A Message from the Board of the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation
The members of the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation are thrilled to learn of today’s decision that the Robert Morris University Division I Men’s and Women’s hockey teams are coming back in 2023!
We thank Robert Morris University President Dr. Chris Howard, the Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Chris King and Head Coach Derek Schooley for their work in making this tremendous announcement possible.
We are also thankful for the support of the RMU, Pittsburgh Sports, College and Greater Hockey communities for supporting this effort. Thank you also to the various media outlets for the coverage of this cause. Pittsburgh is a hockey town, and having Division 1 teams at Robert Morris is an important part of that. Thank you for proving that there’s an appetite, desire and need for these teams.
To all who donated and/or pledged money, attended fundraising events, signed up for season tickets, or bought items in the auctions, THANK YOU. We couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you in the stands at RMU DI Men’s and Women’s hockey games again!
To the alums, thank you for all you did during your time as Colonials. Your success both on and off the ice at RMU and as alums helped demonstrate the value of Colonials Hockey. Thank you for your passion and support. We look forward to seeing you back at RMU for years to come.
To local youth hockey players and all “future Colonials,” we hope you continue to love the game and take advantage of the great programs in the area. We are happy that you can now continue to look up to the RMU DI hockey players as role models to inspire you in your careers. Maybe one day you’ll be taking the ice with RMU on your chest. We’ll see you at the next “Skate with the Colonials” after a game!
Our foundation will continue to work with Robert Morris University to ensure that D1 Hockey at RMU not only survives, but thrives. Part of this is continued fundraising to ensure the financial solvency of the programs. Corporations/local businesses, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss sponsorship opportunities or other gifts.
We can’t wait to see these teams take the ice again in the 2023-24 season!
Let’s Go Bobby Mo!
(Photo courtesy of NY Post/Getty Images)
The RMU Hockey Impact on Hockey Fans
Not only did the Colonials enjoy their own success on the ice, they also provided fans an opportunity to see future NHL stars. Fans got to see players like Patrick Kane, Ryan McDonagh, Zach Werenski, Jack Johnson as well as many future Olympians. Help get the Colonials back on the ice!
The RMU Hockey Impact on Pittsburgh
RMU hosted two NCAA National Championship Frozen Four tournaments, generating tens of millions of dollars of revenue for local businesses. The teams were ambassadors in the development of hockey in Pittsburgh, providing over 15,000 hours of community service. Help keep Pittsburgh a hockey town!
(Photo courtesy of Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
(Photo courtesy of RMU Athletics)
The RMU Hockey Impact on Robert Morris
Both programs consistently excelled in the classroom. They had a combined 3.7 GPA in 2020-21. The programs also provided the University great exposure with players coming from four countries, 19 states and eight provinces and they were also nationally ranked 30 times. Help reinstate these programs!
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Honoring Two Programs that Achieved Success on the Ice, in the Classroom and in Their Careers
- Six Regular Season Championships
- Four Conference Tournament Championships
- Three NCAA Tournament Appearances
- Nationally Ranked on 30 Separate Occasions
- Over 10 Wins against Nationally-Ranked Opponents
- Four Olympic Athletes
- Over 80 Players Turned Pro
- Two NHL Referees
- 3.7 Combined GPA in 2020-21
- Over 15,000 hours of Community Service