Frank Chiarelli accomplished a lot in four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Now, the four-time All-America and the holder of three NCAA scoring records will be inducted into the RPI Hockey Ring of Honor next Friday when the Engineers play Quinnipiac.
The 76-year-old Chiarelli will become the fourth person to have a banner hung in his honor. He joins forwards Adam Oates and Joe Junaeu, and Ned Harkness, who coached Chiarelli.
“I’m very excited,” said Chiarelli, who played from 1951-55. “Those are pretty lofty types who are already up there. I’m just pleased to be listed amongst them. With Ned, and Juneau and Oates, I’d gather it’s an exclusive group.”
Chiarelli had 155 goals and 110 assists for in 80 games, and led the Engineers to the 1954 NCAA title. He holds RPI career records for goals, goals per game (1.94), hat tricks (23) and points and ranks third in points per game (3.31) and fifth in overall assists.
He is the NCAA Division I record holder for goals per game in a career, goals per game in a season and points per game in a season. He is also fifth in goals in a season (55) and sixth in goals per game in a season (1.80 in 1952-53).
“I’m thrilled at the selection,” RPI coach Seth Appert said. “It’s an extremely well-deserved honor by a man who continues to stay in touch with this program, but also did just unbelievable things on the ice during his years at RPI.”
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