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UMass Minutemen ice hockey
UMass Minutemen ice hockey athletic logo
University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conference Hockey East
Head coach Greg Carvel
3rd season, 53–59–4
Captain(s) Niko Hildenbrand, Mario Ferraro and Cale Makar
Arena Mullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Student section The Militia
Colors Maroon and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1972 (DII)
Conference regular season championships

The UMass Minutemen Ice Hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college ice hockey program that represents the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Minutemen are a member of Hockey East. They play at the 8,387-seat William D. Mullins Memorial Center (known as the Mullins Center) in Amherst, Massachusetts.[2]

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Pond history[]

The centrally located pond on the UMass campus was once used for multiple purposes. In the winter students and faculty would cut out blocks of ice to use for refrigeration and annual tug-of-war games between sophomores and freshmen were hosted during the spring months. The UMass Minutemen even played on the campus pond starting in 1909 but have since moved to the Mullins Center.[3]

Greg Carvel era (2016–Present)[]

Ryan Bamford, athletic director of UMass, announced in March 2016 that Greg Carvel had been hired to become the 14th ice hockey head coach in UMass history.[4] Greg Carvel led the team to their first ever Frozen Four and a birth in the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship in which the Minutemen ultimately lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. In May 2018 Carvel was given a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.[5]

Season-by-season results[]

UMass Minutemen Season History
Season Head Coach Overall Record Conference Record Postseason Notes
1994-95 Joe Mallen 6-28-2 3-21-0 Win vs Boston College in Hockey East Opening Round
Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1995-96 Joe Mallen 10-19-6 4-14-6 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1996-97 Joe Mallen 12-23-0 7-17-0 2-0 Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1997-98 Joe Mallen 6-24-3 3-19-2 Did not qualify
1998-99 Joe Mallen 12-21-4 8-14-2 2-0 Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
1999-2000 Joe Mallen 11-20-5 5-15-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2000-01 Don "Toot" Cahoon 8-22-4 7-15-2 Did not Qualify
2001-02 Don "Toot" Cahoon 8-25-2 3-19-2 Did not qualify
2002-03 Don "Toot" Cahoon 20-18-0 10-14-0 2-0 Win vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
2003-04 Don "Toot" Cahoon 17-15-7 12-9-3 2-0 Win vs UMass Lowell in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Win vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
Loss vs Maine in Hockey East Finals
This season marks the furthest UMass has ever gone in the Hockey East tournament. They lost the final game 2-1 in triple overtime to Maine.
2004-05 Don "Toot" Cahoon 14-23-2 6-16-2 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2005-06 Don "Toot" Cahoon 14-21-2 10-15-2 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2006-07 Don "Toot" Cahoon 22-13-5 15-9-3 2-0 Win vs Maine in Hockey East Quarterfinals
Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Semifinals
Win vs Clarkson in NCAA Regional Semifinals
Loss vs Maine in NCAA Regional Finals
UMass earned an at-large bid to make their first-ever NCAA Tournament.
2007-08 Don "Toot" Cahoon 15-16-6 9-13-5 2-0 Loss vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2008-09 Don "Toot" Cahoon 16-20-3 10-14-3 2-1 Loss vs Northeastern in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2009-10 Don "Toot" Cahoon 18-18-0 13-14-0 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2010-11 Don "Toot" Cahoon 7-24-6 5-16-6 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2011-12 Don "Toot" Cahoon 13-18-5 9-17-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2012-13 John Micheletto 12-19-3 10-16-2 Did not qualify
2013-14 John Micheletto 9-22-4 4-14-3 Loss vs Vermont in Opening Round
2014-15 John Micheletto 11-23-2 5-16-1 2-1 Loss vs Notre Dame in Opening Round
2015-16 John Micheletto 8-24-4 2-16-4 2-0 Loss vs Boston University in Opening Round
2016–17 Greg Carvel 5–29–2 2–19–1 2-0 Loss vs Providence in Opening Round
2017–18 Greg Carvel 17–20–2 9–13–2 2-1 Win vs Vermont in Opening Round
2-0 Loss vs Northeastern in Hockey East Quarterfinals
2018–19 Greg Carvel 31–10–0 18-6–0 2-0 Win vs New Hampshire in Hockey East Quarterfinals
3-0 Loss vs Boston College in Hockey East Semifinals
4-0 Win vs Harvard in NCAA Regional Semifinals

4-0 Win vs Notre Dame in NCAA Regional Finals
4-3 OT Win vs Denver in NCAA National Semifinal
3-0 Loss vs Minnesota-Duluth in NCAA National Championship

UMass earned an at-large bid to make the NCAA Tournament.
The first time UMass has made the Frozen Four.
The first time UMass has played for the NCAA Div.1 National Men's Hockey Championship.
Joe Mallen: 57–135–20 (1-9)
Don "Toot" Cahoon: 172–233–42 (8-17)
John Micheletto: 40–88–13 (1-7)
Greg Carvel: 53–59–4 (4-6)
Overall Conference Record: 189-371–59 (14–37)


Awards and honors[]

Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Spencer Penrose Award

Bob Kullen Coach of the Year (Hockey East COTY)[7]

Hockey East Player of the Year[8]

ACHA First Team All-Americans[9]

ACHA Second Team All-Americans

Current roster[]

