RPI Engineers men's ice hockey
|University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Head coach||Dave Smith|
2nd season, 6–27–4 (.216)
|Captain(s)||Tommy Grant |
|Arena||Houston Field House|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Location||Troy, New York|
|Colors||Cherry and White|
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1985|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1984, 1985, 1994, 1995, 2011|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1984, 1985, 1995|
|Conference regular season championships|
|1952, 1953, 1954, 1984, 1985|
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.
Men's ice hockey at RPI dates back to 1901 and is one of the oldest programs in the United States. The team played as an independent NCAA Division I team from its inception in 1901 through 1938. 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. The next three seasons, the 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. After a six-year drought the program again made the NCAA Tournament in 1961, finishing fourth. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. From 1995 to 2009, RPI's Division III teams were known as the Red Hawks. However the hockey, football, cross-country, tennis, and track and field teams all chose to retain the longstanding 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!" This was a major factor behind "Engineers" being restored for all teams in 2009.
The official hockey mascot, The Puckman–an anthropomorphic hockey puck with an engineer's helmet–has always been popular.
The RPI Engineers men's ice hockey typically plays between 35 and 42 regular season games per season in the ECAC Hockey Conference. They also usually play one exhibition game against a Canadian college hockey team from Ontario, Nova Scotia, or Quebec. During the season, RPI will play 22 conference games against the other 11 teams in the ECAC. RPI will play each team home game at the Houston Field House and each away game at the respective university's campus. The conference games are typically played on Friday and Saturday nights, with the ECAC scheduling reflecting the Ivy League scheduling of having traveling partners. RPI's travel partner has been Union College since they joined the league in the 1991-92 season. They also play 10-12 non-conference games against teams not in the ECAC. These games typically take place at the beginning of the season in October and around the Thanksgiving and New Year holidays. RPI also plays one non-conference game against their Capital District geographic rival, Union, at the Times Union Center, typically on the last Saturday of January in what has become known as the Mayor's Cup. RPI has opened ECAC Hockey conference play on the last weekend of October against Union since the 2012-13 season. The first conference home game is known as Black Friday or Black Saturday which alternates each year. Other highlights of the season include the Big Red Freakout, which is played on the last or second to last Saturday home game in February.
At the conclusion of the regular season the team will play a minimum of two postseason games in the ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in the beginning of March. If RPI wins the ECAC Tournament or is invited to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team, they would then play at least one postseason game in late March in the single elimination tournament. RPI last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
Results by season (1980–2018)
|Mike Addesa (ECAC) (1979–1989)|
|1983–84||Mike Addesa||32-6-0||17-3-0||1st||NCAA Quarterfinals
1984 ECAC Tournament Champion
|1984–85||Mike Addesa||35–2–1||20–1–0||1st||NCAA National Champions
1985 ECAC Tournament Champion
|Buddy Powers (ECAC) (1989–1994)|
|1993-94||Buddy Powers||21-11-4||12-6-4||3rd||NCAA Regional Quarterfinals|
|Dan Fridgen (ECAC) (1994–2006)|
|1994–95||Dan Fridgen||19-14-4||10-9-3||6th||NCAA Regional Quarterfinals|
|Seth Appert (ECAC) (2006–2017)|
|2010–11||Seth Appert||20–13–5||11–9–2||T-4th||NCAA Regional Semifinals|
|Dave Smith (ECAC) (2017–present)|
Postseason invitational champion
As of August 31, 2017.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Linden Marshall||Sophomore||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-07-21||Victoria, British Columbia||Trail (BCHL)||—|
|2||Mat Harris||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1996-07-14||Sudbury, Massachusetts||Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL)||—|
|3||T. J. Samec||Junior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1995-05-03||Saint Paul, Minnesota||Brookings (NAHL)||—|
|4||Tommy Grant (C)||Senior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1994-04-04||Sparta, New Jersey||Bay State (USPHL)||—|
|6||Brady Ferner||Freshman||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-08-27||Dakota Dunes, South Dakota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|7||Nick Bowman||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1997-12-19||Shelby Township, Michigan||Coulee Region (NAHL)||—|
|8||Mike Gornall||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1994-10-26||Irwin, Pennsylvania||North Dakota (NCHC)||—|
|9||Meirs Moore||Senior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1994-12-04||Duluth, Minnesota||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|11||Ottoville Leppänen||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-06-18||Espoo, Finland||Blues U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|12||Chase Zieky||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1996-03-24||Avon, Connecticut||Providence (HEA)||—|
|13||Tommy Lee||Freshman||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||160 lb (73 kg)||1997-12-07||Calgary, Alberta||Chilliwack (BCHL)||—|
|16||Jacob Hayhurst||Junior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1997-01-20||Mississauga, Ontario||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|17||Todd Burgess||Junior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1996-04-03||Phoenix, Arizona||Fairbanks (USHL)||OTT, 103rd overall 2016|
|18||Daniel DiGrande||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-08-05||Macomb, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|19||Ture Linden||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-07-06||Great Falls, Virginia||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|20||Billy Jerry||Sophomore||F||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-11-21||River Falls, Wisconsin||Madison (USHL)||—|
|21||Brady Wiffen (A)||Senior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1994-06-09||St. Marys, Ontario||Trenton (OJHL)||—|
|22||Donovan Ott||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1997-02-21||Lebanon, Pennsylvania||Johnstown (NAHL)||—|
|23||Jake Johnson||Freshman||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-08-13||Bloomington, Minnesota||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|24||Will Reilly (A)||Junior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-07-23||Toronto, Ontario||Nanaimo (BCHL)||PIT, 217th overall 2017|
|26||Jake Marrello||Junior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-08-04||Slingerlands, New York||P. A. L. (USPHL)||—|
|27||Shane Bear||Sophomore||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-02-17||Calgary, Alberta||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|28||Kyle Hallbauer||Freshman||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-03-02||Howell, New Jersey||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|29||Patrick Polino||Junior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1995-04-11||Buffalo, New York||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|31||Owen Savory||Freshman||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-10-11||Cambridge, Ontario||St. Catharines (GOJHL)||—|
|35||Chase Perry||Senior||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1996-02-08||Andover, Minnesota||Wenatchee (BCHL)||DET, 136th overall 2014|
|39||Jakub Lacka||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-11-20||Bratislava, Slovakia||Central Illinois (USHL)||—|
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