Father Puckman


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Father Puckman is the Holy Spirit of RPI Hockey. Constantly upbeat, he keeps the parishioners in the Field House loud and on their feet.

Coach Seth Appert


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Coach Appert is in his ninth year as coach of the Engineers. Appert is a friendly, approachable figure with an incredible amount of energy. His recruiting skills are unparalleled, resulting in several top-10 recruiting classes the last few years.

Assistant Coaches Nolan Graham & Bryan Vines


Coach Graham focuses on the offense, while Coach Vines centers on defense. Vines joined the Engineers in 2009, while Graham, a 2003 RPI alum, signed on in 2010.

The Patron Saints of RPI Hockey

Ned Harkness, Patron Saint of Coaching


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Saint Ned Harkness presided over the coming-of-age of RPI Hockey. St. Harkness coached the Engineers from 1949 to 1963, compiling a record of 176-96-7. Under his tenure, the Engineers first broke onto the national scene, appearing in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament in the 1952-53 season, ultimately finishing third. The next year, however, the Engineers and St. Harkness won it all, earning RPI the first of its two national championships.

St. Harkness' prowess was not limited solely to RPI Hockey. He also coached the RPI Lacrosse team from 1949 to 1963, winning the NCAA national championship in 1952. He was the first coach to win national championships in two different sports. After leaving RPI, St. Harkness moved to Cornell University, where he won two additional NCAA hockey championships (1967 and 1970). The 1970 season is arguable his best, as the Cornell squad went 29-0-0 that year, the only team in history to do so.

Frank Chiarelli, Patron Saint of Goal Scoring


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Saint Frank Chiarelli was a forward for the Engineers from 1951 to 1955, serving as one of the captains for the team in the 1953-54 and 1954-55 seasons. He was a member of the 1954 championship team. St. Chiarelli holds several all-time team records. His first year with the team saw several record-setting marks, including most goals in a season (55), goals per game (3.06), and points per game (3.06). He is also tied for the record of hat tricks in a single season (9) with St. Bob Brinkworth. Overall, St. Chiarelli is first in goals scored (155) and points (268), and fourth in assists (113).

Year
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1951-1952
19
55
26
81
0
1952-1953
20
36
32
68
0
1953-1954
23
35
28
63
21
1954-1955
19
29
27
56
0
Totals:
81
155
113
268
21


Adam Oates, Patron Saint of Assists


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Saint Adam Oates was a forward for the Engineers from 1982 to 1985. He was a member of the 1985 championship team. He is perhaps the most famous RPI hockey alum, as he followed it up with a successful career in the NHL. St. Oates holds several single-season team records, including those assists (60), and points (91), both set in his final season with RPI. Overall, St. Oates is first in assists (150), and tied for third in points (216) with St. Bob Brinkworth.

Year
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1982-1983
22
9
33
42
8
1983-1984
38
26
57
83
15
1984-1985
38
31
60
91
29
Totals:
98
66
150
216
52


Bob Brinkworth, Patron Saint of Hat Tricks


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Saint Bob Brinkworth was a forward for the Engineers from 1961 to 1964. St. Brinkworth is among the top 10 in several NCAA career scoring categories, including third in goals per game (1.54), seventh in assists per game (1.49), and fifth in points per game (3.04). He holds the record for most hat tricks in a season (9), a mark he shares with St. Frank Chiarelli. Overall, St. Brinkworth is third in goals scored (110), seventh in assists (106), and tied for third in points (216) with St. Adam Oates, all despite only playing 71 games for the Engineers.

Year
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1961-1962
22
41
30
71
0
1962-1963
23
34
41
75
8
1963-1964
26
35
35
70
0
Totals:
71
110
106
216
8


Joe Juneau, Patron Saint of Student-Athletes


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Saint Joe Juneau was a forward for the Engineers from 1987 to 1991, after which he had a successful career in the NHL. Excelling both on the ice and in the classroom, St. Juneau is the model of what a student-athlete should aspire to. Despite not being able to speak English upon enrollment at RPI, he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering in just three years, compiling a 4.0 GPA in the process. St. Juneau was both a two-time All-American and finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Overall, St. Juneau is second in assists (144), and fifth in points (213).

Year
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1987-1988
31
16
29
45
18
1988-1989
30
12
23
35
40
1989-1990
34
18
52
70
31
1990-1991
29
23
40
63
68
Totals:
81
69
144
213
157