A couple of legendary college hockey coaches who have combined to win over 1,300 games and six NCAA titles will be bringing their teams to Houston Field House for the first time since the 20th century.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced its 2015-16 schedule Thursday. The Engineers will host Jerry York and Boston College on Oct. 11 and Red Berenson and Michigan on Oct. 24.
It has been two decades since a BC team played in Troy. It’s even longer since Michigan has been there.
BC last played at RPI on Jan. 2, 1995. The Engineers won 7-2. The teams last met Oct. 13, 2013, The Eagles cruised to a 7-2 victory.
The Wolverines have won an NCAA-best nine titles. They are appearing at the Field House for he first time since Jan. 19, 1985. The Engineers, who won the NCAA championship that season, beat the Wolverines 5-1.
RPI dropped a two-game series at Michigan last season.
York has a 984-591-105 record in 43 years of coaching, the last 21 coached at BC. He is 517-256-71 there. York has won four of his five NCAA titles with BC. The other came with Bowling Green in 1984.
Berenson finished his 31st season coaching the Wolverines. He is 810-399-84 and won two NCAA championships.
“You have the most legendary coaches in the history of our game who both have a real good sense of what’s right for college hockey,” RPI coach Seth Appert said. “Obviously, first and foremost, they’re going to take care of their programs, as they should. But those two teams have shown in the past that they’ll travel. They don’t play all of their non-conference games at home.”
BC and Michigan have combined to win 14 NCAA titles. The Wolverines, who will play at Union the night before RPI, have won an NCAA-best nine championships.
“It’s a great opportunity for our young men to test themselves against two of the premier programs in he country,” Appert said. “But that’s something we seem to do every year, both in our league and out of our league. More than anything, I’m excited for our fans. We have some of the best fans in college hockey, and an unbelievably loyal, passionate fan base. For them to get to see their team against teams like Michigan and Boston College will be a real fun opportunity for our fan base. I’m excited for them.”
RPI will open ECAC Hockey play at Union Oct. 30. The two teams meet the next night in Troy. The non-league Mayor’s Cup meeting at the Times Union Center will be Jan. 23.
Other scheduling highlights:
u After hosting St. Thomas in an exhibition game Oct. 3, RPI will open the regular season Oct. 9 at UMass-Lowell.
u The Engineers will host first-year Division I program Arizona State for two games Dec. 11-12.
u RPI will play in two tournaments — at the Brice Alaska Gold Rush Oct. 16-17, and at the Notre Dame tournament Nov. 27-28.
u The Big Red Freakout will be Feb. 6 against Clarkson.
Home games in CAPS
e-ECAC Hockey game
3 — ST. THOMAS (exhibition), 7; 9 — at UMass-Lowell, 7:30; 11 — BOSTON COLLEGE, 2; 16 — vs. Alaska-Anchorage at Brice Alaska Gold Rush, 9:05; 17 — vs. Alaska at Brice Alaska Gold Rush, 11:05; 24 — MICHIGAN, 7; e-30 — at Union, 7; e-31 — UNION, 7.
e-7 — at Clarkson, 7; e-8 — at St. Lawrence, 7; e-13 — YALE, 7; e-14 — BROWN, 7; 20 — at Bentley, 7; 24 — NEW HAMPSHIRE, 7; 27-28 — at Notre Dame tournament.
e-4 — DARTMOUTH, 7; e-5 — HARVARD, 7; 11 — ARIZONA STATE, 7; 12 — ARIZONA STATE, 7.
2 — at Miami (Ohio), TBA; 3 — at Miami (Ohio), TBA; e-8 — at Princeton, 7; e-9 — at Quinnipiac, 7; e-15 — CORNELL, 7; e-16 — COLGATE, 7; 23 — vs. Union in Mayor’s Cup at Times Union Center, 7:30; e-29 — at Brown, 7; e-30 — at Yale, 7.
e-5 — ST. LAWRENCE, 7; e-6 — CLARKSON, 7 (Big Red Freakout); e-12 — at Harvard, 7; e-13 — at Dartmouth, 7; e-19 — QUINNIPIAC, 7; e-20 — PRINCETON, 7; e-26 — at Colgate, 7; e-27 — at Cornell, 7.