The Army Black Knights are the hockey team of the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point, and as can be expected from the students of a top-notch military school, they are among the best teams in all of collegiate men’s hockey. The Black Knights are part of the NCAA’s elite Division I and therefore regularly face some of the stiffest competition in the country. They are also part of the Atlantic Hockey Association. That conference is home to 11 of the best college hockey teams in the northeastern United States and holds its own annual tournament to determine which team is the best. In the most recent 2019 tournament, the Black Knights made it to the quarterfinals. Despite the constant pressure of difficult challenges, the team was ranked No. 4 in the Atlantic Hockey Conference standings for the 2019-2020 season, made it to No. 3 in the 2018-2019 season and finished the 2017-2018 season at No. 4. A string of strong seasons like that have made the Army Black Knights one of the most dominant teams in the conference's history since its founding in 2003. Get your Army Black Knights hockey tickets at StubHub today.
Which players are on the roster for the Army Black Knights?
For the 2019-2020 season, the Army Black Knights have assembled a roster of talented players to raise their team banner. These include goaltender Matt Penta; defenders Cody Fleckenstein, Thomas Farrell and team captain Alex Wilkinson; and forwards Colin Bilek, Dominic Franco, Tucker DeYoung, Eric Butte and Brett Abdelnour.
What is the Army Black Knights' schedule?
On February 29, 2020, the Army Black Knights played a home game scheduled against the American International College Yellow Jackets. After that, the Black Knights will be participating in a series of games with the other Atlantic Hockey conference teams as they enter the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey tournament from March 13 to March 15, 2020. Depending on their performance in these games, they may go on to the semifinals on March 20 and the finals on March 21. Taking a glance at the typical season’s game schedule for the Army Black Knights from early October to late March, the team typically plays in one or two games every week or so. In cases where the Black Knights have to play two games a week, they play against the same team back-to-back on consecutive days. In those cases, the Black Knights might play two home games, two away games or one home game and one away game.
Are the Army Black Knights involved in any longstanding rivalries?
The Black Knights’ great rivals are the Air Force Falcons. To make this rivalry between military branches happen on the ice, the Falcons were allowed to join the Atlantic Hockey Conference, despite the fact that Atlantic Hockey focuses on northeastern teams and the Air Force Academy is located in Colorado. The rivalry perhaps reached its height when the Black Knights and the Falcons faced each other in the finals of the 2007 Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The rivalry rages on to this day.
What are some of the venues where the Army Black Knights play hockey?
When the Black Knights play home games, their arena is Tate Rink at West Point. Tate Rink can seat up to 2,648 people, and since its opening and first game on Oct. 25, 1985, the Black Knights have won more than 60% of their home games. When the Army’s hockey players aren't at home, they play at venues all over the country, like the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, N.Y., the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, and the USAFA Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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