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. 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.
|Canisius Golden Griffins |
men's ice hockey
|Head coach||Trevor Large|
3rd season, 31–37–7 (.460)
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Location||Buffalo, New York|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
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. 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. Canisius was able to reach two ECAC West title game in the '90s but lost both contests by one goal.
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. 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 but the Golden Griffins continue to perform well under new coach Trevor Large.
- 2016-17: Charles Williams, G
- Sean Weaver: 2000
- 1998–99: David Deeves, F
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).
- 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)
Career points leadersEdit
Career goaltending leadersEdit
Minimum 2000 minutes
Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.
All-time coaching recordsEdit
As of the completion of 2018–19 season
|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
As of September 3, 2019.
|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:
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