Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey

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Michigan Tech Huskies
Michigan Tech Huskies athletic logo

University Michigan Technological University
Conference WCHA
Head coach Mel Pearson
4th year, 43–58–15
Arena MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Capacity: 4,128
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Houghton, Michigan
Student section Mitch's Misfits
Colors Black and Gold

             

Mascot Blizzard T. Husky


NCAA Tournament Champions
1962, 1965, 1975
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
Conference Tournament Champions
1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
Conference Regular Season Champions
1961–62, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1975–76
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-MTU.png

The Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Michigan Technological University. The Huskies are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They play at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan.

The Huskies host and compete in the annual Great Lakes Invitational held in December of each year. The four-team tournament was played for the 48th year in 2012.

History[edit]

Michigan Tech has had a storied history from its inception in 1919, producing three national championships. The program has played in five different home arenas including the Amphidrome, Calumet Colosseum, Dee Stadium and the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The program is a charter member of the WCHA in 1951 and became a national powerhouse under the leadership of Coach John MacInnes during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.[1][2]

The team has won three NCAA Division I championships (1962, 1965, and 1975) and seven Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships (1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, and 1976).[3][4]

Conferences[edit]

NCAA Championships[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
1962 Michigan Tech 7–1 Clarkson Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium
1965 Michigan Tech 8–2 Boston College Providence, RI Meehan Auditorium
1975 Michigan Tech 6–1 Minnesota St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arena

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Huskies.

NCAA
season
Conference Conference regular season Overall Conference postseason NCAA
postseason
Finish GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA
2009–10 WCHA 10th 28 4 24 0 8 58 119 36 5 30 1 73 149 Lost in first round (Denver) Did not qualify
2010–11 WCHA 12th 28 2 24 2 6 49 124 38 4 30 4 75 169 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify
2011–12 WCHA 8th 28 11 13 4 26 85 87 39 16 19 4 111 116 Won in first round (Colorado College)
Lost in quarterfinals (Denver)
Did not qualify
2012–13 WCHA 10th 28 8 16 4 20 75 92 37 13 20 4 107 116 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify
2013–14 WCHA 5th 28 12 11 5 29 78 78 40 14 19 7 99 108 Lost in first round (Bowling Green) Did not qualify

Coaches[edit]

As of completion of 2013–14 season[5]

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
1919–20 E.R. Lovell 1 1–2–1 .375
1920–21, 23–24 Elmer Sicotte 2 7–9–0 .438
1921–22 Mike Fay 1 8–3–1 .708
1922–23 Bill Murdoch 1 0–4–0 .000
1924–26 Leon Harvey 2 4–6–1 .409
1926–29 Carlos "Cub" Haug 3 12–10–3 .540
1929–36 Bert Noblet 7 44–53–8 .457
1936–38 Joe Savini 2 11–19–4 .382
1938–41, 45–48 Ed Maki* 6 35–60–0 .368
1941–43 Elwin Romnes 2 4–15–3 .250
1948–51 Amo Bessone 3 20–31–2 .396
1951–56 Al Renfrew 5 48–68–2 .415
1956–82 John MacInnes 26 555–295–39 .646
1982–85 Jim Nahrgang* 3 56–62–3 .475
1985–90 Herb Boxer* 5 66–129–8 .345
1990–92 Newell Brown 2 29–47–4 .388
1992–96 Bob Mancini 4 63–80–20 .448
1996–2000 Tim Watters* 5 39–116–9 .265
2000–03 Mike Sertich 3 25–69–9 .286
2003–11 Jamie Russell* 8 70–197–37 .291
2011–present Mel Pearson* 3 43–58–15 .435
Totals 21 coaches 93 seasons 1140–1333–169 .463

Note: (*) indicates former Huskies player

Pageantry[edit]

Huskies hockey fans associate many traditional songs with hockey games. Some of these songs include "The Engineer's Song," verses other than the first to "In Heaven There Is No Beer" and "Blue Skirt Waltz" (stylized as "The Copper Country Anthem"). Student organizations associated with hockey fandom include the student fan section Mitch's Misfits, and DaWGs, the official group representing the Huskies Pep Band.

