RPI Engineers men's ice hockey
|University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Head coach||Dave Smith|
3rd season, 33–65–9 (.350)
|Captain(s)||Will Reilly |
T. J. Samec
|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.
Records vs. Current ECAC Hockey Teams
|School||Team||Away Arena||Overall Record||Win %||Last Result|
|Brown University||Bears||Meehan Auditorium||63–30–9||.662||0-3 L|
|Clarkson University||Golden Knights||Cheel Arena||51–97–11||.355||2-5 L|
|Colgate University||Raiders||Class of 1965 Arena||65–63–5||.508||1-2 L (OT)|
|Cornell University||Big Red||Lynah Rink||38–63–11||.388||3-2 W|
|Dartmouth College||Big Green||Thompson Arena||46–42–11||.520||2-5 L|
|Harvard University||Crimson||Bright-Landry Hockey Center||37–58–8||.398||1-3 L|
|Princeton University||Tigers||Hobey Baker Memorial Rink||69–37–11||.637||6-2 W|
|Quinnipiac University||Bobcats||People's United Center||7–17–9||.348||1-2|
|St. Lawrence University||Saints||Appleton Arena||60–83–7||.423||6-5 W|
|Union College||Dutchmen||Achilles Rink||53–40–11||.563||0-0 T|
|Yale University||Bulldogs||Ingalls Rink||57–52–6||.522||0-4 L|
As of the completion of 2019–20 season
|1901–1904, 1906–1917, 1923–1924||No Coach||15||14–34–3||.304|
|1924–1925||W. J. Cook||1||2–2–0||.500|
|1925–1931, 1936–1937||Marvin Callan||8||6–20–2||.250|
|Totals||13 coaches||101 seasons||1083–1031–145||.512|
As of September 17, 2020.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Linden Marshall||Senior||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-07-21||Victoria, British Columbia||Trail (BCHL)||—|
|2||Simon Kjellberg||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-02-17||Nashville, Tennessee||Dubuque (USHL)||NYR, 163rd overall 2018|
|3||Lauri Sertti||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1999-07-11||Espoo, Finland||Amarillo (NAHL)||—|
|4||Mason Klee||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1999-10-04||Morrison, Colorado||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|6||Brady Ferner||Junior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-08-27||Dakota Dunes, South Dakota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|7||Nick Bowman||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1997-12-19||Shelby, Michigan||Coulee Region (NAHL)||—|
|8||James McIsaac||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-04-29||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|9||Tristan Ashbrook||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-07-16||Manistique, Michigan||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|10||Dylan Davies||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2001-02-09||Traverse City, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|11||Ottoville Leppänen||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-06-18||Espoo, Finland||Blues U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|12||Henri Schreifeld||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2000-07-01||Newbury Park, California||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|13||Tommy Lee||Junior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||160 lb (73 kg)||1997-12-07||Calgary, Alberta||Chilliwack (BCHL)||—|
|14||Zach Dubinsky||Sophomore||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2000-03-14||Highland Park, Illinois||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|15||Altti Nykänen||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2001-09-26||Vihti, Finland||Bishop's College (CISAA)||—|
|16||Rory Herrman||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1999-03-16||Poway, California||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|17||John Beaton||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-10-30||Stittsville, Ontario||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|18||Daniel DiGrande||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-08-05||Macomb, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|19||Ture Linden||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-07-06||Great Falls, Virginia||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|20||Billy Jerry||Senior||F||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-11-21||River Falls, Wisconsin||Madison (USHL)||—|
|21||Louie Helsen||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1998-06-08||Dallas, Texas||Amarillo (NAHL)||—|
|22||Cory Babichuk||Sophomore||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-09-28||Edmonton, Alberta||Spruce Grove (AJHL)||—|
|23||Jake Johnson||Junior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-08-13||Bloomington, Minnesota||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|24||Jack Brackett||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||2000-12-31||Manassas, Virginia||Powell River (BCHL)||—|
|25||Ryan Mahshie||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1999-04-05||Stoney Creek, Ontario||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|26||Shane Sellar||Graduate||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1997-06-14||Carlisle, Pennsylvania||Dartmouth (ECAC)||—|
|27||Jake Gagnon||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1999-11-04||Pointe-Claire||Wellington (OJHL)||—|
|28||Kyle Hallbauer||Junior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-03-02||Howell, New Jersey||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|30||Brett Miller||Freshman||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-26||Northville, Michigan||Austin (NAHL)||—|
|31||Owen Savory||Junior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-10-11||Cambridge, Ontario||St. Catharines (GOJHL)||—|
|38||Alec Calvaruso||Senior||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-07-09||Livonia, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|39||Jakub Lacka||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-11-20||Bratislava, Slovakia||Central Illinois (USHL)||—|
Career points leaders
Career Goaltending Leaders
Minimum 30 games
Statistics current through the start of the 2020–21 season.
