March 24, 1999

Middlebury College Celebrates Panther Hockey Teams on Mar. 31

Men's and Women's Teams Honored for Consecutive Championships; Community Invited to Skate with the Panthers

Middlebury College will host a celebration of the successive championship seasons of its men's and women's hockey teams. The event will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 31 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Middlebury's new Chip Kenyon '85 Arena on Route 30, and is free and open to the public.

Coaches and members of both the men's and women's hockey teams will be on hand to meet the public and to sign autographs. Team photos will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, and refreshments will be provided. A Middlebury College Store vending cart will offer the opportunity to buy team shirts, hats and other commemorative items. Fans are encouraged to bring their skates and take the ice at the close of the celebration for skating in Kenyon arena with both Panther teams.

The top-ranked Middlebury College women's ice hockey team (23-2-1) recently won its fourth straight ECAC Championship. The Panther women have now won all four ECAC Division III Championships while compiling a record of 72-0. The Panther women also set the school record with 23 wins in a season, and extended their home winning streak to 20 games.

The Middlebury College men's ice hockey team, with a record of 21-5-1, recently won its fifth straight NCAA Division III National Championship, an accomplishment never before achieved in college hockey at any level. The Middlebury men have accumulated a record of 116-14-7 over the five championship seasons and are 19-1 in NCAA Tournament play.