Hockey Club of North Texas (1981-`982) | University of North Texas Special Collections

Name: Hockey Club of North Texas (1981-`982)

Historical Note:

The University of North Texas had a Hockey Club in the 1981-82 school year.  Inspired by the American hockey team’s gold medal victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics, a group of hockey players formed a club/team.  The Club was accepted into the Southwestern Collegiate Hockey Conference in June, 1981.  The Conference was formed on March 28, 1981. Other conference members included: the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and Southern Methodist University. The Hockey Club was scheduled to play ten home and ten away games. To qualify as a team member a player had to be between 17 and 27 years old, a student enrolled in at least six hours of college classes. The team practiced at the Richardson Ice Palace, one of only three ice rinks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that were large enough for a hockey game.  The team played its home games at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

The Club’s coach was Dr. William Powers, a professor in the Speech and Drama Department.  Dr. Powers was active in the sport for ten years prior to coaching the North Texas Club.  He had served as an advisor (sports psychology consultant) to the Fort Worth Texans of the Central Hockey League.

The Club's faculty advisor wasDr. Tom Harrison.

Men were not the only ones interested in the sport. Fifty-nine of the one hundred and eight six members of the Hockey Booster Club were women.  Bob Ward was the manager of the Booster Club.

Despite the enthusiasm of the players and the coach, the Hockey Club ceased after one year.  The lack of a local ice rink and the cost of ice time were major factors in the short life of this club.

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