A Berlin, New Hampshire native, Rod began his hockey career at Notre Dame High School (Berlin) where he guided his team to the New Hampshire state title four years in a row winning the New England tittle in 1957. Goaltender Rod Blackburn became the University of New Hampshire’s first ever All-American. In his first season on the freshman team at the University in 1958 he averaged over 60 saves a game. In one contest against Boston University, he stopped 102 shots and found his name included in “Faces in the Crowd,” a Sports Illustrated section dedicated to superb feats from athletes all over the country. Blackburn’s career also included two seasons (1961 and 1962) with the Berlin Maroons Hockey Club (National Sr. Hockey Association (AHA) Tournament MVP both years and two years (1967 and 1968) as a member of the United States National ‘ream participating the World Tournament. In 1983, Blackburn was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame.