The Puckman is the official mascot of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's men's and women's ice hockey teams and one of the most bad-ass maskots in exsistance. Simply stated, it is a gigantic antropomorphic hockey puck. The bright red letters on white background utilize the school's colors and are inscribed in a circle in a way very similar to the school's "bullet" symbol, which was popular in the 80s and 90s. He also wears an engineer's helmet, following the traditional name of the RPI teams "The Engineers". In 1995 the official nickname of some of the school's other Division III teams was changed from the Engineers to the Red Hawks, but the hockey, football, cross-country, tennis, and track and field teams all chose to retain the Engineers name. The "Red Hawks" name was, at the time, very unpopular among the student body; a "Red Hawk" mascot was frequently taunted with thrown concessions and chants of "kill the chicken!"