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Florida College Hockey Classic winners banner, Germain Arena, Estero, FL

Banner of Ned Harkness Cup winners, as of December 2008

The Florida College Hockey Classic (formerly the Everblades College Classic) was a college Division I men's ice hockey tournament played annually between 2000 and 2016 in the week between Christmas and New Years at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, United States.

First contested in 2000, the four-team tournament was initially jointly hosted by Cornell University and the University of Maine with the remaining slots filled by invitation.[1] In January 2014, after 14 years of participating, Maine announced it was ending its affiliation with the tournament. Florida Everblades owner Craig Brush said that a second host school would be found[2] although this never happened and Cornell hosted alone for the remaining years of the tournament.

The tournament champion was awarded the Ned Harkness Cup, named for the coach that won two NCAA Titles with Cornell and one with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The tournament MVP was awarded the Shawn Walsh Memorial Trophy, named for the coach that took Maine to two NCAA titles.[3]

The final edition of the Florida College Hockey Classic took place December 28 and 29, 2016. In the first round match-ups Cornell defeated Northern Michigan University 5-2 and Colorado College defeated Merrimack College 3-0. Colorado College defeated Cornell 2-1 in overtime in the championship game while Merrimack defeated Northern Michigan 4-2 for third place. This was Colorado College's second appearance at the tournament and first title.

Yearly resultsEdit

Year Harkness Cup Runner-up Third place Fourth place Shawn Walsh Trophy
2016 Colorado College Cornell Merrimack Northern Michigan Alex Leclerc, Colorado College
2015 Ohio State Cornell Providence Boston College Christian Frey, Ohio State
2014 Lake Superior State Notre Dame Miami (OH) Cornell Gordie Defiel, Lake Superior State
2013 Cornell Maine New Hampshire Princeton Andy Iles, Cornell
2012 Maine Cornell Ferris State Minnesota-Duluth Kyle Beattie, Maine
2011 Maine UMass Cornell Clarkson Spencer Abbott, Maine
2010 St. Cloud State Miami (OH) Maine Cornell Nic Dowd, St. Cloud
2009 Maine Colorado College Princeton Cornell Scott Darling, Maine
2008 Cornell Colgate Maine St. Cloud State Ben Scrivens, Cornell
2007 UMass Lowell Maine Cornell Clarkson Jonathan Maniff, Lowell
2006 Maine Cornell New Hampshire Western Michigan Teddy Purcell, Maine
2005 Cornell Minnesota-Duluth Maine Northeastern David McKee, Cornell
2004 Boston College St. Cloud State Cornell Maine Matti Kaltiainen, BC
2003 Cornell Ohio State Notre Dame Maine Mike Iggulden, Cornell
2002 Maine UMass Ohio State Cornell Gray Shaneberger, Maine
2001 Northern Michigan Maine Ohio State Cornell Craig Kowalski, NMU
2000 Maine Cornell Clarkson Ohio State Peter Metcalf, Maine

Team recordsEdit

Team # of times participated Titles Conference*
Maine 14 6 Hockey East
Cornell 17 4 ECAC
Ohio State 5 1 CCHA
St. Cloud 3 1 WCHA
Boston College 2 1 Hockey East
Colorado College 2 1 WCHA/NCHC
Northern Michigan 2 1 WCHA
Lake Superior State 1 1 WCHA
UMass Lowell 1 1 Hockey East
Clarkson 3 0 ECAC
Massachusetts 2 0 Hockey East
Miami 2 0 CCHA/NCHC
Minnesota–Duluth 2 0 WCHA
New Hampshire 2 0 Hockey East
Notre Dame 2 0 Hockey East
Princeton 2 0 ECAC
Colgate 1 0 ECAC
Ferris State 1 0 CCHA
Merrimack 1 0 Hockey East
Northeastern 1 0 Hockey East
Providence 1 0 Hockey East
Western Michigan 1 0 CCHA

*at the time of tournament participation

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cornell Big Red.com Season’s Second Half Begins Against St. Cloud State in Florida; 24 December 2008 11:07:55 AM; Cornell University Athletics Dept
  2. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/01/29/sports/umaine-mens-hockey-team-wont-play-in-florida-college-classic-next-season/
  3. GoBlackBears.com Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Florida College Classic For Ninth Straight Year; Univ. of Maine Athletics; 17 Dec. 2008
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