NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A little more than 50 years ago, a collegiate athletic venue on the Yale University campus became an architectural wonder, and the Bulldogs' hockey program gained a valuable asset. Ingalls Rink, the famous Eero Saarinen designed building that has been the site of more than 1,000 varsity hockey contests, was re-dedicated Saturday afternoon before 200 invited guests in the Schley Room.
Ingalls, also known as the Yale Whale, has been modernized in many ways while adding 13,000 square feet of varsity operational space. The additions include locker rooms and space for strength & conditioning, student-athlete study area, medical & training, officials, video, coaches, equipment, reception (Schley Room) and more. There are new historical displays and concession stands and bathrooms.
Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett began the dedication ceremony by touching upon the rink's history and thanking some of the people who made the renovations possible before introducing Yale President Richard Levin, a regular attendee of hockey games. Levin spoke about Yale hockey and then introduced the person behind the major fundraising for the project, the Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation, Roland Betts '68.
Betts, who organized the ceremony in conjunction with the school's office of development, reflected on his first recollections of Ingalls Rink as a 12-year-old and about playing hockey at Yale. He assembled an impressive alumni lineup of Eli speakers representing the six decades of the rink's existence. Betts, who also addressed a sold-out crowd that night prior to the men's game, dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff to commemorate the dedication.
Hoyt Ammidon Jr. '59 and Gerry Jones '59 represented the first decade of reflections at the official dedication. Class of 1967 linemates Jack Morrison, Warren Gelman and Jack Walsh covered the 60s while Paul Castraberti '81 took care of the 70s. Dave Tewksbury '83 and Bob Logan '86, Laurie Belliveau and Daryl Jones, from the class of 1998, and Helen Resor '09 completed the program.
Tours of the entire facility, including a look at the skating treadmill, were done before the ceremony as both varsity hockey teams prepared for conference home contests. Most of those in attendance for the ceremony stayed in the building to watch the Yale women take a thrilling, 4-3, contest with Rensselaer before the Bulldog men's team won an 8-5 decision with Brown. Some of the guests spent most of the day at the unique athletics venue, taking part in the morning alumni hockey game.
Lois and Roland W. '68 Betts
Eugenia Clark Boies W '39
Diana D. '72 and Michael C. '67 Brooks
James G. Dayton '87
Cynthia K. and Andrew T. '71 Dwyer
Richard B. '95 and Raymond B. '98 Giroux
The Ingalls Family
Jeremy F. Kinney '68
Christine and John L. '67 Morrison
George U. '84 M.B.A. and Susan Cavanagh Wyper '84, '08 M.Div.
1998 ECAC Championship Team
Daryl Jones '98:
Lauren Monahan '94:
Christian Jensen '06: