On this day in 1960 , the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team beat Russia 3-2 in the tourney semifinals. The team went on to win their first ever gold medal in hockey, beating the Czechoslovakian team. The tournament, held in Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink, saw controversy over what constituted "amateur" athletes , with Russia being accused of conscripting professional-level players into military positions, making them, essentially, amateurs. The American team consisted of true amateurs, including many college students. The U.S. Men's team wouldn't take home the gold again until the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, where another group of college kids beat a team of Russian army officers in the Olympic semis.
The Triangle had its own hockey-related excitement this February, and it wasn't the Hurricanes who brought it. ("Maybe in a few more years," the hopeful say.) It was the amateurs, not the pros, who had Raleigh hockey fans excited this month. On February 19 the NC State Hockey Club played for the Admiral's Cup in the ACCHL championship game. After beating UNC-Charlotte 5-2 in the quarterfinals, and George Washington 6-2 in the semifinals, the Pack fell to UVA 5-1 in the final game . Photos from the event can be seen on photogardener's Flickr Photostream . The regular season ACC champs for the 2013 through 2016 seasons, the club went 14-11-1 in overall play and 7-4-1 in conference play . Nice work on a solid season!
Incidentally, an alumn of the NC State Club Hockey team, Jorge Alves, became the first ACC player to play in an NHL game , when he suited up in net to back up the Caroline Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.
The archives is a little light on hockey documentation , but we're always happy to share what we have. In this case, we're making an exception for box hockey, because, you know, you never know where the next champ will start.
These photos and lots more related to NC State athletics (remember, these are our two hockey photos!) are available as part of the NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections , which provides access to thousands of images , video , audio recordings , and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics. While you're at it, check out the Historical State timeline on Athletics .