Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey
|Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey|
|University||University of Connecticut|
|Head coach||Mike Cavanaugh |
|2nd year, 28–33–11|
|Captain(s)||Ryan Tyson, Trevor Gerling (A), Patrick Kirtland (A)|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Colors||national flag blue  and white  and red 
|Conference Tournament Champions|
The Connecticut 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.
Prior to 1998, the Huskies played all home games outdoors at a partially enclosed rink on-campus near Memorial Stadium. The UConn Hockey Rink had a roof but was open on the sides. 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.
The move to NCAA Division I status allowed the team to join other Husky athletic programs. Previously, the team had played for 38 years in the Division III ECAC East. At the time, head coach Bruce Marshall was in his tenth season at the position. After posting winning records in their first two seasons at the highest level, the Huskies started to struggle. The athletic department was forced to remove all athletic scholarships from the sport in order to comply with Title IX, and the Huskies consistently finished in the bottom few spots of the national computer rankings before the most recent season.
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. 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. In spite of free admission, only 891 fans turned up on short notice to watch the Huskies lose 5-3. 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. Meanwhile, sophomore Garrett Bartus set a school record with 1,085 saves. The 2011-12 AHA preseason rankings reflected the newly gained reputation, with the Huskies ranked fifth out of twelve teams.
On June 21, 2012 Connecticut announced the program will join Hockey East as the conference's 12th member beginning in the 2014-15 season. As part of the move from Atlantic Hockey to Hockey East, the university will add 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. 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. Until then 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. For the 2015-16 season all home games will be played at the XL Center, which drew much better (5,879) than the games in Bridgeport (2,900) in which Uconn appeared.
The Huskies posted a winning record once again in the 2012-13 season. Long-time head coach Bruce Marshall stepped down during his 25th season and was replaced in interim by Asst. Dave Berard. 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. 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 the AHA 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.
As of August 16, 2014.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Comunale, TomTom Comunale||Senior||G||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1991-02-08||Mars, Pennsylvania||St. Louis (NAHL)||—|
|2||Pratt, DerekDerek Pratt||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-03-12||Mount Hermon, Massachusetts||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|3||Segalla, RyanRyan Segalla||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||197 lb (89 kg)||1994-12-29||Rockland, Massachusetts||Salisbury (USHS–CT)||PIT, 119th overall 2013|
|4||Huson, KyleKyle Huson||Junior||D||6' 5" (1.96 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||1991-10-31||Parker, Colorado||Wenatchee (NAHL)||—|
|5||Poe, JacobJacob Poe||Senior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1990-12-17||Arlington, Texas||Topeka (NAHL)||—|
|6||Austin, JohnnyJohnny Austin||Freshman||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1995-07-22||St. Louis Park, Minnesota||Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN)||—|
|7||Koonas, JoonaJoona Koonas||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1993-07-28||Vintaa, Finland||Islanders (USPHL)||—|
|8||Naas, SpencerSpencer Naas||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1994-07-14||St. Louis Park, Minnesota||Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN)||—|
|9||Pauly, ShawnShawn Pauly||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||188 lb (85 kg)||1992-01-08||Bellingham, Washington||Wenatchee (NAHL)||—|
|10||Schwartz, JesseJesse Schwartz||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-04-10||Toronto, Ontario||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|11||Ronan, CoreyCorey Ronan||Freshman||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1995-10-06||Franklin, Massachusetts||St. Sebastian's (USHS–MA)||—|
|13||Norris, BrentBrent Norris||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1993-06-18||Ottawa, Ontario||Nepean (CCHL)||—|
|14||Golonka, WillWill Golonka||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1995-02-02||Carlisle, Massachusetts||Belmont Hill (USHS–MA)||—|
|15||Smith, BradBrad Smith||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1991-03-28||Trenton, Michigan||St. Louis (NAHL)||—|
|17||Tyson, RyanRyan Tyson (C)||Senior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||187 lb (85 kg)||1991-08-14||Harleysville, Pennsylvania||New Hampshire (EJHL)||—|
|18||Gerling, TrevorTrevor Gerling (A)||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1991-06-30||Seattle, Washington||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|19||Richardson, EvanEvan Richardson||Sophomore||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1994-05-30||Nanaimo, British Columbia||Boston College (HEA)||—|
|21||Wight, JeffJeff Wight||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1995-12-04||Coquitlam, British Columbia||Merritt (BCHL)||—|
|22||Drake, DavidDavid Drake||Freshman||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1995-01-07||Naperville, Illinois||Des Moines (USHL)||PHI, 192nd overall 2013|
|23||Ojantakanen, KasperiKasperi Ojantakanen||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1995-01-12||Helsinki, Finland||Jokerit U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)||—|
|24||Kirtland, PatrickPatrick Kirtland (A)||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1991-01-22||Rocky Hill, Connecticut||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|27||Sharib, CodyCody Sharib||Senior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1990-08-23||Needham, Massachusetts||New Hampshire (EJHL)||—|
|28||Ferriss, JoeyJoey Ferriss||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1992-12-28||Novi, Michigan||Michigan (NAHL)||—|
|31||Nichols, RobbyRobby Nichols||Sophomore||G||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1992-09-10||Dallas, Texas||Wenatchee (NAHL)||—|
|35||Thulin, SteveSteve Thulin||Freshman||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1993-02-02||North Reading, Massachusetts||Connecticut (USPHL)||—|
Various alumni have gone on to play in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League, ECHL, and Central Hockey League. Former Husky Todd Krygier played ten seasons in the National Hockey League.
- Mike Hoffman: Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Todd Krygier: Played for the Hartford Whalers (1989–91), Washington Capitals (1991–94 & 1995-98) & Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1994–96)
- Cole Schneider: Signed by the Ottawa Senators
All-time coaching records
As of completion of 2014-15 season
|Totals||4 coaches||54 seasons||670–758–99||.471|
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