Who Belongs On the Wall?
Former Dartmouth College hockey players Ben Lovejoy, left, and Hugh Jessiman have their enlarged photos mounted on the wall of the Thompson Arena concourse. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)
A photo collage of former Dartmouth College hockey players Carey Wilson (top), David Williams (middle) and Scott Fraser hangs on the wall of Thompson Arena's concourse. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)
An enlarged photo collage of former Dartmouth College hockey players Rachel Rochat (top), Sarah Tueting (center) and Gretchen Ulion hangs on the wall of Thompson Arena's concourse. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)
One of the nice features of Dartmouth College’s Thompson Arena is the use of enlarged photographs of prominent, former players from the school’s men’s and women’s hockey teams. They’re mounted on the walls of the arena’s concourse.
I think the photos are great, but I have a bone to pick over how some of the players are portrayed. Three of the best men’s players are relegated to sharing a divided photo. Carey Wilson (1979-81) produced 427 points in 552 NHL games, but he’s forced to share an image with David Williams (1986-90), who played 173 NHL contests and Scott Fraser (1990-94), who skated in 72 NHL games and played pro until 1999.
Meanwhile, a little ways down the wall, Hugh Jessiman (2002-05) gets his own photo. He played in all of two NHL games, despite being a first-round draft pick. J.T. Wyman (2006-07) has appeared in 44 NHL contests, 11 more than he competed in for Dartmouth, but he’s also got his own photo.
The inequity extends to the women’s photos as well. Gretchen Ulion (1990-94) won a gold medal with the 1998 U.S. Olympic team. Sarah Tueting (1994-96) was her teammate on that squad as well as winning a silver medal four years later. They share a photo collage with Rachel Rochat (1992-95), who played with Switzerland’s 2006 Olympic team. Other, later women’s players have their own photos.
The standard seems to have been set at playing in the NHL for men’s players and in international competition for the women. Admittedly, there’s only so much space on the walls, but it seems that former stars like Ross Brownridge, an All-American in 1979-80, and Judy Parish, the Big Green women’s team’s standout from 1987-91, are being overlooked.