The year was 2002....
...when a group of students enrolled in the Ice Hockey class at Wright State decided to scope the opportunity of establishing a club team at the school. Sophomore's Sean Gray and Tony Wolf, along with Junior Rob Goulden and Senior Mike Maroney accepted that challenge. Together, they worked with the head of Judicial Affairs, Gary Dickstein and the head of the Student Club Athletics Dept. to make it happen. Gary would remain the club advisor for years to come, and still serves as the current General Manager. In August of 2002, the small crew had recruited enough bodies on campus with a reasonable level of experience playing organized hockey, and conducted the very first try-out at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. Head Coach, Matt Madtes generated his list of those 23 players to be named the 'First Team'.
The Inaugural Season
The headlines in The Guardian would soon state that the Ice Hockey team was off and rolling, even with an unglamorous early record. Captain Derek Tipton at starting Center, and Tyler Mittlestead in goal would eventually help even the odds as the team approach the Winter break. It was then, during the month of December, that two late additions would join the team. Dan McCallister and Jayce Anders, both previously enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and skilled, experienced players. With the help of Dan and Jayce, the team streaked to make up for lost time in the early part of the season, capping off the inaugural year at a record of 8-8.