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Canisius Golden Griffins men's ice hockey

The Canisius Golden Griffins men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Canisius College. The Golden Griffins are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Harborcenter in Buffalo, New York across the street from KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.[2] Canisius won an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship after winning the Atlantic Hockey title in the conference playoffs, but lost in the first round to top-ranked Quinnipiac.[3]

Canisius Golden Griffins
men's ice hockey
Canisius Golden Griffins men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityCanisius College
ConferenceAHA
Head coachTrevor Large
3rd season, 31–37–7 (.460)
CaptainIan Edmondson
ArenaHarborcenter
Capacity: 1,800
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationBuffalo, New York
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2013
Conference Tournament championships
2013
Conference regular season championships
2017
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-CC.png

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Canisius founded their hockey team, then known as the Ice Griffs, in the fall of 1971 as a club sport led by Dr. David Dietz.[4] Two years later they joined their first conference and by 1976 had claimed two conference titles. Dietz resigned after the 1976 championship and allowed Mike Kelly to take over. Kelly kept the team performing at a high level but finished runner up two years running before reclaiming the title in 1979. Canisius join a new conference the following year and after claiming the championship, their fourth in a six-year span, the program was elevated to varsity status.

With a new division to play in Canisius also received a new coach in Brian Cavanaugh. Their first two seasons in Division III went well for the Golden Griffins but when Cavanaugh took a year off in 1982 the program slumped to single-digit wins before rebounding after the coach's return. During Cavanaugh's tenure he kept the team mostly above .500 and aside from a dip in the early 1990s Canisius was a contender for the ECAC West crown most years.[5] Canisius was able to reach two ECAC West title game in the '90s but lost both contests by one goal.

Division IEdit

When the MAAC announced it was forming an ice hockey division in 1997 only three member teams had extant programs, one of those was Canisius who became a founding member of the league that began play in 1998–99. The Golden Griffins played well in their first season, finishing with a winning record, but it was their play in the conference tournament, allowing them to reach the title match, that made Canisius stand out. Unfortunately that was the height of Canisius' time in the MAAC. Despite a 20-win season the following year the Griffs were bounced in the first round and won only one MAAC playoff game after their inaugural year in D-I.

When two of the MAAC's teams ended their ice hockey sponsorship in 2003 the conference was able to end its support for the hockey division. The remaining nine schools simply reformed into a new conference called Atlantic Hockey and continued on without much trouble. Canisius' trouble in the conference tournament continued throughout the decade and saw them win two out of their first ten games. During that streak, however, the Canisius program went through some upheaval. Long-time coach Brian Cavanaugh came under fire for his conduct through complaints from his players. In December of 2004 he was fired when players threatened to sit out a game and he was soon replaced by assistant Clancy Seymour[6]. The following season began with yet a third coach, Dave Smith and it took the new bench boss a few years to repair the program.

In 2009–10 Canisius posted its first winning season in nine years and reach the conference semifinal. After a couple of modest seasons the Golden Griffins shocked Atlantic Hockey by winning the 2013 Tournament as a 7th-seed and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins played well but bowed out in their first game against top-seeded Quinnipiac. Over the next few years Smith pushed the program to better results, culminating in their first conference title in 2017. Smith was hired away by Rensselaer soon after[7] but the Golden Griffins continue to perform well under new coach Trevor Large.

Season-by-season results[5]Edit

Awards and honors[8]Edit

NCAAEdit

AHCA First Team All-Americans


MAACEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

MAAC Goaltender of the Year

All-Conference TeamsEdit

First Team All-MAAC

Second Team All-MAAC

MAAC All-Rookie Team


Atlantic HockeyEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

All-Conference TeamsEdit

First Team All-Atlantic Hockey

Second Team All-Atlantic Hockey

Third Team All-Atlantic Hockey

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team

Canisius Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of Canisius' men's ice hockey players who were elected into the Canisius College Hall of Fame (induction year in parenthesis).[8]

  • Derrick Bishop (2013)
  • Andre Bourgeault (2006)
  • Dr. David Dietz (2001)
  • Joe Federico (2005)
  • Josh Oort (2010)
  • Gary Roessler (1998)
  • Mike Sisti (2002)
  • Kevin Sykes (1999)
  • Mike Torrillo (1999)
  • Brian Worosz (2016)

Statistical leaders[9]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Mike Torillo 1984–1988 117 121 144 265 N/A
Kevin Sykes 1984–1988 104 114 120 234 N/A
Josh Oort 1994–1998 103 67 105 172 49
Mike Sisti 1986–1990 120 74 89 163 156
Gary Roessler 1980–1984 90 68 84 152 N/A
Andre Bourgeault 1992–1996 107 55 93 148 127
Cory Conacher 2007–2011 129 62 85 147 156
Dylan McLaughlin 2015–2019 151 58 89 147 28
Dave Yablecki 1987–1991 115 59 86 145 21
Derrick Bishop 1991–1995 103 46 98 144 114

