About the Program
There are few institutions that can match the history and prestige of Bowdoin Men's Ice Hockey. It is perhaps the most tradition-rich sport at the college, having been part of the College since 1919. Not only does the program boast of rich tradition, but of rich success.
Prior to the creation of NESCAC and NCAA Tournament play, the team made 13 appearances in the ECAC Championship game and won six titles. Over the past few seasons, Bowdoin has continued their winning tradition, averaging over 16 wins per season and reaching the NESCAC Championship game every year from 2005-2007. Bowdoin has made two NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2002.
Bowdoin has had numerous All-Americans, including Jean Roy '84, Jon Leonard '87 and Charlie Gaffney '95 - all three-time All-Americans. The Polar Bears are coached by Terry Meagher- a legend in the world of college hockey. Meagher has accumulated 393 career wins, holding the Bowdoin record for victories. In fact, the Polar Bears are the only team that can boast two 300-win coaches in Meagher and former head coach Sid Watson (326 wins). Bowdoin plays in the NESCAC, the premiere conference in Division III hockey. Coach Meagher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bowdoin had another successful campaign last winter, posting an overall mark of 17-7-0 and finishing third overall in the conference standings. The Polar Bears were ranked among the Division III national polls all season and finished second in the nation by averaging 4.88 goals per game. The Polar Bears are one of just 11 teams in Division III men's ice hockey to have won at least 16 games in each of the past five years- a tribute to their consistency. For his efforts, Mike Westerman '08, was recognized as an All-New England and Second-Team All-American selection.
In the spring of 2007, Bowdoin broke ground on a state-of-the-art ice arena to be opened in January 2008. Complete details about the Sid Watson Ice Arena can be found here.
The Polar Bears play in historic Dayton Arena, located centrally on campus and only steps from Smith Union. Built in 1956 and renovated in 1992, Dayton provides a great atmosphere for both watching and playing college hockey. The rink has hosted numerous ECAC Title games and several NESCAC Postseason contests. The cozy dimensions and often-raucous student-section provides a significant home-ice advantage for the Polar Bears, who have posted an .810 winning percentage in Dayton (29-6-2) over the past three seasons.