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Alabama–Huntsville Chargers men's ice hockey

The Alabama–Huntsville Chargers ice hockey (commonly referred to as the UAH Chargers) are an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Alabama–Huntsville Chargers
Current season
UniversityUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville
ConferenceWCHA
First season1985–86
Head coachMike Corbett
7th season, 46–155–18 (.251)
Captain(s)Hans Gorowsky
Kurt Gosselin
ArenaVon Braun Center
Capacity: 6,600
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationHuntsville, Alabama
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1996 (D-II), 1998 (D-II)
NCAA Tournament appearances
1994 (D-II), 1996 (D-II), 1997, (D-II), 1998 (D-II), 2007, 2010
National Club championships
1982, 1983, 1984
Conference Tournament championships
CHA: 2007, 2010
Conference regular season championships
CHA: 2000–01, 2002–03

The UAH Chargers are one of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in the Sun Belt, the other being Arizona State.

The Chargers play their home games at Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. In 1987, Alabama governor George Wallace declared Huntsville to be the "Hockey Capital of the South."[2]

UAH is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Founding and club championshipsEdit

The UAH ice hockey program began as a club team in the late 1970s. Joe Ritch organized the inaugural Charger team in 1979, and served as head coach. UAH defeated Emory University 11-4 in its first game on October 26, 1979.[2] UAH dominated opposition in its first three seasons, winning three Southern Collegiate Hockey Association championships. The Chargers won the first of their three National Club Hockey Championships in 1982, defeating Southern Methodist 14-2 in the title game.[2]

For the 1982-83 season, Doug Ross became head coach as the Chargers moved to the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. UAH lost the conference championship game in overtime to Marquette, but the Chargers hosted the U.S. National Collegiate Club Hockey Championships, where they defeated Auburn (16-2), Arizona (7-4), and Penn State (5-4) en route to their second consecutive national championship.[2]

UAH hosted the club national championship tournament again in 1984, and the Chargers claimed a third straight title with wins over Miami University (3-1), Indiana (13-4), and Ohio (12-1). UAH hosted the tournament a third time in 1985, but its bid for a fourth straight championship fell short with a 6-2 loss to North Dakota State.[2]

Varsity and Division II championshipsEdit

UAH elevated the hockey program to varsity status for the 1985-86 season as a member of the NAIA. The school became a full NCAA Division II member in 1986. With no NCAA sponsorship of hockey at the Division II level, UAH moved its program to Division I as an independent beginning with the 1987-88 season.[2] The Chargers went 63-81-8 in their five seasons in Division I. UAH finished with a winning season twice in that span: 1988-89 (15-10-1) and the last season, 1991-92 (18-10-1).[2]

UAH returned to Division II hockey in 1992 with the NCAA resuming sponsorship of a national championship. In 1994, the Chargers hosted its first Division II national championship series, but lost to Bemidji State in overtime of a mini-game tiebreaker.[2] After narrowly missing a chance at the title in 1995, the 1995-96 UAH team went undefeated (26-0-3) in the 1995-96 season and beat Bemidji State 7-1 and 3-0 at the Von Braun Center to claim its first NCAA championship in any sport.[2] The Chargers traveled to Bemidji State for the 1997 finals, losing 4-2 and 3-2. The 1997-98 UAH team claimed its second Division II championship in 1998, beating Bemidji again 6-2 and 5-2 in Huntsville to finish 24-3-3.[2]

Return to Division I and CHA eraEdit

UAH moved ice hockey back to Division I for the 1998-99 season as an independent, and the team became a charter member of College Hockey America starting with the 1999-2000 season. The Chargers won CHA regular season championships in 2001 and 2003.[2]

The 2006-07 UAH team earned the school's first CHA tournament title and NCAA Division I tournament bid. The Chargers spotted Robert Morris a 4-0 first-period lead, but rallied to beat the Colonials 5-4 in overtime. At the Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., UAH took No. 1 seed Notre Dame to double overtime before losing 3-2 in Doug Ross's final game as head coach before retiring.[2]