Arena[edit]

John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena: (1972–present)

  • Name: Student Ice Arena (1972–91), John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena (1991–present)
  • Capacity: 4,200
  • Constructed: 1971
  • Dedication and first game: January 14, 1972
  • Renovated: 1999, 2009

Top single-game crowds

  • 4,619 vs Michigan: February 7, 1976
  • 4,563 vs Denver: February 4, 1978
  • 4,551 vs Denver: February 3, 1978

Top weekend series crowds

  • 9,131 vs Michigan: February 6–7, 1976
  • 9,114 vs Denver: February 3–4, 1978
  • 8,992 vs Michigan State: February 1–2, 1974

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 19, 2014.[6]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Wisconsin Watson, CliffCliff Watson (A) Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-12-21 Appleton, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL) SJS, 168th overall 2012
3 Michigan Roy, MattMatt Roy Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-03-01 Canton, Michigan Indiana (USHL)
4 British Columbia Birks, DaneDane Birks Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-08-29 Merritt, British Columbia Merritt (BCHL) PIT, 164th overall 2013
5 Minnesota Schuldt, JoeJoe Schuldt Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-09-25 Minnetonka, Minnesota Austin (NAHL)
6 Michigan Leibinger, ChrisChris Leibinger Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1994-06-16 Saginaw, Michigan Waterloo (USHL)
7 Michigan Sturos, ReidReid Sturos Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-08-08 South Lyon, Michigan Nanaimo (BCHL)
8 Minnesota Steman, DylanDylan Steman Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-06-07 Hanover, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
9 British Columbia Gillies, AlexAlex Gillies Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-05-19 Vernon, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
10 Michigan Kero, TannerTanner Kero (C) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-07-24 Hancock, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
11 Michigan L'Esperance, JoelJoel L'Esperance Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-08-18 Brighton, Michigan Sioux City (USHL)
12 Michigan Auk, MarkMark Auk Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-02-18 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
13 North Dakota Anderson, PatrickPatrick Anderson Sophomore (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991-03-26 Bismarck, North Dakota New Mexico (NAHL)
14 British Columbia Gould, MalcolmMalcolm Gould Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-10-27 North Vancouver, British Columbia Chilliwack (BCHL)
15 Michigan Johnstone, DavidDavid Johnstone Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-11-26 Grand Ledge, Michigan Indiana (USHL)
16 British Columbia Blacklock, MasonMason Blacklock Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994-02-23 White Rock, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
17 British Columbia Sweeney, RileyRiley Sweeney Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992-08-31 Delta, British Columbia Surrey (BCHL)
18 Wisconsin Eick, C.J.C.J. Eick Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1992-01-21 Appleton, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
19 Michigan Pietila, BlakeBlake Pietila (C) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-02-20 Milford, Michigan US NTDP (USHL) NJD, 129th overall 2011
20 Michigan Hietala, BlakeBlake Hietala Senior (RS) F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989-11-09 Houghton, Michigan Melfort (SJHL)
21 California Vallis, MaxMax Vallis Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1991-03-02 Santa Clara, California Omaha (USHL)
22 British Columbia Hanna, ShaneShane Hanna Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994-05-02 Salmon Arm, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
23 British Columbia Petan, AlexAlex Petan (A) Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-05-02 Delta, British Columbia Coquitlam (BCHL)
24 Colorado Anderson, EvanEvan Anderson Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-03-09 Littleton, Colorado Salmon Arm (BCHL)
25 Ontario Neville, MikeMike Neville Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-06-04 Woodbridge, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
26 Michigan Davis, JimmyJimmy Davis Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-04-22 Caledonia, Michigan East Kentwood (USHS–MI)
27 Minnesota Heinonen, TylerTyler Heinonen Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-05-08 Delano, Minnesota Chicago (USHL)
28 British Columbia Baltus, BrentBrent Baltus Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-10-06 Nanaimo, British Columbia Trail (BCHL)
29 Minnesota Hyland, WalkerWalker Hyland Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991-10-15 Woodbury, Minnesota Alberni Valley (BCHL)
30 Ontario Phillips, JamieJamie Phillips Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-03-24 Caledonia, Ontario Toronto (OJHL) WPG, 190th overall 2012
31 Michigan Kero, DevinDevin Kero Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1994-01-29 Hancock, Michigan Merritt (BCHL)
35 Ontario Wintjes, MattMatt Wintjes Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1993-07-07 Holland Landing, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)

