The Quinnipiac Bobcats have come a long way in a very short time, only becoming a Division I NCAA hockey team in the 1990s. Since then, they've really made their mark in the collegiate hockey world by becoming one of Yale’s greatest rivals. The Bobcats always show up in a big way, and in recent years they've put up some notable records. It's not unusual for the Quinnipiac Bobcats to win over 20 games per season. In fact, from 1998 to 2003, the Bobcats had five 20-win seasons in a row. During the 2008-09 season, two of Quinnipiac's players were in the top 10 for scoring among all NCAA Division I players. More recently, players like Odeen Tufto, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Alex Whelan have continued to put up big numbers for the Bobcats. The People's United Center is a great place to see some of the brightest young stars in hockey up close. Get your Quinnipiac Bobcats hockey tickets at StubHub.
Where do the Quinnipiac Bobcats play hockey?
The Quinnipiac Bobcats play hockey at the People's United Center in Hamden, Conn., which opened in 2007. People's United Center is a fully modern facility that features premium seating, spacious locker rooms and a full-service restaurant called The University Club. In addition to Bobcats hockey, the People's United Center is also home to Quinnipiac's basketball teams. The hockey arena at the People's United Center can accommodate up to 3,286 attendees.
Who is the head coach of the Quinnipiac Bobcats hockey team?
Rand Pecknold has been the head coach at Quinnipiac for more than 20 years. During that time, Pecknold helped the team transition to the rigors of Division I NCAA hockey. In 2016, a year after the Bobcats joined the ECAC, Pecknold was named the College Hockey News National Coach of the Year. Pecknold has led Quinnipiac to six conference tournament finals and 18 20-win seasons in total. Pecknold has racked up over 500 victories total through the years. Rand Pecknold played college hockey at Connecticut College and went on to become an assistant coach there before moving to Quinnipiac. Pecknold is known for developing young players effectively. Over the years, he's coached three Hobey Baker Award finalists and six All-Americans. His associate head coaches are Joe Dumais, a former Bobcat, and Bill Riga.
What conference do the Quinnipiac Bobcats play in?
The Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the ECAC, which they joined in 2005. The ECAC formed in the 1960s, and its membership is confined to schools located in New England and New York. The conference is home to several Ivy League schools, including Harvard, Brown, Yale and Cornell. ECAC teams play very competitive hockey. In 2019, four ECAC teams made it to the NCAA tournament.
Who are some notable Quinnipiac Bobcats?
Although Quinnipiac joined Division I recently, compared to many other programs, they've already developed a number of players who've gone on to play professionally. Devon Toews and Matthew Peca are two NHLers who played their college hockey at Quinnipiac. Current notable Quinnipiac Bobcats players include Skyler Brind'Amour and Peter DiLiberatore.
Do the Quinnipiac Bobcats have any notable rivals?
Yes. The Quinnipiac Bobcats' most notable rivalry is with the Yale Bulldogs. Although these schools are located only 8 miles apart, they didn’t play against each other until 2005. In part, this is because Quinnipiac was not a Division I school until the 1990s. This rivalry has been popularly called the "War on Whitney Avenue." The rivalry became particularly intense in 2013 when the Bobcats defeated Yale's Bulldogs twice in the regular season and again in the conference playoffs.
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