Danton Cole became UAH's third head coach in 2007.[2]

In 2009, with the CHA's demise imminent following the announced departures of Niagara, Robert Morris, and Bemidji State, UAH applied for membership to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The CCHA denied UAH's application on August 11.[3]

UAH won the final CHA tournament in 2010, beating Niagara 3-2 in overtime for its second berth in the Division I tournament. The Chargers lost to top-ranked Miami 2-1 at the Midwest Regional in Fort Wayne, Ind.[2]

Independence and survivalEdit

Cole left UAH in 2010 to become the head coach of the U.S. National Development Team.[4] Assistant Chris Luongo was promoted to head coach as the Chargers became the lone independent program in Division I.[2] The program struggled as an independent as scheduling and recruiting hurt without a championship to play for. UAH was a combined 6-54-3 in its first two independent seasons from 2010-2012.

Early into the 2011-12 season, interim UAH President Malcolm Portera announced that the 2011–12 season would be the school's final season competing at the NCAA Division I level, citing financial reasons. The program would be "realigned" as a club team, and the coaches' jobs would be eliminated.[5] New UAH president Dr. Robert Altenkirch reversed the decision after he and school administrators met with local supporters on December 6, 2011.[6] The school set up a campaign to raise funds for the program and have it join a conference.[7]

Despite the questions about its hockey future, UAH was the host institution for the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.[8]

A week before the start of the 2012-13 season, UAH replaced Luongo and hired Kurt Kleinendorst to become the program's fifth head coach.[9]

On January 17, 2013, after months of discussions with conference officials and league member representatives, UAH formally applied to and was accepted to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Chargers began conference play in the 2013-14 season.[10]

Kleinendorst resigned on May 29, 2013.[11] UAH named Mike Corbett as its sixth head hockey coach on July 8, 2013.[12]

Season-by-season resultsEdit

All-time coaching recordsEdit

NAIA/NCAAEdit

As of the completion of the 2018-19 season.

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1985–2007 Doug Ross 22 376–255–42 .590
2007–2010 Danton Cole 3 23–59–12 .309
2010–2012 Chris Luongo 2 6–54–3 .119
2012–2013 Kurt Kleinendorst 1 3–21–1 .140
2013–Present Mike Corbett 6 46–155–18 .251
Totals 5 coaches 34 seasons 454–546–74 .457

ClubEdit

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1979–1982 Joe Ritch 3 79–4–1 .946
1982–1985 Doug Ross 3 75–17–3 .805
Totals 2 coaches 6 seasons 154–21–4 .872

PlayersEdit

2019–20 teamEdit

As of August 1, 2019.[13]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2   Lucas Bahn Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-09-11 Hendersonville, Tennessee West Kelowna (BCHL)
3   Drew Lennon Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-01-12 Bloomington, Illinois Lone Star (NAHL)
4   Connor James Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-10-11 Wainwright, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
5   Simon Chen Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-06-26 Beijing, China Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
6   Sean Rappleyea Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-02-03 Sayreville, New Jersey Ottawa (CCHL)
7   Bauer Neudecker Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-06-01 St. Louis Park, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
8   Josh Latta Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-08-14 West Vancouver, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
9   Christian Rajic Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-02-06 Oakville, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
10   Tanner Hickey Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-04-30 Leduc, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
11   Peyton Francis Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-04-12 Oakville, Ontario Carleton Place (CCHL)
12   Connor Merkley Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-09-03 Portland, Ontario Carleton Place (CCHL)
13   Ben Allen Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-07-31 Allen, Texas Melfort (SJHL)
14   Daneel Lategan Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-02-27 Westlake, Alberta Langley (BCHL)
15   Max Coyle Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-01-29 Tillsonburg, Ontario Prince George (BCHL)
16   Connor Wood Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-08-09 Buford, Georgia Odessa (NAHL)
18   Austin Beaulieu Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-10-21 Coral Springs, Florida Wichita Falls (CCHL)
19   Brandon Salerno Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1995-07-31 Toronto, Ontario Pickering (OJHL)
20   Bailey Newton Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-05-14 Oakville, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
21   Liam Izyk Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-12-27 Blackie, Alberta Fort McMurray (AJHL)
22   Dayne Finnson Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-10-01 Arborg, Manitoba Victoria (BCHL)
23   Jay Powell Sophomore D 6' 7" (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-10-01 Nashville, Tennessee Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
24   Tyr Thompson Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-09-26 Sherwood Park, Alberta Whitecourt (AJHL)
26   Jack Jeffers Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-09-21 Oakville, Ontario Markham (OJHL)
27   Teddy Rotenberger Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-01-01 Huntsville, Alabama Shreveport (NAHL)
30   Mark Sinclair Junior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-03-08 Dundas, Ontario Chilliwack (BCHL)
33   Adrian Danchenko Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-03-29 Palm City, Florida Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL)
35   Josh Astorino Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-12-09 Niagara Falls, Ontario Georgetown (OJHL)
41   David Fessenden Freshman G 6' 6" (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1998-04-30 Parker, Colorado Northeast (NAHL)

