Fordham Begins Their 40th Season
By Drew Mola / Fordham Hockey Online

Aug 6, 2009 -- The 2009-2010 season sees the Fordham University ice hockey program now entering its 40th campaign, one of the longest of any the clubs at school. The team was actually created in the 1967-68 season playing and winning one game versus cross town rival Manhattan College. The "Maroon Six" as they were known then, began playing a full slate of games during the 1970-71 season. The team joined the MIHL (Metropolitan Intercollegiate Hockey League), in the fall of 1970 and began playing such teams as Columbia, Fairfield and St. Johns. The team was originally created and funded by Fordham University athletics to become a varsity program. However the team was relegated to its current club status in 1975 when the school chose to elevate its club football team back to varsity instead. After a league name change to the BSMIHL (Bi-State Metropolitan Intercollegiate Hockey League) for the 1975-76 season, the team held the longest tenure as a member of the MCHC (Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference) after the league changed its name at the start the of the 1976-77 season.

The team is coached by the tandem of Tim Collins and Rich Guberti, both in their second year with the team. Both Tim and Rich have a wealth of coaching experience which includes running the Westchester Mariner youth hockey program based out of Rye Playland, as well as coaching stints with both Fordham Prep, Christ the King and the NYC Empire State teams. Behind the scenes is team general manager Andrew Mola CBA '86 (26th year) who handles the day-to-day team operations.

The 2008-2009 seasons for the Fordham University Hockey program marked another successful campaign in the team's long history. Led by the first year coach duo of Tim Collins and Rich Guberti, and competing as a member of the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference for the 39th year, the Rams posted a 7-8-0-1 in the elite Empire Division of the MCHC and qualified for the post season for the 9th consecutive season. The Rams advanced to the league quarter finals before being ousted in a heartbreaking but well fought 1-0 battle versus Farmingdale State. Overall, the squad posted a winning record of 10-9-0-1, marking the teams 6th consecutive winning season, the longest in team history. The team also is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) which ranks club teams on a national basis. The team improved to a final ranking of 14th in the Atlantic Region, up 2 places from last years number 16 ranking. Other season highlights included the team placing 4 players in the league annual all star game, Junior's Kevin Baum and Connor O'Brien and Sophomores Jim Brolly and Ben Zabatino. Also, for the second consecutive year, the team's overall GPA was a combined 3.3, with a 3.4 average in the fall semester. 5 Rams w rewarded be being named to the American Collegiate Hockey Association's All - Academic team.

The team begins its practices early September skating twice a week until the 16 game league schedule kicks off mid-October. Once the league games start, the practices are scaled back to once a week. No games are played during Thanksgiving break, finals week in December or Christmas break. The season culminates with first round of playoffs in the third weekend of February and the semi finals and finals the last weekend in February. The season is concluded with the annual alumni game, which was reinstated six years ago after a 5-year absence.

For more information on the team please contact general manager Andrew Mola at 212-538-8074 (work).

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