|Canisius Golden Griffins |
men's ice hockey
|Head coach||Trevor Large|
4th season, 44–58–13 (.439)
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Location||Buffalo, New York|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
The Canisius Golden Griffins men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Canisius College. The Golden Griffins are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, New York across the street from KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. Canisius won an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship after winning the Atlantic Hockey title in the conference playoffs, but lost in the first round to top-ranked Quinnipiac.
- 1 History
- 2 Season-by-season results
- 3 All-time coaching records
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Canisius Hall of Fame
- 6 Statistical leaders
- 7 Current roster
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
History[edit | edit source]
Early years[edit | edit source]
Canisius founded their hockey team, then known as the Ice Griffs, in the fall of 1971 as a club sport led by Dr. David Dietz. Two years later they joined their first conference and by 1976 had claimed two conference titles. Dietz resigned after the 1976 championship and allowed Mike Kelly to take over. Kelly kept the team performing at a high level but finished runner up two years running before reclaiming the title in 1979. Canisius join a new conference the following year and after claiming the championship, their fourth in a six-year span, the program was elevated to varsity status.
With a new division to play in Canisius also received a new coach in Brian Cavanaugh. Their first two seasons in Division III went well for the Golden Griffins but when Cavanaugh took a year off in 1982 the program slumped to single-digit wins before rebounding after the coach's return. During Cavanaugh's tenure he kept the team mostly above .500 and aside from a dip in the early 1990s Canisius was a contender for the ECAC West crown most years. Canisius was able to reach two ECAC West title game in the '90s but lost both contests by one goal.
Division I[edit | edit source]
When the MAAC announced it was forming an ice hockey division in 1997 only three member teams had extant programs, one of those was Canisius who became a founding member of the league that began play in 1998–99. The Golden Griffins played well in their first season, finishing with a winning record, but it was their play in the conference tournament, allowing them to reach the title match, that made Canisius stand out. Unfortunately that was the height of Canisius' time in the MAAC. Despite a 20-win season the following year the Griffs were bounced in the first round and won only one MAAC playoff game after their inaugural year in D-I.
When two of the MAAC's teams ended their ice hockey sponsorship in 2003 the conference was able to end its support for the hockey division. The remaining nine schools simply reformed into a new conference called Atlantic Hockey and continued on without much trouble. Canisius' trouble in the conference tournament continued throughout the decade and saw them win two out of their first ten games. During that streak, however, the Canisius program went through some upheaval. Long-time coach Brian Cavanaugh came under fire for his conduct through complaints from his players. In December of 2004 he was fired when players threatened to sit out a game and he was soon replaced by assistant Clancy Seymour. The following season began with yet a third coach, Dave Smith and it took the new bench boss a few years to repair the program.
In 2009–10 Canisius posted its first winning season in nine years and reach the conference semifinal. After a couple of modest seasons the Golden Griffins shocked Atlantic Hockey by winning the 2013 Tournament as a 7th-seed and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins played well but bowed out in their first game against top-seeded Quinnipiac. Over the next few years Smith pushed the program to better results, culminating in their first conference title in 2017. Smith was hired away by Rensselaer soon after but the Golden Griffins continue to perform well under new coach Trevor Large.
Season-by-season results[edit | edit source]
All-time coaching records[edit | edit source]
As of the completion of 2018–19 season
|1980–1982, 1983–2004‡||Brian Cavanaugh||24‡||342–306–56||.526|
|Totals||5 Coaches||40 Years||572–611–132||.485|
† interim head coach
‡ fired mid-season
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
NCAA[edit | edit source]
- 2016-17: Charles Williams, G
MAAC[edit | edit source]
Individual Awards[edit | edit source]
- Sean Weaver: 2000
All-Conference Teams[edit | edit source]
- 1998–99: David Deeves, F
Atlantic Hockey[edit | edit source]
Individual Awards[edit | edit source]
All-Conference Teams[edit | edit source]
Canisius Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]
The following is a list of Canisius' men's ice hockey players who were elected into the Canisius College Hall of Fame (induction year in parenthesis).
- Derrick Bishop (2013)
- Andre Bourgeault (2006)
- Dr. David Dietz (2001)
- Joe Federico (2005)
- Josh Oort (2010)
- Gary Roessler (1998)
- Mike Sisti (2002)
- Kevin Sykes (1999)
- Mike Torrillo (1999)
- Brian Worosz (2016)
Statistical leaders[edit | edit source]
Career points leaders[edit | edit source]
Career goaltending leaders[edit | edit source]
Minimum 2000 minutes
Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.
