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A program cut short: the end of Penn hockey

(04/23/13 1:32am)

In 2013, Penn failed to make the NCAA tournament in basketball, marking the sixth straight year that Penn could not achieve a goal that had been routine until 2008. The entire undergraduate student body does not know what it means to the school to have a successful major winter sports program. In light of Yale’s spectacular national championship this year in Division I Hockey, which coincided with the 35th anniversary of Penn’s decision to eliminate its varsity hockey program, The Daily Pennsylvanian revisited the history of the program and potential for the future. Part One, below, examines the impact of the decision to cancel the program on the coaches and players and looks at what might have been. Tomorrow, Part Two will discuss why Penn has never sought to reinstitute the sport and what it would take to bring Division I hockey back to Penn.