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Army Black Knights men's ice hockey

The Army Black Knights men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the United States Military Academy. The Black Knights are a member of Atlantic Hockey and play at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York.

Army Black Knights men's ice hockey
Army Black Knights men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityUnited States Military Academy
ConferenceAHA
First season1903–04
Head coachBrian Riley
16th season, 172–281–78 (.397)
Captain(s)Zach Evancho
Alternate captain(s)Dominic Franco, Alex Wilkinson
ArenaTate Rink
Capacity: 2,746
Surface: 200' x 90'
LocationWest Point, New York
ColorsBlack, Gold, and Gray[1]
              
Conference regular season championships
AHA: 2007–08
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-USMA.png

Contents

HistoryEdit

The men's ice hockey program at West Point has been in existence since the 1903–04 season. The team played outdoors until 1930 when the Smith Rink opened.[2] The team competed as independent members of NCAA Division I from the inaugural season through the 1960–61 season.[3] In 1961 the program became a founding member of the ECAC.[3] The team, known at the time as the Army Cadets, played as members of the ECAC from 1961–62 season through the 1972–73 season before dropping their program to Division II status when the NCAA instituted numerical divisions. The Cadets would remain there until 1980 when they rejoined the ECAC as an associate member. Army became a full ECAC member in 1984 in the aftermath of the Hockey East schism but the Cadets wouldn't remain for long and left the conference in 1990. The Cadets joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which began sponsoring men's hockey at the time, in 1999 and in 2001 the team name was changed to Army Black Knights along with the other athletic programs at the Academy.[3] In 2003, the MAAC's ice hockey division split off and became the Atlantic Hockey Association, a hockey-only NCAA Division I conference.[4]

In 2007–08 season the Black Knights won their only conference title to date, the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Championship. In that season the Knights finished with an overall record of 19 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties and went 17–8–3 in conference play.[5] Took the No. 1 seed into the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and swept (#10) American Int'l two games to none in the three game first round series.[6] The Black Knight's season came to an end in the semifinal game when they lost to (#5) Mercyhurst 2–4.[7]

Since 1950, the Cadets/Black Knights have been coached by a member of the Riley family. Jack Riley, best known for leading the United States to the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics, coached at West Point from 1950 to 1986. He handed the reins to his son Rob in 1986, who in turn handed coaching duties to his younger brother Brian in 2004.

Army–RMC rivalryEdit

The Army Black Knights have a long-standing rivalry with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins. It is considered one of the longest-running annual international sporting events in the world.[8][9]

The tradition originated when the commandant of RMC, Sir Archibald McDonnell, and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur, suggested a game of ice hockey between the two schools in 1921.[10] After two years of exchanging ideas, the first game was played on February 23, 1923 at West Point. The Redmen won that first game 3–0.[11] In 1924 the series moved to Kingston, Ontario (the location of RMC), thus beginning the tradition of rotating venues. This was Army's first away game and up until 1941, the West Point Game was the only time that Army played away from the Academy.[8][9]

From 1923 to 1935 RMC ran up a record of 14–0–1, the only blemish being a 4–4 tie in 1935. 1939 saw Army win its first game, 3–1. As a result of World War II, only one game was played, a 3–1 Army win in 1942, over the next 10 years.[8]

In the 1950s and 1960s Army won 15 of 20 games, bringing the series close with RMC holding a 21–18–1 advantage. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the teams played fairly closely. In 1986 the record stood at 26–25–4 in favor of RMC.[8]

From 1988 to 1999, Army dominated the rivalry, going undefeated. RMC last won in 2002 by a score of 3–0 and Army won in 2004, 3–2.

The 2006 game was a 3–3 tie in front of 3100 fans in Kingston. Currently Army leads the Series 39–29–7.

The game was played continually after the World War II years, from 1949 until 2007.[12] The 2007 edition of the rivalry was to take place on Saturday Feb 10, at Tate Arena in West Point, New York, but was cancelled due to regular season scheduling conflicts and for 2008 the teams will not play a competitive game but instead the Paladins will travel to New York to spend 3 days practicing, playing and socializing with the West Point cadets. [13]

The series was re-established on February 4, 2011, with Army hosting the Paladins at West Point. This rivalry will continue on an annual basis, counting as an exhibition game for both teams.

