RPI Engineers men's ice hockey

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RPI Engineers
RPI Engineers athletic logo

University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Conference ECAC
Head coach Seth Appert
7th year, 105–138–34
Arena Houston Field House
Capacity: 4,800
Location Troy, New York
Colors Cherry and White

             

NCAA Tournament Champions
1954, 1985
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1985
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1984, 1985, 1994, 1995, 2011
Conference Tournament Champions
1984, 1985, 1995
Conference Regular Season Champions
1952, 1953, 1954, 1984, 1985
Current uniform
ECAC-Uniform-RPI.png

The RPI Engineers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The Engineers are a member of ECAC Hockey (ECACH). They play at the Houston Field House in Troy, New York.[1][2]

History[edit]

Men's ice hockey at RPI dates back to 1901 and is one of the oldest programs in the country.[3] The team played as an independent NCAA Division I team from its inception in 1901 through 1938.[4] The team resumed after World War II for the 1949-50 season and in the following season Rensselaer joined Clarkson, Colgate, Middlebury, St. Lawrence, and Williams to form the Tri-State League for the 1950-51 season.[5] The next three seasons, 1952-1954 team won the Tri-State League season championships. RPI's first NCAA Tournament berth in 1953, coming in third and the following season, in 1954, the team won its first NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship.[6] After a 6-year drought the program again made the NCAA Tournament in 1961, finishing 4th.[7] The 1960-61 season would be the last season RPI competed in the Tri-State League as RPI and fellow Tri-State League members Clarkson and St. Lawrence, joined the new ECAC Hockey League.[8]

Depending on how the rules are interpreted, the RPI men's ice hockey team may have the longest winning streak on record for a Division I team; in the 1984-85 season it went undefeated for 30 games, but one game was against the University of Toronto, a non-NCAA team. Continuing into the 1985-86 season, RPI continued undefeated over 38 games, including two wins over Toronto.[9] Adam Oates and Daren Puppa, two players during that time, both went on to become stars in the NHL. Joe Juneau, who played from 1987 to 1991, also spent many years in the NHL. Graeme Townshend who also played in the late 1980s, had a brief NHL career. He is the first person of Jamaican ancestry to play in the National Hockey League.

Results by season (2006–13)[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Seth Appert (ECAC) (2006–Present)
2006–07 Seth Appert 10-18-8 6-11-5 T-8th
2007-08 Seth Appert 11-23-4 6-13-3 10th
2008-09 Seth Appert 10-27-2 6-15-1 11th
2009-10 Seth Appert 18-17-4 10-9-3 T-5th
2010-11 Seth Appert 20-13–5 11-9-2 T-4th NCAA Regional Semifinals
2011-12 Seth Appert 12-24-3 7-12-3 10th
2012-13 Seth Appert 18-14-5 12-7-3 2nd
Seth Appert: 99-136-31 58-78-20
Total: 99-136-31

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Traditions[edit]

The hockey team plays a significant role in the campus's culture, drawing thousands of fans each week to the Houston Field House during the season. The team's popularity even sparked the tradition of the hockey line, where students lined up for season tickets months in advance of the on-sale date. Today, the line generally begins a week or more before ticket sales.[10] Another tradition since 1978 has been the "Big Red Freakout!" game held close to the first weekend of February. Fans usually dress in the schools colors Red and White, and gifts such as tee-shirts are distributed en masse. In hockey the school's biggest rival has always been the upstate engineering school Clarkson University.

The Puckman Mascot

The official nickname of some of the school's Division III teams was changed in 1995 from the Engineers to the Red Hawks. However the hockey, football, cross-country, tennis, and track and field teams all chose to retain the Engineers name. The Red Hawks name was, at the time, very unpopular among the student body; a Red Hawk mascot was frequently taunted with thrown concessions and chants of "kill the chicken!" In contrast, the official hockey mascot known as The Puckman has always been very popular. The Puckman is an anthropomorphic hockey puck with an engineer's helmet.

Current roster[edit]

As of March 1, 2013. [1]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
32 Pennsylvania Merriam, BryceBryce Merriam Senior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Topeka (NAHL)
33 Manitoba Kasdorf, JasonJason Kasdorf Freshman G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Winnipeg, Manitoba Des Moines
34 New York Diebold, ScottScott Diebold Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Buffalo, New York Tri-City (USHL)
3 Florida Leboeuf, GuyGuy Leboeuf Junior D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) West Palm Beach, Florida Cornwall (CJHL)
4 Alberta Bokenfohr, CraigCraig Bokenfohr Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Spruce Grove, Alberta St. Thomas Aquinas
5 Connecticut Curadi, LukeLuke Curadi Sophomore D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Cheshire, Connecticut Dubuque (USHL)
6 Ontario Hampton, PhilPhil Hampton Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oakville, Ontario Oakville
10 Ontario Leonard, CurtisCurtis Leonard Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Napanee, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
11 Minnesota Dolan, BoBo Dolan Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Saint Paul, Minnesota Penticton (BCHL)
24 New York Bradley, ChrisChris Bradley Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Williamsville, New York Youngstown
29 New York Bailen, NickNick Bailen Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fredonia, New York Indiana (USHL)
7 Minnesota Schroeder, ZachZach Schroeder Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Prior Lake, Minnesota St. Thomas Academy (USHS–MN)
9 Ontario Neal, MattMatt Neal Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Minesing, Ontario Stouffville (OJHL)
12 British Columbia Rogic, JohnnyJohnny Rogic Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) North Vancouver, British Columbia Alberni Valley (BCHL)
14 New York Burgdoerfer, GregGreg Burgdoerfer Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) East Setauket, New York Des Moines (USHL)
15 Ontario Laliberte, JacobJacob Laliberte Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Rockland, Ontario Cornwall (CCHL)
17 Slovakia Bubela, MilosMilos Bubela Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Banská Bystrica, Slovakia Dubuque
18 Ontario Fulton, TravisTravis Fulton Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Oakville, Ontario Vaughan
19 New York Zalewski, MikeMike Zalewski Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New Hartford, New York Vernon
21 Ontario McGowan, MarkMark McGowan Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Toronto, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
22 New York Lee, C.J.C.J. Lee Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Staten Island, New York Green Bay (USHL)
23 Ontario Higgs, BrockBrock Higgs Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Kingston, Ontario Kingston (OJHL)
25 Minnesota Commers, AndrewAndrew Commers Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Edina, Minnesota St. Thomas Academy
26 New York Miller, MarkMark Miller Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Massena, New York Omaha
27 Ontario O'Grady, MartyMarty O'Grady Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) London, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
28 Maryland Tinordi, MattMatt Tinordi Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Severna Park, Maryland Olds (AJHL)
39 Connecticut Haggerty, RyanRyan Haggerty Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Stamford, Connecticut US NTDP (USHL)

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