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Sacred Heart Pioneers men's ice hockey
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Sacred Heart Pioneers men's ice hockey athletic logo
University Sacred Heart University
Conference AHA
Head coach C. J. Marottolo
12th season, 136–227–43 (.388)
Captain(s) Evan Jasper
Mitch Nylen
Alternate captain(s) Connor Doherty
Arena Webster Bank Arena
Capacity: 8,525
Location Bridgeport, Connecticut
Colors Red and White[1]
         

The Sacred Heart Pioneers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Sacred Heart University. The Pioneers are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[2] From 1993-2016, the Pioneers home arena was the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Connecticut.

History[]

Division III[]

Sacred Heart began sponsoring men's ice hockey as a varsity sport in 1993. The team was placed in the South Division of ECAC North/South/Central and because they were not able to schedule all of their ECAC South opponents twice the Pioneers played half a conference schedule in their inaugural year. With a full conference slate the following year, Sacred Heart greatly improved their record which continued in year three.

For the 1996–97 season Shaun Hannah was brought in as head coach and the Pioneers finished with their first winning record and 2nd in the division, narrowly missing the conference postseason.

In the late 1990s the MAAC was mandated to form an ice hockey conference. Two of the ECAC South programs would have to promote themselves to Division I and soon after they were joined by Sacred Heart. With an eye for their new conference, Hannah began offering scholarships to incoming students, a violation of Division III rules, which caused the Pioneers (along with two other ECAC South teams) to be ruled ineligible for any postseason play. Additionally all of their conference games would not be counted in the standings, through they would still be able to play the matches and count the results towards their overall standings.

MAAC[]

Despite the influx of scholarship athletes, Sacred Heart finished 7th in the first year of MAAC conference play. The team rebounded in the second year, doubling their win total and finishing with a winning record. Postseason success was a little slower in coming with the Pioneers unable to win a playoff game until year 4 of D-I play. During the 2002–03 season Iona and Fairfield, the two original MAAC programs, both announced that they would end their sponsorship of ice hockey at the end of the season. With only one full-time member still active the MAAC terminated their ice hockey division. The remaining 9 programs banded together and formed Atlantic Hockey which began the following year.

Atlantic Hockey[]

Sacred Heart played well for the first few years of Atlantic Hockey, reaching the championship game in 2004 and 2010 but after Hannah left in 2009, the team took a tumble down the standings. From 2011 through 2018 the Pioneers never finished higher than 8th in the conference. Bench boss C. J. Marottolo was finally able to push the Pioneers out of the basement in 2019 with a 4th-place finish, ending 1 win shy of .500 on the year.

The school announced in 2020 that it would build a $60 million facility for its men's and women's ice hockey programs. It will be the first on-campus ice arena for Sacred Heart.[3]

Season-by-season results[]

Records vs. current Atlantic Hockey teams[]

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[4]

School Team Away Arena Overall Record Win % Last Result
Air Force Academy Falcons Cadet Ice Arena 12–23–7 .369 2-2 T
American International College Yellow Jackets MassMutual Center 30–21–7 .578 1-4 L
Army West Point Black Knights Tate Rink 23–26–10 .475 3-3 T
Bentley University Falcons Bentley Arena 32–26–6 .547 2-3 L
Canisius College Golden Griffins LECOM Harborcenter 19–25–8 .442 2-3 L
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders Hart Center 29–36–5 .450 1-4 L
Mercyhurst University Lakers Mercyhurst Ice Center 24–27–5 .473 0-3 L
Niagara University Purple Eagles Dwyer Arena 8–13–2 .391 6-3 W
Robert Morris University Colonials Colonials Arena 3–23–1 .130 3-1 W
Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers Gene Polisseni Center 13–27–2 .333 1-3 L

Coaches[]

As of completion of 2019–20 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1993–1994 Pete Downey 1 4–15–0 .211
1994–1996 John Glynne 2 21–25–2 .458
1996–2009 Shaun Hannah 13 191–204–38 .485
2009–Present C. J. Marottolo 11 136–227–43 .388
Totals 4 coaches 27 seasons 352–471–83 .434

Statistical leaders[]

