Penn announces hockey endowment; NCAA hockey on tap for men, women?

Penn has had club hockey for the past 41 years (photo: Penn Hockey)
Penn has had club hockey for the past 41 years (photo: Penn Hockey).

According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, former Penn hockey president Rolando Bonachea and chairman of the Penn hockey alumni board Stu Siegel announced July 9 the start of a university-supported Penn Hockey endowment in an email to the Penn hockey community.

That said, Penn athletics supports the endowment as a fundraising effort for the ACHA teams, but it has not backed the proposal for an NCAA program.

“Penn Athletics and Recreation is currently working with the ice hockey alumni community to create an endowment to support our program and student-athletes at its current club sport level,” said Penn senior associate athletic director for governance and administration Kevin Bonner in a statement. “We continue to strive to provide our ice hockey student-athletes with a positive experience and are appreciative of the interest and enthusiasm of our alumni in this sport.”

“We’ve made a lot of progress over the last three years in our fundraising,” added Bonachea. “We’ve roughly doubled [our fundraising] in the past few years in order to be able to provide more resources for the teams and fund their operations. [With this], we’re building incrementally to get us in a position where we’ll be able to show the university that we have the ability to raise large sums of money and also have a large level of participation from the community.”

The school is looking to fund two D-I teams – one men’s team and one women’s team. Currently, both teams play at the ACHA D-II level.

Hockey has been played at the school for the past 41 years.

The immediate goal of the endowment is to raise $50,000 by fiscal year 2020. To date, Penn Hockey alumni have donated about $20,000 of that goal.


  1. Seems like Penn hockey is at D1 level is a No Brainer, there are 6 other Ivy League schools with hockey, and Philly is a great hockey market, Penn could be an excellent option for alum and locals who don’t have the extra cash to spend on the Flyers. and I am betting given the Schools wealthy Alumni they shouldn’t have a problem getting the funding for a team, coach and facility.

  2. OK, so the ECAC would have 13, of the non-Ivy, who is the odd man out? To me this opens the door for QU to make the jump to HEA.

    That said, Clarkson or SLU would be able renew rivalries with UVM if they were to split. Geographically it works for them…not so much for Maine though. 14 is a big # however, it makes NC scheduling very ….interesting. Not sure many ADs would vote for 14 schools.
    Food for thought, for sure.

    • I think Holy Cross would be the most likely to join Hockey East, seeing that their women’s team is already in the league. Kind of like how UConn joined.

      • Do you really think HEA wants to invite another potential Merrimack to the fold? Because that’s what it would be with HC, another conference whipping boy.

        In the scenario that has Penn going D1, they will certainly join the ECAC, which would give them an odd # (13) and while do-able, it is not an ideal # from a scheduling perspective, which means, like the B1G did, they’ll start playing the ‘one of these things does not look like the others’ and work toward an inclusive 8 team all Ivy league (added in Colgate)… well, because they can afford to. This leaves the schools I mentioned out looking for a home. In this scenario, I can easily see HEA extending an invite to QU, and definitely over HC.

        This of course is all predicated on Penn actually moving to D1, which from where I sit, is still a long way off.

  3. OK, forgetting all of the alignment issues to come for a moment, welcome back Quakers. Now all we need to do is convince Columbia to spend some money and all 8 ivys will be fielding teams.

    • Woah, woah, woah….this is far from a done deal. They’ve started an endowment and raised $20k of the $50k goal by 2020, that’s it. Even at $50k they are light years away from funding a program. A full scholarship program can have an operating budget of over $2M, even small rented ice programs will exceed $500k annually.

  4. Hockey has been played at Penn without break since 1957. The team was founded In December 1896, making Penn Hockey one of the oldest programs in North America.


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