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They are a team in the ECAC Hockey League in Men's Division I and a Women's Division I Independent in Women's Division I.
Rensselaer played its first game in 1902 across the Hudson River in Cohoes, NY, losing to Williams. For the first ten years of the student-run program, the team played very few games on its schedule, and the home games were all scheduled in nearby Albany, NY.
In 1912, the school built an outdoor rink on campus. The rectangular rink was home to the team for the remainder of its first incarnation. The team had its first official coach in 1917 when Leroy Clark. He would coach the team until 1923. Hockey at Rensselaer remained relatively unprofessional through this era, as the rink was highly susceptible to flooding and there were no seats for spectators to watch games. Marvin Callan was hired to coach the fledgling team in 1925, but after continued difficulty with ice maintenance, the team was put on hiatus in 1931. The team was brought back under Callan in 1936 after an independent group of students played a game against Union College, but only officially played one game that year. After a dismal showing in 1938, the team was again shelved, and appeared to be gone for good after the onset of World War II. Following the war, Institute President Livingston Houston and Ned Harkness spurred interest in reviving the hockey program by building an indoor rink on. Through a federal grant to assist in veterans' learning, a Navy warehouse was brought to campus and used to construct the RPI Field House. Under Harkness' leadership, Rensselaer became one of the dominating forces early on in the Tri-State League, reaching the 1953 NCAA semifinals in only the fourth year of the team's rebirth. The following year, the team advanced to the 1954 NCAA semifinals and winning the national championship game as huge underdogs against Minnesota 5-4 in the first national title game to go into overtime. Among the most noteworthy members of the national championship game was Frank Chiarelli, who set many scoring records that still exist to this day.
Rensselaer remained competitive throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s under Harkness, returning to the NCAA tournament in 1961. The following year, the Engineers, along with fellow Tri-State teams Clarkson and St. Lawrence, joined the fledgling ECAC, where they remain today. In 1963, Ned Harkness would leave Rensselaer for Cornell, where he would add to his already legendary status. His replacement was Rube Bjorkman, who led the Engineers to the 1964 NCAA Tournament after posting an 18-8 record in the 1963-64 campaign. The team ultimately finished in third nationwide, but Bjorkman would leave the Engineers for New Hampshire after his first season at the helm.
The Engineers kicked off the 1985-86 season without many of their stars who had brought them to glory the previous year, but still began the season 5-0-1, extending the unbeaten streak to an all-time record of 39 games before losing to Yale at Houston Field House. RPI amassed an outstanding run of 1 loss in 46 straight games played.
After the 1985 triumph, the future looked bright with Addesa at the helm and a young forward named Joe Juneau beginning to light up goaltenders, but an incident in 1989 brought Addesa's college coaching career to an unfortunate end. Public and internal outrage over the incident led to Adessa's resignation from the team.
The Engineers under Powers began returning to the upper reaches of the ECAC. Powers was with the team for the first half of the 1990s with such players as Juneau, Brad Layzell, Ron Pasco, and Neil Little. The team qualified for the ECAC Final Four each year but Powers' sophomore season behind the bench. In 1994, the team returned to the ECAC Championship Game and the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985, but Powers would leave the team for Bowling Green following the 1993-94 campaign.