Career goaltending leadersEdit

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

Minimum 2000 minutes

Player Years GP Min GA SO SV% GAA
Charles Williams 2016–2017 2009 61 6 .943 1.82
Keegan Asmundson 2012–2015 2422 84 .930 2.08
Tony Capobianco 2010–2014 5858 265 8 .920 2.71
Daniel Urbani 2017–Present 2214 101 .919 2.74
Bryan Worosz 2001–2005 6373 300 6 2.82

Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.

All-time coaching recordsEdit

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[10]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2017–Present Trevor Large 2 31–37–7 .460
2005–2017 Dave Smith 12 172–223–59 .444
2004–2005 Clancy Seymour 1† 9–8–3† .525
1982–1983 Carl Koeppel 1 9–16–1 .365
1980–1982, 1983–2004‡ Brian Cavanaugh 24‡ 342–306–56 .526
Totals 5 Coaches 39 Years 562–591–126 .489

† interim head coach
‡ fired mid-season

Current rosterEdit

As of September 3, 2019.[11]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
4   Logan Gestro Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-02-09 South Lyon, Michigan Corpus Christi (NAHL)
5   David Melaragni Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-03-30 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
8   Keaton Mastrodonato Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-09-24 Powell River, British Columbia Alberni Valley (BCHL)
9   J. D. Pogue Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-06-23 Montreal, Quebec Cornwall (NAHL)
10   Nick Parody Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-01-02 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Islanders (NCDC)
14   John Stampohar Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1998-09-24 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
15   Grant Meyer Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-03-21 Genoa, Ohio Fargo (USHL)
20   David Baskerville Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-04-01 Buffalo, New York Corpus Christi (NAHL)
23   Casey Jerry Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995-01-14 River Falls, Wisconsin Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
24   Matt Stief Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-01-13 Weston, Florida Prince George (BCHL)
25   Matt Long Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-08-06 Orland Park, Illinois Springfield (NAHL)
27   Ryan Miotto Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-07-11 Thorold, Ontario Alberni Valley (BCHL)
28   Lee Lapid Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-01-11 Thornhill, Ontario Toronto Patriots (OJHL)
29   Daniel Urbani Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995-06-21 Coquitlam, British Columbia Trenton (OJHL)
30   Jacob Barczewski Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-01-07 O'Fallon, Missouri Tri-City (USHL)
32   Tucker Weppner Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-06-09 Williamsville, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
33   Matt Ladd Sophomore G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-07-11 Getzville, New York New Jersey (NAHL)
37   Kevin Obssuth Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-07-09 Morristown, New Jersey Powell River (BCHL)
40   Jesse Pereira Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-03-31 Fort Erie, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
44   Will Scherer Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-01-25 St. Charles, Missouri Brown (ECAC)
52   Blake Wareham Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-03-05 Park Ridge, Illinois Janesville (NAHL)
53   Lincoln Erne Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-09-26 Blaine, Minnesota Minot (NAHL)
58   Derek Hamelin Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-01-21 Mercier, Quebec Langley (BCHL)
71   MacGregor Sinclair Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-08-28 Irma, Alberta Battlefords (SJHL)
72   Matt Hoover Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-01-13 Brantford, Ontario Nanaimo (BCHL)
81   Mitchell Martan Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-06-30 Whitby, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
83   Austin Alger Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-09-23 Livonia, Michigan Miami (NCHC)
89   Simon Gravel Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-04-10 Boucherville, Quebec Brooks (AJHL)
91   Nick Hutchison Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-04-27 Hicksville, New York Salmon Arm (BCHL)
94   Hudson Lambert Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-08-17 Richmond Hill, Ontario Brampton (OJHL)

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canisius College Style Guide 2014". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "Canisius Golden Griffins Men's Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/9116119/quinnipiac-rallies-canisius-east-regional-semifinals
  4. ^ "Canisius Men's Hockey 2010-11 Media Guide". Canisius Golden Griffins. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Canisius Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cavanaugh Out at Canisius". USCHO.com. 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  7. ^ "Rensselaer Unveils Canisius Smith As Head Coach". USCHO.com. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  8. ^ a b "Canisius Golden Griffins Awards" (PDF). Canisius Golden Griffins. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  9. ^ "All-Time Top 10 Records (Career)". Brown Bears. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Canisius Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  11. ^ "2019–20 Ice Hockey Roster". Canisius College. Retrieved July 18, 2017.

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