Career points leaders[]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
O'Brien, Pierre-LucPierre-Luc O'Brien 2003–2007 142 67 91 158 141
Trapp, BearBear Trapp 2005–2009 139 56 99 155 228
Paquet, MartinMartin Paquet 1999–2003 129 65 77 142 198
Parent, AlexandreAlexandre Parent 2004–2008 143 54 87 141 105
Jarman, DaveDave Jarman 2006–2010 147 47 87 134 122
Larson, GarrettGarrett Larson 2001–2005 139 55 69 124 233
Danforth, JustinJustin Danforth 2013–2017 147 42 82 124 125
Delong, EricEric Delong 2009–2013 143 46 72 118 65
Gingera, MattMatt Gingera 2008–2012 142 61 48 109 113
Marks, LloydLloyd Marks 1998–2002 120 49 60 109 138

Career goaltending leaders[]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Benson, JoshJosh Benson 2018–Present 57 3298 33 17 5 138 5 .902 2.51
Ferhi, EddyEddy Ferhi 1999–2003 88 5160 36 35 13 126 7 .917 2.63
Smith, JasonJason Smith 2003–2007 71 4291 38 29 4 196 2 .912 2.74
Magnus, BrettBrett Magnus 2015–2019 109 6438 39 56 12 314 5 .904 2.93
LaPointe, KevinKevin LaPointe 2001–2005 71 4162 28 34 7 214 3 .902 3.08

Statistics current through the start of the 2020-21 season.

Current roster[]

As of September 15, 2020 (2020 -09-15).[5]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3 Flag of Minnesota Anderson, GrantGrant Anderson Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1999-09-15 Plymouth, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
4 Flag of Denmark Urup, JeppeJeppe Urup Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1999-03-14 Odense, Denmark Youngstown (USHL)
5 Flag of Massachusetts Kulbis, AndriusAndrius Kulbis Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-02-16 Methuen, Massachusetts Maine (NAHL)
6 Flag of New Jersey Luukko, MaxMax Luukko (A) Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-12-28 Avalon, New Jersey Philadelphia (USPHL)
7 Flag of Massachusetts Petrick, DanielDaniel Petrick Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 1999-04-06 Wilbraham, Massachusetts Madison (USHL)
8 Flag of New Jersey Clifton, TimTim Clifton Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-02-23 Farmingdale, New Jersey Shreveport (NAHL)
9 Flag of Iowa Jaworski, JohnJohn Jaworski Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2000-03-20 Grinnell, Iowa Chicago (USHL)
10 Flag of Colorado Bates, AlexAlex Bates (A) Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-06-17 Parker, Colorado Wenatchee (BCHL)
14 Flag of New York Boyagian, NickNick Boyagian Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1997-07-16 East Greenbush, New York New Jersey (NAHL)
15 Flag of New Jersey Wisocky, EvanEvan Wisocky Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-03-20 Hoboken, New Jersey Connecticut (HEA)
16 Flag of Pennsylvania Joseph, MarcusMarcus Joseph Junior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-08 Mountain Top, Pennsylvania Nanaimo (BCHL)
17 Flag of Sweden Öhrvall, EmilEmil Öhrvall Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-06-10 Växjö, Sweden Michigan (Big Ten)
18 Flag of New York Gilroy, MichaelMichael Gilroy Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-10-10 North Bellmore, New York P. A. L. (USPHL)
19 Flag of Massachusetts Doolin, RyanRyan Doolin Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-02-06 Hanover, Massachusetts Alberni Valley (BCHL)
20 Flag of Alberta Tisdale, AdamAdam Tisdale Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 1998-11-09 Cochrane, Alberta Clarkson (ECAC)
21 Flag of Ontario Allan, JoshJosh Allan Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-05-02 Orillia, Ontario Trenton (OJHL)
22 Flag of New Jersey Contessa, DerekDerek Contessa Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1999-03-03 Freehold, New Jersey Dubuque (USHL)
23 Flag of Alberta Tuck, BraedenBraeden Tuck Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1998-04-15 Calgary, Alberta Trail (BCHL)
24 Flag of Georgia (U.S. state) Magera, AustinAustin Magera Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-07-19 Suwanee, Georgia Lincoln (USHL)
25 Flag of Ontario Gallagher, CarsonCarson Gallagher Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1999-08-04 Courtice, Ontario Johnstown (NAHL)
26 Flag of New Jersey Johnstone, MarcMarc Johnstone (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-06-19 Cranford, New Jersey Chicago (USHL)
27 Flag of Massachusetts Dawson, PatrickPatrick Dawson Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-01-14 Medway, Massachusetts Odessa (NAHL)
28 Flag of Michigan Godbout, MarcelMarcel Godbout Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-06-04 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Sioux City (NAHL)
29 Flag of New Jersey Goehring, ToddTodd Goehring Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-07-08 Wayside, New Jersey Chicago (USHL)
30 Flag of Minnesota Benson, JoshJosh Benson Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-11-04 Stillwater, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
31 Flag of New Jersey Tomeo, DavidDavid Tomeo Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-03-02 West Caldwell, New Jersey Johnstown (NAHL)
33 Flag of Alberta Lush, LukeLuke Lush Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1998-02-15 Sherwood Park, Alberta Drayton Valley (AJHL)

