Skating through the decades of men's hockey at RIT

The early years of men's hockey at RIT

In 1961, Lou Alexander Jr., the Director of Athletics, wrote a letter to the Athletic Committee recommending that the committee approve the establishment of an intercollegiate hockey team at Rochester Institute of Technology. It was approved four years later in 1965.  The hockey club was founded in the fall of 1959. They were given a budget of $1,020 to purchase the initial equipment to outfit 16 players. At that time, the team participated in the Monroe County Amateur Hockey Association, playing 13 games against three other league teams. The players paid $195 out of their own pockets for these games, and coached themselves along the way, as they didn’t have the money to hire a head coach. The next year in 1960-61 with a budget of just $927, the season was composed entirely of away games.                     


Hockey skates worn by Tim Butler, 1960-1964
"Fan-demonium" article
1976-77 hockey media guide
1983-84 media guide included a cover shot of the 1983 N ...
1984-85 Championship team shirt
1984-85 men's hockey team is number one after defeating ...
1984-85 NCAA Championship game celebration
An exhibit favorite!
BJ Hull skates up the ice
Coach Jim Heffer with Dave Gallahue, early 1960's
Corner Crew cheers
Corner Crew essentials
Corner crew t-shirt worn by devoted fans
David Lewis, goalie, intimidated his opponents with his ...
Defending the goal
Early club team
Early wool jersey, a collection of hockey sticks and ot ...
Goalie Andy Paquin makes the save
Hockey gloves worn by player #12, Bill "Luke" Lukasonas
Hockey skates worn by Tim Butler, 1960-1964
Hockey stick signed by players and coach
Jim Brady and teammate, Bill Sweeney
Kent Phibbs & Norman McEachern, 1964
Marv Pozefsky and Tim Butler reminisce about their days ...
One of the first club team photos, ca. 1960
Original proposal recommending the Institute establish ...
Player Jim Brady assists the Archives by identifying so ...
Players return for the exhibit: (l-r) Jim Baker, Bob Bu ...
Poster created for the exhibit
RIT cheerleaders and the Corner Crew cheer on the team
RIT Hockey Club jacket
RIT men's hockey team results from 1962-1969
Ritter Clark gym and ice arena
Ritter Clark gymnasium and ice arena
Ritter-Clark ice arena, RIT's downtown campus
Shared remembrances by former hockey players
Shouts on Goal
The first jerseys worn by RIT hockey players were hand- ...
Warning: Corner Crew - we're loud and obnoxious at home ...