Mercyhurst Ice Center is a 35,280 square foot, 1,500-seat hockey rink in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is home to the Mercyhurst College Lakers ice hockey teams. The center was the first privately-funded ice rink in Erie when it opened on 8 December 1991. The school expects to retire its 30-year construction bond through the assessment of a student fee, which produces $80,000 annually.
Lakers Men's Team
The Lakers men's ice hockey team currently competes in Division I Atlantic Hockey
. Prior to 1991, the Lakers were known as The Boys on the Bus
because they had to shuttle by bus to local civic ice rinks for events. Their determination and competitiveness encouraged the school to build the new center. The arena was the site of the 1995 NCAA Men's Division II Ice Hockey Championship
Laker's Women's Team
Lakers women's ice hockey has been played at the center since the team formed in 1999. The women, who play in the College Hockey America
league, reached the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four
as #2 seed. Their overtime loss to Duluth in quarterfinal play at the Ice Center on 9 March 2007 left the Lakers with a 32-2-3 season record.
The Ice Center hosts local youth and high school hockey programs, as well as recreational skating for Mercyhurst students.