Rutgers University is one of the nation’s major state universities. Chartered in 1766, it has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Its 30 degree-granting units offer over 100 distinct bachelor’s degrees, and thousands of courses. Rutgers is one of the top public schools in the country, often considered “Public Ivy League”, while tuition is significantly lower than other AAU research institutions, such as Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, and Yale. At this world-class research university, students work side by side with nationally renowned professors to achieve knowledge they will use the rest of their lives.
Our main campus is located on the banks of the Raritan River in historic New Brunswick, New Jersey. Nicknamed “Hub City”, New Brunswick’s lively atmosphere, theater district and fine dining enables students to become well rounded in all aspects of life without having to travel beyond campus. For those who do wish to explore the region, New Brunswick’s location allows easy transit access to major cities such as Philadelphia and New York, as well as the famous Jersey Shore, all within an hour.
The Rutgers Ice Hockey Program is also very rich in history, dating back 115 years. Our program currently competes at the Division 1 level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and as of the 2012 – 2013 season, will be a member of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) for divisional play. Other ESCHL member schools are U. of Delaware, U of Rhode Island, West Chester U. and SUNY Stony Brook. With the exception of the Princeton University Tigers (NCAA Div. 1), Rutgers Hockey competes at a higher level than any other collegiate program in the state of New Jersey.
The 2011-2012 season was one of great accomplishment for the Ice Knights. With zero regulation losses in their NECHL league games, the Knights won the regular season title for the 3rd consecutive year, and made their 3rd consecutive appearance at the ACHA Division 1 National Championships. The Knights finished the regular season ranked #19 in the nation, while proving they are up to the task of moving to the ESCHL next season. The team finished out the regular season with a pair of big wins vs. #16 Stony Brook and #14 U. of Central Oklahoma, earning a #16 seed for nationals in Cleveland, Ohio. The Knights ultimately fell to West Virginia U. at nationals, but the upward trend towards the top of ACHA Division 1 continues.
We actively recruit players who we believe will help the program continue to succeed and prosper for years to come. More specifically, we are looking for young men who are dedicated to hard work, both on the ice and in the classroom. The goal of the program is not only to keep up with, and exceed, the level of play of our competition, but more importantly to develop our players into men that have the values to thrive in whatever they choose to do in life after Rutgers Hockey.
For those players who do have the opportunity to advance to the next level on the ice, our coaching staff has ample contacts in the form of professional scouts and coaches. The staff will fully encourage, and assist in, any player’s desire to advance their career at any point in time.
Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a highly selective organization composed of the 62 leading research universities in North America. As a result, not only do our players have the chance to advance to the next level in the sport of hockey, they are assured unlimited opportunity upon graduation, in any profession they desire to pursue.