As of September 5, 2018.[10]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Flag of New Jersey Del Gaizo, MarcMarc Del Gaizo Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-10-11 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
3 Flag of Missouri Farmer, TyTy Farmer Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1998-01-06 O'Fallon, Missouri Fargo (USHL)
5 Flag of Ontario Ferraro, MarioMario Ferraro (A) Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-09-17 King City, Ontario Des Moines (USHL) SJS, 49th overall 2017
6 Flag of Massachusetts Vegara, KolbyKolby Vegara Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1997-07-15 Malden, Massachusetts Philadelphia (NAHL)
7 Flag of Manitoba Keats, KurtKurt Keats Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1995-08-16 Winnipeg, Manitoba Powell River (BCHL)
8 Flag of New York Trivigno, BobbyBobby Trivigno Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 152 lb (69 kg) 1999-01-19 Setauket, New York Waterloo (USHL)
9 Flag of Massachusetts Leonard, JohnJohn Leonard Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1998-08-07 Amherst, Massachusetts Green Bay (USHL) SJS, 182nd overall 2018
10 Flag of Nebraska Suter, JackJack Suter Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 169 lb (77 kg) 1995-04-19 Omaha, Nebraska Sioux Falls (USHL)
11 Flag of Michigan Kaiser, BobbyBobby Kaiser Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1997-05-09 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
12 Flag of New Jersey Del Gaizo, AnthonyAnthony Del Gaizo Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-01-31 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
14 Flag of Michigan Pritchard, JacobJacob Pritchard Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1995-04-09 Macomb, Michigan St. Lawrence (ECAC)
15 Flag of Ontario Bozzo, MarcoMarco Bozzo Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-11-22 Woodbridge, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)
16 Flag of Alberta Makar, CaleCale Makar (A) Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1998-10-30 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL) COL, 4th overall 2017
17 Flag of Ontario Lagunov, PhilipPhilip Lagunov Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-11-22 Hamilton, Ontario Burlington (OJHL)
18 Flag of Ontario Gaudet, JakeJake Gaudet Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-06-18 Ottawa, Ontario Kemptville (CCHL)
19 Flag of California Hildenbrand, NikoNiko Hildenbrand (C) Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1995-08-18 Vacaville, California Fargo (USHL)
20 Flag of Ontario Chau, OliverOliver Chau Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-21 Oakville, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
21 Flag of Michigan Chaffee, MitchellMitchell Chaffee Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1998-01-26 Rockford, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
22 Flag of Illinois Boeing, BrettBrett Boeing Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1995-01-14 Barrington, Illinois Dubuque (USHL)
24 Flag of Massachusetts Bliss, RyanRyan Bliss D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1996-06-22 Chelmsford, Massachusetts Cornell (ECAC)
26 Flag of New Jersey Felix, ColinColin Felix Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-01-07 Ocean City, New Jersey Madison (USHL)
27 Flag of Illinois McLaughlin, JakeJake McLaughlin Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-03-26 Hinsdale, Illinois Fargo (USHL)
29 Flag of Florida Mika, GeorgeGeorge Mika Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1996-10-19 Naples, Florida Amarillo (NAHL)
30 Flag of Massachusetts Arvanitis, BradBrad Arvanitis Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1997-08-24 Holliston, Massachusetts Coulee Region (NAHL)
31 Flag of Alberta Murray, MattMatt Murray Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1998-02-02 St. Albert, Alberta Fargo (USHL)
35 Flag of Finland Lindberg, FilleFille Lindberg Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1999-01-31 Espoo, Finland TUTO U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)

Coaches and support staff[]

Current as of November, 2018.[11]

2018-2019 Staff
Name Position
Greg Carvel Head Coach
Ben Barr Associate Head Coach
Jared DeMichiel Assistant Coach
Ryan Mahan Director of Hockey Operations
TJ Syner Volunteer Assistant Coach
Marc Paquet Athletic Trainer
Clayton Kirven Strength & Conditioning
Josh Penn Head of Equipment

The Longest Game[]

On March 6, 2015, UMass faced Notre Dame in Game 1 of the Opening Round of the 2015 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, played at Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame. Early into the game, Sam Herr gave Notre Dame the lead on a rebounded shot. Vince Hinostroza made it 2–0 midway through the second period. But the Minutmen responded two minutes later with a power play goal by Steven Iacobellis. Notre Dame responded three minutes later with a Steven Fogarty goal to make it 3–1. UMass made it 3–2 a minute later with a goal by Shane Walsh. With two seconds remaining in the period, Troy Power tipped a power play goal to tie the game as the second period (a period that had five goals in total) ended. The third period ended with no goals, as the two teams went into overtime. The two teams repeatedly failed to score, with UMass shooting a record 91 times and Notre Dame shooting 78 times. With 8:18 left in the fifth overtime and at 1:24 a.m. ET, Shane Walsh scored the game-winning goal to end the longest Division I hockey game which had lasted 151 minutes, 42 seconds, besting the previous record of 150:22, set by Quinnipiac and Union in 2010.[12]

Steve Mastalerz finished the night with 75 saves for UMass while Cal Petersen of Notre Dame made 87 saves, setting a new NCAA record. It was UMass' first win at the Tournament since March 13, 2009 at Northeastern.

Notable Alumni[]

Jonathan Quick - Two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Los Angeles Kings winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012. He has played in 602 NHL Games posting a 309-218-63 record.

Conor Sheary - Two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins playing 262 games with the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.

Frank Vatrano - Undrafted winger, formerly with Boston Bruins and currently with Florida Panthers and has played 205 NHL games.

Justin Braun - Seventh round draft choice by the San Jose Sharks, has now played 607 games with the team.

Matt Irwin - Has played 323 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, and Nashville Predators.

Brandon Montour - Has played 189 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres.

Cale Makar - The highest Minuteman to be drafted at 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft


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