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UConn Huskies men's ice hockey
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UConn Huskies men's ice hockey athletic logo
University University of Connecticut
Conference Hockey East
Head coach Mike Cavanaugh [1]
8th season, 93–124–31 (.440)
Captain(s) Miles Gendron (C), Max Kalter (A), Benjamin Freeman (A)
Arena XL Center
Capacity: 8,089
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Hartford, Connecticut
Colors National Flag Blue and White[2]
         
Conference Tournament championships
2000

The UConn Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of Hockey East. They play at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.[3]

History[]

The Huskies men's ice hockey program began in 1960 under head coach John Chapman. UConn began NCAA competition at the NCAA Division III level in the ECAC East.[4]

Prior to 1998, the Huskies played all home games outdoors at a partially enclosed rink on-campus near Memorial Stadium. The UConn Ice Rink had a roof but was open on the sides.[5] However, in preparation for the upgrade to Division I, the University built the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Construction began in 1996, and the first indoor home game for UConn was on November 7, 1998.[6][7]

The move to NCAA Division I status allowed the team to join other Husky athletic programs. In 1998 they joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, after previously playing for 38 years in the Division III ECAC East.[8] At the time, head coach Bruce Marshall was in his tenth season at the position. In its 2nd season in the 2000 MAAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Uconn beat Iona 6-1 to win its 1st league championship. However, due to a 2-year probationary period placed on the MAAC for an automatic bid to the NCAA Ice Hockey championship by the league champion, UConn was unable to participate in the NCAA tournament that year. It has been the only championship Uconn would earn since moving to Division I (as of May, 2016). But when the athletic department was forced to remove all athletic scholarships from the sport in order to comply with Title IX,[9] and the Huskies consistently finished in the bottom few spots of the national computer rankings before the most recent season.[10] In 2003, the MAAC formed a new league called Atlantic Hockey.

In June 2010, the University announced that the team would face Sacred Heart at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on February 13, 2011, as part of a doubleheader also featuring a game between the women's team and the Providence Friars.[11] The Huskies won this game 3-1, in front of 1,711 fans. The Huskies also played their first ever game at the XL Center in downtown Hartford that year, though this was not originally scheduled. Due to heavy snow accumulation on the Freitas roof, the team's February 5 game against Army was moved to the off-camps arena, also home to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.[12] In spite of free admission, only 891 fans turned up on short notice to watch the Huskies lose 5-3.[13] As a whole, the 2010-11 season was also a major improvement for the Huskies, who advance to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals at Blue Cross Arena before being eliminated. They finished with a final record of 16-18-4. One of the major factors in the turnaround was the young recruits the Huskies had signed. Freshman Cole Schneider led the team with 32 points, while sophomore Sean Ambrosie finished second with 29.[14] Meanwhile, sophomore Garrett Bartus set a school record with 1,085 saves.[15] The 2011-12 AHA preseason rankings reflected the newly gained reputation, with the Huskies ranked fifth out of twelve teams.[16] The Huskies posted a winning record once again in the 2012-13 season.

On June 21, 2012 Connecticut announced the program will join Hockey East as the conference's 12th member beginning in the 2014-15 season.[17] Prior to the move into Hockey East, on January 7, 2013, head coach Bruce Marshall resigned after 25 years [18] and was replaced in interim by Asst. Dave Berard.[19] The season ended with a record of 17-13-4. The team finished 4th in the AHA, drawing a crowd of 1438 for their final home game of the season against Sacred Heart. As part of the move from Atlantic Hockey to Hockey East, the university added 18 scholarships for the men's ice hockey team and additional scholarships to existing women's sports programs to meet Title IX gender equity requirements.[17] The university is also investigating options to significantly renovate the Freitas Ice Forum, which has a seating capacity around 2,000 fans, and mostly consists of metal bleachers; or build a new, larger ice arena on-campus.[17] As a new member of Hockey East the team will play home games at the 15,635-seat former NHL arena, the XL Center in downtown Hartford, with other select (home) games at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. A study by the university projected a cost around $20,000 a game to play at the XL Center.[17]

New Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh, who spent 18 seasons as an assistant at Boston College, was hired to guide Uconn into their new era of scholarship hockey in the Hockey East. He coached Uconn's final season (2013–14) in Atlantic Hockey to a record of 18-14-4, with wins over future Hockey East opponents Providence and UMass, while playing to a 2-2 draw with eventual 2014 NCAA Champ Union . Uconn made a successful transition to Hockey East in 2014-15 as they finished in the top 10 nationally in home attendance (5,396) while also leading their new conference . They were also competitive on the ice as their transition year resulted in 4 wins over top 20 teams while gaining ties with national championship game finalists Providence and Boston University. Starting in the 2015-16 season all home games were played at the XL Center, which drew a much better attendance per game (5,879) than those at the Webster Bank Arena (2,900) in which Uconn appeared during the 2014-15 season.

