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University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conference Hockey East
First season 1908–09
Head coach Greg Carvel
6th season, 94–75–10 (.553)
Captain(s) Jake Gaudet (C)
Marc Del Gaizo (A)
Bobby Trivigno (A)
Arena Mullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Student section The Militia
Colors Maroon and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
2021
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2019
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2019, 2021
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2019, 2021
Conference Tournament championships
ECAC 2: 1972
Hockey East: 2021
Conference regular season championships
Hockey East: 2019

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]

History

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. In 1909 the first formal ice hockey team began playing on the pond as well.[3] UMass fielded one of the earliest non-ivy league programs, playing continually until poor weather conditions and a lack of funding caused the team to cease in 1939. The Minutemen were able to return to the ice after the war but couldn't play at home until 1954.

The lack of a home venue caused the team to suffer through a stretch where they won only 2 games over a 7-year period. Eventually the pond became usable again and UMass were able to play home games with new head coach Steve Kosakowski. The Minutemen performed decently in his 13 seasons and were among 28 teams to found ECAC Hockey. In 1964 the ECAC split into two divisions and any program that did not possess a dedicated indoor arena was placed in ECAC 2. UMass continued with the second-tier conference for 15 years and achieved their greatest success in 1972 under Jack Canniff, winning the conference tournament title.

By the end of the 1970s using the pond as a rink had become untenable and when no alternatives surfaced the program was shuttered.

Return to the Ice

When the Mullins Center opened in 1993 it was designed as a multi-purpose arena and allowed for the university to rekindle its ice hockey program. The men's team started the same year and hit the ice as a Division I independent. With 20 wins in the first season under Joe Mallen, there was hope that the Minutemen could compete in Hockey East. However, once they began a tougher schedule in 1994–95, the team lost a then-school-record 28 games. Though the team rarely finished last in the conference under Mallen, there were very few gains and he was replaced by Don Cahoon in 2000.

Under Cahoon the team began to improve, posting a winning season in 2003 and reaching the conference championship game the following year. His greatest success came after recruiting Jonathan Quick, who helped UMass to reach their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2007. Cahoon couldn't keep the success going, however, and after being knocked off in five consecutive conference quarterfinals he retired in 2012.

John Micheletto was tabbed as Cahoon's successor and after a decent first season the team slid down the standing and bottomed out for two consecutive seasons. After the second last-place finish Micheletto was fired and replaced by St. Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel.[4]

Greg Carvel era (2016–present)

In Carvel's first season the team reached a nadir; the Minutemen set a new program record for futility, losing 29 games. Carvel led the team to a much-improved finish in his second season and then team took off in year three. The Minutemen reached their first ever Frozen Four and a berth in the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship in which the Minutemen ultimately lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3–0. Though the year ended on a sour note, the team posted a new program record for wins (31) while Cale Makar won the school's first Hobey Baker Award.

On April 10, 2021, the Minutemen won their first-ever NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, beating the St. Cloud State Huskies 5–0.[5]

Season-by-season results

Source:[6]

Records vs. current Hockey East teams

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[7]

School Team Away Arena Overall Record Win % Last Result
Boston College Eagles Conte Forum 15–64–4 .205 0-3 L
Boston University Terriers Agganis Arena 13–62–7 .201 4-2 W
University of Connecticut Huskies XL Center 38–14–3 .718 3-4 L
University of Maine Black Bears Alfond Arena 23–57–9 .309 6-0 W
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks Tsongas Center 28–48–7 .380 0-2 L
Merrimack College Warriors J. Thom Lawler Rink 44–42–7 .511 4-2 W
University of New Hampshire Wildcats Whittemore Center 25–89–11 .244 6-0 W
Northeastern University Huskies Matthews Arena 29–55–10 .362 1-2 L
Providence College Providence Schneider Arena 27–49–6 .366 2-3 L
University of Vermont Catamounts Gutterson Fieldhouse 25–44–8 .377 5-1 W

Coaches and support staff

Current as of November, 2018.[8]

