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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, New York.[2]

Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey
Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityNiagara University
ConferenceAHA
Head coachJason Lammers
3rd season, 28–41–8 (.416)
ArenaDwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
LocationLewiston, New York
ColorsPurple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2000, 2004, 2008, 2013
Conference Tournament championships
CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Conference regular season championships
CHA: 2000, 2006, 2007
AHA: 2013
Current uniform
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For information on all Niagara University sports, see Niagara Purple Eagles

HistoryEdit

After several years of playing at the club level, the team turned varsity in the 1996–97 season, which they played as independent.

In 1999 they became charter members of the College Hockey America, joining two other independent teams (Air Force and Army) and three former Division II teams (Alabama–Huntsville, Bemidji State and Findlay).

Niagara went undefeated in conference play that season, 1999–00, winning the conference tournament and gaining an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, as the conference did not gain an automatic bid until the 2003 tournament. Starting goaltender Greg Gardner set a single-season NCAA record for shutouts with 12 as Niagara posted its first (and only as of 2019) 30-win campaign. The purple eagles upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to North Dakota. North Dakota went on to win that national championship.

Niagara also won the College Hockey America Championship in 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship again those years. In 2004 they lost against Boston College and in 2008 against Michigan.

On January 29, 2009, Niagara University announced that the team was moving to Atlantic Hockey beginning in the 2010-11 season.

On October 14, 2010, it was announced that Jay McKee would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey, while not ruling out a return to the NHL.

On December 14, 2013 the Purple Eagles faced off against the RIT Tigers in an outdoor hockey game known as Frozen Frontier tying 2-2.

Season-by-season results[3]Edit

Head CoachesEdit

As of the completion of 2018–19 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1996–2001 Blaise MacDonald 5 91–58–17 .599
2001–2017 Dave Burkholder 16 247–279–68 .473
2017–Present Jason Lammers 2 28–41–8 .416
Totals 3 coaches 23 seasons 366–378–93 .493

NCAA Tournament appearancesEdit

Statistical Leaders[4]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Barret Ehgoetz 2001–2005 141 71 95 166 142
Mikko Sivonen 1996–2000 126 65 77 142 80
Michael Isherwood 1996–2000 126 55 87 142 112
Chris Moran 2006–2010 146 38 103 141 103
Ted Cook 2005–2009 139 78 59 137 226
Peter DeSantis 1996–2000 126 67 66 133 46
Sean Bentivoglio 2003–2007 145 43 89 132 142
Kyle Martin 1996–2000 124 60 69 129 58
Matt Caruana 2004–2008 146 51 78 129 108
Joe Tallari 2000–2004 144 60 64 124 111

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 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Carsen Chubak 2010–2013 45 2588 27 11 6 93 6 .930 2.16
Chris Noonan 2009–2012 61 3262 29 18 8 132 3 .922 2.43
Greg Gardner 1996–2000 113 64 33 12 16 2.46
Juliano Pagliero 2005–2009 98 5311 47 32 11 231 8 .921 2.61
Brian Wilson 2017–Present 65 3894 24 33 7 178 3 .906 2.74

Statistics current through the start of the 2019–20 season.

RosterEdit

As of September 3, 2019.[5]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2   Ryan Cook Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995-02-06 Lancaster, New York Merrimack (HEA)
3   Reed Robinson Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-03-11 Rockwall, Texas Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL)
4   Chris Harpur Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-09-13 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
5   Tyler Hayes Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-26 Brighton, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
7   Jordan Wishman Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-11-22 Des Moines, Iowa Dubuque (USHL)
8   Stephen Kleysen Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-12 Winnipeg, Manitoba West Kelowna (BCHL)
9   Eric Cooley Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-05-05 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Amarillo Bulls (NAHL)
10   Nic Mucci Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-08 Mississauga, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
11   Scott Persson Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-08-17 Kristianstad, Sweden Lone Star (NAHL)
13   Zac Herrmann Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-11-06 Lancaster, New York Odessa (NAHL)
14   Ryan Naumovski Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1999-07-28 Shelby Township, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
15   Kris Spriggs Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-10-03 Edmonton, Alberta Lloydminster (AJHL)
16   Jared Brandt Junior (RS) D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-10-26 St. Louis, Missouri Miami (NCHC)
17   Luke Edgerton Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-01 Wheeling, West Virginia Jersey (NCDC)
18   Dylan Mills Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-08-18 Cottage Grove, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
19   Ryan Cox Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-07-23 St. Albert, Alberta Sherwood Park (AJHL)
20   Noah Delmas (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-04-29 Schomberg, Ontario Aurora (OJHL)
21   Justin Kendall Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-05-07 Holmen, Wisconsin Coulee Region (NAHL)
22   Alex Truscott Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-23 Draper, Utah Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
23   Cam Cook Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1997-11-13 Halifax, Nova Scotia Shreveport (NAHL)
24   Ben Sokay Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-01-24 Port Hope, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
25   Jon Hill Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-10-09 Whitby, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
26   Brandon Stanley Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1997-05-03 Sioux Lookout, Ontario Philadelphia (NAHL)
27   Jack Billings Junior (RS) F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-10-04 Oak Lawn, Illinois Salve Regina (CCC)
28   Jack Zielinski Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-08-08 Richmond, Virginia Lone Star (NAHL)
29   Ludwig Stenlund Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-04-16 Skellefteå, Sweden Madison (USHL)
30   Cole Weaver Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-01-04 Champlin, Minnesota Dubuque (USHL)
31   Chad Veltri Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-06-03 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Youngstown (USHL)
33   Brian Wilson Junior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-09-27 Pickering, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)

Awards and honorsEdit

NCAAEdit

All-AmericansEdit

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


CHAEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

All-Conference TeamsEdit

First Team All-CHA

Second Team All-CHA

All-CHA 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

Niagara Purple Eagles Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of people associated with the men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Niagara Purple Eagles Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[6]

Purple Eagles in the NHL[7]Edit