RIT Hockey Club jacket
Scope and Contents
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Hockey Club jacket is made of wool with pleather sleeves. There is a number 3 on the left sleeve. The jacket is navy blue, red, and gray with snap buttons down the front. Also on the front are two patches, two flags crossed, the U.S. flag and Canada's old flag, the red ensign with British Union Jack. The second patch is a gray pennant shape with R.I.T. Hockey Club on it.
- Creation: 1966
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This collection is open to researchers.
Historical Information: Rochester Institute of Technology Hockey Club
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Hockey Club was founded in the fall of 1959. They were given a budget of $1,020.00 to purchase the initial equipment to outfit 16 players. At that time, the team participated in the Monroe County Amateur Hockey Association, playing 13 games against three other league teams. The players paid $195.00 out of their own pockets for these games, and coached themselves along the way, as they didn't have the money to hire a head coach.
In 1961-62, with the help of the RIT Student Council, the budget was increased and they were actually coached by volunteer James Musker. At some point the team moved from the Rochester War Memorial to their own Ritter-Clark rink on the RIT downtown campus.
In 1962, the team formed a league with other teams in the area who faced similar issues around money, ice time, or scholarships. The league was known as the Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League(FLCHL). It consisted of six schools, including: Brockport, Hobart, Ithaca, University of Rochester, and Syracuse.
In 1965, men's ice hockey became an official varsity sport.
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Hockey Club jacket was worn by student Doug Michalske, Class of 1966. The RIT Hockey Club existed from the late 1950s to the early 1960s before hockey became a varsity sport. The jacket is navy blue, red and gray.
The collection consists of one item.
C.S. South, Shelf 42
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Doug Michalske in 2010. Accession number(s): 10:34
Jacket is in good condition
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2011.
- RIT Hockey Club jacket
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- Jody Sidlauskas
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