Findlay Oilers men's ice hockey
Findlay Oilers men's ice hockey athletic logo
University University of Findlay
Conference CHA
Head coach N/A
Arena Clauss Ice Arena
Location Findlay, Ohio
Colors Black and Orange[1]

The Findlay Oilers Men's Ice Hockey is a defunct NCAA's Division I ice hockey team. The Oilers joined the Division I ranks in 1999 as a founding member of the College Hockey America (CHA) conference, along with six other schools, after only three years in existence as a Division II program. Findlay spent five years in the CHA, never finishing higher than fourth in the standings,[2] and only winning a single game in the conference tournament.[3]

After a change to the administration of Findlay in the summer of 2003, the University announced on January 6, 2004 that the ice hockey program would revert to club and intramural status. The change did not come as a shock to many familiar with Findlay's situation as head coach Craig Barnett had already resigned to take a position with Lake Forest Academy prep school. The MAAC refused to allow any of its teams to play the Oilers for the 2000-01 season because of conference by-laws prohibiting member teams from playing provisional Division I schools. When the CHA applied for its automatic tournament bid in 2002, the NCAA had reservations about Findlay's full Division I status as it had moved the University's athletic program to Division II status only four years earlier. Because NCAA rules mandate that automatic bid conferences must contain at least six member schools the CHA scrambled to resolve the waiver that would allow Findlay to play in the conference despite the 9-year moratorium mandated by the NCAA on teams playing above their level. The CHA was able to receive the bid for the 2003 season after a waiver was granted retroactively.[4][5]

Season-By-Season Records[edit | edit source]

Season Division Conference Record Pct. Position Conference
1996-97 Division II Independent 15–11–3 .569 Craig Barnett
1997-98 Division II Independent 11–16–1 .411 Craig Barnett
1998-99 Division II MCHA 23–5–0 .821 1st[6] MCHA Champion[7] Craig Barnett
1999-00 Division I CHA 11–20–0 .358 5th Quarterfinal loss Craig Barnett
2000-01 Division I CHA 10–15–2 .407 4th Quarterfinal loss Craig Barnett
2001-02 Division I CHA 11–22–2 .343 6th Quarterfinal loss Craig Barnett
2002-03 Division I CHA 10–21–4 .343 5th Quarterfinal loss Craig Barnett
2003-04 Division I CHA 11–22–5 .355 4th Semifinal loss Pat Ford
8 Seasons 102–132–17 .440 1 championship (D-II) 2 coaches

All-time coaching records[edit | edit source]

Division I[edit | edit source]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2003–2004 Pat Ford 1 11–22–5 .355
1999–2003 Craig Barnett 4 42–78–8 .359
Totals 2 coaches 5 seasons 53–100–13 .358

Division II[edit | edit source]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1996–1999 Craig Barnett 3 49–32–4 .600
Totals 1 coaches 3 seasons 49–32–4 .600

References[edit | edit source]

  1. University of Findlay Athletic Identity Revision. Retrieved on March 21, 2017.
  2. "CHA Regular Season Standings", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
  3. "CHA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
  4. "Findlay To Drop Hockey", Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
  5. "Findlay Men's Hockey History", Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
  6. "MCHA Men's Conference Standings:1998-99", Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
  7. "MCHA Men's 1998-99 Schedule: Week 22", Retrieved on 2013-06-11. 
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