While I respect his opinion on the schools commitment to hockey, I would like to know what he is talking about. What would he like the administration to do?
Do they not provide scholarships for the hockey teams. Have they not upgraded parts of HFH? Have they gotten in the way of recruiting?
It seems to me, that we just have not had very good coaching or recruiting for that matter.
In 1993 when I started following RPI hockey, they were ranked 5th in the nation going into the season. They underachieved that year.
In 94/95, they were ECAC champs, playing with Buddy Powers players under Fridgen.
Fridgen continued to have really good teams for the remainder of the 90s and early 2000s. And he got nowhere with them. Seth came in with high hopes and what seemed like a good system. He had one great recruiting class and one good year.
Up to now, we have had nothing but underachieving coaches.
You can blame anyone you want, but the blame goes to the leadership in the locker room.
I am encouraged by what I see Smith doing, but if he can't recruit a scorer or two, we will continue at the bottom of the ECAC, and that is not on the schools administration. JMO