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MEN'S ICE HOCKEY (ACHA DIII)
Men's Ice Hockey (ACHA DIII)
Robert Morris University has fielded an ice hockey team since the 1995 season, when the Colonials joined the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Hockey Association (now College Hockey East). Within two years of starting the program, RMU won their first WPCHA championship in 1998. After two runner-up finishes and one more WPCHA title over the next three seasons, the Colonials decided to go independent while joining the D-III ranks of the ACHA. The move proved to be fortuitous.The Colonials finished that season ranked number one in the country after defeating defending champion University of Wyoming in the ACHA D-III national championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. The rest,they say, is history.
The win caught the attention of university officials, and within two years Robert Morris University became the first western Pennsylvanian school to add NCAA D-I men’s hockey. With more and more student athletes coming to RMU for a top-notch education and to play hockey, it was decided by the then-current coaching staff to move the D-III team up to the D-I club level and to create another team at the D-III level. To date, RMU remains one of the few schools in the country to have men’s hockey teams competing at the NCAA D-I, D-I club, and D-III club levels, all of which are successful.
About our D-III Club Team
Our D-III club team competes at the ACHA D-III level, where we’re a member of the College Hockey East league, comprised of California University of PA, Fredonia University, Penn State Berhend, St. Vincent College, Pittsburgh University of Johnstown and Penn State Altoona.
The team has a strong recent history of success, reaching nationals 3 times in the past 4, years, finishing #5 in ACHA DIII in 2011, and capturing a CHE Championship in 2013.
We are also one of a handful of ACHA D-I, D-III programs with an NCAA D-I team at the same school. Both club teams are fortunate to have a very good relationship with NCAA head coach Derek Schooley, and since the inception of the NCAA program the D-I team has had three players move up to join his team (Shawn Bakke, Joey Olsen, Karac Davis) and numerous others invited to his month-long training camp.
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