate hockey career, scored an interview for the Rhodes Scholarship and introduced a charity to both his school and its hockey conference.

It should be mentioned that he’s doing all this as a member of the United States Military Academy, where discipline heads a list of characteristics of the student body in general.

An engineering management major, Rocha is a three-time Atlantic Hockey Association Academic All-Star. He posted the highest GPA among league defensemen as a junior and was named Student-Athlete of the Year. Rocha spearheaded House of Blues, an awareness campaign for prostate cancer. The Army hockey team wears blue jerseys for one game to raise awareness. Rocha has worked with the Atlantic Hockey Association to integrate the program into the conference, and House of Blues is now the preferred charity of Atlantic Hockey. Rocha is also active with the Special Olympics and Neighborhood Knights, a team group that provides community service.

A four-year contributor to the team, Rocha played in all but two games this season – the two games he missed were to attend his Rhodes Scholarship interview. The defenseman finished the season with one goal and three assists.

“This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Cheyne,” said Army hockey coach Brian Riley. “His hard work on and off the ice has been an inspiration to many and it’s great to see him recognized nationally for his efforts.”

Rocha will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Branch of the U.S. Army following graduation – no doubt an event he has budgeted time for in his busy schedule!