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First-year forward Nick Gonzalez celebrates with his team Sept. 27 during NIU’s home loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Sports. 

Huskies work through tough season to build program foundation

By Matt Boecker | December 10, 2019

DeKALB — Bob Dylan once said anything worth doing takes time.This sums up the first half of NIU’s first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s D1 level. The team’s record currently sits at 3-12 and 3-5 in Midwest College Hockey...

First-year forward Rodahn Evans keeps the puck close Sept. 27 during NIUs 3-2 loss to Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee.

Evans credits his work ethic on upbringing in Alaska

By Matt Boecker | November 6, 2019

DeKALB — For most people, an encounter with a bear would shake them to their core.But for Alaska-native Rodahn Evans, he’ll say a bear is nothing to be afraid of. There is another animal roaming Alaska that is much more aggressive.“A [mother] moose...

Revamped hockey team set to take on Western Michigan in season opener

By Matt Boecker | September 22, 2019

DeKALB — In the offseason, the hockey team made the jump from the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s division two rank to the newly formed Midwest College Hockey.MHC is still backed by the ACHA, but it is a division one league. This is the first...

Hockey aims to grow under Rucinski

By Roland Hacker | November 14, 2018

There are new faces behind the bench for the DII ice hockey team with Head Coach Mike Rucinski taking the reigns in an attempt to strengthen the program.“With the connections and name [Ruscinski] has made for himself over his many years of coaching,...

Ice hockey awarded Division I status

By Roland Hacker | November 12, 2018

American Collegiate Hockey Association announces new Midwest College Hockey Conference. DeKALB — The ice hockey team was promoted to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I Thursday, starting 2019-20.“This has been three years in the...

Illinois lacks Division I hockey

Illinois lacks Division I hockey

By Roland Hacker | October 10, 2018

Ice hockey’s popularity in Illinois has surged over the last decade with the Chicago Blackhawks’ dominant run, yet not a single NCAA Division I ice hockey team exists in the state. NIU needs more support for ice hockey, as it looks like a great fit...

Huskie hockey returns with new head coach

By Roland Hacker | September 19, 2018

The Division II men’s hockey team split a pair of games with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes on the road over the weekend to kick off their season. Both games were decided by a razor-thin margin, the first being dropped by a single goal in regulation...

Hockey teams up with Komen this weekend

By James Cantagallo | October 7, 2013

Hockey is giving back to the community.For the first time, the NIU hockey program has teamed up with Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. The fundraiser will be held during the Div. II hockey games versus the...

Kalanges looks to pursue other opportunities

By Ed Rietveld | March 5, 2012

Over the past eight years one thing has remained constant in the NIU hockey program; Ian Kalanges. Kalanges, who played for the Huskies from 2004 to 2009 and has been the hockey club general manager since 2009, and will graduate in May with a masters...

Rugby starts season with alumni weekend and hockey adds a second team

By Ed Rietveld | August 23, 2011

Men's rugby ready to start season After going 6-0 last year in regular season play and 1-1 in the playoffs, the NIU men's rugby team is ready to start its 2011 season.The Huskies return 12 of 15 players from last season, giving them a chance for another...