Miami RedHawks
University Miami University
Conference CCHA
Head coach Enrico Blasi
12th year, 239–159–40
Arena Goggin Ice Center
Capacity: 3,200
Location Oxford, Ohio
Colors Red and White


NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2009, 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1993, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
1992-93, 2005-06, 2009-10

The Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Miami University. The RedHawks are a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). They play in Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.

Former Miami RedHawks currently playing in the NHL include Dan Boyle, Ryan Jones, Kevyn Adams, Andy Greene, and Tommy Wingels. Former Miami RedHawks who played in the NHL include Alain Chevrier, Brian Savage and Randy Robitaille.

History[edit | edit source]

Miami University added hockey to the roster of varsity sports in 1978, the program's first coach was Steve Cady. Miami played as an independent Division I team for the first two seasons, collecting an overall record of 45-27-3.[1] The team joined the CCHA for the 1980-81 season, and has participated in the CCHA every season since.

The 1992-1993 season marked a historic year for the program. lead by the third head coach in program history, George Gwozdecky, the team received its first bid to the 1993 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The team lost in the first round to Wisconsin 3-6.[2]

After a mediocre record for most of the program history the team has recently elevated to a powerhouse program in the NCAA Division I.[3] Under current head coach Enrico Blasi the team has made the NCAA Tournament the past six out of seven seasons, including the past five straight seasons.[4]

In 2009, the RedHawks made their first appearance in the Frozen Four, beating University of Denver in the opening round, Minnesota–Duluth in the West Regionals, and Bemidji State in National semifinal game. The team advanced to the Championship game and came within a minute of winning the school's first NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship before Boston University scored 2 goals in the final minute of regulation to tie the game. BU finished the comeback with a strange redirected shot 11:47 into overtime.[5]

Tragedy struck the program and school on Friday February 5, 2010 when Miami student hockey manager, Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke,[6] and a friend/passenger passed away in a traffic accident on icy winter roads in South-Central Indiana.[7] The team remained strong, using the tragedy as inspiration on the ice. The team scored 10 goals the following night against Lake Superior State University[8] and on February 12, 2010, after a victory over Bowling Green State University, the RedHawks claimed a third CCHA regular-season title.[9]

Season-by-season results[edit | edit source]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the RedHawks.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Records as of August 20, 2010.[10]

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs
2005–06 39 26 9 4 1st, CCHA Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal, 0–5 (Boston College)
2006–07 42 24 14 4 3rd, CCHA Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Final, 0–4 (Boston College)
2007–08 42 33 8 1 2nd, CCHA Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Final, 3–4 (ot) (Boston College)
2008–09 41 23 13 5 T-2nd, CCHA Lost in NCAA National Championship, 3–4 (ot) (Boston University)
2009–10 44 29 8 7 1st, CCHA Lost in NCAA National Semifinal, 1–7 (Boston College)

Coaches[edit | edit source]

Current[edit | edit source]

The RedHawks current head coach is Enrico Blasi, former player at Miami (OH) from 1990-1994 and captain 1993-94. Blasi was hired as head coach at Miami in 1999 after serving as asistant coach to former RedHawks coach, George Gwozdecky at the University of Denver.[11] He was just 27 when hired, becoming the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.[12]

The 2005-2006 season marked a historic season for Blasi and the Miami RedHawks program. Blasi became the winningest head coach in school history reaching 130 career wins, surpassing Steve Cady's 122 wins behind the RedHawks bench.[13] In addition Miami (OH was ranked #1 in the country for the first time program history.[14] Blasi lead the RedHawks to the program's first CCHA Regular Season Championship. That same season he was the winner of the Spencer Penrose Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association for head coach of the year in Division I Men’s Hockey.[15]

All-time coaching records[edit | edit source]

As of completion of 2009–10 season[16]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1999–present Enrico Blasi 12 239–159–40 .601
1994–1999 Mark Mazzoleni 5 85–83–20 .506
1989–1994 George Gwozdecky 5 83–94–19 .776
1985–1989 Bill Davidge 4 39–111–3 .260
1978–1985 Steve Cady 7 122–126–11 .492
Totals 5 coaches 33 seasons 568–573–93 .498

References[edit | edit source]

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