Chargers in the NHLEdit

  • Jared Ross (2001–05) — Center who played for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. Ross, the son of longtime UAH coach Doug Ross, is the first player born and trained in the state of Alabama to play in the NHL.[14]
  • Cam Talbot (2007–10) — Goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers. Talbot spent two seasons as the backup goaltender for the New York Rangers from 2013-15 before being traded to Edmonton during the 2015 offseason. Talbot holds the Oilers' franchise regular season record for wins by a goaltender with 42 in the 2016-17 season. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 15, 2019 for goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

Varsity recordsEdit

Since the 1985-86 season through the 2015-16 season.[15]

CareerEdit

  • Most goals: 96 by Mario Mazzuca (1992–96)
  • Most assists: 118 by Tony Guzzo (1993–97)
  • Most points: 179 by Tony Guzzo (1993–97)
  • Most penalty minutes: 467 by Shane Stewart (1996–2000)
  • Most goaltending wins: 66 by Derek Puppa (1992–96)
  • Lowest goals against average: 2.36 by Cedrick Billequey (1995–98)
  • Highest save percentage: .918 by Scott Munroe (2002–06)
  • Most shutouts: 8 by Mark Byrne (1999–2003)

SeasonEdit

GameEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UAH Logo & Brand Guidelines". Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o UAH Sports Information. "Hockey History". Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  3. ^ McLaughlin, Bud (August 11, 2009). "UAH denied admission to Central Collegiate Hockey Association". The Huntsville Times.
  4. ^ Olsen, Becky. "Cole steps in to lead NTDP's U-17 team". USAHockey.com.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Chargers athletic program to see changes following budget analysis". University of Alabama-Huntsville. October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Gattis, Paul (December 6, 2011). "UAH announces plan to bring back Division I hockey program". The Huntsville Times.
  7. ^ Turner, John (2011-12-21). "Charging on: UAH launches official fundraising campaign for hockey program". The Huntsville Times.
  8. ^ Pupello, Peter (April 4, 2012). "Tampa Bay's role as Frozen Four host proved years in the making". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  9. ^ McCarter, Mark (2012-09-25). "Ex-NHL coach Kurt Kleinendorst named new hockey coach at UAH". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  10. ^ "WCHA Grants Full-Time Membership to University of Alabama in Huntsville". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  11. ^ UAH Sports Information. "Kleinendorst Steps Down as Head Hockey Coach". Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  12. ^ "UAH Tabs Mike Corbett to Lead Charger Hockey". UAHChargers.com. UAH Sports Information. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  13. ^ "2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ross goes from deep south to NHL". The American Hockey League. October 13, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2008.[dead link]
  15. ^ UAH Sports Information. Hockey History & Records. Retrieved March 16, 2015.

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