Recruit Information / FAQ

Here is everything you need to know as a potential student interested in joining RPI's ACHA hockey program!

Who to Contact

Prospective students can contact Coach McBain by phone or email. Contact information can be found on the Staff page. Students are also encouraged to fill out our recruit form.

If you'd like to speak to current players to get a better idea of the life as a student-athlete at RPI, you can contact any of our officers. Contact information can be found on the Officers page.

Tryout Info

Tryouts are held after the first week of classes in the fall semester, and dates will be posted prior to the start of the semester (see RPI's academic calendar). 25-30 players will be selected to join the team for the year. Players of all hockey backgrounds are encouraged to try out. Players from years past have come from many different leagues across the continent:

  • Tier III Jr. A (NA3HL, USPHL, EHL)
  • US Prep
  • U18 AAA
  • USHS Varsity


How long does the season last?

The season runs from the beginning of September through mid-March.

What does it cost to play?

Team dues are paid each semester, and total about $1,400 USD for the entire year. This covers all expenses related to practice, games, and travel.

How often do you practice?

We practice three nights per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Practice times range from 7:00-9:00 PM.

How many games do you play?

We play anywhere from 25-30 games per year in the regular season. Playoffs depend on our placement during the regular season. Teams can expect to play 1-3 games at the ACHA Northeast regional tournament, and 3-5 games at the ACHA National tournament if they qualify.

I'm Canadian, can I still get financial aid?

YES. Canadians are eligible for merit-based financial aid and are encouraged to apply. See the financial aid application page for more details.

I'm not on the team but I want to help out, can I still join?

Absolutely! We have many volunteers each year to help out with club operations. Open positions are listed on our volunteers page. We are usually looking for managers, photographers, play-by-play announcers, and other positions. Reach out to a club officer if you're interested!