“Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to any-body else. You have to take pride in yourself.”
-Paul Coffey, NHL Hall of Fame Inductee
The club provides student athletes the opportunity to continue playing competitive hockey while receiving a quality education at an acclaimed institution. We promote through competition and preparing for competition, a high standard of personal dedication, capable leadership, and strong team spirit. We will aim not only to win, but to win with pride—pride in our skills, our effort, our sportsmanship, and our integrity. At the end of every shift, every game, every season, we will take pride in ourselves. Constitution and By-Laws.
The club program is structured and professionally managed like an NCAA Varsity team. We are a Division III club program nationally affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and USA Hockey and regionally affiliated with the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC). Our season runs from September through February; we play 26-28 intercollegiate games. Our home ice is the rink at Sport-o-Rama, located in Monsey, N.Y., just 15 miles from campus. Membership is competitive. Tryouts are open to all undergraduate and graduate Ramapo College students in good standing.
Although the self-sustaining intercollegiate ice hockey club was established in 2015, it carries on a proud tradition of ice hockey at Ramapo College. The original program started in the fall of 1972; only one year after Ramapo College opened its doors. The hockey team posted the first winning season of any sport at the college, with a 9-7-1 record in its inaugural season of 1972-73. In the 1974-75 season, ice hockey gave Ramapo College its first championship, prompting founding President, Dr. George T. Potter to send the team a note saying that the ice hockey team did much to put Ramapo College on the map.
The 1975-76 was known as the fabled “Super Team” for good reason. The team overpowered the opposition ending the season with a 29-1-3 record. The team outscored the opposition 285 (8.9) to 73 (2.3). At season’s end, Ramapo had its second consecutive league championship.
In 1976-77, the team transitioned to varsity status and for the next four seasons played an ambitious ECAC Division III schedule. The team had its ups and downs and in 1981, the program was suspended due to budgetary constraints. Although resurrected for the 1982-83 season and making the playoffs for the local Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC), the program lost its funding after 1983-84 season and Ramapo no longer had an ice hockey team.
In just ten seasons, the original team left a significant legacy for Ramapo athletics. The final record for the program in 277 games played is 147-113-17; one divisional championship, three-second place divisional finishes and two league championship titles. In just 11 years of operation, 10 players, two coaches, and two championship teams have been voted into the Ramapo College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Although it has been 32 years since Ramapo College last had an active hockey program, former players travel from across the country every year to participate in the annual Alumni game. The continued enthusiasm for the Alumni game over three decades is a testament to the strength of the bonds between teammates and the role hockey played in their college experience. The College is proud that many of the former hockey players credit their participation on the ice hockey team as a critical component in their growth at Ramapo College and in their lives after graduation.
Like the fabled phoenix being reborn from its own ashes, the Ramapo College Ice Hockey Roadrunner arose again on September 27, 2015. The goal of our program is to build a strong, respected team that will attract quality student athletes, and to ensure that motivation, integrity, commitment, and teamwork are, as they have always been, at the heart of Ramapo Ice Hockey’s competitive philosophy.
In addition, to our MCHC league schedule, we schedule independent games with other Division III teams.
Organizational meetings are held in late winter and early spring to review prior and current operations to develop methodologies to advance the program. Specific meeting and tryout dates will be posted on this website, in the school paper, and on posters throughout the campus. All full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good standing, including incoming freshman and transfer students, are eligible to try out for the team.