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

Head Coach History

As of the completion of 2020–21 season[7]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1908–1917 No Coach 9 39–27–3 .587
1917–1922 Elton J. Mansell 5 18–13–3 .574
1922–1923 Herbert Collins 1 3–4–2 .444
1923–1924 Howard R. Gordon 1 3–6–0 .333
1924–1939 Lorin Ball 15 47–62–7 .435
1947–1949 Thomas Filmore 2 0–5–0 .000
1949–1950 Walter Fitzgerald 1 2–3–2 .429
1950–1951 Bill Needham 1 0–7–0 .000
1953–1954 Mel Massucco 1 0–9–1 .050
1954–1967 Steve Kosakowski 13 73–118–4 .385
1967–1979 Jack Canniff 12 120–140–8 .463
1993–2000 Joe Mallen 7 77–144–18 .360
2000–2012 Don Cahoon 12 166–229–42 .428
2012–2016 John Micheletto 4 39–88–13 .325
2016–Present Greg Carvel 5 94–75–10 .553
Totals 14 coaches 89 seasons 681–930–113 .428

Statistical leaders

Source:[7]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Keenan, PatPat Keenan 1970–1973 66 105 75 180
Bonneau, RobRob Bonneau 1993–1997 131 72 94 166
Norris, WarrenWarren Norris 1993–1997 132 73 81 154
Marcou, JamesJames Marcou 2007–2010 111 34 96 130
Werner, StephenStephen Werner 2002–2006 143 50 66 116
Pereira, MichaelMichael Pereira 2010–2014 135 53 54 107
Turner, TimTim Turner 1999–2003 134 47 60 107
Leonard, JohnJohn Leonard 2017–2020 104 56 49 105
Sheary, ConorConor Sheary 2010–2014 138 38 66 104
Quirk, CoryCory Quirk 2005–2009 150 43 60 103
Edwards, JohnJohn Edwards 1969–1972 45 57 102
Harris, WilliamWilliam Harris 1972–1976 35 67 102
Pöck, ThomasThomas Pöck 2000–2004 130 44 58 102

† - active

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 played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Lindberg, FilipFilip Lindberg 2018–Present 50 2802 29 10 6 74 11 .937 1.58
Murray, MattMatt Murray 2017–Present 85 4854 52 27 2 178 11 .916 2.20
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick 2005–2007 54 3129 23 22 6 125 3 .926 2.40
Dainton, PaulPaul Dainton 2007–2011 123 7042 45 61 12 327 2 .908 2.78
Winer, GabeGabe Winer 2002–2006 117 6725 50 52 10 317 5 .891 2.83

Statistics current through the start of the 2021–22 season.

Current roster

As of August 12, 2021.[9]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Flag of New York Pavicich, LukeLuke Pavicich Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 2002-03-21 Clarence Center, New York Kenai River (NAHL)
3 Flag of Missouri Farmer, TyTy Farmer Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-01-06 O'Fallon, Missouri Fargo (USHL)
4 Flag of Michigan Kessel, MatthewMatthew Kessel (A) Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 2000-06-23 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL) STL, 150th overall 2020
5 Flag of Massachusetts Alger, LindenLinden Alger Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 2000-04-09 Centerville, Massachusetts Youngstown (USHL)
6 Flag of New York Ufko, RyanRyan Ufko Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 2003-05-07 Smithtown, New York Chicago (USHL) NSH, 115th overall 2021
7 Flag of Michigan Kiefiuk, CalCal Kiefiuk Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-02-28 Macomb, Michigan Central Illinois (USHL)
8 Flag of New York Trivigno, BobbyBobby Trivigno (C) Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 162 lb (73 kg) 1999-01-19 Setauket, New York Waterloo (USHL)
9 Flag of North Carolina Donaldson, CamCam Donaldson F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-07-14 Pittsboro, North Carolina Cornell (ECAC)
10 Flag of Illinois Lopina, JoshJosh Lopina Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 2001-02-16 Minooka, Illinois Lincoln (USHL) ANA, 98th overall 2021
11 Flag of Quebec Mercuri, LucasLucas Mercuri Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2002-03-07 Montreal, Quebec Des Moines (USHL) CAR, 159th overall 2020
12 Flag of Minnesota Wait, GarrettGarrett Wait Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-06-13 Edina, Minnesota Minnesota (Big Ten)
13 Flag of Michigan Lebster, ReedReed Lebster Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1999-03-04 Grand Rapids, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
14 Flag of Michigan Lautenbach, RyanRyan Lautenbach Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-02-27 Brighton, Michigan Omaha (USHL)
15 Flag of Michigan MacDonald, OliverOliver MacDonald Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-11-07 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
17 Flag of California Demin, SlavaSlava Demin Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 2000-04-04 Cypress, California Denver (NCHC) CHI, 99th overall 2018
18 Flag of Alberta Makar, TaylorTaylor Makar Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2001-03-13 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL) COL, 220th overall 2021
19 Flag of Michigan Sullivan, RyanRyan Sullivan Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-03-07 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
20 Flag of Ontario Baker, MattMatt Baker F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-02-21 Barrie, Ontario Dartmouth (ECAC)
22 Flag of Massachusetts Harding, JerryJerry Harding Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-03-22 Canton, Massachusetts Providence (HEA)
23 Flag of Connecticut Morrow, ScottScott Morrow Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2002-11-01 Darien, Connecticut Shattuck-St. Mary's (Midget AAA) CAR, 40th overall 2021
25 Flag of New York Bohlinger, AaronAaron Bohlinger Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2000-08-25 Walden, New York Waterloo (USHL)
26 Flag of New Jersey Felix, ColinColin Felix (A) Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1999-01-07 Ocean City, New Jersey Madison (USHL)
27 Flag of New Jersey Del Gaizo, AnthonyAnthony Del Gaizo Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1998-01-31 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
28 Flag of Ontario Faith, EricEric Faith Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1998-04-18 Carp, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
29 Flag of Ontario DeDobbelaer, EricEric DeDobbelaer Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-06-15 Brantford, Ontario Brantford (OJHL)
31 Flag of Alberta Murray, MattMatt Murray G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1998-02-02 St. Albert, Alberta Fargo (USHL)
32 Flag of New York Graham, HenryHenry Graham Sophomore G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 2000-07-25 Manhattan, New York P. A. L. (NCDC)

