Following months of heavy criticism, Robert Morris University will attempt to save their men’s and women’s hockey program.
Three months after announcing they were cutting the hockey programs, officials at Robert Morris announced on Wednesday that they will attempt to find a way to keep both programs in their athletic department. The school has teamed up with the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation in order to raise enough money to fund both programs. The Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation was formed and is being headed by former Robert Morris star goaltender Brianne McLaughlin. Other members of the foundation include former Robert Morris hockey players, their family members and supporters of Robert Morris hockey.
According to the press release, the goal is to raise “sufficient additional funds by July 31 to bring the teams back and position them to be financially sustainable for the foreseeable future.” The goals are to raise $7 million over the next five years, along with bringing these programs back for the 2021-22 season.
Anyone interested in making a contribution in support of Robert Morris hockey should contact Logan Bittle with the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or T.J. Brown with RMU Athletics at http://email@example.com.
Robert Morris President Chris Howard received extreme criticism following his decision back on May 26 to eliminate both programs, citing financial reasons.
While this is a positive development, this is just a first step and there is no guarantee that the Colonials hockey programs will be return.