Staff[edit]

Title Staff member Hometown Tenure Previous position
Head coach Mel Pearson Edina, Minnesota 4th year Associate head coach, Michigan (CCHA)
Assistant coach Bill Muckalt Surrey, British Columbia 4th year Head coach, New Mexico (NAHL)
Assistant coach Joe Shawhan Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 1st year Assistant coach, Northern Michigan (WCHA)
Strength & conditioning coach Tyler Shelast Kelowna, British Columbia 2nd year Forward, Kalamazoo (ECHL)

Individual achievements[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

United States Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

All-Americans[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team Division I All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association.[7]

  • Ed Maki (1937)
  • Joe deBastiani (1951)
  • Bob Monahan (1953)
  • John Kosiancic (1959, 1960)
  • Paul Coppo (1960)
  • George Cuculick (1960)
  • Henry Akervall (1960, 1962)
  • Lou Angotti (1962)
  • Elov Seger (1962)
  • Jerry Sullivan (1962)
  • Garry Bauman (1963, 1964)
  • George Hill (1963)
  • Tony Esposito (1965, 1966, 1967)
  • Bruce Riutta (1966, 1967)
  • Rick Best (1967)
  • Gary Milroy (1967)
  • Al Karlander (1969)
  • Rob Murray (1971)
  • Morris Trewin (1971)
  • Jim Nahrgang (1974)
  • Mike Zuke (1974, 1976)
  • Bob D'Alvise (1975)
  • George Lyle (1976)
  • Tim Watters (1981)
  • Jamie Ram (1993, 1994)

Stanley Cup champions[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Huskies in the NHL[edit]

Forty-three Michigan Tech Huskies have gone on to play in the NHL. The following Huskies played in at least one NHL game in the 2011–12 season.

Former Michigan Tech players also hold or held staff positions with NHL teams. Ron Rolston is the former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Davis Payne is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings. Jimmy Roy is coordinator of player development for the Winnipeg Jets. Chris Cichocki, Brian Hunter and Glenn Merkosky are scouts with the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings, respectively. Scott White scouts for the Dallas Stars as part of his duties as general manager of the team's AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

Olympians[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have participated in the Winter Olympic Games.

  • United States Paul Coppo (1964)
  • Canada Henry Akervall (1964)
  • Canada Gary Begg (1964)
  • United States Bruce Riutta (1968)
  • United States Paul Jensen (1976)
  • United States Steve Jensen (1976)
  • United States Jim Warden (1976)
  • Canada Tim Watters (1980, 1988)
  • Canada Tony Stiles (1988)
  • Finland Jarkko Ruutu (2002, Silver medal icon.svg 2006, Bronze medal icon.svg 2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cchockeyhistory.org/index.htm
  2. ^ Erik Nordberg. "From the Archives: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun". Michigan Tech Magazine. 
  3. ^ "2007-2008 Michigan Tech Ice Hockey Media Guide, p. 87". Michigan Technological University. 
  4. ^ "Unofficial MTU Hockey Webpage". cchockeyhistory.org. 
  5. ^ 2010–11 Hockey Yearbook. Michigal Technological University. 2010. 
  6. ^ "2014-15 Ice Hockey Roster". Michigan Tech Athletics. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Men's Award Winners". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 

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