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The UMBC Retrievers Men's Hockey program offers players all of the amenties of a professional hockey organization at the 10,000 square-foot Piney Orchard Arena-- formerly the training facility of the Washington Capitals of the NHL.. This 500-seat capacity arena, with on-site food / refreshment concession, hosts all UMBC Retriever home games and also serves as the Ice Dawgs' primary training and conditioning center. Our athletes enjoy their own private players - only entrance to the team clubhouse, which includes a 30-man dressing room; a weight / cardio training gym with closed-circuit TV; an equipment maintenance and repair room with skate sharpener; spacious shower room with sauna, as well as offices for the coaches and staff. All road games are by University-chartered bus. The Men's hockey team is funded primarily by the UMBC Athletic Department, with all uniforms, gloves, helmets, shells, bags and warm-ups provided (NOTE: some supplemental team fund-raising is required of all players). Hockey players also have access to the Academic Center For Student Athletes (ACSA) along with UMBC varsity teams, offering our players a dedicated, private study center providing access to tutors to assist them in maintaining their academic work-load. Our players also have access to training facilities at the Retreiver Activiity Center (RAC), including weight rooms, gym, indoor running track and the Retriever Aquatic Center. Player development-- on and off the ice-- has long been a cornerstone of the UMBC Men's Hockey program. The coaching staff conducts a 2 week August pre-season training camp, at the conclusion of which each player receives an individual physical - strength -weight assessment and a personalized physical training plan that may be adjusted throughout the season. The UMBC Men's Hockey Team (playing a split DI - DII schedule) competes in the highly regarded Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA), one of the premier collegiate hockey conferences in the U.S. The MACHA Conference consists of ten universities (UMBC, UPENN, Temple, Wagner, Princeton, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall, Lafayette, Rider and William Paterson), offering some of the toughest and most exciting collegiate hockey competition on the east coast. Additionally, with our split DI - DII formula, UMBC annually adds several other top-ranked regional teams to its schedule, such as Navy, Villanova, Georgetown and Liberty. UMBC has just wrapped up another outstanding season. This year's team repeated last year's successful debut in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Regional Tournament series. With a 2007-2008 season record of 20-10-1 overall and 12-5-1 in conference play, we again secured a playoff birth in the Southeast Regionals this Spring. Entering Regionals as the Number 8-seed, UMBC defeated Number 5-seed Ohio State University 4-1 in the first round before falling to Number 6-seed Indiana University 5-2 in the next round, ending our post-season just 1 game shy ot the National Tournament. We are aggressively recruiting players for Fall 2008 and into the future to continue this winning tradition. January and September transfer students require 15 credits with a 2.5 GPA or better. GO TO www.umbcicehockey.com RECRUIT PAGE FOR A COMPLETE VIDEO TOUR OF OUR HOCKEY FACILITIES AND CAMPUS.
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