By Heather Croze
Dartmouth Sports Publicity
Pictures and Videos by Bob Gross
October 22, 2005 marks the official beginning of another season of men’s hockey at Dartmouth, but this year is especially significant. That exhibition game against McGill also begins a year long celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of men’s hockey at Dartmouth College.
The celebration will honor the people and events surrounding a sport that has been a part of Dartmouth, the Upper Valley and the nation since 1905-06. Former athletes, coaches and other people with close ties to the program will be invited to participate in the festivities.
In addition, the celebration will reunite teams who can look back with pride on the accomplishments of the past 100 years while looking ahead with confidence and optimism to a vibrant future.
“I can’t begin to say how excited I am to be the coach during this special time,” said head coach Bob Gaudet. “It’s going to be an honor to witness this historic season. As a team we often talk about the importance of representing something bigger than ourselves and we strive to embody the Dartmouth spirit each time we don the Green and White. This centennial celebration is a perfect vehicle for our players to further appreciate the rich history associated with our program as we bring to sharp focus the proud tradition that we represent.”
During the past century, Dartmouth men’s hockey has come a long way from the frozen surface of the Connecticut River and Occum Pond, to the first artificial ice sheet in the country at Davis Rink and finally to the timeless Thompson Arena. Along the way the team earned a place in the nation’s athletic annals with league championships and national competitions. Some significant moments in Dartmouth history include: the first Big Green team to take the ice (1905), Alumni Gym opens (1921), Davis Rink opens (1930), Eddie Jeremiah begins his Dartmouth coaching career (1937), the 1941-42 team earns the national collegiate title, the 1947-48 team is Dartmouth’s first NCAA tournament team, Dartmouth stuns New Hampshire for the ECAC Holiday Tournament title (1972), Thompson Arena opens (1975), 1978-79 team wins the Ivy title and advances to NCAA tournament, Bob Gaudet becomes head coach (1997) and Dartmouth has its second 20-win season in three years (2004-05).
Dartmouth men’s hockey has produced countless wonderful memories and outstanding individuals along with teams. Besides a national championship there are scores of All-Americans, Olympians, Hall of Fame members, professional players and executives along with coaches. All of these individuals helped shape the history of this great game and colored their experiences with a decidedly green hue.
“Being a part of this program and having the privilege of representing Dartmouth men’s hockey in its 100th year is huge,” said senior assistant captain Garret Overlock. “This is a huge honor for me and the entire team. Each time we put on a Dartmouth sweater we are reminded of the rich history and incredible people that have been involved with this team for the past century.”
As the 100 year anniversary unfolds, the Big Green men’s hockey team opens the regular season on October 29, facing Ivy and ECAC Hockey League rival Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. The game is an opportunity for Dartmouth alumni and fans to not only watch the Big Green hockey team, but to see the football, men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey teams all in action against the Crimson that day.
Ed Roewer, Duke Dushame, Jack Riley in Smoyer Lounge, November 11. 2005
Ed Roewer, Duke Dushame, Jack Riley with Coach Bob Gaudet
Activities in Thompson Arena begin on November 11 when Dartmouth hosts Colgate in the home opener. The 1941-42 national championship team will be honored with a ceremonial puck drop before the game. Several members of the team are expected to attend including Ed Roewer ’44, the legendary Jack Riley ’44 and Duke Dushame ’43.
Harvard and Dartmouth will meet again on December 16 in Thompson Arena in the College Sports TV (CSTV) game of the week. A ceremonial faceoff featuring Walter Bush ’51, former president of USA Hockey, is on the agenda. Andrew Pillsbury also interviews Walter Bush exclusively for our web site - use the popup menu below to see these events and more.
Coach Bob Gaudet with Walter Bush in Smoyer Lounge
All these events point toward a celebration on January 27 and 28 when Union and Rensselaer come to the Hanover Plain. The weekend will involve countless alumni, family and friends. The two games will focus on honoring Dartmouth’s All-Americans, Hall of Fame members, Final Four teams and Olympians. On Saturday afternoon the annual Alumni game will take place at Thompson Arena. With a huge cross section of former players making the trip back, Dartmouth fans of all ages will enjoy watching them take the ice in that alumni contest. On Sunday, January 29, an invitation-only brunch will honor all former and current men’s hockey players and will include a video commemorating the Big Green’s hockey past.
“The spirit of Dartmouth is inescapable and is felt with your first steps on campus,” said senior captain Mike Ouellette. “Traditions of excellence and honor echo throughout the walls of every building, pushing us to do our best as students, as athletes, and as people.
Captain Mike Ouellette at January 28 Celebration Banquet
“This year we’re not only playing for ourselves, our coaches, or our fans, but for something much greater that encompasses the true essence of the Dartmouth spirit. I can’t express the absolute privilege I feel for having the opportunity to be a part of such a special time here at Dartmouth.”