Penn Quakers
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University University of Pennsylvania
Conference ACHA
Head coach Scott Carmack
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Arena Class of 1923 Arena
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Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Univ. of Penn team in 1896–97, its first season of existence. Top row, from left: Arthur Stackhouse, William Agnew, George Orton, Clinton Decker. Middle row, from left: William Phymister, Horace Gibbons, Miles Gibbons, John Chattin, Stanley Willett. Bottom row, from left: John Gosman, Arthur Moore.

The Penn Quakers men's ice hockey team represents the University of Pennsylvania in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II.[1] Penn is a member of the Colonial States College Hockey Conference. The Quakers play at the Class of 1923 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Penn's first ice hockey team formed for the 1896–97 season and it began competing in the Intercollegiate Hockey League (ICHL), which included only 4 teams (the other three being Yale, Brown and Columbia), in 1898–99. On the first team in 1896–97 were several players of Canadian background, among them middle distance runner George Orton. Each season, the team played few games and had limited popularity. Despite growing popularity as time progressed, the team was forced to fold in 1927 due to insufficient funding. In 1941, Penn re-entered the hockey world, competing in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League and winning the league title that year. The Quakers continued to compete until the team was forced to dissolve as a result of World War II. Penn's hockey program was resurrected in the 1950s and became gradually more competitive until eventually reaching the varsity level in 1965.

Penn played at the varsity level for the first time in the 1965–66 season, finishing 16-8. To support the team, in 1968, a group of donors and the Class of 1923 joined to fund the construction of the Class of 1923 Arena. In the 1970–71 season, the Quakers made the ECAC playoffs for the first time. The team would have similar success in the following season. The 1972–73 season was filled with similar success under a new coach, Bob Crocker, even beating defending national champion Boston University 7-3 in the first round of the ECAC tournament in Boston. Crocker had been an assistant coach at BU before coming to Penn.

Following the success of the 1972–73 season, the team began a downward spiral. The university began to tighten the team's budget, which made recruiting more difficult and caused the level of play to decline. After the 1977–78 season, Penn's athletic department announced a plan to drop the hockey team's varsity status, along with that of the gymnastics, golf, and badminton teams, citing budgetary restraints. A 4-day sit-in resulted in an agreement between students and administration to preserve some of the cut programs, but not the varsity hockey team.

Since falling from the varsity level, the Penn Quakers men's ice hockey team has maintained its status as a club team. During this period, the team has enjoyed numerous successes, including several championship appearances and victories. Today, the team competes in the ACHA Division II and continues to call the Class of 1923 Arena its home.[3]

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