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 17 wins per season and reaching the NESCAC Championship game every year from 2005-2007. Bowdoin has made four NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2001-02,2009-10,2010-2011 and again in 2012-13.

In January of 2009, Bowdoin opened the Sidney J. Watson Ice Arena; the most state-of-the-art ice arena in Division III. The Polar Bears routinely pack the stands at 'The Sid", and averaged 1,100 fans in the facility's first full season in 2009-10.

Bowdoin has had numerous All-Americans, including Jean Roy '84, Jon Leonard '87, Charlie Gaffney '95, and Kyle Shearer-Hardy '11.  Roy, Leonard, and Gaffney were awarded All-American nods three times, while Hardy was honored twice.   The Polar Bears are coached by Terry Meagher- a legend in the world of college hockey. Meagher has accumulated 475 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 tmeagher@bowdoin.edu .

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