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Arizona State Sun Devils men's ice hockey

The Arizona State Sun Devils ice hockey team is the second of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in the United States Sun Belt (the other being Alabama–Huntsville).

Arizona State Sun Devils
Current season
Arizona State Sun Devils athletic logo
UniversityArizona State University
ConferenceIndependent
First season2015–16
Head coachGreg Powers
5th season, 44–75–11 (.381)
ArenaOceanside Ice Arena/Gila River Arena
Capacity: 747[1]/17,125
LocationTempe, Arizona
ColorsMaroon and Gold[2]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2019
ACHA Tournament championships
2014

The Sun Devils are former National Champions in 2014 ACHA Tournament. They played a hybrid schedule their first season in the NCAA (2015-16), playing games against club programs, NCAA Division III and NCAA Division I squads. Since then, they have played exclusively against Division I rivals. They have always been an independent program, not affiliated with any conference.[3] The Big Ten Conference, National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (though not Hockey East, ECAC Hockey, or Atlantic Hockey) have been seen as potential landing spots for Arizona State.[4] The Sun Devils will continue as an independent in 2018-19. The Sun Devils reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2019.

HistoryEdit

Hockey began as a sport at Arizona State in the fall of 1973 with ASU students gathering at Tower Ice Plaza in Central Phoenix to play pick up hockey amongst each other. As collegiate club hockey evolved throughout the country, so did hockey at Arizona State. By the late 80's ASU was fielding a full-fledged ice hockey team competing in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. In 1993, General Manager Mike Hoffarth led the program to achieving ACHA Division I status propelling the Sun Devil hockey program into the national spotlight by qualifying for the ACHA Division I National Tournament just two years later in the 1995–96 season. Then Head Coach, Gene Hammett would lead the program to three straight National Tournament appearances from 1995–1998. ASU has qualified for 10 ACHA Division I National Tournaments since competing at the Division I level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and developed 12 ACHA Division I All-Americans. In the 2013–2014 season the team won its first ACHA National Championship, defeating Robert Morris University-Illinois. In the 2015-2016 NCAA hockey season ASU played their first split schedule between ACHA Division 1 and NCAA Division 1 teams, marking their first transition year to become a full-time NCAA Division 1 hockey team. In March of 2019 ASU became that fastest team to transition to NCAA Division 1 and make the NCAA Tournament, doing it in just 3 season.[5]

Player Hall of Fame Inductees

Steve Hammett, Forward 1994–1998: Inducted 2009

Greg Powers, Goaltender 1995–1999: Inducted 2009

Adam Blossey, Defense 2001–2005: Inducted 2009

Tony Bonacorso, Defense 2004–2008, Inducted 2010

Ian Smith, Forward 1999–2003, Inducted 2010

Executive Hall of Fame Inductees

Gene Hammett, Head Coach 1992–2000: Inducted 2008

Mike Hoffarth, General Manager 1988–1999: Inducted 2008

Don Mullet, Donor: Inducted 2008

John Wold, Head Coach, General Manager, Oversight Committee 2001–present: Inducted 2009

Wayne Reid, Assistant Coach, Director of Hockey Ops, Oversight Committee 1992–present: Inducted 2009

Doug Maire, Video Coach, Projects Manager Executive Hall of Fame Inducted 2013, Lifetime Service Award 2014

National Tournament Appearances

1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98*, 2000–01*, 2003–2004, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–15

Final Four appearances: 2013, 2014, 2015

Awards and honorsEdit

NCAAEdit

All-AmericansEdit

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

ACHA Division I All-Americans

Steve Hammett, Forward: 1997–98

Greg Powers, Goaltender: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99

Ian Smith, Forward: 2000–01, 2001–02 (Team USA, World University Games 2002)

Nils Satterstom, Forward: 2000–01

Adam Blossey, Defense: 2003–04, 2004–05 (Team USA, World University Games 2005)

Tony Bonacorso, Defense: 2006–07, 2007–08 (Team USA, World University Games 2008)

Joe Schweiger, Forward: 2008–09 (Eastern Michigan), 2009–10, 2010–11

Mark Schacker, Goaltender: 2010–11, 2011–12

Kale Dolinski, Forward: 2012–13

Colin Hekle, Forward: 2012–13

Ryan Clark, Defense: 2012–13

Joe D’Elia, Goaltender: 2012–13 [6]

ArenaEdit

The Sun Devils have continued play most of their home games at the Oceanside Ice Arena, though they play a few games each season at Glendale's Gila River Arena, home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.[7] Following the Sun Devils' move to the NCAA, Oceanside underwent extensive renovations that expanded the capacity to 840 and gave the facility a facelift in ASU colors.[8]

The future home facility had been uncertain as ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson continued to weigh options, including further renovations to Oceanside Ice Arena or some other off-campus location.[9] Eventually, ASU joined the ownership of the Coyotes in that team's plans for a new arena. In November 2016, the Coyotes announced plans to build a new arena in Tempe, with the project also including a secondary 4,000-seat arena that would be home to the Sun Devils.[10] The new arena was seen[according to whom?] as aiding the Sun Devils' bid to join an established hockey conference; the lack of a dedicated arena was reportedly one issue that led the NCHC to turn down a membership bid from ASU earlier in the year.[11] The Coyotes' plans for the new arena have stalled due to lack of funding.