Awards and honors
- 1952-53: Herb LaFontaine, D; Frank Chiarelli, F
- 1955-56: Garry Kearns, F
- 1957-58: Paul Midghall, F
- 1958-59: Paul Midghall, F
- 1962-63: Bob Brinkworth, F
- 1963-64: Bob Brinkworth, F; Jerry Knightley, F
- 1964-65: Jerry Knightley, F
- 1983-84: John Carter, F; Adam Oates, F
- 1984-85: Ken Hammond, D; Adam Oates, F
- 1985-86: Mike Dark, D
- 1989-90: Joé Juneau, F
- 1999-00: Joel Laing, G
- 2001-02: Marc Cavosie, F
- 2009-10: Chase Polacek, F
- 2010-11: Chase Polacek, F
- 2012-13: Nick Bailen, D
- 1951-52: Frank Chiarelli, F
- 1953-54: Frank Chiarelli, F; Abbie Moore, F
- 1983-84: Daren Puppa, G
- 1984-85: John Carter, F
- 1990-91: Joé Juneau, F
- 1992-93: Neil Little, G
- 1996-97: Eric Healey, F
- 1997-98: Eric Healey, F
- 1999-00: Brian Pothier, D; Brad Tapper, F
- 2001-02: Matt Murley, F
- 2010-11: Nick Bailen, D
- 2013-14: Ryan Haggerty, F
- 1961-62: Bob Brinkworth, F
- 1962-63: Bob Brinkworth, F
- 1963-64: Bill Sack, D; Fred Kitchen, F; Bob Brinkworth, F; Jerry Knightley, F
- 1964-65: Jerry Knightley, F
- 1984-85: Ken Hammond, D; John Carter, F; Adam Oates, F
- 1985–86: Mike Dark, D
- 1989–90: Joé Juneau, F
- 1992–93: Neil Little, G
- 1997–98: Eric Healey, F
- 1998–99: Dan Riva, F
- 1999–00: Joel Laing, G; Brad Tapper, F
- 2001–02: Marc Cavosie, F; Matt Murley, F
- 2009–10: Chase Polacek, F
- 2010–11: Nick Bailen, D; Chase Polacek, F
- 2012–13: Nick Bailen, D
- 2013–14: Ryan Haggerty, F
- 1961-62: Brian Robins, D; Tom McMahon, D; Jim Josephson, F
- 1962-63: Brian Pryce, D; Jerry Knightley, F
- 1963-64: Bill Grisdale, D
- 1967-68: Dale Watson, F
- 1971-72: Don Cutts, G
- 1972-73: Don Cutts, G
- 1977-78: Ian Harrison, G
- 1983-84: John Carter, F; Adam Oates, F; Marty Dallman, F
- 1990–91: Joé Juneau, F
- 1991–92: Stephane Robitaille, D
- 1992–93: Brad Layzell, D
- 1993–94: Ron Pasco, F
- 1994–95: Adam Bartell, D
- 1995–96: Patrick Rochon, D
- 1996–97: Eric Healey, F
- 1999–00: Brian Pothier, D
- 2003–04: Nathan Marsters, G; Scott Basiuk, D; Kevin Croxton, F
- 2009–10: Allen York, G
- 2012–13: Jason Kasdorf, G
- 2015–16: Jason Kasdorf, G
- 1987–88: Bruce Coles, F; Joé Juneau, F
- 1989–90: Allen Kummu, D; Francois Cadoret, F
- 1990–91: Neil Little, G
- 1991–92: Wayne Clarke, F; Craig Hamelin, F
- 1992–93: Tim Regan, F; Bryan Richardson, F
- 1994–95: Eric Healey, F
- 1995–96: Matt Garver, F; Alain St. Hilaire, F
- 1996–97: Pete Gardiner, F
- 1998–99: Matt Murley, F
- 1999–00: Marc Cavosie, F
- 2000–01: Nathan Marsters, G
- 2002–03: Kevin Croxton, F
- 2003–04: Oren Eizenman, F
- 2005–06: Mathias Lange, G
- 2007–08: Chase Polacek, F
- 2008–09: Patrick Cullen, F
- 2009–10: Jerry D'Amigo, F; Brandon Pirri, F
- 2012–13: Jason Kasdorf, G
- 2014–15: Drew Melanson, F
- 2015–16: Cam Hackett, G
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