A History Of Tradition

The Army Black Knights began as an informal collection of inline skaters playing in Central and Northern areas in 1999, using big yellow laundry carts for goals. This loosely organized group eventually coagulated into a formal club in 2000 after receiving founding support from then LTC Kathleen Snook (the original OIC) and ultimately the blessing of then Commandant of Cadets, BG Eric T. Olsen. Without the freedom or funding to enter league play, the early team competed in a handful of loosely organized intercollegiate roller hockey tournaments across the northeast using hand-me-down ice hockey jerseys. The first of these events was a 4-team invitational in October 2000 in Corning, NY.

In 2006-2007, the Black Knights became a competitive club entering the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA). By 2009, Army qualified for the D1 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association, finishing in 6th place after losing to Buffalo 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Army’s continued success in the ECRHA coupled with increasing demand enabled the Cadets to transition from Roller Hockey to Ice Hockey. 

In 2012-2013, the West Point club hockey team transitioned to an on-ice team, playing an abbreviated schedule in the American Collegiate Hockey Association(ACHA). The following season, 2013-2014, the club continued its ACHA campaign at the Division II level, finishing the season with a record of 11-1 versus Division II competition. The squad won the Service Leaders of Tomorrow tournament, competing against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.”

2014 ARMED FORCES ACADEMY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

In 2014 the Black Knights are the Armed Forces Tournament Champions.

2009 SUCCESS STORY

The Black Knights maintained a strong presence throughout the 2009 making it to the quarterfinals at the 2009 NCRHA Nationals.

ARMY COMES BACK TO TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2008

After a single year Army comes back to take the NCRHA Championship in a 2-0 win against the University of Missouri-Rolla.

ARMY COMES IN 2ND AT THE FIRST INLINE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN KEY WEST

The Black Knights headed down to the beautiful Florida Key’s in 2007 for the inaugural National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) Winter Fest Tournament.

TEAM CAPTAIN PAT TOFFLER LOOKS TO SCORE.

2008 TEAM FOLLOWING TOURNAMENT WIN.

EXCHANGING GOALS

Team Captain Jeff Lesmeister ‘14 gives the game puck to 2LT Lennart Braue (Germany) after he scored his first ACHA goal.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

ARMY VS NAVY

JEFF LESMEISTER

JEFF LESMEISTER

CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

MIKE FONTICHARIO

THE BIG GUY AT THE GAME

Brigadier General Richard Clarke addresses the team in their final off-ice workout before the inaugural Army-Navy game in 2013.

LESMEISTER PASSER

SEAN MEBERG

THE ORIGINALS

FIRST GAME / FIRST WIN

NICK STORTINI

LONG GRAY LINE

Team NCOICs SFC Terrence Jack (right) and SFC Joseph Bouchard (left).

MICHAEL LESMEISTER

HE SCORES!

TRIPLE OT