David Michael Merhar
David Michael Merhar

Class of 1969

Dave Merhar led Army's hockey team in scoring during each of his three seasons with the varsity, but it was his explosive senior campaign that earned him national acclaim. Merhar erupted for an NCAA-record 57 goals and tallied 50 assists during the 1968-69 season, becoming the first collegiate player ever to surpass 100 points in one year. His 107 points that winter still remain the sixth-highest one-year total recorded in NCAA history while only one player has ever registered more than 57 goals in a season.

Still today, 37 seasons after his graduation, Merhar holds four NCAA records and three Academy standards. His NCAA marks include: points per game in a season (3.82 in 1969); points per game in a career (3.63 from 1967-69); goals per game in a season (2.03 in 1969); and goals per game in a career (1.42 from 1967-69).

His 229 career points rank fifth all-time at Army, while his 117 assists stand tied for eighth on the seasonal chart. He lists third on the Black Knights' career scoring ladder with 112 goals and is one of just four Army players who have reached 100 goals in a career.