Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey

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Colorado College Tigers
Colorado College Tigers athletic logo
UniversityColorado College
ConferenceNCHC
Head coachMike Haviland
5th season, 35–96–13 (.288)
Captain(s)Mason Bergh, Tanner Ockey
Alternate captain(s)Andrew Farny, Cole McCaskill
ArenaWorld Arena
Capacity: 8,000
Surface: 200' x 100'
LocationColorado Springs, Colorado
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1950, 1957
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1996, 1997, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1979, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011
Conference Tournament championships
1978
Conference regular season championships
1951–52, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-CC.png

The Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Colorado College. The Tigers are a member of National Collegiate Hockey Conference. They play at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

In 1938 Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt developed plans to convert The Broadmoor's unused equestrian center into an indoor ice arena, known as the Broadmoor Ice Palace.[3] After three weeks at a cost of $200,000 the Ice Palace opened and became the home of the Tigers Hockey program and the Broadmoor Skating Club.[4] Colorado College Tiger Hockey began in 1938 playing in the Pikes Peak Hockey League with various local teams sponsored by Colorado Springs area businesses.,[3] The Tiger's opened play on January 21, 1938 in a 1-8 loss to a team sponsored by Giddings Department Store.[5] Garrett Livingston took over as head coach fin 1939 from John Atwood, who served as player/coach for the first season.[5] Livingston increased recruiting, bringing players from Canada and New England and transitioned the program from the Pikes Peak Hockey League into an NCAA Division I independent program.[5] The Tigers swept Michigan 4-2 and 4-3 in the program's first-ever intercollegiate series early in the 1939-40 season. That same season Colorado College also played games against Colorado School of Mines, Montana School of Mines, and University of Southern California.[5]

The program and college was suspended during World War II from 1942 to 1944.[3] Colorado College, with the cooperation of The Broadmoor, sponsored the first National Collegiate Athletic Association Ice Hockey Championship to conclude the 1947-48 season. The tournament was held at the Ice Palace for the next 10 years, during which time CC participating seven times.[5] Cheddy Thompson became the program's third head coach in 1945 after coming to Colorado Springs on assignment by the Air Force during the war. Thompson lead CC to the program's first NCAA championship in 1950 with a 13-4 win over Boston University. Colorado College became one of the founding members of the Mid-West Collegiate Hockey League (MWCHL) in 1951 with University of Denver, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, and North Dakota.[6] The league became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) in 1953 and became the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in November 1959.[6] The Tigers also finished as runner-up in 1952 and 1955, losing to Michigan in both appearances in the championship game.[5] In addition, he was named national Coach of the Year in 1952 by the United States Hockey Coaches Association.[5] The Tigers returned to the championship game in 1957 with Tom Bedecki behind the bench. CC beat Clarkson 5-3 in the semifinal round and won the school's second hockey championship with a 13-6 win over Michigan.[7] In 1961 the Ice Palace became known as the Broadmoor World Arena.[4] The 1957 championship was the final appearance in the NCAA Tournament until 1978.[2] The Tigers finished the regular season and captured the school's first and only WCHA Tournament Championship and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, in the first round the Tigers lost to Bowling Green State 3-5.[8]

The lean years[edit]

Bedecki abruptly resigned in 1958, and the Tigers went into a decline that would last for almost four decades. From 1958 to 1993, the Tigers would have only three winning seasons. The low point came in 1961-62, when the Tigers finished with a 0-23 record, still the worst in school history.

Recent history[edit]

Jaden Schwartz in 2011
Jaden Schwartz during the 2011 NCAA Tournament

In 1993 Don Lucia became the head coach of the Tigers. In his first season, 1993–94, he led the team to win the MacNaughton Cup, given to the WCHA regular season champion. It was Colorado College's first Cup win since 1957.[9] After serving as the Tigers' home ice for 55 years the Broadmoor World Arena closed in March 1994 and later demolished by The Broadmoor to make room for the resort's expansion.[4][10] Colorado College was then invited by the Air Force Academy to play at their home ice, the Cadet Ice Arena until the new World Arena opened in 1998 on the southern side of Colorado Springs and continues to be the home ice for both the Colorado College Tiger hockey team and Broadmoor Skating Club.[11] The Tigers returned to the NCAA post season in 1995 for the first time since 1978. The Tigers lost in the quarterfinal round to Minnesota 2-5.[12] The following season CC made a second straight NCAA tournament appearance, receiving a number one seed in 1996 NCAA Tournament. Colorado College beat UMass Lowell 5-3 in the quarterfinals and Vermont 4-3 in the semifinal round beforing losing to 3-4 in overtime to Michigan in the championship game.[13] CC returned to the Frozen Four under Lucia for a second straight season in 1997 before losing to North Dakota 6-2.[14] Lucia lead the Tigers to two additional NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 before leaving Colorado College to become head coach at Minnesota.[2]

