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Western New England Golden Bears
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Institution: Western New England University
Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
School founded: 1919
Enrollment: 3,920
Colors: Blue and Gold
Home Arena: Olympia Ice Center
Men's Team
Conference: Commonwealth Coast Conference
Coach: Greg Heffernan

The Western New England Golden Bears are a Men's Division III team in Commonwealth Coast Conference. The school was called Western New England College until July of 2011 when it was renamed Western New England University. The university is located in a suburban neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts near the border with Wilbraham, Massachusetts. The team had played out of the Smead Arena in Springfield about 2.5 miles (4 km) off campus until 2016. The team moved to the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield for the 2016-17 season.

Program[]

The program was established for the 1980-81 season. The team became a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference as the ECAC Northeast morphed into the CCC for the 2016-17 season.

Conferences[]

Arenas[]

Head Coaches[]

  • Jeff Kravitz (1980-1986) 19-82-1
  • Michael Badger (1986-2001) 146-166-16  
  • Karl Enroth (2001-2006) 26-79-11
  • Chris Bernard (2006-2009) 17-52-4
  • Greg Heffernan (2009-present) 81-181-18 as of end of 2019-20 season

Year by Year Record[]

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Independent Overall Record
1980-81 - - - - - - - - - 15 4 10 1
ECAC Division III Overall Record
1981-82 5 1 4 0 2 20th of 23 Did Not Qualify 16 5 11 0
1982-83 12 0 12 0 0 23rd of 24 Did Not Qualify 16 1 15 0
1983-84 13 2 11 0 4 22nd of 28 Did Not Qualify 16 4 12 0
1984-85 20 3 17 0 83 148 6 25th of 29 Did Not Qualify 23 5 18 0
ECAC South Overall Record
1985-86 19 2 17 0 65 176 4 14th of 15 Did Not Qualify 19 2 17 0 65 176
1986-87 16 5 10 1 77 107 11 9th of 15 Did Not Qualify 19 6 12 1
1987-88 16 5 11 0 54 108 10 12th of 16 Did Not Qualify 19 5 14 0
1988-89 15 10 4 1 95 50 21 4th of 14 L, DQF 4-1 (Amherst) 18 11 6 1
1989-90 21 13 7 1 131 100 27 4th of 15 W, DQF 4-3 (Amherst) L, DSF 5-1 (Trinity) 22 14 7 1
1990-91 22 11 9 2 24 6th of 14 L, DQF 5-2 (Amherst) 23 11 10 2
1991-92 20 13 7 0 26 2nd of 11 W, DSF 5-2 (Fairfield) L, DF 5-4 (ot) (Amherst) 23 14 8 1
ECAC North Overall Record
1992-93 16 6 8 2 14 T-5th of 9 Did Not Qualify 23 8 13 2
1993-94 16 12 4 0 24 2nd of 9 L, QF 6-1 (Assumption) 23 15 7 1
1994-95 15 5 10 0 10 7th of 9 Did Not Qualify 24 9 15 0
1995-96 14 5 9 0 10 6th of 8 Did Not Qualify 24 9 14 1 87 97
ECAC South Overall Record
1996-97 14 7 6 1 47 56 15 5th of 8 Did Not Qualify 22 10 11 1
1997-98 8 1 7 0 - - 2 5th of 5 Did Not Qualify 17 7 10 0 66 88
ECAC Northeast Overall Record
1998-99 17 5 11 1 106 123 11 14th of 18 Did Not Qualify 23 9 13 1 - -
1999-00 13 7 6 0 62 53 14 9th of 18 L, QF 5-4 (ot) (Fitchburg St)  25 11 12 2 120 112
2000-01 17 4 12 1 60 82 9 14th of 18 Did Not Qualify 23 7 14 2 76 111
2001-02 15 1 14 0 29 78 2 16th of 16 Did Not Qualify 21 3 18 0 44 110
2002-03 16 4 11 1 50 77 9 14th of 17 Did Not Qualify 25 8 14 3 84 121
2003-04 1 4 9 3 53 65 11 T-12th of 17 Did Not Qualify 25 9 13 3 80 92
2004-05 15 2 11 2 34 78 6 T-14th of 16 Did Not Qualify 24 5 16 3 65 119
2005-06 15 1 12 2 39 89 4 T-13th of 16 Did Not Qualify 23 4 16 3 65 117
2006-07 15 2 13 0 36 78 4 T-14th of 16 Did Not Qualify 23 8 15 0 64 98
2007-08 16 4 10 2 33 62 10 13th of 17 Did Not Qualify 25 6 17 2 47 96
2008-09 17 3 12 2 29 72 8 16th of 18 Did Not Qualify 25 3 20 2 43 125
2009-10 14 2 12 0 31 64 4 7th of 8 L, QF 13-2 (Curry) 25 3 21 1 67 138
2010-11 14 5 9 0 49 73 10 6th of 8 L, QF 7-1 (Johnson & Wales) 26 8 17 1 96 140
2011-12 14 8 5 1 53 45 17 4th of 8 W, QF 2-1 (ot) (Johnson & Wales) L, SF 5-3 (Wentworth) 27 14 12 1 82 81
2012-13 14 8 6 0 44 43 16 4th of 8 L, QF 8-4 (Salve Regina) 26 11 15 0 86 95
2013-14 14 4 9 1 39 55 9 7th of 8 Did Not Qualify 25 10 14 1 71 93
2014-15 14 5 9 0 33 57 10 7th of 8 Did Not Qualify 24 5 16 3 52 95
2015-16 16 1 13 2 25 69 4 9th of 9 Did Not Qualify 25 2 19 4 41 100
Commonwealth Coast Conference Overall Record
2016-17 18 5 12 1 43 77 11 T-7th of 10 L, QF 8-3 (Endicott) 25 7 13 5 59 94
2017-18 18 4 12 2 43 69 10 8th of 10 L, QF 8-1 (Salve Regina) 26 9 14 3 69 95
2018-19 17 3 14 0 30 89 6 7th of 8 Did not qualify 25 8 17 0 61 113
2019-20 18 1 16 1 32 96 4 8th of 8 Did not qualify 24 3 19 2 47 112
2020-21 Season cancelled January 21st due to COVID-19 pandemic[1]

NCAA Tournament Appearances[]

None

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