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The UMass Minutemen Ice Hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college ice hockey program that represents the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Minutemen are a member of Hockey East. They play at the 8,387-seat William D. Mullins Memorial Center (known as the Mullins Center) in Amherst, Massachusetts.[2]

UMass Minutemen ice hockey
Current season
UMass Minutemen ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachGreg Carvel
3rd season, 53–59–4 (.474)
Captain(s)Niko Hildenbrand, Mario Ferraro and Cale Makar
ArenaMullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
LocationAmherst, Massachusetts
Student sectionThe Militia
ColorsMaroon and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1972 (DII)
Conference regular season championships
2019

Contents

HistoryEdit

Pond historyEdit

The centrally located pond on the UMass campus was once used for multiple purposes. In the winter students and faculty would cut out blocks of ice to use for refrigeration and annual tug-of-war games between sophomores and freshmen were hosted during the spring months. The UMass Minutemen even played on the campus pond starting in 1909 but have since moved to the Mullins Center.[3]

Greg Carvel era (2016–Present)Edit

Ryan Bamford, athletic director of UMass, announced in March 2016 that Greg Carvel had been hired to become the 14th ice hockey head coach in UMass history.[4] Greg Carvel led the team to their first ever Frozen Four and a birth in the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship in which the Minutemen ultimately lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. In May 2018 Carvel was given a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.[5]

Season-by-season resultsEdit

UMass Minutemen Season History
Season Head Coach Overall Record Conference Record Postseason Notes
1994-95 Joe Mallen 6-28-2 3-21-0 Win vs Boston College in Hockey East Opening Round
Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1995-96 Joe Mallen 10-19-6 4-14-6 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1996-97 Joe Mallen 12-23-0 7-17-0 2-0 Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1997-98 Joe Mallen 6-24-3 3-19-2 Did not qualify
1998-99 Joe Mallen 12-21-4 8-14-2 2-0 Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1999-2000 Joe Mallen 11-20-5 5-15-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2000-01 Don "Toot" Cahoon 8-22-4 7-15-2 Did not Qualify
2001-02 Don "Toot" Cahoon 8-25-2 3-19-2 Did not qualify
2002-03 Don "Toot" Cahoon 20-18-0 10-14-0 2-0 Win vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
2003-04 Don "Toot" Cahoon 17-15-7 12-9-3 2-0 Win vs UMass Lowell in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Win vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Finals
This season marks the furthest UMass has ever gone in the Hockey East tournament. They lost the final game 2-1 in triple overtime to Maine.
2004-05 Don "Toot" Cahoon 14-23-2 6-16-2 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2005-06 Don "Toot" Cahoon 14-21-2 10-15-2 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2006-07 Don "Toot" Cahoon 22-13-5 15-9-3 2-0 Win vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
Win vs Clarkson in NCAA Regional Semifinals
Loss vs Maine in NCAA Regional Finals
UMass earned an at-large bid to make their first-ever NCAA Tournament.
2007-08 Don "Toot" Cahoon 15-16-6 9-13-5 2-0 Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2008-09 Don "Toot" Cahoon 16-20-3 10-14-3 2-1 Loss vs Northeastern in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2009-10 Don "Toot" Cahoon 18-18-0 13-14-0 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2010-11 Don "Toot" Cahoon 7-24-6 5-16-6 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2011-12 Don "Toot" Cahoon 13-18-5 9-17-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2012-13 John Micheletto 12-19-3 10-16-2 Did not qualify
2013-14 John Micheletto 9-22-4 4-14-3 Loss vs Vermont in Opening Round
2014-15 John Micheletto 11-23-2 5-16-1 2-1 Loss vs Notre Dame in Opening Round
2015-16 John Micheletto 8-24-4 2-16-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Opening Round
2016–17 Greg Carvel 5–29–2 2–19–1 2-0 Loss vs Providence in Opening Round
2017–18 Greg Carvel 17–20–2 9–13–2 2-1 Win vs Vermont in Opening Round
2-0 Loss vs Northeastern in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2018–19 Greg Carvel 31–10–0 18-6–0 2-0 Win vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
3-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Semifinals
4-0 Win vs Harvard in NCAA Regional Semifinals

4-0 Win vs Notre Dame in NCAA Regional Finals
4-3 OT Win vs Denver in NCAA National Semifinal
3-0 Loss vs Minnesota-Duluth in NCAA National Championship

UMass earned an at-large bid to make the NCAA Tournament.
The first time UMass has made the Frozen Four.
The first time UMass has played for the NCAA Div.1 National Men's Hockey Championship.
Joe Mallen: 57–135–20 (1-9)
Don "Toot" Cahoon: 172–233–42 (8-17)
John Micheletto: 40–88–13 (1-7)
Greg Carvel: 53–59–4 (4-6)
Overall Conference Record: 189-371–59 (14–37)

Source[6]

