It all began over 40 years ago in the old Snively Arena. A small group of fans would gather following the games to socialize, mingle with the players and parents waiting outside the locker room and enjoy one another's company before heading home for the evening.
Talk in the early days turned to the scoreboard in Snively Arena and the lack of a count-down penalty clock. Fans in the corners would take turns running out to see the time on the clock and call back to their friends with a quick calculation of how much time remained on the penalty. A UNH Hockey booster club was soon born. The loyal group began a fundraising drive to purchase a new scoreboard with clocks to time the penalties. Membership in the group was set at $5.00. Two tiny tables were setup at each end of the bleachers where UNH Hockey hats and shirts were sold. The first UNH Hockey yearbooks were produced by selling ads to local retailers. Enough money was finally raised and Snively Arena got new scoreboards.
As the cost of keeping UNH Hockey on pace with other hockey programs around the country grew, so did the Friends. Support was provided to outfit a new weight room, renovate and enhance the locker room facilities, purchase new skate sharpeners and other needed equipment. Later, a five-year commitment was made by the Friends in a partnership with the University to outfit Snively Arena with new boards and glass surrounding Batchelder Rink.
As the fundraising needs increased, new membership levels were created and the tiny souvenir stands with hats and shirts expanded to include a range of UNH Hockey memorabilia. A concession stand was added. The 50/50 raffle was started. That small group of fans and volunteers had become a significant and dedicated fundraising group and an integral part of the success of the UNH Hockey program.
The mission of the Friends of UNH Hockey is to promote, support and enhance the UNH Hockey program. The goal may be fundraising, but the Friends are really about family and fun.
For members of the Coaches Club, the first of several functions begins with a season preview and pre-game report before the first home game. Special Coaches Club functions continue through the season and have included tailgating with the Head Coach at a Football game, pre-game meals with the coaches and team, mid-season reviews, playoff previews, and special presentations that included Coach Charlie Holt's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame video presentation.