Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey

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Minnesota State Mavericks
Minnesota State Mavericks athletic logo

University Minnesota State University
Conference WCHA
Head coach Mike Hastings
3rd year, 77–35–7
Arena Verizon Wireless Center
Capacity: 4,832
Location Mankato, Minnesota
Colors Purple and Gold and Black

                     

NCAA Tournament Champions
1980 (DII)
NCAA Tournament Appearances
DII (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
DIII (1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992)
DI (2003, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Conference Tournament Champions
2014, 2015
Conference Regular Season Champions
NCHA: 1986, 1987, 1991 WCHA: 2014–15
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-MSU.png

The Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey team is a NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Minnesota State University. The Mavericks compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).[1] Their home arena is the Verizon Wireless Center located in downtown Mankato, Minnesota.[2]

History[edit]

The Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey team commenced play as a varsity sport in 1969-70.[3] They competed independent of a conference affiliation at the NCAA Division II level from 1969-70 to 1983-84.[3] From 1984-85 to 1991-92, the Mavericks competed at the NCAA Division III level, before returning to the NCAA Division II ranks from 1992-93 to 1995-96.[3] Starting with the 1996-97 season, the Mavericks began competition at the NCAA Division I level. The Mavericks were granted acceptance to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in 1999-00, and have remained with the conference to the present.[3]

The program saw great success at the Division II level during the 1970s and 1980s.[3] The Mavericks finished as the NCAA Division II national runner-up in 1979, after being defeated by the University of Massachusetts Lowell 6-4 in the final.[4] The Mavericks were awarded the 1980 NCAA Division II National Championship over Elmira College 5-2 in the championship game.[4] In 1991, while competing at the NCAA Division III level, the Mavericks finished as national runner-up following a loss versus the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point 6-2. The Mavericks have had sustained success in recent seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons (2013 and 2014) for the first time in program history, winning the Broadmoor Trophy as the WCHA playoff champions in 2014 and the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champions in 2015.[4]

They are one of five Minnesota-based universities that competed in the WCHA, the others being Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, and Bemidji State. After a major hockey conference realignment in 2013, only Minnesota State and Bemidji State remain in the WCHA. Minnesota joined the new men's hockey league of its all-sports conference, the Big Ten, and Minnesota–Duluth and St. Cloud State became charter members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The five schools compete annually for the North Star College Cup, hosted by The University of Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Coaches[edit]

As of January 26, 2015[3]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2012–present Mike Hastings 3 77–35–7 .671
2000–12 Troy Jutting 11 184–224–55 .457
1983–84 Brad Reeves 1 16–14–0 .533
1969–1983
1984–2000
Don Brose 30 540–363–79 .590
Totals 4 coaches 45 seasons 817–636–141 .559

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 26, 2015.[5]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3 Minnesota Thompson, BlakeBlake Thompson Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 1991-01-03 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Minnesota (WCHA)
4 British Columbia Buchanan, NickNick Buchanan Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991-05-09 Victoria, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
5 Michigan Foguth, CarterCarter Foguth Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-02-13 Fenton, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
6 Wisconsin Nelson, CaseyCasey Nelson Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-07-18 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Johnstown (NAHL)
7 Minnesota Palmquist, ZachZach Palmquist Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1990-12-09 South St. Paul, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
8 Minnesota Gaede, MaxMax Gaede Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-03-27 Woodbury, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL) SJS, 88th overall 2010
9 Saskatchewan Gervais, BryceBryce Gervais Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-02-26 Battleford, Saskatchewan Penticton (BCHL)
10 South Dakota Knutson, ZebZeb Knutson Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-01-01 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls (USHL)
11 Saskatchewan Flanagan, SeanSean Flanagan Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-05-18 Kindersley, Saskatchewan Salmon Arm (BCHL)
12 Michigan Lafontaine, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Lafontaine Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1992-02-13 Oxford, Michigan Green Bay (USHL)
15 Minnesota Franklin, C.J.C.J. Franklin Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-03-17 Forest Lake, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL) WPG, 129th overall 2014
16 North Dakota Nelson, JordanJordan Nelson Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992-04-16 Williston, North Dakota Fargo (USHL)
17 Missouri Huntebrinker, MichaelMichael Huntebrinker Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1992-07-02 Chesterfield, Missouri Waterloo (USHL)
18 California Leitner, MattMatt Leitner Senior (RS) F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1990-11-27 Los Alamitos, California Fargo (USHL)
19 Ontario McLure, BradBrad McLure Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1993-08-13 Stratford, Ontario Penticton (BCHL)
21 Oklahoma Grant, ChaseChase Grant Senior (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989-08-17 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fargo (USHL)
22 British Columbia Schmeisser, JadenJaden Schmeisser Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1993-01-13 Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Victoria (BCHL)
23 Latvia Blueger, TeddyTeddy Blueger Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1994-08-15 Riga, Latvia Shattuck-St. Mary's (Midget AAA) PIT, 52nd overall 2012
24 British Columbia Knowles, BrettBrett Knowles Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1991-04-25 Vanderhoof, British Columbia Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
25 Minnesota Stepan, ZachZach Stepan Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1994-01-06 Faribault, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) NSH, 112th overall 2013
26 Pennsylvania Margonari, DylanDylan Margonari Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992-02-07 Greensburg, Pennsylvania Youngstown (USHL)
27 Minnesota Stern, BrettBrett Stern Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-03-02 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
28 Ontario Jutzi, JonJon Jutzi Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991-03-04 Tavistock, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)
29 North Dakota Nelson, AaronAaron Nelson Freshman G 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1993-08-16 Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck (NAHL)
34 Colorado Huggins, ColeCole Huggins Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-05-22 Centennial, Colorado Coquitlam (BCHL)
35 Alaska Williams, StephonStephon Williams Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-04-28 Fairbanks, Alaska Sioux Falls (USHL) NYI, 106th overall 2013

Notable alumni[edit]

Over 70 former Mavericks have gone on to play professional hockey, including 10 in the National Hockey League (NHL) and other major professional leagues internationally.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Augustoviz, Roman (March 13, 2008). "Series against U is big for Mavericks - and for Mankato". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Verizon Wireless Center Facilities". Verizon Wireless Center. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Minnesota State Men's Hockey Team History". U.S. College Hockey Online. 1996–2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "History". Minnesota State University. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2014-15 Men's Hockey Roster". Minnesota State University, Mankato. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Alumni Report". Internet Hockey Database. 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 

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