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Holy Cross Crusaders men's ice hockey

The Holy Cross Crusaders men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the College of the Holy Cross. The Crusaders are a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). They play at the Hart Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.[2]

Holy Cross Crusaders
Holy Cross Crusaders athletic logo
UniversityCollege of the Holy Cross
ConferenceAHA
NCAA Division I Division
Head coachDavid Berard
6th season, 69–83–29 (.461)
Captain(s)Brett Mulcahy
Alternate captain(s)Mike Barrett
Tommy Muratore
ArenaHart Center
Capacity: 1,600
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationWorcester, Massachusetts
ColorsRoyal Purple[1]
    
NCAA Tournament appearances
2004, 2006
Conference Tournament championships
1999, 2004, 2006
Conference regular season championships
2003–04, 2005-06
Current uniform
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HistoryEdit

Holy Cross men's ice hockey began in 1966 and a year later it joined ECAC 2. The Crusaders played in the second tier of college ice hockey for ten years before they played their first playoff game, but once they made it they didn't go very far. Over a six year period Holy Cross wen 2–5 in the conference postseason and never really got close to an NCAA tournament berth. When Division II ice hockey was abandoned in 1984 Holy Cross dropped down to Division III and was placed in ECAC East when ECAC 2 split. They made the ECAC tournament three out of four years under Peter Van Buskirk but couldn't manage a win. The team went through a down period under Bill Bellerose for six seasons but started winning again when Paul Pearl became head coach in 1994. After recording their best season in fifteen years Holy Cross promoted its program to Division I and joined the MAAC in 1998–99.[3]

In their first year of D–I play Holy Cross won its first Conference Tournament, winning the inaugural MAAC Championship. Unfortunately, because the NCAA did not offer the MAAC an automatic bid at that time the Crusaders did not make the NCAA tournament. The next season Holy Cross dropped to seventh in the conference and lost 24 games over the course of the season (a program worst). After missing out on the conference tournament the next season Holy Cross returned to the playoffs for the final two years of the MAAC's existence before joining with all former MAAC programs in founding Atlantic Hockey.

Similar to their start with the MAAC, Holy Cross produced a great season, winning 22 games, and were able to win their first conference title. They then swept through the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and captured their second tournament championship, though this time they received a berth into the NCAA tournament for the first time. Though their national championship experience was brief the Crusaders continued to play well and returned to the Championship in 2006 after winning both conference crowns. The met #2 overall seeded Minnesota in the first round and pushed the heavily favored Golden Gophers into overtime where Tyler McGregor scored 53 seconds in, winning what is usually noted as the biggest upset in tournament history.[4]

Holy Cross would decline after their miraculous 2006 season, posting losing records for four consecutive years, but the program began to recover in the second decade of the 20th century. Paul Pearl resigned in 2014 and was replaced by David Berard and while the team hasn't played poorly, they've yet to win a round in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament (as of 2018).

Season-by-season results[5]Edit

PostseasonEdit

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Crusaders have appeared in the NCAA Tournament two times. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
2004 #4 West Regional Semifinal #1 North Dakota L 3-0
2006 #4 West Regional Semifinal
West Regional Final
#1 Minnesota
#2 North Dakota
W 4-3 (OT)
L 5-2

CoachesEdit

As of completion of 2018–19 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2014–present David Berard 5 59–62–24 .461
1994–1996, 1997–2014 Paul Pearl 19 297–293–69 .503
1989–1994 Bill Bellerose 6 61–99–3 .383
1979–1988, 1996–1997 Peter Van Buskirk 10 167–146–8 .533
1976–1979 Mike Addesa 3 49–31–1 .611
1966–1976 Bill Kane 10 122–104–2 .539
Totals 6 coaches 54 seasons 765–756–112 .503

