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.
|Holy Cross Crusaders|
|University||College of the Holy Cross|
NCAA Division I Division
|Head coach||David Berard|
6th season, 69–83–29 (.461)
|Alternate captain(s)||Mike Barrett |
Surface: 200' x 85'
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1999, 2004, 2006|
|Conference regular season championships|
- 1 History
- 2 Season-by-season results
- 3 Postseason
- 4 Coaches
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Statistical Leaders
- 7 Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame
- 8 Current roster
- 9 Crusaders in the NHL
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
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.
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).
NCAA tournament resultsEdit
The Crusaders have appeared in the NCAA Tournament two times. Their combined record is 1–2.
|2004||#4||West Regional Semifinal||#1 North Dakota||L 3-0|
|2006||#4||West Regional Semifinal
West Regional Final
#2 North Dakota
|W 4-3 (OT)|
As of completion of 2018–19 season
|1994–1996, 1997–2014||Paul Pearl||19||297–293–69||.503|
|1979–1988, 1996–1997||Peter Van Buskirk||10||167–146–8||.533|
|Totals||6 coaches||54 seasons||765–756–112||.503|
Awards and honorsEdit
Career points leadersEdit
Career Goaltending LeadersEdit
Minimum 1000 minutes
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).
As of July 12, 2019.
|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)||—|