Team STX Hockey Adds D1 Powerhouse Miami University
Ready for it? The college hockey season is here and STX is proud to be the official equipment provider for the Miami University RedHawks!
While the Zamboni gets the ice ready for game day in Oxford, Ohio, we’re taking an inside look at the RedHawks’ program – here are four things you should know about the D1 team before game day hits:
RedHawk Hockey Takes Off in 1978
Ice hockey hasn’t always been a staple sport for the university – in fact, it wasn’t until 1978 that ice hockey was officially added to the university’s varsity sports roster. Steve Cady was appointed as the team’s first head coach. Starting as an independent Division I team, the RedHawks flew solo for their first two seasons before joining the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in 1980.
Did you know? Coach Cady was not only instrumental in building Miami’s hockey program, but he also served as the university’s head soccer coach in a rare dual-head coaching role.
The RedHawks Fly to CCHA Success
In 1993, the RedHawks won their first CCHA regular season title. After winning the title, the team was selected for its first NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament.
Following this historic win, the RedHawks went on to win three more regular season conference titles, for a total of four over the team’s CCHA history. Furthermore, the RedHawks were recognized as one of the top teams in the country earning multiple No. 1 rankings in the 05-06 and 07-08 campaigns.
In 2009, the RedHawks appeared in their first-ever NCAA Championship game. They carried their postseason success into the 2010 tournament with another Frozen Four appearance, cementing the team’s status as a top D1 competitor.
Head Coach Enrico Blasic is a RedHawk Legend
Blasi is a RedHawk through and through. He began his career at Miami as a Center for the RedHawks, playing from 1990-94. After winning the conference title in ‘93, Blasi was named a captain for the ‘93-94 season.
He returned to Miami as head coach in ’99 at just 27 years old. Under his leadership, the RedHawks won three CCHA regular season titles, two conference tournaments, with its first coming in 2011, and advanced to ten NCAA Tournaments, with two appearances in the Frozen Four and a play for the 2009 National Championship.
The guy’s a hockey legend – and the RedHawks aren’t the only ones who think so. He was named CCHA Coach of the Year five times and in 2006, he was honored with the Spencer Penrose Award, recognizing him as coach of the year across all of D1 hockey.
New Conference, Same RedHawks
In 2013, after 33 years as a member of the CCHA, the RedHawks joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The eight-team conference is made up of some of the top hockey programs in the nation, with over 18 National Championships between them.
Since joining, the RedHawks have won the NCHC Conference Tournament once and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice. This year, the RedHawks are eyeing their first regular season championship as a member of the NCHC.
With the puck getting ready to drop for the new season, keep an eye out for these RedHawks and the new gear they’ll be rocking! And check out some gear for yourself here.
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