Season-by-season results[12]Edit

All-time coaching recordsEdit

As of April 1, 2019

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2015–Present Greg Powers 4 44–75–11 .381
Totals 1 coaches 4 seasons 44–75–11 .381

TeamEdit

2019–20 rosterEdit

As of July 17, 2019.[13]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2   Connor Stuart Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-02-12 Phoenix, Arizona Lone Star (NAHL)
3   Gvido Jansons Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-01-09 Grobiņa, Latvia Aston (NAHL)
4   Jacob Wilson (A) Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-27 Ballwin, Missouri Sioux City (USHL)
7   Johnny Walker Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-08-21 Phoenix, Arizona Chicago (USHL)
8   Logan Jenuwine Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-05-15 Romeo, Michigan Amarillo (NAHL)
10   Tyler Busch (C) Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-01-03 Lloydminster, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
14   Gage Mackie Sophomore (RS) F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-06-23 Anchorage, Alaska Aberdeen (NAHL)
16   Austin Lemieux Sophomore (RS) F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-03-24 Sewickley, Pennsylvania Islanders (USPHL)
17   Jacob Semik Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-03-10 Canton, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
18   Jax Murray Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-12-26 Princeton, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
19   Jordan Sandhu Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1999-05-13 Richmond, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
20   Filips Buncis Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-06-12 Jelgava, Latvia Johnstown (NAHL)
21   Peter Zhong Freshman (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-07-30 Orland Park, Illinois Philadelphia (NAHL)
22   Jack Judson Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-02-26 White Rock, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
23   Demetrios Koumontzis Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-03-24 Scottsdale, Arizona Edina (USHS–MN) CGY, 108th overall 2018
24   Joshua Maniscalco Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-02-17 Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania Dubuque (USHL)
25   P.J. Marrocco Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-27 Edmonton, Alberta Chilliwack (BCHL)
26   Max Balinson Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-10-05 Ancaster, Ontario Burlington (OJHL)
27   Brett Gruber Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-01-18 Appleton, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
28   Steenn Pasichnuk Senior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1995-04-05 Bonnyville, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
29   William Knierim Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1998-01-22 Skokie, Illinois Dubuque (USHL)
30   Evan DeBrouwer Sophomore G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-01-30 Blenheim, Ontario Prince George (BCHL)
31   Justin Robbins Freshman G 5' 9" (1.75 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1999-03-10 Alpine, New Jersey Chicago (USHL)
37   Dominic Garcia (A) Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-10-30 Las Vegas, Nevada Aston (NAHL)
39   Brinson Pasichnuk (C) Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-11-24 Bonnyville, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
45   Max Prawdzik Graduate G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-02-22 Andover, Massachusetts Boston University (HEA)
48   Carson Briere Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-09-23 Richland, New Jersey Johnstown (NAHL)
60   Jarrod Gourley Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1999-06-29 Calgary, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
61   James Sanchez Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-02-25 Northbrook, Illinois Dubuque (USHL)

CoachesEdit

Head coachEdit

Greg Powers has been the head coach of the ASU Sun Devils program since the 2010-11 season. In the 2015-16 season, the Sun Devils switched out of the ACHA and joined the NCAA-sponsored Division I program and during first three seasons, Powers has put together a record of 23–62–10. Prior to that, Powers had a 164-27-9 record during his five seasons as the head man behind the Devils' bench in the ACHA including a dominating 39-1-0 record against rival Arizona.[14] Prior to taking over as the head coach, Powers spent two seasons as an assistant coach for ASU. Powers is also a former member of the team, having played four seasons as a goaltender for the Devils from 1995-96 to 1998-99, earning All-American nods as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Assistants and staffEdit

  • Alex Hicks - Assistant Coach
  • Adam Blossey - Director of Hockey Operations
  • Mike Field, Associate Head Coach (former assistant Division I and United States Hockey League)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.oceansideicearena.net/pages/about/arena-info
  2. ^ "ASU Athletics To Unveil New Brand & Identity Program". TheSunDevils.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Arizona State to launch Division I hockey program". Fox Sports Arizona. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "COMMENTARY: Arizona State is more proof college hockey realignment works". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/asu/2019/03/29/asu-hockey-making-historic-ncaa-tournament-debut-vs-familiar-foe/3271487002/
  6. ^ http://www.zonethemes.com/sundevilhockey.com/DI/?page_id=36
  7. ^ "ASU hockey to call Oceanside home another season". The State Press. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "ASU Hockey: Oceanside Ice Arena renovation plans revealed". House of Sparky. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michael Crow: ASU hockey likely to use off-campus facility at NCAA level". The State Press. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Burnside, Scott (January 2, 2017). "Coyotes have agreement on new stadium deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  11. ^ Paisley, Joe (November 14, 2016). "Another Arizona State hockey arena deal brewing". The Gazette. Colorado Springs, CO. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Arizona State Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  13. ^ "2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Arizona State University. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  14. ^ House of Sparky - ASU Hockey: Coach Greg Powers' top-5 wins and losses

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