The facility is home to the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens men’s and women’s ice hockey teams competing at the club level. The men’s team competes at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I level in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League; while the women’s team competes at ACHA Women’s Division II level in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference. It is also home of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club and University of Delaware Synchronized Skating Club.
Although the Yost Ice Arena originally opened in 1923 and was named after legendary Michigan Football coach Fielding Yost, the home of the Wolverines hockey program now shares its named after Red Berenson, the legendary hockey coach who racked up 848 wins from 1984 to 2017.
Brown University struggles to carve out its own identity in hockey-mad Rhode Island. Meehan Auditorium, in use for well over fifty years, gives you exactly what you would expect from an Ivy League hockey rink. It’s uniquely designed, it’s historic and the game day presentation is reserved and almost scholarly in nature. You won’t get modern amenities and a lively game day atmosphere here on Providence’s East Side, but Meehan Auditorium is one of those old barns that make hockey journeys special.
Boston has no shortage of choices for the college hockey fan, with eleven Division One clubs located within an hour of the city. Even with all these choices, Agganis Arena and Boston University stand head and shoulders above them all. In a city that bleeds Bruins’ black and gold, there is a corner of the city along Commonwealth Avenue that proudly sports red and white.
Hockey is the surprisingly biggest sport at this southern school. The Chargers are one of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in the south, the other being Arizona State. In 1987, former Alabama governor George Wallace once declared Huntsville to be the “Hockey Capital of the South.” The UAH ice hockey program began as a club team in the late 1970s and were eventual two time NCAA Division II champions. They have had a tougher time now in Division I as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Cady Arena is home to the Miami Redhawks hockey program that provides a home for the frenzied fans who pack the building night after night. The small school is a powerhouse in college hockey and can hold their own against the big boys.