Season-by-season results[20][]

Coaching staff[]

[21] The Huskies are coached by Mike Cavanaugh, the fourth head coach in program history.

All-time coaching records[]

As of completion of 2019-20 season[4]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2013–present Mike Cavanaugh 7 93–124–31 .440
2012–2013 David Berard 1† 19–10–3 .641
1988–2012 Bruce Marshall 25 332–377–69 .471
1981–1988 Ben Kirtland 7 85–98–2 .465
1960–1981 John Chapman 21 196–221–7 .471
Totals 5 coaches 60 seasons 725-830-112 .469

† David Berard served as an interim head coach after Bruce Marshall took a medical leave of absence.

Awards and honors[]

ECAC East[]

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-ECAC East

  • 1991–92: Chris Potter, D; Bryan Krygier, F
  • 1992–93: Chris Potter, D
  • 1994–95: Bryan Quinn, F
  • 1995–96: Ryan Equale, F

Second Team All-ECAC East

  • 1987–88: Todd Krygier, F
  • 1989–90: Bryan Krygier, F
  • 1990–91: Bryan Krygier, F
  • 1991–92: Mike Krygier, F
  • 1993–94: D. J. LeBlanc, F
  • 1997–98: Eric Linkowski, D

MAAC[]

Individual Awards[]

MAAC Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Eric Nelson, D: 2002

MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player

  • Marc Senerchia, G: 2000

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-MAAC

  • 1998–99: Geoff Angell, F
  • 2001–02: Mike Boylan, D

Second Team All-MAAC

  • 1998–99: Rob Martin, D
  • 2000–01: Michael Goldkind, F

MAAC All-Rookie Team

  • 1998–99: Jon Chain, G; Mike Boylan, D
  • 2000–01: Eric Nelson, D
  • 2001–02: Adam Rhein, D

Atlantic Hockey[]

Individual Awards[]

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year

  • Tim Olsen, F: 2004

Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Forward

  • Trevor Stewart, C: 2007

Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Goaltending Award

  • Matt Grogan: 2013

Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Scoring Trophy

  • Tim Olsen, F: 2004

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2003–04: Eric Nelson, D; Tim Olsen, F
  • 2004–05: Tim Olsen, F
  • 2011–12: Cole Schneider, F

Second Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2006–07: Matt Scherer, F
  • 2007–08: Beau Erickson, G
  • 2008–09: Sean Erickson, D
  • 2011–12: Alex Gerke, D

Third Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2006–07: Sean Erickson, D
  • 2012–13: Matt Grogan, G
  • 2013–14: Brant Harris, F

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team

  • 2003–04: Scott Tomes, G; Matt Scherer, F
  • 2004–05: Brad Smith, G
  • 2005–06: Sean Erickson, D
  • 2009–10: Alex Greke, D
  • 2010–11: Cole Schneider, F

Hockey East[]

All-Conference Teams[]

Second Team All-Hockey East

Third Team All-Hockey East

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team

Statistical Leaders[20][]

Career points leaders[]

Player Years Games Goals Assists Points PIM
Bryan Krygier 1988–1992 92 127 219
Todd Krygier 1984–1988 99 101 200
Ryan Equale 1992–1996 79 109 188
Brian Sutherland 1990–1994 61 92 153
Jeff Ray 1988–1992 78 73 151
Bryan Quinn 1991–1995 64 85 149
D. J. LeBlanc 1990–1994 68 80 148
Harry Geary 1984–1987 70 87 148
Dave L'Ecuyer 1979–1983 66 79 145
Mark Kosinski 1982–1986 59 77 136

Career Goaltending Leaders[]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 50 Games

Player Years Games Minutes W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Matt Grogan 2010–2014 59 3082 25 19 6 119 2 .926 2.32
Rob Nichols 2013–2005 93 5386 31 46 15 239 10 .918 2.66
Marc Senerchia 1996–2000 93 3.02
Garrett Bartus 2009–2013 111 6353 40 58 9 320 5 .911 3.02
Beau Erickson 2006–2009 85 4891 29 46 7 264 2 .902 3.24

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

Current roster[]

