This weekend, Rebecca Vint and Cody Wydo were the latest RMU Hockey Alums to be inducted into the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame, joining 4 other RMU athletes to make up the Class of 2022. These two join Brianne McLaughlin, Chris Margott, Brianna Delaney, Nathan Longpre and Denny Urban as hockey alums in the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame.
The two were honored this past weekend during halftime at the RMU Men’s Basketball Game on Friday night, and then formally inducted during a ceremony Saturday morning. If you’d like to watch the ceremony, you can find the link here. Vint’s portion begins around the 1 hour 1 minute mark and Wydo is shortly after.
Vint and Wydo both had outstanding RMU Careers. They both were captains their senior year, both were their program’s all time-leading scorer at graduation, both led their teams to their first conference titles, and both went on to play professionally.
Vint played for the Brampton Thunder in the CWHL and Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL, competing with and against some of the world’s best women’s hockey players, some of whom are playing in the Olympics right now. Wydo played for the Wheeling Nailers, where he was an ECHL All Star and Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, ECHL and AHL Affiliates of the Pittsburgh Penguins and HC Thurgau in Switzerland.
Vint, a native of Caledon Ontario played at RMU from 2011-2015. Some of her career highlights (from her HOF Bio):
- Served as the program’s all-time leader in goals (73), game-winning goals (18), short-handed goals (7), points (134) and plus/minus (+44).
- Currently ranks third in school history in both goals and points while still owning the RMU career standard for short-handed goals.
- Selected as the 2012 College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Year,
- Vint was a four-time All-CHA honoree, earning first team accolades in each of her first three seasons (2012, 2013, 2014).
- In 2012 Vint helped the Colonials claim their first CHA Tournament title with a 3-2 win over Mercyhurst
Logan Bittle, who coached Vint while at RMU, shared his greatest memory and thoughts about Vint.
“Becca had a 5 goal game against Penn State, one of the most dominating offensive performances I have ever seen,” he said. “The toe drag she posessed made even the best defenseman look silly! So proud of you”
In her speech, Vint reflected on her hockey journey and how meaningful her time at RMU was.
“RMU, their staff and coaches gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams,” Vint reflected. “Robert Morris has given me so much, it’s given me life experiences that I’ll never forget, it’s given me teammates who have become life long friends and it has taught me life lessons that have shaped me into who I am today.”
Wydo, a native of Southgate Michigan also played at RMU from 2011-2015. Some of his career highlights (from his HOF Bio):
- Wydo appeared in 151 career games, accumulating 85 goals and 150 points and concluding his career as the program leader in both categories.
- The first student-athlete in program history to accumulate 100 career points prior to his senior year.
- A junior season in 2013-14 in which he racked up 31 goals and 54 points. That season he ranked second in NCAA Division I in goals and fourth in points en route to being named to the 2014 All-Atlantic Hockey First Team as well as the 2014 All-USCHO Second Team.
- Wydo also claimed MVP honors of the 2014 Atlantic Hockey Tournament after scoring 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in seven games leading RMU to it’s first NCAA tournament appearance
- Also during the 2013-14 season, Wydo, was the only student-athlete in NCAA Division I to record three hat tricks, which included tying the RMU single-game record with four goals against Penn State.
Derek Schooley, Wydo’s head coach had this to say about his former player.
“Pure goal scorer,” he remarked. “My favorite performance was the Atlantic Hockey championship game in 13-14. Two big goals to start the scoring and one from below the goal line to ice the championship game. Second was 4 goal performance in 5-4 loss against PSU. Congratulations on being inducted to the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame.”
Wydo also reflected on his time at RMU during his speech, especially mentioning the impact of his RMU coaches on his hockey career.
“I want to thank Coach Schooley as well as Coach Nicholson and the late Coach Mark Workman, having them recruit me and bring me over to this program, right when I went on my first visit here I knew this was the place I wanted to be,” Wydo remarked. “Coach Schooley helped me get to the next level and play pro hockey. My only dream was to play scholarship D1 hockey and I went way beyond that with the help of him and all the mentorship that he gave me.”
On behalf of the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation, we want to congratulate Rebecca Vint and Cody Wydo once more on their induction into the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame! To look back for more on the Hall of Fame festivities, and keep up with other RMU Hockey news, be sure to follow our social media pages.