Army Black Knights Hockey Schedule
College hockey season is underway and 2013-2014 looks bright for the Army Black
Knights team. West Point is buzzing with the expectations for this team and hoping that they will win the Atlantic Hockey
Association title for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. Tate Rink will certainly once again be one of the toughest
arenas in the country for opposing teams to enter and come away with a win.
An exciting early season match up will be
in early December when the Canisius Golden Griffins come to West Point on the 6th and 7th. Canisius always has a formidable
team and there is no love lost between them and the Black Knights so expect this to be a hard hitting early season affair.
opponent who always brings out the best in Army is Air Force and they make their way to Tate Rink for back to back contests
on January 10th and 11th. No Army fan or alumnus will want to miss out on the chance to cheer the Black Knights on to victory
against the Falcons. Be sure to get tickets early for this one because they will not stay on sale very long!
There has been a lot of turnover in the Army hockey squad the last two seasons as several upperclassmen have graduated
but thus only makes room for the freshman and sophomores to make names for themselves and step into the spotlight. If this
year's freshman class is anywhere near as exciting and talented as last year's the Black Knights will be in good hands and
should be able to knock off even the best teams in the AHA. Regardless of the age and experience of a Black Knights team,
you know that coach Brian Riley, now in his ninth season, will have a disciplined, hard working squad that will lay it all
on the line and leave everything on the ice each night.
Any game at West Point in any sport
is a fantastic event full of tradition, pageantry, and all of the dedication and camaraderie you have come to expect from
the United States Army. This is especially true at the hockey matches, where the nonstop action feeds the frenzy of the fans
and before you know it you will be screaming your lungs out and joining in on the chants, doing whatever you can to help cheer
the Black Knights on to victory. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots,
and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the
final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already
be planning a return trip to Tate Rink.
The Atlantic Hockey Association is celebrating
its tenth season in existence after breaking away from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to become an independent, hockey
only conference. Hopefully for fans of the schools in the AHA, the 2013-2014 season will be the first in which a school representing
the conference makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Teams like Canisus, Niagara, and Air Force have made the tournament
the past few years but lost close games. This season look for the Black Knights as well as those teams to be looking to pile
up wins to possibly earn an at large berth in the tournament if not an outright bid by winning the AHA. All of the tough competition
in the conference this season should help whichever teams represent the AHA in the NCAA Tournament be well prepared to finally
leave their mark and possibly make a run to the Frozen Four. Get on board the AHA bandwagon now and follow the Black Knights
form the start of the 2013-2014 season.
Army Black Knights Hockey Trivia
Since most of the graduates from
West Point go on to long and successful careers i the Army there have not been many former Black Knights hockey players who
have gone on to play professional hockey. In fact, to date only one alumnus has gone on to have a career in the NHL, Dan Hinote
who enjoyed a ten year career playing for both the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues from 1999 to 2009. One of the
longest running international rivalries in sports exists between the Black Knights and the Royal Military College of Canada
Paladins. The rivalry dates back to 1921 when Douglas MacArthur recommended that the two squads face off against one another.
After a brief six year hiatus due to scheduling conflicts that only included a few practices together the rivalry was renewed
in 2011. Since then it has been agreed that the two sides will meet annually in exhibition gaes, much to the delight of fans
of both schools' programs.