Awards and honors[]

NCAA[]

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

  • 2009–10: Nick Johnson, F
  • 2019–20: Mike Lee, D; Jason Cotton, F

MAAC[]

Individual awards[]

Goaltender of the Year

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Martin Paquet: 2000

Coaches of the Year

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-MAAC

  • 2002–03: Eddy Ferhi, G; Les Hrapchak, D; Martin Paquet, F

Second Team All-MAAC

  • 1999–00: Alexis Jutras-Binet, G; Martin Paquet, F
  • 2000–01: Eddy Ferhi, G
  • 2001–02: Eddy Ferhi, G; Martin Paquet, F

MAAC All-Rookie Team

  • 1999–00: Les Hrapchak, D; Martin Paquet, F


Atlantic Hockey[]

Individual awards[]

Best Defensive Forward

  • Dave Jarman: 2010

Rookie of the Year

Coach of the Year

Individual Sportsmanship Award

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-Atlantic Hockey

Second Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2003–04: Konn Hawkes, D; Garrett Larson, F
  • 2004–05: Kalen Wright, F
  • 2005–06: Alexandre Parent, F
  • 2007–08: Scott Marchesi, F; Bear Trapp, F
  • 2015–16: Justin Danforth, F
  • 2016–17: Cameron Heath, D; Ryan Schmelzer, F
  • 2017–18: Lester Lancaster, D

Third Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2009–10: Paul Ferraro, D; Dave Jarman, F
  • 2011–12: Matt Gingera, F
  • 2012–13: Eric Delong, F
  • 2018–19: Austin Magera, F

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team

  • 2003–04: Pierre-Luc O'Brien, F
  • 2004–05: Scott Marchesi, D; Alexandre Parent, F
  • 2005–06: Bear Trapp, F
  • 2009–10: Steven Legato, G; Eric Delong, F
  • 2013–14: Mitch Nylen, F; Justin Danforth, F
  • 2017–18: Marc Johnstone, F
  • 2018–19: Josh Benson, G; Austin Magera, F

Pioneers in the NHL[]

Although several alumnus have played professional, Sacred Heart has yet to have an alumnus reach the NHL.[6]

See also[]

References[]

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  2. Sacred Heart Pioneers Ice Hockey. College Hockey News. Retrieved on May 26, 2019.
  3. "Sacred Heart announces plans for new on-campus rink for men’s, women’s D-I teams, set to open in 2022", USCHO.com, January 25, 2020. Retrieved on January 29, 2020. 
  4. "Sacred Heart Pioneers Men's Ice Hockey All-Time series record", Sacred Heart Pioneers. Retrieved on October 23, 2019. 
  5. 2020–21 Sacred Heart Men's Ice Hockey Roster. Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics. Retrieved on July 27, 2017.
  6. Alumni report for Sacred Heart University. Hockey DB. Retrieved on October 23, 2019.

External links[]


Atlantic Hockey

Air Force | American Int'l | Army | Bentley | Canisius | Holy Cross | Mercyhurst | Niagara | RIT | Robert Morris | Sacred Heart

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