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St. Lawrence Saints men's ice hockey

The St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey team, colloquially known as the "Skating Saints", is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents St. Lawrence University. The Saints are a member of the ECAC Hockey. They have played at Appleton Arena in Canton, New York, since 1951. Prior to the arena's construction, the men's team played outdoors at the current location of Whitman Hall.

St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey
UniversitySt. Lawrence University
ConferenceECAC
Head coachBrent Brekke
1st season
Captain(s)Alexander Dahl
Alternate captain(s)Eric Sweetman
Ben Masella
Gavin Bayreuther
ArenaAppleton Arena
Capacity: 3,200
LocationCanton, New York
ColorsScarlet and Brown[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1988, 2000
NCAA Tournament appearances
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961r, 1962, 1983, 1987, 1988r, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007
Conference Tournament championships
1962, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000, 2001
Conference regular season championships
2000, 2007
Current uniform
St. Lawrence University Hockey Jersey.png

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HistoryEdit

Since the team's inception in 1925, the Saints men's hockey program has been a competitive team at the top ranks of American college hockey. Due to World War II, there were no teams during the 1941–42 season, or the 1943–44 through 1945–46 seasons.[2]

The team plays in the ECAC Hockey League, one of six Division I leagues. This league currently includes six Ivy League teams, including perennial powers Cornell and Harvard as well as six colleges from upstate New York and Connecticut. Since the inception of the ECAC in 1961, SLU has won six ECAC tournament titles and two ECAC regular season titles.

Since the 1951–52 season, SLU has made sixteen NCAA tournament appearances. St. Lawrence has been to the Frozen Four and its antecedent the four team NCAA Championships a total of nine times, playing in the title games in 1961 and 1988. St. Lawrence has accomplished this despite being, at approximately 2,000 students, one of the smallest colleges to play at the Division I level. A Division III school in all other sports, St. Lawrence has maintained Division I "play-up" status in hockey thanks to a 2004 NCAA resolution, allowing it (along with 11 other schools) to offer Division I scholarships in only one sport.[3] St. Lawrence did not offer grant-in-aid hockey scholarships until the mid-1990s.

In 1988, the Saints played in the NCAA national championship game at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, NY, losing to Lake Superior State University 4–3 in overtime. The 1987-88 season was the most successful in team history, with an overall record of 29–9–0. In 2000, the Saints played in the longest NCAA tournament game on record; a 3–2, quadruple overtime victory over Boston University. The win advanced the Saints to the Frozen Four, where the team eventually lost to Boston College in the National Semifinals. The Men's program has produced twenty-eight All-American players, seven ECAC tournament MVPs, six ECAC players of the year, four ECAC rookies of the year, and nine Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists.

 
The St Lawrence University Saints vs. Quinnipiac University. March 16, 2007.

From 1985 until 2012, Joe Marsh was the head coach at St. Lawrence. In 2007, he won his 400th Division I game (all at St. Lawrence) placing him in 6th place among active NCAA Division I coaches in career wins. Marsh is a two time winner of the Spencer Penrose Award given to the best college coach of the year.

Following Marsh's retirement in 2012, former Ottawa Senators assistant coach, and Saints alumnus, Greg Carvel took over head coaching duties. In 2016, Carvel departed the program to take the same role at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Following the departure of Carvel, St. Lawrence named former Clarkson University head coach Mark Morris as the 14th head coach in program history.

St. Lawrence's biggest hockey rival is Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, ten miles from the St. Lawrence campus. For many years, the swing through the North Country has been considered to be one of the most grueling road trips in college hockey.

