On September 17, 2010, Penn State ice hockey returned to varsity status when the Penn State Athletic Department announced that they will ice a men's hockey progam in the NCAA Division 1. The men's program started as a varsity program in 1940 to 1944 and in 1946-47. It was suspended for 2 season during the war. The program was dropped after the 1946-47 season.The program returned in 1971-72 in the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) and became one of the most successful club teams in the nation for 40 years.
Guy Gadowsky was named the first Head Coach of the men's NCAA Varsity ice hockey team and assembled his assistants - Keith Fisher and Matt Lindsay to complete his staff.
Penn State started as an independent for the 2012-13 season and then formed part of the Big 10 Conference starting in the 2013-14 season along with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
On October 12, 2012 at 7:30pm the puck dropped for the opening faceoff vs AIC. The newest chapter in Penn State hockey had begun.
The Penn State Athletic Department is extremely excited about adding men's ice hockey back to sports at Penn State. With the help of Terry and Kim Pegula's gift to fund their state-of-the-art arena, the Penn State hockey program is looking forward to a successful season.
# of Seniors by Position - Forwards - 1
Team Breakdown by league
# Scholarships - 18