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84 Lumber Acquires Hockey Naming Rights at RMU Island Sports Center

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University and 84 Lumber Company are pleased to announce that the home ice of the university’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs has been named the 84 Lumber Arena, effective March 21, 2012.

The 84 Lumber Arena is part of the RMU Island Sports Center, which also hosts numerous youth and adult ice hockey leagues and tournaments. The center is the region’s premier sports and recreation destination, located on Neville Island just nine miles from downtown Pittsburgh. Open to the public year-round, the facility offers a variety of activities including public skating, skating lessons, inline skating and hockey, indoor soccer and softball, an indoor golf driving range, and miniature golf.

“84 Lumber has been a significant sponsor of hockey at all levels throughout the years, from the Penguins to the PIHL and America’s Showcase. This partnership of adding the naming rights to an arena that is host to both men’s and women’s Division I NCAA hockey programs is a logical extension,” said Jeff Nobers, vice president of marketing at 84 Lumber. “The RMU Island Sports Center host tens of thousands of patrons every year so being able to attach our name to a great facility and university offers benefits that go well beyond the marketing benefits.”

The Robert Morris Colonials are the only NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in southwestern Pennsylvania. This year, the women’s team won the College Hockey America tournament championship for the first time, dethroning nine-time defending champion Mercyhurst. The men’s team advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals this year, and both programs have racked up numerous victories over nationally ranked teams.

In 2013, RMU is hosting the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four ice hockey championships at CONSOL Energy Center.

"84 Lumber and the RMU Island Sports Center are perfect partners, with 84 Lumber's strong support of all levels of ice hockey and the RMU Island Sports Center's being home to a wide variety of hockey programs," said Dave Hanson, executive director of the center.

Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Eighty Four, PA, 84 Lumber Company is the largest privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components and industry leading services to the new home and commercial construction markets. The company operates 282 stores and component manufacturing plants in 30 states representing the top 130 markets in the country. Many stores include manufacturing facilities such as door shops and engineered wood centers and also offer turn-key installed construction services for insulation, framing, windows, roofing, and after paint products. For more information please visit

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.