|Fairfield Stags men's ice hockey|
|Arena|| Arena at Harbor Yard |
|Colors|| Cardinal and White
Fairfield's hockey program was elevated to Division I status in 1974 and found immediate success with a 19-7-1 mark under head coach John McCarthy. Despite being a D-I school, the Stags competed in ECAC's lower classification. McCarthy retired after the 1995-96 season and was replaced by Peter LaVigne who then stepped down after only one season. Mike Doneghey succeeded Lavigne and in Doneghey's first year Fairfield was ruled ineligible to play in ECAC's North/Central/South postseason after offering athletic scholarships, a violation of D-III rules. Fairfield had offered the scholarships because they were joining the newly formed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) ice hockey conference which was to begin play in 1998-99. In their first year as a full D-I program Fairfield finished with one of the all-time worst records, going 1-31 over the course of the season and allowed an average of more than 7 goals per game. After the worst record in team history Doneghey was promptly replaced with Mark Dennehy and, though there was improvement, Dennehy himself left after a 3-28-3 season to become an assistant at Massachusetts. Jim Hunt assumed the reigns for the 2000-01 season and saw to a resurgence in Fairfield's fortunes with an 11-win season, but the next two years saw diminishing returns with 6 and 8 wins.
Hunt was not able to push the Stags any further due to the University dropping the ice hockey program to club status after the 2002-03 season. The move came as a cost-cutting measure that also claimed Fairfield's football program. In five season as a D-I school, Fairfield finished last in their conference three times, made two conference tournaments and lost both of its playoffs games by a combined score of 23-7.
|1974-75||Division III||ECAC D-III||19–7–1||.722||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1975-76||Division III||ECAC D-III||13–11–1||.540||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1976-77||Division III||ECAC D-III||11–11–0||.500||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1977-78||Division III||ECAC D-III||8–12–1||.405||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1978-79||Division III||ECAC D-III||7–16–0||.304||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1979-80||Division III||ECAC D-III||13–13–0||.500||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1980-81||Division III||ECAC D-III||14–9–1||.604||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1981-82||Division III||ECAC D-III||9–14–1||.396||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1982-83||Division III||ECAC D-III||10–13–0||.435||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1983-84||Division III||ECAC D-III||8–13–3||.396||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1984-85||Division III||ECAC D-III||5–19–0||.208||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1985-86||Division III||ECAC D-III||5–19–1||.220||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1986-87||Division III||ECAC D-III||7–17–0||.292||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1987-88||Division III||ECAC D-III||6–19–1||.250||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1988-89||Division III||ECAC D-III||5–21–0||.192||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1989-90||Division III||ECAC D-III||9–12–2||.435||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1990-91||Division III||ECAC D-III||12–11–2||.520||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1991-92||Division III||ECAC D-III||16–12–0||.571||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1992-93||Division III||ECAC D-III||10–10–0||.500||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1993-94||Division III||ECAC D-III||14–6–1||.690||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1994-95||Division III||ECAC D-III||18–9–0||.667||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1995-96||Division III||ECAC D-III||11–13–4||.464||—||—||John McCarthy|
|1996-97||Division III||ECAC D-III||13–12–1||.519||—||—||Peter LaVigne|
|1997-98||Division III||ECAC D-III||12–12–0||.500||—||—||Mike Doneghey|
|1998-99||Division I||MAAC||1–31–0||.031||8th||Quarterfinal loss||Mike Doneghey|
|1999-00||Division I||MAAC||3–28–3||.132||10th||None||Mark Dennehy|
|2000-01||Division I||MAAC||11–19–2||.375||8th||Quarterfinal loss||Jim Hunt|
|2001-02||Division I||MAAC||6–23–2||.234||10th||None||Jim Hunt|
|2002-03||Division I||MAAC||8–23–2||.273||11th||None||Jim Hunt|
|29 Seasons||—||—||284–435–30||.399||—||—||5 coaches|
All-time coaching recordsEdit
|Totals||5 coaches||29 seasons||284–435–30||.399|
- ↑ "Doneghey Names Head Coach at Fairfield", USCHO.com, 1997-09-24. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
- ↑ "Fairfield Ruled Ineligible for Postseason Play in ECAC", USCHO.com, 1998-02-13. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
- ↑ "Fairfield Makes it Official, Names Hunt New Coach", USCHO.com, 2000-06-12. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
- ↑ "Fairfield Drops Hockey Program", USCHO.com, 2003-02-06. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
- ↑ "MAAC Regular Season Standings", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
- ↑ "MAAC Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-13.
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