Current roster[edit | edit source]
As of September 17, 2020.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|4||Logan Gestro||Senior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1996-02-09||South Lyon, Michigan||Corpus Christi (NAHL)||—|
|5||David Melaragni||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-03-30||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Cowichan Valley (BCHL)||—|
|8||Keaton Mastrodonato||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||2000-09-24||Powell River, British Columbia||Alberni Valley (BCHL)||—|
|9||J. D. Pogue||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-06-23||Montreal, Quebec||Cornwall (NAHL)||—|
|10||Nick Parody||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-01-02||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||Islanders (NCDC)||—|
|14||John Stampohar||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1998-09-24||Grand Rapids, Minnesota||Fairbanks (NAHL)||—|
|15||C)Grant Meyer (||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1996-03-21||Genoa, Ohio||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|20||David Baskerville||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-04-01||Buffalo, New York||Corpus Christi (NAHL)||—|
|23||Cooper Haar||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1999-04-26||Huntington Beach, California||Aberdeen (NAHL)||—|
|24||Jackson Decker||Freshman||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1999-03-19||Algonquin, Illinois||Chippewa (NAHL)||—|
|25||Matt Long||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-08-06||Orland Park, Illinois||Springfield (NAHL)||—|
|27||Ryan Miotto||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-07-11||Thorold, Ontario||Alberni Valley (BCHL)||—|
|28||Lee Lapid||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-01-11||Thornhill, Ontario||Toronto Patriots (OJHL)||—|
|30||Jacob Barczewski||Sophomore||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-01-07||O'Fallon, Missouri||Tri-City (USHL)||—|
|32||Tucker Weppner||Senior||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1996-06-09||Williamsville, New York||Buffalo (OJHL)||—|
|33||Matt Ladd||Junior||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1998-07-11||Getzville, New York||New Jersey (NAHL)||—|
|37||Kevin Obssuth||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-07-09||Morristown, New Jersey||Powell River (BCHL)||—|
|40||Niclas Puikkonen||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1999-01-23||Stockholm, Sweden||Amarillo (AJHL)||—|
|44||Connor Zilisch||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||212 lb (96 kg)||1999-08-07||Appleton, Wisconsin||Topeka (NAHL)||—|
|52||Blake Wareham||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-03-05||Park Ridge, Illinois||Janesville (NAHL)||—|
|53||Lincoln Erne||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1998-09-26||Blaine, Minnesota||Minot (NAHL)||—|
|58||Derek Hamelin||Junior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-01-21||Mercier, Quebec||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|71||MacGregor Sinclair||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-08-28||Irma, Alberta||Battlefords (SJHL)||—|
|72||Max Kouznetsov||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2000-12-06||Voorhees, New Jersey||Johnstown (NAHL)||—|
|77||Jack Lyons||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1999-07-04||Mississauga, Ontario||Oakville (OJHL)||—|
|81||Mitchell Martan||Junior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-06-30||Whitby, Ontario||Wellington (OJHL)||—|
|83||Austin Alger||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-09-23||Livonia, Michigan||Miami (NCHC)||—|
|89||Simon Gravel||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-10||Boucherville, Quebec||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|91||Jami Virtanen||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||2000-08-07||Pori, Finland||Ässät U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|94||Hudson Lambert||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-08-17||Richmond Hill, Ontario||Brampton (OJHL)||—|
Notable former players[edit | edit source]
Notable alumni include:
- Cory Conacher: NHL player currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning
- Carl Hudson: Signed to an NHL contract by the Florida Panthers
- Ryan Stewart: Current Director of Pro Scouting and Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Canisius College Style Guide 2014. Retrieved on April 13, 2016.
- Canisius Golden Griffins Men's Hockey. U.S. College Hockey Online.
- Canisius Men's Hockey 2010-11 Media Guide. Canisius Golden Griffins.
- Canisius Men's Hockey Team History. USCHO.com.
- "Cavanaugh Out at Canisius", USCHO.com, 2004-12-10.
- "Rensselaer Unveils Canisius Smith As Head Coach", USCHO.com, 2017-04-06.
- Canisius Men's Hockey Team History.
- Canisius Golden Griffins Awards. Canisius Golden Griffins.
- All-Time Top 10 Records (Career). Brown Bears.
- 2020–21 Ice Hockey Roster. Canisius College.
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