Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey

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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey
Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey athletic logo

University Niagara University
Conference AHA
Head coach Dave Burkholder
13th year, 229–195–55
Arena Dwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
Location Lewiston, New York
Colors Purple and White

             

NCAA Tournament Appearances
2000, 2004, 2008, 2013
Conference Tournament Champions
CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Conference Regular Season Champions
CHA: 2000, 2006, 2007
AHA: 2013
Current uniform
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For information on all Niagara University sports, see Niagara Purple Eagles

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, New York.[1]

History[edit]

After several years of playing at the club level, the team turned varsity in the 1996–97 season, which they played as independent.

In 1999 they became charter members of the College Hockey America, joining two other independent teams (Air Force and Army) and three former Division II teams (Alabama–Huntsville, Bemidji State and Findlay).

Niagara went undefeated in conference play that season, 1999–00, winning the conference tournament and gaining an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, as the conference did not gain an automatic bid until the 2003 tournament. The purple eagles upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to North Dakota. North Dakota went on to win that national championship.

Niagara also won the College Hockey America Championship in 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship again those years. In 2004 they lost against Boston College and in 2008 against Michigan.

On January 29, 2009, Niagara University announced that the team was moving to Atlantic Hockey beginning in the 2010-11 season.

On October 14, 2010, it was announced that Jay McKee would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey, while not ruling out a return to the NHL.

On December 14, 2013 the Purple Eagles faced off against the RIT Tigers in an outdoor hockey game known as Frozen Frontier tying 2-2.

All-time coaching records[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2001–present Dave Burkholder 13 229–195–55
1996–2001 Blaise MacDonald 5 91–58–17
Totals 2 coaches 18 seasons 315–253–72

Seasons[edit]

Season W-L-T
1996-97 16-9-2 First season as varsity program
1997-98 14-10-3 ECAC West Regular Season Champions
ECAC West Tournament Champions
1998-99 17-12-3 First season in Division I
1999-00 30-8-4 CHA Regular Season Champions
CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2000-01 14-19-5
2001-02 17-17-1
2002-03 15-17-5
2003-04 21-15-3 CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2004-05 15-19-2
2005-06 20-15-1 CHA Regular Season Champions
2006-07 18-13-6 CHA Regular Season Champions
2007-08 22-11-4 CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2008-09 16-14-6
2009-10 12-20-4
2010-11 18-13-4
2011-12 17-11-9
2012-13 23-9-5 AHA Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament
2013-14 15-20-5

NCAA Tournament appearances[edit]

Year Location Opponent Result
2000 Target Center New Hampshire W 4-1
Target Center North Dakota L 1-4
2004 Verizon Wireless Arena Boston College L 2-5
2008 Times Union Center Michigan L 1-5
2013 Van Andel Arena North Dakota L 1-2

Roster[edit]

As of September 6, 2013.[2]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Ontario Ignagni, AdrianAdrian Ignagni Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1993-07-14 Mississauga, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
2 New York Ryan, KevinKevin Ryan Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1990-04-18 Eden, New York Topeka (NAHL)
3 New York Muto, VincentVincent Muto Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-03-13 Niagara Falls, New York Sioux Falls (USHL)
4 Michigan Albers, KevinKevin Albers Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1991-05-23 Lake Orion, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
5 Ontario Williams, MattMatt Williams Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989-08-01 Kitchener, Ontario Grande Prairie (AJHL)
7 Iowa Cecere, NickNick Cecere Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990-10-12 Des Moines, Iowa Michigan Tech (WCHA)
8 Ontario Pietrobon, StephenStephen Pietrobon Freshman C 6' 3" (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1994-09-16 Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
9 Illinois Gawron, NickNick Gawron Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990-08-01 Lemont, Illinois New England (EJHL)
9 Colorado Patterson, KevinKevin Patterson Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1992-08-18 Colorado Springs, Colorado Topeka (NAHL)
10 Wisconsin Kolenda, DanDan Kolenda Sophomore F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991-07-05 Superior, Wisconsin Carleton Place (CCHL)
11 Ontario Murphy, RyanRyan Murphy Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989-09-27 Stratford, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
12 New York Alfieri, SamSam Alfieri Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1991-03-10 Buffalo, New York Lincoln (USHL)
14 New York Conte, PatrickPatrick Conte Freshman C 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991-03-01 Niagara Falls, New York Youngstown (USHL)
15 Austria Divjak, PatrickPatrick Divjak Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989-03-02 Vienna, Austria Waterloo (USHL)
16 Georgia (U.S. state) Lochner, ChrisChris Lochner Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1990-01-22 Alpharetta, Georgia Muskegon (USHL)
17 New York Conderman, MikeMike Conderman Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991-02-21 Rochester, New York UMass Lowell (HEA)
18 Ohio Nasca, PhilPhil Nasca Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-02-04 Cleveland, Ohio Nepean (CCHL)
19 Quebec Turcotte, HugoHugo Turcotte Sophomore C 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1991-02-01 Laval, Quebec Grande Prairie (AJHL)
20 New York Gruttadauria, RockyRocky Gruttadauria Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1992-07-28 Rochester, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
21 New York Sarcona, TJTJ Sarcona Freshman C 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-06-01 West Islip, New York Amarillo (NAHL)
22 New York Benedict, MikeMike Benedict Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-02-22 Eden, New York Corpus Christi (NAHL)
23 Quebec Chartrain, MattMatt Chartrain Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1991-09-28 Pointe-Claire, Quebec Brockville (CCHL)
24 Ontario Chiarantano, MattMatt Chiarantano Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991-12-12 Bolton, Ontario Georgetown (OJHL)
25 Ontario Dineen, MattMatt Dineen Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-01-02 Newmarket, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)
26 Ontario Akeson, TylerTyler Akeson Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993-04-02 Ottawa, Ontario Smiths Falls (CCHL)
27 Minnesota Kohls, IsaacIsaac Kohls Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1991-03-23 Forest Lake, Minnesota Muskegon (USHL)
28 Ontario Edwards, BrockBrock Edwards Freshman C 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1992-12-08 Kingston, Ontario Carleton Place (CCHL)
29 Michigan Rashid, RyanRyan Rashid Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990-04-24 Farmington Hills, Michigan Sioux City (USHL)
30 Ontario Teichroeb, JacksonJackson Teichroeb Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1992-10-05 London, Ontario Lincoln (USHL)
31 New York Paulin, ChrisChris Paulin Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-12-17 Lockport, New York Portland (EJHL)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Ice Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2013-14 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Niagara University Athletics. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 

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