MCLA Blazers
MCLA Trailblazers new logo.jpg
Institution: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Location: North Adams, Massachusetts
School founded: 1894 (took present name in 1997)
Enrollment: 2,425
Colors: Navy and Gold          
Home Arena: Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
Men's Team
Conference: Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers or MCLA Trailblazers were a men's hockey team representing the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts. The team was based out of what is now known as the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in North Adams.

Name History[edit | edit source]

The team was known as the MCLA Mohawks from 1996 to 2002 and the North Adams State Mohawks from its' founding in 1972 until 1996 when the school was renamed. The team changed its nickname from Mohawks in 2002 (which it had used since 1963) when the NCAA started to pressure schools to change nicknames that could be potentially offensive to Native Americans. The new nickname was intended as a tribute to several trails located in the area and their historical significance to local and American history, as the Mohawk Trail was a trading and travel route that has been used for centuries for migration and trade between coastal New England and upstate New York and the town was a stop on the Underground Railroad (African-American Heritage Trail), which had many locals participate in the relocation of escaped slaves to New England ports and to Canada. The area also is part of the Appalachian, Long, Molly Stark,, Taconic, and Mount Greylock Trails

Team History[edit | edit source]

The team played in the ECAC Division II from 1975 to 1985. For the balance of the team's existence it was a member of ECAC Division III and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference which was its' all sports home. The MASCAC would be a league that played a limited schedule that allowed its' members play in other leagues.

coffee cup with previous North Adams State Mohawks logo

Present MCLA Trailblazers logo

Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
NCAA College Division Independent Overall Record
1971-72 - - - - - - - - - 13 2 11 0
ECAC Division III Overall Record
1972-73 7 2 5 0 23 36 .286 - L, F 10-3 (Worcester St) 17 10 6 1
1973-74 8 4 3 1 53 32 .563 - Did not qualify 15 7 7 1
1974-75 13 11 2 0 97 43 .846 - W, SF 5-3 (Worcester St) L, F 6-4 (Bryant) 21 13 8 0
ECAC Division II Overall Record
1975-76 12 3 9 0 36 65 .250 - Did not qualify 21 11 10 0
ECAC Division II West Overall Record
1976-77 17 6 10 1 75 95 .382 - Did not qualify 26 14 11 1
1977-78 15 6 9 0 65 63 .400 - Did not qualify 23 13 10 0
1978-79 18 8 10 0 .444 - Did not qualify 24 12 12 0
1979-80 20 11 9 0 101 90 .550 8th W, QF 7-5 (Elmira) L, SF 4-3 (Plattsburgh St) 24 14 10 0
1980-81 20 11 8 1 .575 6th W, QF 13-5 (Elmira) 23 14 8 1
1981-82 23 16 7 0 .696 4th W, QF 5-3 (Williams) W, SF 5-3 (RIT) L, F 14-3 (Plattsburgh St) 29 20 8 1
1982-83 21 9 11 1 101 101 .452 6th W, QF 5-3 (Norwich) L, SF 5-4 (Plattsburgh St) 26 12 13 1
1983-84 25 15 8 2 .640 6th L, QF 6-3 (Union) 29 18 9 2
1984-85 23 10 12 1 86 99 .457 8th Did not qualify
ECAC East Overall Record
1985-86 22 12 10 0 .545 T-7th L, QF 7-1 (Bowdoin) 26 15 11 0
1986-87 26 10 16 0 104 122 .385 11th Did not qualify 29 13 13 0
1987-88 23 9 13 1 89 138 .413 10th Did not qualify 27 13 14 1
1988-89 21 6 14 1 91 104 .310 13th Did not qualify
1989-90 23 5 17 1 90 146 .239 13th Did not qualify 27 8 18 1
1990-91 20 1 17 2 .100 14th Did not qualify 25 3 20 2
1991-92 20 3 16 1 .175 T-14th Did not qualify 26 4 19 3
1992-93 17 4 13 0 .235 15th Did not qualify 22 8 14 0
1993-94 17 3 13 1 7 16th Did not qualify 23 5 16 2
1994-95 17 1 15 1 44 121 3 18th Did not qualify 23 1 21 1
1995-96 19 3 14 2 8 18th Did not qualify 24 6 16 2
1996-97 19 5 14 0 61 119 10 T-17th Did not qualify 22 9 12 1
1997-98 19 1 17 1 61 119 3 20th Did not qualify 25 4 20 1
1998-99 17 0 16 1 27 131 1 18th Did not qualify 25 4 20 1 59 170
1999-00 17 3 14 0 35 109 6 7th L, QF 6-1 (Mass-Boston) 25 7 17 1 60 136
2000-01 17 1 16 0 2 34 94 9th L, QF 3-0 (Norwich) 26 4 22 0 62 123
2001-02 19 8 8 3 63 73 19 T-3rd W, QF 4-2 (Babson) W, SF 3-1 (New England College) L, F 10-1 (Norwich) 28 14 11 3 91 104
2002-03 19 3 14 2 64 107 8 T-6th L, QF 7-5 (Babson) 23 5 15 3 88 125
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