Dickinson Ice Hockey 1979
*Photograph courtesy of the Dickinson College Archives 
The picture above is from the 1978-79 Dickinson Hockey Club season. Hockey is an exciting sport which originates from Canada.  Ice hockey at Dickinson College has never been a varsity sport.  Nevertheless, this club sport manages to get fans to go all the way to Mechanicsburg in order to cheer on their school.   This was one of the best years Dickinson had in ice hockey.  The squad finished with a record of 10-1-1.  The team employed  the services of the Skatium in Mechanicsburg as their home ice.  They played in the Central PA. Collegiate Hockey League, which includes schools like Franklin and Marshall and Susquehanna. Under the captaincy of Jay Nader, and without the benefit of a head coach for part of the season, Dickinson ice hockey team managed to destroy opponents by scores like 11-1, 11-0, and 15-2.  Sadly, despite the success of the team, the College denied the club funds that would have enabled it to join the Delaware Valley Conference with such institutions as Lafayette.

1860 is the year that ice hockey really separated itself from field hockey by using a puck instead of a ball.  The first modern ice hockey team, McGill Hockey Club, was formed in 1880.  The sport moved south and the first game played in the United States was in 1893 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  Hockey quickly became a popular sport in the United States after this.  Today, in addition to the National Hockey League there are numerous hockey leagues in North America, both professional and amateur.

David Wilock

Dickinsonian 1978-79  Dickinson College, Carlisle
Arlott, John editor, The Oxford Companion to Sports and Games. Oxford University Press, New York, 1975