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The Cardinals are the name of the sports teams of the State University of New York (SUNY) @ Plattsburgh.
Cardinal Hockey is by far the most notable of Plattsburgh State sports, featuring perennial national powerhouses in both men's and women's ice hockey.
The men's hockey team has won two NCAA D-III Championships (1992 and 2001) and 18 SUNYAC Championships. The women's hockey team has won two NCAA D-III Championship (2007, 2008) and two ECAC Western Division Championships (2006 and 2007). The 2006-2007 Lady Cardinals' team that won the National Championship went undefeated (27-0-2); a feat accomplished for just the fourth time in NCAA hockey history (men's or women's at any level).
Cardinal hockey players have been named first team All-Americans a total of 16 times. For the men's team, Tracey Belanger (1999), Jason Desloover (1998), Steve Moffat (1998), Joe Ferras (1987), Peter DeArmas (1985), Gaetan D'Anjou (1982), and Doug Kimura (1980, 1981) have been first team All-Americans. For the women's team Bree Doyle (2006, 2007), Danielle Blanchard (2007, 2008), Jenn Clarke (2006), Erin O’Brien (2005), and Elizabeth Gibson (2004) have been first team All-Americans. Blanchard won the Laura Hurd Award as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 2008.
On March 29, 1990, the school was hit with sanctions from the NCAA for violations of NCAA rules which stemmed from "extra benefits" received by several student athletes receiving impermissable benefits while living a the homes of boosters. The sanctions included the vacating of appearances in the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Championship tournaments in 1985 (4th place), 1986 (runner-up), 1987 (championship), and 1988 (first round loss). The team's appearance in the 1990 tournament in which they finished as runners-up was not affected as the infractions occurred between 1985 and 1988. The sanctions included a post season ban for the 1990-91 season. The sanctions could have been worse but the school fully co-operated in the investigation and the school had already taken steps to ensure that the school would comply in the future.