Awards and honorsEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of September 7, 2019.[10]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2   Marc Del Gaizo Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-10-11 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL) NSH, 109th overall 2019
3   Ty Farmer Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1998-01-06 O'Fallon, Missouri Fargo (USHL)
4   Matthew Kessel Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2000-06-23 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
6   Kolby Vegara Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1997-07-15 Malden, Massachusetts Philadelphia (NAHL)
7   Calen Kiefiuk Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 2000-02-28 Macomb, Michigan Central Illinois (USHL)
8   Bobby Trivigno Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 152 lb (69 kg) 1999-01-19 Setauket, New York Waterloo (USHL)
9   John Leonard Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1998-08-07 Amherst, Massachusetts Green Bay (USHL) SJS, 182nd overall 2018
10   Jack Suter Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 169 lb (77 kg) 1995-04-19 Omaha, Nebraska Sioux Falls (USHL)
11   Bobby Kaiser Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1997-05-09 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
12   Anthony Del Gaizo Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-01-31 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
13   Reed Lebster Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1999-03-04 Grand Rapids, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
14   Jeremy Davidson Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 2000-02-28 Kalamazoo, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
15   Marco Bozzo Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-11-22 Woodbridge, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)
17   Philip Lagunov Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-11-22 Hamilton, Ontario Burlington (OJHL)
18   Jake Gaudet Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-06-18 Ottawa, Ontario Kemptville (CCHL)
19   Niko Hildenbrand (C) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1995-08-18 Vacaville, California Fargo (USHL)
20   Oliver Chau Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-21 Oakville, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
21   Mitchell Chaffee (C) Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1998-01-26 Rockford, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
22   Peyton Reeves Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-08-22 Toronto, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
23   Gianfranco Cassaro Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-03-30 Nobleton, Ontario Youngstown (USHL)
24   Zac Jones Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 2000-10-18 Glen Allen, Virginia Tri-City (USHL) NYR, 68th overall 2019
26   Colin Felix Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-01-07 Ocean City, New Jersey Madison (USHL)
27   Jake McLaughlin Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-03-26 Hinsdale, Illinois Fargo (USHL)
28   Eric Faith Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-04-18 Carp, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
29   George Mika Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1996-10-19 Naples, Florida Amarillo (NAHL)
31   Matt Murray Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1998-02-02 St. Albert, Alberta Fargo (USHL)
32   Alex Camarre Freshman G 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-11-04 North Tonawanda, New York Odessa (NAHL)
35   Filip Lindberg Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1999-01-31 Espoo, Finland TUTO U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga) MIN, 197th overall 2019

Coaches and support staffEdit

Current as of November, 2018.[11]

2018-2019 Staff
Name Position
Greg Carvel Head Coach
Ben Barr Associate Head Coach
Jared DeMichiel Assistant Coach
Ryan Mahan Director of Hockey Operations
TJ Syner Volunteer Assistant Coach
Marc Paquet Athletic Trainer
Clayton Kirven Strength & Conditioning
Josh Penn Head of Equipment

The Longest GameEdit

On March 6, 2015, UMass faced Notre Dame in Game 1 of the Opening Round of the 2015 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, played at Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame. Early into the game, Sam Herr gave Notre Dame the lead on a rebounded shot. Vince Hinostroza made it 2–0 midway through the second period. But the Minutmen responded two minutes later with a power play goal by Steven Iacobellis. Notre Dame responded three minutes later with a Steven Fogarty goal to make it 3–1. UMass made it 3–2 a minute later with a goal by Shane Walsh. With two seconds remaining in the period, Troy Power tipped a power play goal to tie the game as the second period (a period that had five goals in total) ended. The third period ended with no goals, as the two teams went into overtime. The two teams repeatedly failed to score, with UMass shooting a record 91 times and Notre Dame shooting 78 times. With 8:18 left in the fifth overtime and at 1:24 a.m. ET, Shane Walsh scored the game-winning goal to end the longest Division I hockey game which had lasted 151 minutes, 42 seconds, besting the previous record of 150:22, set by Quinnipiac and Union in 2010.[12]

Steve Mastalerz finished the night with 75 saves for UMass while Cal Petersen of Notre Dame made 87 saves, setting a new NCAA record. It was UMass' first win at the Tournament since March 13, 2009 at Northeastern.

Notable AlumniEdit

Jonathan Quick - Two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Los Angeles Kings winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012. He has played in 602 NHL Games posting a 309-218-63 record.

Conor Sheary - Two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins playing 262 games with the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.

Frank Vatrano - Undrafted winger, formerly with Boston Bruins and currently with Florida Panthers and has played 205 NHL games.

Justin Braun - Seventh round draft choice by the San Jose Sharks, has now played 607 games with the team.

Matt Irwin - Has played 323 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, and Nashville Predators.

Brandon Montour - Has played 189 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres.

Cale Makar - The highest Minuteman to be drafted at 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Massachusetts Athletics Official Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Umass Hockey The Pond Club". umasshockey.com.
  4. ^ "College hockey: Greg Carvel named UMass ice hockey coach". 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Hockey Head Coach Greg Carvel's Contract Extended Through 2023 - University of Massachusetts". University of Massachusetts Athletics. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  6. ^ "UMass Hockey Past Schedules". UMass Athletics. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  7. ^ List of Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
  8. ^ List of Hockey East Player of the Year
  9. ^ List of Division I AHCA All-American Teams
  10. ^ "2018–19 Roster". UMass Athletics. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "UMass Athletics". umassathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  12. ^ "UMass Hockey Claims NCAA Record 5OT 4–3 Victory Over Notre Dame – University of Massachusetts". University of Massachusetts Athletics.

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