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 NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2002


 Dick Meiss (Rome Free Academy 1975-1989)
   


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Dick Meissí introduction to the game of high school ice hockey couldnít have been much later.  His association with the Rome Free Academy Black Knights began in the 1963 when he was their team manager.  A 1965 RFA graduate, he would spend only half a season during his senior year wearing the uniform of the team he would later lead finishing with a career record of 203 wins, 58 losses and 8 ties.

After four years of service in the United States Air Force, Meiss returned to Rome and attended Herkimer County Community College and Cortland State.  Dick played on the first ever Cortland State first club level team and scored the first goal in the then newly opened Cortland PER Ice Arena.

Along with the two division I state championships; the Black Knights won six league championships and three Section II titles in Meissí 13 years as head coach.  The Black Knights reached the semi-finals of the inaugural state tournament in 1980.  RFA would advance to the state tournament in seven of the next nine years winning state championships in 1986 and 1988.

The 1988 championship completed a perfect 25-0 season   Those 25 straight victories were followed by 24 more straight victories before a loss in the 1989 state championship game.  The 49 games win streak was the third longest for high school hockey in the United States.

Dick resigned as hockey coach after the 1988-89 season, continuing to teach physical education and later becoming the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Rome City School District.

Dick was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2002, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.
 
 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.


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