Awards and honorsEdit

NCAAEdit


MAACEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

Tournament Most Valuable Player


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

Statistical Leaders[6]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Joe Lunny 1982–1986 103 116 219
Jerry DeLeo 1982–1986 101 117 218
Larry Murphy 1966–1970 119 88 207
Matt Muniz 1982–1986 87 120 207
Glenn Graves 1973–1977 75 122 197
Gerry Curley 1977–1981 93 98 191
Bill Butler 1966–1969 91 89 180
Bill Bellerose 1973–1977 71 81 152
James Sixsmith 2003–2007 142 48 104 152
John Powell 1977–1981 147

Career Goaltending LeadersEdit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 1000 minutes

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Tony Quesada 2002–2006 105 6034 61 33 8 251 7 .915 2.50
Paul Berrafato 2014–2018 114 6677 46 47 19 281 11 .911 2.51
Matt Ginn 2011–2015 129 7759 59 55 13 324 8 .917 2.51
Scott Simpson 1995–1999 38 1960 21 10 2 82 2 .903 2.51
Ben Conway 2002–2006 45 2411 18 15 5 103 2 .909 2.56

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

Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of people associated with the Holy Cross men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[7]

Current rosterEdit

As of July 12, 2019.[8]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2   Patrick O'Leary Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-01-31 Norfolk, Massachusetts Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL)
3   Frank Boie Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1998-05-15 Needham, Massachusetts Langley (BCHL)
4   Dalton Skelly Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1995-09-22 Keller, Texas Lone Star (NAHL)
5   Mike Higgins Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-04-06 Needham, Massachusetts Northeast (NAHL)
6   Bryce Dolan Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-02-13 Barrington, Rhode Island Kimball Union (USHS–NH)
7   Nick Hale Freshman D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1999-05-07 Raleigh, North Carolina Brooks (AJHL)
8   Will Brophy Senior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1996-08-09 Fairfield, Connecticut Islanders (USPHL)
10   Kevin Darrar Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1996-06-10 Monroe Township, New Jersey Lloydminster (AJHL)
12   Conner Jean Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1997-02-15 Oakland, Michigan Brooks (AJHL)
13   Grayson Constable Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1998-05-05 Lethbridge, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
14   Christian Hayes Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 167 lb (76 kg) 1999-02-01 Milton, Massachusetts Thayer (USHS–MA)
15   Charlie Barrow Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 1996-11-04 Belmont, Massachusetts Coquitlam (BCHL)
17   Ryan Leibold Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-11-03 Ashburn, Virginia Sioux City (USHL)
18   Bobby Young Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-11-08 Kitchener, Ontario Bonnyville (AJHL)
19   Alex Peterson Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1998-03-27 Lansdale, Pennsylvania Amarillo (NAHL)
20   Logan Ferguson Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1997-04-18 Calgary, Alberta Canmore (AJHL)
21   Neil Robinson Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1995-09-06 Pointe-Claire, Quebec Brockville (CCHL)
22   Jack Surowiec Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-07-26 Louisville, Kentucky Coquitlam (BCHL)
24   Andrew Dumaresque Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-25 Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia Langley (BCHL)
26   Pete Kessel Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-01-19 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Lone Star (NAHL)
27   Matt Slick Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1999-03-13 Buffalo, New York Chilliwack (BCHL)
28   Logan Milliken Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1997-06-30 Canmore, Alberta Wenatchee (BCHL)
29   Erik Gordon Sophomore G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1999-01-05 Duluth, Georgia Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
30   Matt Radomsky Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-06-21 Winnipeg, Manitoba Steinbach (MJHL)
31   Beau Collins Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1996-08-31 Londonderry, New Hampshire Portland (USPHL)
34   Anthony Vincent Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-08-12 Wilton, Connecticut Chilliwack (BCHL)
37   Jake Pappalardo Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-07-11 Salem, New Hampshire Maine (HEA)
40   Erkka Vänskä Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1998-02-15 Espoo, Finland Fairbanks (NAHL)

Crusaders in the NHL[9]Edit