ISU Club Hockey
The ISU Hockey Club requests your help in fulfilling its mission to build competitive teams and provide all the lessons sports can provide to students including opportunities for internships for future coaches, trainers and sports administrators. The Hockey Club relies almost entirely on the fees paid by the players and their families and YOUR support. Only about 2% of the Club’s annual budget is provided by the University. The current players and their families pay $3,250 annually to play for the Club.
The Club is experiencing significant growth in the quality and quantity of players coming to the program. As a result the 2018-19 Redbirds D1 team picked up some big wins and achieved a top 25 ranking. The DI team will join the Midwest College Hockey Conference for the 2019- 20 season, the Club’s 50th., and hopes to achieve a top 16 ranking and a return to the National Tournament. The DII team returned to the MACHA Gold playoffs this past year and with a strong recruiting class hopes to return to the playoffs and compete for the Championship in 2019-20. Thanks to the success of these teams and the significant efforts of the coaches, the Hockey Club has attracted so many talented players that a DIII team has been established. It will compete in an exhibition season in 2019-20 with plans to join MACHA in the 2020-21. Please help the Hockey Club continue this strong growth.
In 1969 Jim Petersen, a senior from Bloomington, Illinois, and the Student Body President, petitioned the University to establish an Ice Hockey Club as an officially registered student organization. In a letter from the University to Jim dated April 17, 1969, the ISU Hockey Club was given official recognition. Jim asked Bill “Dub” Easton, the ISU map librarian and a hockey enthusiast, to serve as the Club’s faculty advisor. Jim and Bill, who in previous years had each formed teams to play pond hockey, worked together to establish a team.