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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.[2]

Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan Broncos athletic logo
UniversityWestern Michigan University
ConferenceNCHC
Head coachAndy Murray
8th season, 116–112–34 (.508)
Captain(s)Corey Schueneman
Alternate captain(s)Colt Conrad, Wade Allison, and Hugh McGing
ArenaLawson Arena
Capacity: 3,667
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
ColorsBrown and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
Conference Tournament championships
Current uniform
CCHA-Uniform-WMU.png

HistoryEdit

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.[3] The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.[10] Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.[11]

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.

Yearly resultsEdit

Through 2016–17 season

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1973–74 Bill Neal 22–7–1 5–2–1 1st
1974–75 Bill Neal 19–8–0 8–0–0 1st
1975–76 Bill Neal 18–14–2 6–10–0 4th
1976–77 Bill Neal 17–19–1 5–11–0 4th
1977–78 Bill Neal 15–17–1 7–12–1 6th
1978–79 Glen Weller 17–19–0 8–16–0 6th
1979–80 Glen Weller 18–16–2 6–13–1 5th
1980–81 Glen Weller 15–19–2 8–13–1 5th
1981–82 Glen Weller 14–19–1 11–18–1 9th
1982–83 Bill Wilkinson 11–23–2 10–20–2 t-9th
1983–84 Bill Wilkinson 22–18–2 13–14–1 5th
1984–85 Bill Wilkinson 22–16–2 18–13–1 3rd
1985–86 Bill Wilkinson 32–12–0 23–9–0 t-2nd NCAA Tournament first round
1986–87 Bill Wilkinson 23–20–0 16–16–0 5th
1987–88 Bill Wilkinson 22–17–3 17–12–3 4th
1988–89 Bill Wilkinson 14–23–6 9–17–6 6th
1989–90 Bill Wilkinson 14–24–2 12–18–2 t-5th
1990–91 Bill Wilkinson 22–17–3 16–14–2 4th
1991–92 Bill Wilkinson 16–14–6 14–12–6 4th
1992–93 Bill Wilkinson 20–16–2 17–11–2 5th
1993–94 Bill Wilkinson 24–13–3 18–10–2 4th NCAA Tournament first round
1994–95 Bill Wilkinson 17–18–5 9–14–4 t-6th
1995–96 Bill Wilkinson 27–11–3 21–6–3 t-3rd NCAA Tournament first round
1996–97 Bill Wilkinson 14–18–5 10–12–5 t-5th
1997–98 Bill Wilkinson 10–25–3 9–19–2 8th
1998–99 Bill Wilkinson 6–20–8 5–17–8 10th
1999–00 Bill Wilkinson / Jim Culhane 12–21–3 10–15–3 t-9th
2000–01 Jim Culhane 20–13–6 12–10–6 t-5th
2001–02 Jim Culhane 19–15–4 13–12–3 6th
2002–03 Jim Culhane 15–21–2 13–14–1 6th
2003–04 Jim Culhane 17–18–4 12–13–3 t-8th
2004–05 Jim Culhane 14–21–2 8–18–2 t-10th
2005–06 Jim Culhane 10–24–6 7–16–5 t-10th
2006–07 Jim Culhane 18–18–1 14–13–1 6th
2007–08 Jim Culhane 8–27–3 4–22–3 12th
2008–09 Jim Culhane 14–20–7 9–13–6 7th
2009–10 Jim Culhane 8–20–8 4–17–7 12th
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
2012–13 Andy Murray 19–11–8 15–7–6–3 3rd
2013–14 Andy Murray 19–16–5 11–11–2–2 t-4th
2014–15 Andy Murray 14–18–5 6–13–5–3 7th
2015–16 Andy Murray 8–25–3 5–18–1-1 7th
2016–17 Andy Murray 22–13–5 13–9–2–1 3rd NCAA Tournament first round
2017–18 Andy Murray 15–19–2 10–13–1–0 6th
Total: 747–771–154

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

CoachingEdit

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[12]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2011–present Andy Murray 6 103–97–32 .513
2010–2011 Jeff Blashill 1 19–13–10 .571
1999–2010 Jim Culhane 11 * 158–222–48 .425
1982–1999 Bill Wilkinson 17 * 313–301–53 .509
1978–1982 Glen Weller 4 64–73–5 .468
1973–1978 Bill Neal 5 91–65–5 .581
Totals 6 coaches 44 seasons 748–771–153 .493

* The 1998–99 season was coached by both Wilkinson and Culhane.

PlayersEdit

2018–19 rosterEdit

As of August 18, 2019.[13]

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)

AlumniEdit

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.[14] Several alumni are also known for their contributions as front office members and broadcasters.

* Did not play in the NHL.

RecordsEdit

Through 2011–12 season

Career leadersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Western Michigan University Official Athletics Style Guide (PDF). February 17, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Wmu Men's Hockey Team Page :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  4. ^ http://www.ccha.com/the_ccha/ccha_history_and_records.aspx
  5. ^ [1] Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "1994 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  7. ^ "1996 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  8. ^ Holt, Adam. "Late rally, Zucker's double-OT winner send Denver past Western Michigan". uscho.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  9. ^ AP Staff (July 26, 2011). "Former NHL coach Andy Murray hired by Western Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  10. ^ Drew, David (March 17, 2012). "Western Michigan is CCHA Tournament champ after 3-2 win over Michigan". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ [2] USCHO Western Michigan Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year
  13. ^ "WMU Hockey – 2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Western Michigan University Hockey Alumni Report at". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.

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