Season-by-season results[14]Edit

All-time coaching recordsEdit

As of March 25, 2019

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2004–Present Brian Riley 15 172–281–78 .397
1988–2004 Rob Riley 18 257–288–33 .473
1950–1986 Jack Riley 36 542–343–20 .610
1945–1950 Len Patten 5 33–35–2 .486
1944–1945 Robert Lutz 1 7–2–1 .750
1943–1944 John Hines 1 5–4–0 .556
1923–1943 Ray Marchand 20 76–106–9 .421
1920–1923 Talbot Hunter 3 12–12–2 .500
1918–1920 Philip Day 2 6–4–1 .591
1917–1918 Joseph Viner 1 6–3–0 .667
1914–1917 Frank Purdon 3 9–10–1 .475
1912–1914 Philip Gordon 2 7–6–0 .538
1910–1912 LeRoy Bartlett 2 3–4–1 .438
1907–1910 George Russell 3 5–7–4 .438
1904–1907 Robert Foy 3 15–8–0 .652
1903–1904 Edward Leonard King 1 5–1–0 .833
Totals 16 coaches 116 seasons 1160-1114-152 .509

AwardsEdit

U.S. Hockey Hall of FameEdit

The following individuals have been inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

† As the coach of the 1960 Olympic team.

IIHF Hall of FameEdit

The following individuals have been inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Army Sports Hall of FameEdit

The following individuals have been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame.

Lester Patrick AwardEdit

The following individuals have been awarded the Lester Patrick Award.

Spencer Penrose AwardEdit

The following individuals have been awarded the Spencer Penrose Award.

Lowes' Senior CLASS AwardEdit

NCAA[15]
  • Cheyne Rocha (2013)

Derek Hines Unsung Hero AwardEdit

NCAA
  • Chase Podsiad (2008)

Scoring ChampionEdit

NCAA
  • David Merhar (1969)

Player of the YearEdit

Atlantic Hockey[16]

Rookie of the yearEdit

Atlantic Hockey
  • Tyler Pham (2015)

OffensiveEdit

MAAC
  • Chris Casey (2002)

DefensiveEdit

MAAC
  • Brad Roberts (2003)

Goaltender of the yearEdit

MAAC
  • Brad Roberts (2003)

Best DefensemanEdit

Atlantic Hockey[17]
  • Zach McKelvie (2008)
  • Alexander Wilkinson (2018)

Individual Sportsmanship AwardEdit

Atlantic Hockey
  • Chris Garceau (2005)
  • Zak Zaremba (2015)
  • Ryan Nick (2017)

Regular Season Goaltending AwardEdit

Atlantic Hockey

Coach of the YearEdit

Atlantic Hockey

NCAA All-AmericansEdit

Second TeamEdit

The following Army Black Knights men's ice hockey players have been chosen as Second Team Division I All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association.[18]

All–MAAC TeamEdit

First TeamEdit

The following Army Black Knights men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team All-MAAC.[19][20]

  • Brad Roberts (2003)

Second TeamEdit

  • Joe Dudek (2003)

Rookie TeamEdit

  • Chris Casey (2002)
  • Brad Roberts (2003)

All–Atlantic Hockey TeamEdit

First TeamEdit

The following Army Black Knights men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team All-Atlantic Hockey.[21]

  • Josh Kassel (2008)
  • Zach McKelvie (2008, 2009)
  • Luke Flicek (2008)
  • Owen Meyer (2009)
  • Alexander Wilkinson (2018)

Second TeamEdit

  • Brad Roberts (2006)
  • Tim Manthey (2006, 2007)
  • Josh Kassel (2007)
  • Owen Meyer (2008)
  • Marcel Alvarez (2010, 2011)
  • Cody Omilusik (2010)
  • Parker Gahagen (2016, 2017)
  • Michael Wilson (2018)
  • Dalton MacAfee (2019)

Third TeamEdit

  • Luke Flicek (2007)
  • Cody Omilusik (2011)

Rookie TeamEdit

  • Tim Manthey (2006)
  • Owen Meyer (2007)
  • Marcel Alvarez (2009)
  • Joe Kozlak (2013)
  • C. J. Reuschlein (2014)
  • Tyler Pham (2015)
  • Alexander Wilkinson (2017)
  • Dominic Franco (2017)
  • Jon Zimmerman (2018)

Players in the NHLEdit

Dan Hinote played for Colorado and St. Louis over the course of 9 years, winning the Stanley Cup in 2001.

