College hockey notes: RPI Ring of Honor adds Chiarelli

Frank Chiarelli, 75, will be inducted into the RPI Hockey Ring of Honor

Frank Chiarelli accomplished a lot in four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Now, the four-time All-America and holder of three NCAA scoring records will be recognized for his achievements with his induction 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 among them. With Ned, and Juneau and Oates, I’d gather it’s an exclusive group.”

Chiarelli had 155 goals and 110 assists 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.”


Union will have another Simpson on the team starting in 2009.

The Dutchmen received a verbal commitment from Lawrence Academy junior forward Wayne Simpson, the younger brother of freshman forward John Simpson. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Wayne Simpson, who is 18 years old, leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and 19 assists in 34 games.

Chris Warner, who runs U.S. Hockey Report, describes Wayne Simpson as a “cerebral playmaker.”


Union’s six-game winning streak is getting some national attention.

The Dutchmen received 12 points, sixth most among other teams receiving votes, in the latest NCAA top-20 poll. They also got two points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Mag­azine poll. Union also cracked Inside College Hockey’s top-20 power rankings, coming in at No. 19.


RPI, riding a nine-game losing streak, isn’t the only ECACH team that’s struggling.

Brown lost to Merrimack, 4-3, last Sunday, extending its winless streak to 13 games (0-11-2).

After two weeks off, Harvard seeks to end a 10-game winless skid (0-8-2) when it visits Dartmouth on Saturday. The Crimson’s last win was Dec. 1 against Dartmouth.

Ironically, Harvard’s losing streak began Dec. 4, when it dropped a 4-2 decision to RPI. That was the

Engineers’ last victory.


Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week:

u Boston University senior forward Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park) had a goal and two assists in the Terriers’ 6-4 win over Mer­rimack last Friday. He had an assist in Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Boston College. MacArthur was named to the Hockey East honor roll.

u Quinnipiac sophomore forward Mike Atkinson (Kinderhook) had an assist as the Bobcats extended their national-best unbeaten streak to 9-0-1 with a 5-2 victory over Holy Cross last Saturday.

u RPI sophomore defenseman Laura Gersten (Queensbury) had two assists in the Engineers’ 3-1 triumph over Robert Morris last Saturday.

u St. Lawrence sophomore forward Tara Akstull (Clifton Park) collected two assists as the Saints routed Cornell, 6-1. She picked up two more assists Saturday as the Saints edged Colgate, 5-3.


All games from the ECAC Hockey men’s and women’s tournaments will be available online through B2 Networks. The two sides announced a multiyear agreement on Tuesday.

According to the ECACH, this will be the first time any NCAA hockey league has had every one of its postseason games available to a worldwide audience.

Prices to view the games have yet to be announced.


The ECACH and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to help raise funds in the fight against cancer with the creation Pink at the Rink.

ECACH women’s teams hosting games the weekends of Feb. 8 and 15 will wear specially designed pink jerseys. The coaching staffs of the men’s and women’s teams will either wear pink ties or pink scarves.

All items then will be auctioned off online at Bids for the jerseys will begin at $150, or you can buy one for $250.


Air Force senior forward Eric Ehn, who was a Hobey Baker Award hat trick finalist last season, is likely out for the season after breaking his leg last Saturday against Colorado College.

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