As of September 2, 2020.[22]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Flag of Texas Keane, RyanRyan Keane Sophomore G 5' 9" (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1998-03-15 Lewisville, Texas Jamestown (NAHL)
2 Flag of Russia Kuznetsov, YanYan Kuznetsov Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2002-03-21 Murmansk, Russia Sioux Falls (USHL) CGY, 50th overall 2020
3 Flag of Connecticut Karashik, AdamAdam Karashik (C) Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-01-15 Ridgefield, Connecticut Chicago (USHL)
4 Flag of Michigan Kinal, RomanRoman Kinal Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-07-20 Waterford, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
5 Flag of New York Linell, EricEric Linell Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-09-17 Great Neck, New York Penticton (BCHL)
6 Flag of New York Wheeler, RyanRyan Wheeler Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-08-24 Lancaster, New York New Jersey (NAHL)
7 Flag of British Columbia Evans, JonnyJonny Evans Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 164 lb (74 kg) 1997-05-01 North Delta, British Columbia Powell River (BCHL)
8 Flag of British Columbia Turnbull, CarterCarter Turnbull (A) Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-09-08 Nanaimo, British Columbia Powell River (BCHL)
9 Flag of Alberta Bowes, CassidyCassidy Bowes Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-02-17 Sturgeon County, Alberta Whitecourt (AJHL)
10 Flag of Russia Firstov, VladislavVladislav Firstov Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-06-19 Yaroslavl, Russia Waterloo (USHL) MIN, 42nd overall 2019
11 Flag of the Czech Republic Kondelík, JáchymJáchym Kondelík Junior F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1999-12-21 Budějovice, Czech Republic Muskegon (USHL) NSH, 111th overall 2018
12 Flag of Connecticut Puskar, GavinGavin Puskar Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-06-21 Farmington, Connecticut Hotchkiss (USHS–CT)
13 Flag of New York Wojciechowski, JohnJohn Wojciechowski Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1998-02-18 Mamaroneck, New York Langley (BCHL)
14 Flag of Illinois Robbins, ZacZac Robbins (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-10-03 Glenview, Illinois Cedar Rapids (USHL)
16 Flag of Massachusetts Flynn, JacobJacob Flynn Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2001-05-26 Bridgewater, Massachusetts Thayer (USHS–MA)
17 Flag of Massachusetts Gatcomb, MarcMarc Gatcomb Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-07-22 Woburn, Massachusetts The Gunnery (USHS–CT)
18 Flag of New Jersey Spetz, JohnJohn Spetz Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-12-01 Oak Ridge, New Jersey Chicago (USHL)
19 Flag of Illinois Rigali, BrianBrian Rigali (A) Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-03-08 Libertyville, Illinois Sioux City (USHL)
21 Flag of Connecticut Capone, NickNick Capone Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2001-12-17 East Haven, Connecticut Tri-City (USHL) TAM, 157th overall 2020
22 Flag of British Columbia Schandor, HudsonHudson Schandor Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2000-09-29 North Vancouver, British Columbia Surrey (BCHL)
23 Flag of British Columbia Berger, CarterCarter Berger Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-09-17 North Vancouver, British Columbia Victoria (BCHL) FLA, 106th overall 2019
27 Flag of Ontario Rees, HarrisonHarrison Rees Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2000-03-19 Mississauga, Ontario North York (OJHL)
29 Flag of Alberta Howarth, KaleKale Howarth Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-06-10 Red Deer, Alberta Trail (BCHL) CBJ, 148th overall 2017
31 Flag of Massachusetts Pasquale, MattMatt Pasquale Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-10-06 North Reading, Massachusetts Northeast (NAHL)
32 Flag of Russia Shlaine, ArtemArtem Shlaine Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2002-03-17 Moscow, Russia Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS–MN) NJD, 130th overall 2020
33 Flag of the Czech Republic Vomáčka, TomášTomáš Vomáčka Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-05-02 Trutnov, Czech Republic Lincoln (USHL) NSH, 154th overall 2017
35 Flag of England Stone, BradleyBradley Stone Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-07-14 London, England Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL)


Huskies in the NHL[]

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Todd Krygier Left Wing HFD, WAS, ANA 1989–1998 0
Cole Schneider Right Wing BUF 2015–2017 0
Tage Thompson Center STL, BUF 2017–Present 0

References[]

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  14. Connecticut Huskies 2010-11 Stats. Retrieved on 13 January 2012.
  15. Garrett Bartus - UConn Huskies.com. Retrieved on 13 January 2012.
  16. Bentley Falcons: Atlantic Hockey Preseason Poll Released.
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  22. 2020-21 Roster. University of Connecticut. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.

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