Statistical Leaders[22]Edit

Career Scoring leadersEdit

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Rost 1973–1977 104 226 330
Tom Rost 1976–1980 118 169 287 284
George Clark 1971–1975 153 113 266
Jim Knowlton 1978–1982 90 172 262
Dave Merhar 1966–1969 112 117 229
Robbie Craig 1980–1984 86 135 221
Ed Collazzo 1979–1983 93 104 197
Frank Keating 1978–1982 65 131 196
Dan Cox 1979–1983 61 133 194
Biff Shea 1981–1985 68 120 188

Career Goaltending LeadersEdit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 35 games

Player Years GP Min GA SO SV% GAA
Jack Sheppard 1960–1963 .920 2.20
Neil Meiras 1961–1964 5 2.28
Parker Gahagen 2013–2017 110 6372 255 10 .926 2.40
Josh Kassel 2005–2009 77 4415 181 8 .909 2.46
Ron Chisholm 1959–1962 8 .905 2.53

Statistics current through the start of the 2017-18 season.

RosterEdit

As of July 1, 2019.[23]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1   Matt Penta Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1994-05-16 Waltham, Massachusetts Kingston (OJHL)
2   Thomas Farrell Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1999-01-18 Mettawa, Illinois Youngstown (USHL)
3   Cody Fleckenstein Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-03-31 Fredonia, New York Corpus Christi (NAHL)
4   Coby Mack Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1997-10-07 Rapid City, South Dakota Northern (NCDC)
5   Andrew Quetell Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-06-21 Cleveland, Ohio Johnstown (NAHL)
6   Colin Bilek Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-06-04 Brighton, Michigan Northeast (NAHL)
7   Alex Wilkinson (A) Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1995-04-10 Raleigh, North Carolina Connecticut Oilers (EHL)
8   Bryan Gerstenfeld Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1995-07-23 Fairfield, Connecticut Bonnyville (AJHL)
9   Daniel Haider Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-12-19 Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks (NAHL)
10   John Laurito Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-04-19 Johnston, Rhode Island Jersey (USPHL)
11   Dominic Franco (A) Senior F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1996-01-07 Portsmouth, Rhode Island Langley (BCHL)
12   John Keranen Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-08-31 Delano, Minnesota Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
13   Tucker DeYoung Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-03-23 Lake Bluff, Illinois Jersey (USPHL)
14   Brendan Soucie Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1995-05-20 South Dennis, Massachusetts Islanders (USPHL)
15   Marshal Plunkett Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-10-31 West Salem, Wisconsin Coulee Region (NAHL)
16   Eric Butte Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-05-28 Belmont, Massachusetts Langley (BCHL)
17   Anthony Firriolo Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-07-03 Montville, New Jersey Corpus Christi (NAHL)
18   Zach Evancho (C) Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995-06-02 Buffalo, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
19   Brett Abdelnour Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 167 lb (76 kg) 1998-10-23 Macomb, Michigan Amarillo (NAHL)
21   John Zimmerman Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-05-02 Arlington, Texas Lone Star (NAHL)
22   Noah Wilson Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-12-21 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Fairbanks (NAHL)
23   Mason Krueger Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-07-21 Bettendorf, Iowa Corpus Christi (NAHL)
24   Kevin Dineen Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-02 Faribault, Minnesota Coulee Region (NAHL)
25   Patrick Smyth Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1999-04-23 Toledo, Ohio Dubuque (USHL)
26   Matt Berkovitz Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-16 Green Bay, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL) ANA, 123rd overall 2014
27   Michael Wilson Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-06-06 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
28   Kendrick Frost Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-04-01 Lee's Summit, Missouri Brookings (NAHL)
33   Trevin Kozlowski Junior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-03-27 Valencia, California Salmon Arm (BCHL)
34   Justin Evenson Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1999-08-20 Minnetonka, Minnesota Amarillo (NAHL)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  16. ^ "AWARDS - NCAA (AHA) PLAYER OF THE YEAR". Elite Prospects. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "Awards - NCAA (AHA) Best Defenseman". Elite Prospects. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
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  20. ^ "MAAC All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
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