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By Buzz Gray

Against all odds, Rensselaer’s 1954 hockey team captured the NCAA Championship and launched a proud hockey tradition at the Institute

Half a century later, it remains a stunning accomplishment: An overlooked and underrated group of student athletes rose from obscurity and dashed off with a national championship.

That handful of unlikely heroes in 1954 left a winning legacy at Rensselaer, symbolized in the championship banner hanging in Houston Field House. Thirteen young skaters turned the collegiate hockey world upside down with a series of improbable victories over the nation’s top teams.

In the five decades since, the Field House has been the scene of overflowing crowds of cheering fans, hundreds of hockey victories, league championships, and even another NCAA title in 1985. Yet there has not been anything quite like that Cinderella story of 1954.

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