St. Lawrence plays its home hockey games at Appleton Arena, a classic old time hockey barn which has seen many upgrades since opening in 1950 with a 4–2 St. Lawrence win over Dartmouth College.[2]

Hobey Baker Award finalistsEdit

Year Player Position
2014[4] Greg Carey Forward
2013[5] Kyle Flanagan

Greg Carey

Forward

Forward

2007 Drew Bagnall Defense
2006 T. J. Trevelyan Forward
2001 Eric Anderson Forward
1999 Eric Heffler Goalie
1996 Burke Murphy Forward
1992 Daniel Laperriere Defense
1988 Peter Lappin Forward

CoachesEdit

As of the completion of 2013–14 season[6][7]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2016–2019 Mark Morris 3 25–40–9 .398
2012–2016 Greg Carvel 4 72–63–15 .530
1985–2012 Joe Marsh 26 482–418–75 .533
1980–85 Mike McShane 5 93–65–6 .585
1976–80 Leon Abbott 4 34–85–2 .289
1967–68, 71–76 Bernie McKinnon 6 72–84–6 .463
1955–67, 68–71 George Menard 15 204–137–14 .594
1950–55 Olav Kollevoll 5 72–25–2 .737
1947–50 Paul Patten 3 20–5–0 .800
1946–47 John Klemens 1 3–3–0 .500
1938–41 Alfred Sheard 3 4–19–0 .174
1929–30 James Mallon 1 3–8–1 .292
1926–28 Degre Formoza 2 5–6–0 .455
1925–26 D. F. McCarthy 1 0–2–0 0
Totals 14 coaches 71 seasons 1089–960–130 .530[8]

UniformsEdit

Traditionally, the Saints home jersey is white with scarlet shoulders and brown trim. The end of the sleeves and bottom of the sweater feature scarlet and brown stripes. The school's crest and the player's name and number all appear in scarlet with brown trim. The road jersey are identically designed, but with the white and scarlet portions reversed. In 2002, a lace-up neck was adopted by the men's team.

In 2001, in honor of Appleton Arena's fiftieth anniversary, an alternate "throw-back" jersey was introduced for the men's team. The alternate jersey is white but does not feature colored shoulders. The StL logo is significantly smaller, and "St. Lawrence" is spelled out across the chest. The school seal also appears on both shoulders of the sweater. This jersey continued to be used occasionally until gaining popularity during the 2006–07 season, when the men's team exhibited frequent success when wearing the alternate jerseys on home ice. As a result, the alternate jersey quickly became the staple home jersey. Beginning with the 2012–13 season, St. Lawrence retired the StL logo from the red road jerseys as well, and adopted a design that matched the home white sweaters.

Originally, the women's program wore jerseys that were identical to the men's jerseys. However, in fall 2005, the women's jerseys were designed to be unique from the men's jerseys. The scarlet and brown on the shoulders of the home jersey was extended down the arms until it met with the trim at the end of the sleeve. The player's number appears within the scarlet portion and is white with brown trim. The road jerseys feature a similar pattern, but the shoulders and sleeves are brown with white trim (a reverse of the traditional road-jersey scheme) on a red background.

In tribute to Mike Pelletier and Rich Stewart, teammates on the 1988 NCAA finalist team who were among the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,[9] the 2001–02 men's team wore a patch on the shoulder of their jerseys with both players' initials. Pelletier and Stewart had both been employees of Cantor Fitzgerald working in the World Trade Center.[10][11]

In the 2008–09 season, St. Lawrence, along with all other ECAC Hockey teams, participated in Coaches vs. Cancer's "Pink at the Rink" fundraiser. The Men's team wore black sweaters with pink and white trim while the Women's team wore pink uniforms with white trim. The jerseys, along with pink ties worn by the coaches and pink sticks were then auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer research. (The Men's team only wore the pink jerseys during warmups, as visiting team Harvard had forgotten to bring their home white jerseys.)[12]

TraditionsEdit

  • Whenever a goal is scored, the crowd will sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" immediately after the goal is announced. A skating saint sign at each end of the arena flashes as well.
  • When the final minute of the period is announced, fans respond by yelling "And Clarkson Still Sucks!" referring to St Lawrence's nearby rival school. This same cheer is often used by fans at Rensselaer, whose rivalry with Clarkson stems from being another engineering school in the ECAC Hockey, and not from geographic location.
  • Due to St Lawrence's proximity to Canada, both the American and Canadian national anthems are played prior to home games. Many fans will shout the word "saints" over the final word of the American national anthem. This is a shared tradition among schools in the ECAC Hockey; notably Clarkson fans and Cornell fans will shout "knights" and "red," respectively, when those words appear in the anthem's lyrics.
  • Since the fall of 1999, students have brought a school flag into the stands to wave when team takes the ice and when they score. Cowbells have also become popular among fans (possibly due to the large population of dairy farmers in the region), and are sold at the school's bookstore, with the St. Lawrence University crest printed on them.


