It followed Coach Rand Pecknold‘s career at the university, beginning when he arrived in 1994, at which point he had to share an office and phone with the school’s other part-time coaches and hold midnight practice sessions at the Hamden town rink to the present day when he has his own arena at the TD Bank Sports Center and is at the top of Division I hockey rankings.
The story also offered a glimpse at the team’s rivalry with the Yale Bulldogs. The two teams may face each other in the Frozen Four Championship.
“Sometimes the best of friends are the best of rivals,” Athletics and Recreation Director Jack McDonald told the Wall Street Journal.
The first call the program received after being accepted into ECAC Hockey in 2005 was from Yale, McDonald said. The Bobcats also played several home games at Yale before the current sports center was completed in 2007.