Frank Chiarelli ’55, a four-time National All-American and the holder of three NCAA scoring records, was inducted into Rensselaer’s Hockey Ring of Honor Feb. 1. Chiarelli is the fourth honoree to be inducted.
Chiarelli, who was honored during the second intermission of the Rensselaer vs. Quinnipiac game, joins his former coach, Ned Harkness, and players Adam Oates ’85 and Joe Juneau ’91 in the prestigious Ring of Honor.
“I am thrilled to be selected,” said Chiarelli from his native Ottawa. “Certainly to be there with Ned (Harkness) is a very high honor. And to be with (Joe) Juneau and (Adam) Oates is exclusive company.”
As a forward from 1951-55, Chiarelli had 155 goals and 110 assists for 265 points in only 80 games. His single season totals were: Chiarelli led the Engineers in goals three times, assists once, and points twice. He twice scored a school-record seven goals in a game and remains the school single-season record holder for goals (55), goals per game (3.06 in 1951-52), hat tricks (9), and points per game (4.39 in 1951-52). He is also third in points in a season (79).
A captain as a junior and senior, Chiarelli holds Rensselaer career records for goals, goals per game (1.94), hat tricks (23), and points and ranks third in points per game (3.31) and fifth in overall assists.
He is the NCAA Division I record holder for goals per game in a career, goals per game in a season, and points per game in a season. He is also fifth in goals in a season (55) and sixth in goals per game in a season (1.80 in 1952-53).
Chiarelli was named a First Team All-American in 1952-53 and Second Team each of his other three years. He also was selected to the RPI Invitational All-Tournament Team three times. Also a standout baseball player, he is a member of Rensselaer’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
As a team during Chiarelli’s career, the Engineers posted a 57-23-3 record for a .705 winning percentage, including the 1954 NCAA Championship and a place in the 1953 Frozen Four. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament First Team in 1954 and the Second Team in 1953.
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