Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey
The Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Western Michigan University. The Broncos are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.
|Western Michigan Broncos|
|University||Western Michigan University|
|Head coach||Andy Murray|
8th season, 116–112–34 (.508)
|Alternate captain(s)||Colt Conrad, Wade Allison, and Hugh McGing|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Colors||Brown and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference Tournament championships|
The Broncos program began in 1973 and joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 1975–76 season. After ten seasons in the league Western Michigan won the 1986 CCHA Playoff Tournament and advanced to the school's first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey tournament in 1986. The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos entered the tournament in the West Regional against Harvard and lost the two-game aggregate series, being outscored 11–4 by the Crimson.
Western Michigan's next post season appearance came in 1994. Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 1994 NCAA Division I Tournament and again fell in the first round with a 6–3 loss to Wisconsin.
The Broncos rebounded in the 1995–96 season after a sub-.500 season in 1994–95. Western Michigan received the program's second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Western Michigan lost again in the first round to Clarkson 6–1.
Under first-year coach Jeff Blashill, Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, where they would lose their opening game 3–2 in double overtime to Denver. Denver scored two goals in the last 4:29 of the third period to force overtime.
In 2011–12, for the second consecutive season, Western Michigan had a new head coach and reached the NCAA tournament. Longtime National Hockey League (NHL) coach Andy Murray was named as coach of the Broncos after Blashill left for the Detroit Red Wings. WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.
The Broncos joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) starting in the 2013–14 season. The CCHA disbanded after the 2012–13 season, in part due to the addition of men's ice hockey to the Big Ten Conference.
Western Michigan won the 2013 four-team Great Lakes Invitational which was played outdoors at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Broncos defeated No. 3 Michigan 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals, and then claimed the championship by beating Michigan Tech 1-0, also in overtime. WMU won the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament with an 8–2 victory over No. 17 Union. The Broncos also defeated Ohio State in the first round of the tournament, 6–2.
In 2016-17, the Broncos followed up a disappointing 8-25-3 season with an impressive 22-13-5 and a 3rd place finish in the NCHC. Western Michigan was invited to the final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, where they defeated Michigan Tech in the championship. WMU has been invited to the GLI 5 times dating back to 1977, winning it 3 of those times. The Broncos were defeated in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I tournament by Air Force.
Through 2016–17 season
|1985–86||Bill Wilkinson||32–12–0||23–9–0||t-2nd||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1993–94||Bill Wilkinson||24–13–3||18–10–2||4th||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1995–96||Bill Wilkinson||27–11–3||21–6–3||t-3rd||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1999–00||Bill Wilkinson / Jim Culhane||12–21–3||10–15–3||t-9th|
|2010–11||Jeff Blashill||19–13–10||10–9–9–5||4th||NCAA Tournament first round|
|2011–12||Andy Murray||21–14–6||14–10–4–4||t-2nd||NCAA Tournament first round|
|2016–17||Andy Murray||22–13–5||13–9–2–1||3rd||NCAA Tournament first round|
Postseason invitational champion
The Broncos are coached by former Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray. In his first season, he coached the Broncos to their second CCHA Tournament Championship in school history, as well as the school's fifth NCAA Tournament Bid.
All-time coaching recordsEdit
Through 2016–17 season
|1999–2010||Jim Culhane||11 *||158–222–48||.425|
|1982–1999||Bill Wilkinson||17 *||313–301–53||.509|
|Totals||6 coaches||44 seasons||748–771–153||.493|
* The 1998–99 season was coached by both Wilkinson and Culhane.
As of August 18, 2019.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Austin Cain||Junior||G||6' 4" (1.93 m)||187 lb (85 kg)||1996-09-12||Ottawa, Ontario||Whitby (OJHL)||—|
|2||Kale Bennett||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1995-11-30||St. Louis, Missouri||Nanaimo (BCHL)||—|
|3||Michael Joyaux||Sophomore||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||181 lb (82 kg)||1997-02-13||Bloomingdale, Illinois||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|4||Luke Bafia (A)||Senior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||202 lb (92 kg)||1996-01-19||Parrish, Florida||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|6||Scooter Brickey||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||207 lb (94 kg)||1999-05-27||Burtchville, Michigan||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|7||Ronnie Attard||Freshman||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1999-03-20||White Lake, Michigan||Tri-City (USHL)||PHI, 72nd overall 2019|
|9||Dawson DiPietro||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1995-11-15||Medina, Ohio||Janesville (NAHL)||—|
|10||Lawton Courtnall||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1996-03-07||Westlake Village, California||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|11||Rhett Kingston||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-11-04||Black Diamond, Alberta||Salmon Arm (BCHL)||—|
|12||Cole Gallant||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-03-14||Dover, Florida||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|13||Drew Worrad||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1997-06-30||Birr, Ontario||Steinbach (MJHL)||—|
|14||Jason Polin||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1999-06-17||Holt, Michigan||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|16||Hugh McGing (C)||Senior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-07-11||Chicago, Illinois||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||STL, 138th overall 2018|
|17||Wade Allison (A)||Senior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1997-10-14||Myrtle, Manitoba||Tri-City (USHL)||PHI, 52nd overall 2016|
|18||Brett Van Os||Junior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1996-02-21||St. Albert, Alberta||Calgary Canucks (AJHL)||—|
|19||Lukas Samuelsson||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||177 lb (80 kg)||1996-10-08||Voorhees, New Jersey||Toronto (GMHL)||—|
|20||Jamie Rome||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||211 lb (96 kg)||1998-10-03||Cochrane, Alberta||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|21||Josh Passolt (A)||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1996-09-13||Hayward, Wisconsin||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|22||Austin Rueschhoff||Junior||F||6' 7" (2.01 m)||230 lb (104 kg)||1997-09-07||Wentzville, Missouri||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|23||Paul Washe||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1998-11-27||Clarkston, Michigan||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|24||Mattias Samuelsson (A)||Sophomore||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||221 lb (100 kg)||2000-03-14||Voorhees, New Jersey||USNTDP (USHL)||BUF, 32nd overall 2018|
|25||Jared Kucharek||Sophomore||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||203 lb (92 kg)||1998-05-23||Royal Oak, Michigan||Madison (USHL)||—|
|26||Ethen Frank||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-02-05||Papillion, Nebraska||Lincoln (USHL)||—|
|27||Cam Orchard||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||194 lb (88 kg)||1998-06-27||Middleville, Michigan||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|28||Cam Lee||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1997-02-18||Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|30||Brandon Bussi||Freshman||G||6' 5" (1.96 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1998-06-25||Sound Beach, New York||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|31||Will Massey||Senior (RS)||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-06-25||Penfield, New York||Islanders (USPHL)||—|
|33||Ben Blacker||Senior||G||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-04-23||Oakville, Ontario||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
The Western Michigan Broncos have advanced a number of players to professional hockey, including a number of alumni that played and are currently playing in the NHL. Several alumni are also known for their contributions as front office members and broadcasters.
* Did not play in the NHL.
Through 2011–12 season
- Western Michigan University Official Athletics Style Guide (PDF). February 17, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
- "Wmu Men's Hockey Team Page :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
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-  Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
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- AP Staff (July 26, 2011). "Former NHL coach Andy Murray hired by Western Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Drew, David (March 17, 2012). "Western Michigan is CCHA Tournament champ after 3-2 win over Michigan". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- AP Staff (March 24, 2012). "North Dakota 3, Western Michigan 1: Broncos ousted in first round of NCAA hockey tournament". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
-  USCHO Western Michigan Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year
- "WMU Hockey – 2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Western Michigan University Hockey Alumni Report at". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.