100 Years of Hockey Celebrated
Hamilton College and the village of Clinton joined together on Feb. 9 through 11 to celebrate 100 years of hockey. Albert Prettyman was the Hamilton College athletic director who iced over a tennis court in Clinton to introduce the first ever hockey game in our area in February 1918. The community thanked Prettyman with the weekend-long event, chock full of activities. Andy Burns '78 was the principal organizer of the event, that hosted more than 300 registered attendees.
Former Hamilton hockey star, Olympian, and NHL goalie Guy Hebert ’89 was awarded an honorary degree on Saturday, and the 1998 Hamilton Men’s Hockey team was recognized on the 20th anniversary of its ECAC Championship.
Stan Fischler talks about the 100 Years of Hockey celebration during his Islanders pre-game telecast on Feb. 13. Pay special attention at the four min. mark.
Alumni hockey games took place on Saturday, and the library featured a “100 Years of Hamilton Hockey” display, with a discussion led by hockey historian Fred Addiss and Don Spencer '59.
The keynote program on Saturday included remarks by hockey legends Stan Fischler, Patrick Kelly, and Hebert. Hebert was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane letters by President David Wippman and trustee Henry Bedford '76.
Sunday’s men’s hockey game against Tufts celebrated senior day and Tyler Bruneteau ’18, Evan Buitenhuis ’18, Neil Conway ’18, T.J. Daigler ’18 and Brandon Willett ’18 were recognized. A 2-0 Hamilton NESCAC victory capped off the weekend.