Gerard F. Ciarcia '79

A rugged defenseman whose precise deliveries allowed others to share the glory, Gerry Ciarcia anchored the Bowdoin ice hockey team during its dominant era, winning a pair of ECAC Championships and twice earning All-American honors.

An immediate contributor as a first-year, Ciarcia was part of a superb freshman class that contributed mightily to Bowdoin’s second-straight ECAC crown in 1975–1976. Ciarcia dished out 18 assists to go with five goals and collected ECAC Honor Roll recognition. He was one of three freshman that year who were the first-ever freshmen to play varsity hockey at Bowdoin. The talented defenseman continued his consistent play as a sophomore, dealing out 19 assists in 23 games.

Ciarcia enjoyed perhaps his finest season as a junior, finishing fourth on the team in scoring while establishing a new school record for assists by a defenseman (24) as Bowdoin cruised to their third ECAC crown in four years. Ciarcia’s efforts earned him College Division All-American honors and First Team All-New England recognition.

Ciarcia again earned All-American and All-New England honors as a senior captain, totaling 20 assists to give him 81 for his career, setting the record for a Polar Bear defenseman. At the time of graduation, his 20 career goals were also the most ever by a Bowdoin defender and Ciarcia was the first-ever Polar Bear defenseman to surpass one hundred career points (101).

Drafted by theMinnesota North Stars after graduation, Ciarcia played for their Eastern Hockey League affiliate—the Baltimore Clippers—for two seasons before moving to Italy and playing professionally for a decade. The grandson of native Italians, Ciarcia earned citizenship and  played for Team Italy at the 1982 and 1983 World Championships and was a member of the Italian National Team at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

Gerry and his wife, Betsy, are owners of Homeland Realty on Cape Cod and have raised their three children there, where he has been active in coaching high school and youth hockey.