UMass Minutemen ice hockey

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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
First season1908–09
Head coachGreg Carvel
4th season, 53–59–4 (.474)
Captain(s)Niko Hildenbrand (C)
Mitchell Chaffee (C)
Jake McLaughlin (A)
ArenaMullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
LocationAmherst, Massachusetts
Student sectionThe Militia
ColorsMaroon and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2019
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
ECAC 2 : 1972
Conference regular season championships
Hockey East: 2019

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. In 1909 the first formal ice hockey team began playing on the pond as well.[3] UMass fielded one of the earliest non-ivy league programs, playing continually until poor weather conditions and a lack of funding caused the team to cease in 1939. The Minutemen were able to return to the ice after the war but couldn't play at home until 1954.

The lack of a home venue caused the team to suffer through a stretch where they won only 2 games over a 7-year period. Eventually the pond became usable again and UMass were able to play home games with new head coach Steve Kosakowski. The Minutemen performed decently in his 13 seasons and were among 28 teams to found ECAC Hockey. In 1964 the ECAC split into two divisions and any program that did not possess a dedicated indoor arena was placed in ECAC 2. UMass continued with the second-tier conference for 15 years and achieved their greatest success in 1972 under Jack Canniff, winning the conference tournament title.

By the end of the 1970s using the pond as a rink had become untenable and when no alternatives surfaced the program was shuttered.

Return to the IceEdit

When the Mullins Center opened in 1993 it was designed as a multi-purpose arena and allowed for the university to rekindle its ice hockey program. The men's team started the same year and hit the ice as a Division I independent. With 20 wins in the first season under Joe Mallen, there was hope that the Minutemen could compete in Hockey East. However, once they began a tougher schedule in 1994–95, the team lost a then-school-record 28 games. Though the team rarely finished last in the conference under Mallen, there were very few gains and he was replaced by Don Cahoon in 2000.

Under Cahoon the team began to improve, posting a winning season in 2003 and reaching the conference championship game the following year. His greatest success came after recruiting Jonathan Quick, who helped UMass to reach their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2007. Cahoon couldn't keep the success going, however, and after being knocked off in five consecutive conference quarterfinals he retired in 2012.

John Micheletto was tabbed as Cahoon's successor and after a decent first season the team slid down the standing and bottomed out for two consecutive seasons. After the second last-place finish Micheletto was fired and replaced by St. Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel.[4]

Greg Carvel era (2016–Present)Edit

In Carvel's first season the team reached a nadir; the Minutemen set a new program record for futility, losing 29 games. Carvel led the team to a much-improved finish in his second season and then team took off in year three. The Minutemen reached 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. Though the year ended on a sour note, the team posted a new program record for wins (31) while Cale Makar won the school's first Hobey Baker Award.

Season-by-season results[5]Edit

Records vs. Current Hockey East TeamsEdit

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[6]

School Team Away Arena Overall Record Win % Last Result
Boston College Eagles Conte Forum 15–64–4 .205 0-3 L
Boston University Terriers Agganis Arena 13–62–7 .201 4-2 W
University of Connecticut Huskies XL Center 38–14–3 .718 3-4 L
University of Maine Black Bears Alfond Arena 23–57–9 .309 6-0 W
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks Tsongas Center 28–48–7 .380 0-2 L
Merrimack College Warriors J. Thom Lawler Rink 44–42–7 .511 4-2 W
University of New Hampshire Wildcats Whittemore Center 25–89–11 .244 6-0 W
Northeastern University Huskies Matthews Arena 29–55–10 .362 1-2 L
Providence College Providence Schneider Arena 27–49–6 .366 2-3 L
University of Vermont Catamounts Gutterson Fieldhouse 25–44–8 .377 5-1 W

Coaches and support staffEdit

Current as of November, 2018.[7]

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

Head Coach HistoryEdit

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[6]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1908–1917 No Coach 9 39–27–3 .587
1917–1922 Elton J. Mansell 5 18–13–3 .574
1922–1923 Herbert Collins 1 3–4–2 .444
1923–1924 Howard R. Gordon 1 3–6–0 .333
1924–1939 Lorin Ball 15 47–62–7 .435
1947–1949 Thomas Filmore 2 0–5–0 .000
1949–1950 Walter Fitzgerald 1 2–3–2 .429
1950–1951 Bill Needham 1 0–7–0 .000
1953–1954 Mel Massucco 1 0–9–1 .050
1954–1967 Steve Kosakowski 13 73–118–4 .385
1967–1979 Jack Canniff 12 120–140–8 .463
1993–2000 Joe Mallen 7 77–144–18 .360
2000–2012 Don Cahoon 12 166–229–42 .428
2012–2016 John Micheletto 4 39–88–13 .325
2016–Present Greg Carvel 3 53–59–4 .474
Totals 14 coaches 87 seasons 640–914–107 .418

Statistical Leaders[6]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Pat Keenan 1970–1973 66 105 75 180
Rob Bonneau 1993–1997 131 72 94 166
Warren Norris 1993–1997 132 73 81 154
James Marcou 2007–2010 111 34 96 130
Stephen Werner 2002–2006 143 50 66 116
Michael Pereira 2010–2014 135 53 54 107
Tim Turner 1999–2003 134 47 60 107
John Leonard 2017–2020 104 56 49 105
Conor Sheary 2010–2014 138 38 66 104
Cory Quirk 2005–2009 150 43 60 103
John Edwards 1969–1972 45 57 102
William Harris 1972–1976 35 67 102
Thomas Pöck 2000–2004 130 44 58 102

† - active

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 played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Matt Murray 2017–Present 51 2910 29 17 2 116 5 .915 2.39
Jonathan Quick 2005–2007 54 3129 23 22 6 125 3 .926 2.40
Paul Dainton 2007–2011 123 7042 45 61 12 327 2 .908 2.78
Gabe Winer 2002–2006 117 6725 50 52 10 317 5 .891 2.83
Kevin Boyle 2011–2013 41 2325 16 17 6 111 1 .896 2.86

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

Current rosterEdit

As of September 7, 2019.[8]

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

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.[9]

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.

Awards and honorsEdit

Minutemen in the NHL[10]Edit

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[11] = NHL All-Star[11] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Massachusetts Athletics Official Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Massachusetts Minutemen". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Umass Hockey The Pond Club". umasshockey.com.
  4. ^ "College hockey: Greg Carvel named UMass ice hockey coach". 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ "2008-09 UMASS HOCKEY" (PDF). UMass Minutemen. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "UMass Minutemen Men's Hockey 2019-20 Record Book" (PDF). UMass Minutemen. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "UMass Athletics". umassathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  8. ^ "2018–19 Roster". UMass Athletics. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "UMass Hockey Claims NCAA Record 5OT 4–3 Victory Over Notre Dame – University of Massachusetts". University of Massachusetts Athletics.
  10. ^ "Alumni report for UMass-Amherst". Hockey DB. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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