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RIT celebrates Frozen 4 anniversary

RIT celebrates Frozen 4 anniversary Photo: News10NBC.

Rich Donnelly
Created: January 23, 2020 10:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It was a run that was seemingly impossible at the time.  

In the Spring of 2010 the RIT hockey team led fans through a magical season that resulted in a spot in the Frozen 4.  

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They were only in their fifth year as a Division 1 program at the time and on Saturday the school will honor the 10th anniversary of that Tigers team.  

We caught up with Tigers’ head coach Wayne Wilson to look back on that magical year.

There was pandemonium on campus RIT was one of the lowest seeds in the tournament but stunned the hockey world.  

Fans and students greeted the team to celebrate late into the night.  

Wayne Wilson guided RIT from the Division 3 ranks to Division 1, now, with more than 20 years behind the bench for the Tigers, he knew that team was doing something special.

"Until you get to that stage you're still trying to prove yourself,” Wilson said. “I think they proved to the Division 1 college world that we had a very good team, a group of guys that got us there gave our program a lot of credibility. It put RIT on the map."

So much has changed at RIT since reaching the Frozen 4, nationally ranked teams made the trek to Rochester to play the Tigers and the university built a brand new hockey arena on campus, filled with reminders of a magical year.

"It was a great accomplishment for a great group of guys," Wilson said.

And despite success in the years after reaching the Frozen 4, the banner that hangs in the Polisseni Center acts as motivation just as much as validation.

"I'm still chasing that moment to this day and I always will until we get back to the Frozen 4, it makes you hungry to get back there again," Wilson said.

The Tigers will honor the 2010 Frozen 4 team during their game this Saturday against Canisius.  

Nearly 20 players from that team are expected on campus for the event and fans have a chance to meet the team before the game.


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