Season-by-season resultsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs
2006–07 39 23 14 2 1st, ECAC Lost in NCAA Regional Semifinal, 1–4 (Boston College)
2007–08 37 13 20 4 9th, ECAC Lost ECAC First Round series, 1–2 (Colgate)
2008–09 38 21 12 5 4th, ECAC Lost in ECAC Semifinal, 3–4 (Yale)
2009–10 42 19 16 7 5th, ECAC Lost in ECAC Semifinal, 1–3 (Union)
2010–11 40 13 22 5 11th, ECAC Lost ECAC Quarterfinal series, 1–2 (Yale)
2011–12 36 14 19 3 8th, ECAC Lost ECAC First-Round series, 0–2 (Dartmouth)
2012–13 38 18 16 4 6th, ECAC Lost ECAC Quarterfinal series, 0–2 (Yale)
2013–14 38 15 19 4 8th, ECAC Lost ECAC Quarterfinal series, 0–2 (Colgate)
2014–15 37 20 14 3 2nd, ECAC Lost ECAC Semifinal, 3–4 (OT) (Colgate)

RosterEdit

Roster for the 2019-2020 season.[13]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1   Emil Zetterquist Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-09-21 Stockholm, Sweden Coulee Region (NAHL)
2   Dylan Woolf (C) Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-05-03 Victoria, Minnesota Lincoln (USHL)
3   Mark Mahoney Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-05-08 Canton, New York Hotchkiss (USHS–CT)
4   Cameron White Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-03-12 Toronto, Ontario Ottawa (CCHL)
7   Andrew McIntyre Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-10-28 Kitchener, Ontario Oakville (USHL)
8   Eddie Pavlini Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-06-10 Far Hills, New Jersey East Coast (EHL)
9   Ryan Garvey Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-06-27 Oakville, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
10   David Jankowski Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-05-25 Waterdown, Ontario Hawkesbury (CCHL)
11   Carson Gicewicz (C) Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1997-03-04 Orchard Park, New York Sioux Falls (USHL)
12   Bo Hanson Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-11-13 Boise, Idaho Muskegon (USHL)
13   Aleksi Peltonen Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-06-08 Helsinki, Finland Omaha (USHL)
14   Cade Gleekel Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-09-27 Golden Valley, Minnesota Merritt (BCHL)
15   Jacob Nielsen Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-02-21 New Berlin, Wisconsin Lincoln (USHL)
16   Nicholas Wildgoose Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-12-07 Cary, North Carolina Rockland (CCHL)
17   Alex Gilmour Senior F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996-01-29 Uxbridge, Ontario Pembroke (CCHL)
18   Kaden Pickering Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-12-17 Madrid, New York Chilliwack (BCHL)
19   Ted McGeen Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-12-18 Windsor, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
20   Zach Risteau Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-02-23 Lakeville, Minnesota Merritt (BCHL)
21   Carson Dimoff Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-05-11 Scottsdale, Arizona Sioux Falls (USHL)
22   Jeff Clarke Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1999-04-15 London, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
23   Ashton Fry Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-07-16 Highlands Ranch, Colorado Kemptville (CCHL)
24   Cameron Buhl Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1998-12-03 South St. Paul, Minnesota Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
25   Michael Laidley Graduate F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1995-03-28 Little Current, Ontario Aurora (OJHL)
27   Keenan Suthers Junior F 6' 8" (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1998-04-27 Tecumseh, Ontario Dubuque (USHL)
28   Callum Cusinato Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-09-29 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
29   Jordan Steinmetz Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1999-01-10 Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL)
30   Daniel Mannella Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995-08-24 Woodbridge, Ontario Whitby (OJHL)
32   Philip Alftberg Junior D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-01-19 Märsta, Sweden Fargo (USHL)
33   Tim Makowski Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-11-14 St. Louis, Missouri Aberdeen (NAHL)
35   Francis Boisvert Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-03-11 Blainville, Quebec Ottawa (CCHL)
44   Jake Stevens Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-12-06 Naperville, Illinois Victoria (BCHL)

Notable Saints alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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