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.[10]

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.

Awards and honors

NCAA

Individual Awards

Hobey Baker Award

Spencer Penrose Award

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

All-Americans

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey All-Tournament Team

Hockey East

Individual Awards

Player of the Year

Hockey East Rookie of the Year

  • Josh Lopina: 2021

Three-Stars Award

Scoring Champion

Best Defensive Defenseman

Bob Kullen Coach of the Year

William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player

All-Hockey East

First Team All-Hockey East

Second Team All-Hockey East

Third Team All-Hockey East

  • 2017–18: Cale Makar, D
  • 2018–19: Marc Del Gaizo, D; Mario Ferraro, D
  • 2019–20: Jake McLaughlin, D
  • 2020–21: Marc Del Gaizo, D; Matt Kessel, D

Hockey East All-Rookie Team

Hockey East All-Tournament Team

Minutemen in the NHL

Source:[11]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[12] = NHL All-Star[12] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Conor Allen Defenseman NYR 2013–2015 0
Matt Anderson Forward NJD 2012–2013 0
Kevin Boyle Goaltender ANA 2018–Present 0
Justin Braun Defenseman SJS, PHI 2010–Present 0
Mario Ferraro Defenseman SJS 2019–Present 0
Joel Hanley Defenseman MTL, ARI, DAL 2015–Present 0
Matt Irwin Defenseman SJS, BOS, NSH 2012–Present 0
Zac Jones Defenceman NYR 2021–Present 0
Michael Kostka Defenseman TOR, CHI, TBL, NYR, OTT 2012–2016 0
John Leonard Forward SJS 2020–Present 0

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Cale Makar Defenseman COL 2018–Present 0
Greg Mauldin Left Wing CBJ, NYI, COL 2003–2011 0
Brandon Montour Defenseman ANA, BUF 2016–Present 0
Brad Norton Defenseman FLA, LAK, WSH, OTT, DET 2001–2007 0
Thomas Pöck Defenseman NYR, NYI 2003–2009 0
Jonathan Quick Goaltender LAK 2007–Present 2
Conor Sheary Left Wing PIT, BUF, WSH 2015–Present 2
Frank Vatrano Center BOS, FLA 2015–Present 0
Casey Wellman Center MIN, WSH 2009–2014 0

References

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  2. Massachusetts Minutemen. USCHO.com.
  3. Umass Hockey The Pond Club.
  4. College hockey: Greg Carvel named UMass ice hockey coach (29 March 2016).
  5. Haecherl, Zach Dwyer and Anna. St. Cloud State falls 5-0 to UMass in NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship.
  6. 2008-09 UMASS HOCKEY. UMass Minutemen.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 UMass Minutemen Men's Hockey 2019-20 Record Book. UMass Minutemen.
  8. UMass Athletics (en).
  9. 2020–21 Roster. UMass Athletics.
  10. UMass Hockey Claims NCAA Record 5OT 4–3 Victory Over Notre Dame – University of Massachusetts.
  11. Alumni report for UMass-Amherst. Hockey DB.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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