Scott Owens took over as head coach of the program in 1999 and lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA Tournaments in 2001, 2002, and 2003.[2][15] In the 2005 Tournament The Tigers returned to the Frozen Four with a 4-3 victory over Michigan in the Midwest Regional Final.[16] In the Semifinal round the Tigers fell to the eventual national champion and rival Denver 2-6.[17] Owens lead CC to the NCAA Tournament again in 2006 Tournament and in 2008 Tournament, ending in first round exits both times.[2] The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The Tigers upset the number one ranked team and defending National Champions, Boston College 8-4.[18] The Tigers' win was led by freshman Jaden Schwartz, a first round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues making his St. Louis debut in the West Regional.[19] The Tigers' season ended in the Regional final in a 1-2 loss to Michigan.[20]

Season-by-season results[21][edit]

Coaches[edit]

As of the end of the 2017-18 season[2]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1937–1938 John Atwood 1 3–9–0 .250
1938–1942 Garrett Livingston 4 31–21–6 .586
1944–1945 C. E. Moore 1 1–3–1 .300
1945–1955 Cheddy Thompson 10 149–72–5 .670
1955–1958 Tom Bedecki 3 59–28–1 .676
1958–1963 Tony Frasca 5 30–85–4 .269
1963–1966 Bob Johnson 3 27–49–4 .363
1966–1971 John Matchefts 5 54–88–3 .383
1971–1982 Jeff Sauer 11 166–228–11 .423
1982–1988 Mike Bertsch 6 65–157–6 .298
1988–1993 Brad Buetow 5 68–118–11 .373
1993–1999 Don Lucia 6 166–68–18 .694
1999–2014 Scott Owens 14 324–228–54 .579
2014–Present Mike Haviland 4 35–96–13 .288
Totals 14 coaches 78 seasons 1178–1250–137 .486

Awards and honors[edit]

College Awards[edit]

Olympians[edit]

This is a list of Colorado College alumni who have played or coached on an Olympic team.[21]

Name Position CC Tenure Team Year Finish
Andy Gambucci Center 1949–1953 United States USA 1952  Silver
Dan Griffin Goaltender 1971–1975 United States USA 1976 5th
Gary Hughes Defenseman 1955–1958 Poland Poland (Coach) 1964 9th
Roy Ikola Goaltender 1946–1950 United States USA 1948 DQ
Doug Lidster Defenseman 1979–1983 Canada Canada 1984 4th
Vern Mott Goaltender 1976–1977 Norway Norway 1988 12th
Robert Rompre Forward 1950–1951
1953–1956
United States USA 1952  Silver
Steve Sertich Right Wing 1970–1974 United States USA 1976 5th

Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

The following is a list of people associated with the Colorado College men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[24]

Statistical Leaders[21][edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Delich 1975–1979 153 111 174 285
Brian Swanson 1995–1999 167 88 144 232
Doug Palazzari 1970–1974 117 95 133 228
Bruce Aikens 1978–1982 137 100 117 217
Rob Doyle 1983–1987 153 51 151 202
Jim Warner 1974–1978 142 89 109 198
Greg Whyte 1977–1981 149 86 111 197
Peter Sejna 2000–2003 126 91 99 190
Jay McNeill 1992–1996 158 100 89 189
Dave Feamster 1976–1980 150 45 139 184
Brett Sterling 2002–2006 150 108 76 184

Career Goaltending Leaders[edit]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 50 Games

Player Years GP Min GA SO SV% GAA
Richard Bachman 2007–2009 70 4176 156 7 .922 2.24
Curtis McElhinney 2001–2005 91 5153 199 9 .911 2.32
Matt Zaba 2003–2007 110 6349 256 10 .913 2.42
Jeff Sanger 1998–2002 127 7466 309 16 .906 2.48
Colin Zulianello 1997–2001 60 3121 135 2 2.60

Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of August 2, 2018.[25]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Quebec Alex Leclerc Junior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-01-27 Longueuil, Quebec Lloydminster (AJHL)
2 New Jersey Trevor Gooch Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-09-13 Mantua, New Jersey Philadelphia (USPHL)
3 British Columbia Kristian Blumenschein Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 1997-02-06 Kelowna, British Columbia West Kelowna (BCHL)
4 Colorado Bryan Yoon Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-01-27 Parker, Colorado Tri-City (USHL)
5 British Columbia Cole McCaskill (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1996-04-13 Kamloops, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL)
7 Pennsylvania Alex Berardinelli Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 1995-07-01 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Lone Star (BCHL)
8 New Jersey Zach Berzolla Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 197 lb (89 kg) 1998-05-28 Howell, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
9 Colorado Jackson Ross Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-03-28 Denver, Colorado Surrey (BCHL)
10 Alberta Tanner Ockey (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-05-30 Calgary, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
11 Illinois Nick Olczyk Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-10-04 Long Grove, Illinois Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
12 Minnesota Ben Copeland Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1999-04-27 Edina, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
13 Utah Nick Halloran Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 1997-05-13 Draper, Utah Trail (BCHL)
14 Florida Trey Bradley Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 158 lb (72 kg) 1996-05-06 Tampa, Florida Sioux Falls (USHL)
15 Minnesota Mason Bergh (C) Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995-03-06 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Chicago (USHL)
16 Arizona Erik Middendorf Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-07-11 Scottsdale, Arizona USNTDP (USHL)
17 Minnesota Westin Michaud Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1995-09-26 Cloquet, Minnesota Corpus Christi (NAHL)
18 Idaho Bailey Conger Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-05-01 Boise, Idaho Providence (HEA)
19 New York (state) Troy Conzo Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1997-02-21 Nesconset, New York Wenatchee (BCHL)
20 Saskatchewan Alex Pernitsky Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-06-25 Unity, Saskatchewan Lloydminster (AJHL)
21 Wisconsin Grant Cruikshank Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-07-19 Delafield, Wisconsin Penticton (BCHL)
22 Alberta Cole Josefchak Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-08-08 Calgary, Alberta Lloydminster (AJHL)
24 California Jack Gates Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 154 lb (70 kg) 1998-02-24 Oceanside, California Janesville (NAHL)
25 California Brian Williams Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-01-08 San Diego, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
26 Arizona Keenan Spillum Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1997-01-26 Phoenix, Arizona Aberdeen (NAHL)
27 Michigan Ben Israel Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1994-03-31 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Jersey (USPHL)
28 Colorado Ty Pochipinski Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-06-05 Colorado Springs, Colorado Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
29 Minnesota Christiano Versich Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1997-01-02 Kelly Lake, Minnesota Bloomington (USHL)
30 Michigan Alec Calvaruso Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-07-09 Livonia, Michigan Lone Star (NAHL)
33 Minnesota Jon Flakne Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1996-09-04 Maple Plain, Minnesota Odessa (NAHL)
34 Nebraska Chris Wilkie Junior (RS) F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-07-10 Omaha, Nebraska North Dakota (NCHC) FLA, 162nd overall 2015
36 Connecticut McKay Flanagan Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1997-02-03 Ridgefield, Connecticut Langley (BCHL)
39 Colorado Andrew Farny (A) Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1995-03-27 Steamboat Springs, Colorado Salmon Arm (BCHL)


Tigers in the NHL[edit]

Over 170 Colorado College alumni have gone on to play professionally, including over 30 current and former NHL players:[26][27]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[28] = NHL All-Star[28] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (April 7, 2005). "Denver Cruises Into Second Straight NCAA Title Game". U.S. College Hockey Online. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
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  19. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy (March 26, 2011). "Blues' Schwartz impressive in NCAA win". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  20. ^ Staff (March 26, 2011). "Michigan trumps Colo. College to earn spot in Frozen Four". USA Today.
  21. ^ a b c "Colorado College men's Hockey 2017-18 Media Guide". Colorado College Tigers. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  22. ^ "Legends of Hockey". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  23. ^ "United States Hockey Hall of Fame". Hockey Central.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
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  25. ^ "2018–2019 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Colorado College Athletics. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  26. ^ "Alumni Report". Internet Hockey Database. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  27. ^ "Tiger Hockey Media Guide 2013-2014" (PDF). Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  28. ^ 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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