The Holy Cross hockey team moved into its own home in the fall of 1975, and it celebrated in style, defeating Fairfield, 11-1, on December 2, 1975.
From its opening that day to its around-the-clock operation today, the Hart Recreation Center has been a model of excellence for other rinks to emulate. Over the years, the Hart Center has set the stage for battles against the likes of Boston College, Maine, Merrimack , UMass and Notre Dame. In 1999 and 2002, the Hart Center was the venue selected to host the MAAC championship, while in 2006 it played host to the Atlantic Hockey championship. Winning their 200th home game during the 1997-1998 season, the Crusader men's team has won more than 60 percent of its games on the Hart Center ice.
The team now enjoys a brand new locker room facility, complete with a players' lounge and state of the art video equipment.
The Crusader women's team, formed in 1999, also plays its home games on the Hart Center ice.
Longest Winning Streak: 14 Games (1984-1986)
Namesake: Named after the Rev. Francis J. Hart, S.J., the guiding force behind intramurals at Holy Cross for more than 40 years.