Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey

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Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan Broncos athletic logo

University Western Michigan University
Conference NCHC
Head coach Andy Murray
4th year, 59–41–19
Captain(s) Will Kessel, Nolan LaPorte, Sheldon Dries
Arena Lawson Arena
Capacity: 3,667
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan
Colors Brown and Gold

             

NCAA Tournament Appearances
19861994199620112012
Conference Tournament Champions
CCHA: 1986 • 2012
Current uniform
CCHA-Uniform-WMU.png

The Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Western Michigan University. The Broncos are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.[1]

History[edit]

The Broncos program began in 1973 and joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 1975–76 season. After ten seasons in the league Western Michigan won the 1986 CCHA Playoff Tournament and advanced to the school's first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey tournament in 1986.[2] The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament.[3] The Broncos entered the tournament in the West Regional against Harvard and lost the two-game aggregate series, being outscored 11–4 by the Crimson.[4]

Western Michigan's next post season appearance came in 1994. Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 1994 NCAA Division I Tournament and again fell in the first round with a 6–3 loss to Wisconsin.[5]

The Broncos rebounded in the 1995–96 season after a sub-.500 season in 1994–95. Western Michigan received the program's second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Western Michigan lost again in the first round to Clarkson 6–1.[6]

Under first-year coach Jeff Blashill, Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, where they would lose their opening game 3–2 in double overtime to Denver. Denver scored two goals in the last 4:29 of the third period to force overtime.[7]

In 2011–12, for the second consecutive season, Western Michigan had a new head coach and reached the NCAA tournament. Longtime National Hockey League (NHL) coach Andy Murray was named as coach of the Broncos after Blashill left for the Detroit Red Wings.[8] WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.[9] Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.[10]

The Broncos joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) starting in the 2013–14 season. The CCHA disbanded after the 2012–13 season, in part due to the addition of men's ice hockey to the Big Ten Conference.

WMU won the 2014 four-team Shillelagh Tournament with an 8–2 victory over No. 17 Union. The Broncos also defeated Ohio State in the first round of the tournament, 6–2.

Yearly results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1973–74 Bill Neal 22–7–1 5–2–1 1st
1974–75 Bill Neal 19–8–0 8–0–0 1st
1975–76 Bill Neal 18–14–2 6–10–0 4th
1976–77 Bill Neal 17–19–1 5–11–0 4th
1977–78 Bill Neal 15–17–1 7–12–1 6th
1978–79 Glen Weller 17–19–0 8–16–0 6th
1979–80 Glen Weller 18–16–2 6–13–1 5th
1980–81 Glen Weller 15–19–2 8–13–1 5th
1981–82 Glen Weller 14–19–1 11–18–1 9th
1982–83 Bill Wilkinson 11–23–2 10–20–2 t-9th
1983–84 Bill Wilkinson 22–18–2 13–14–1 5th
1984–85 Bill Wilkinson 22–16–2 18–13–1 3rd
1985–86 Bill Wilkinson 32–12–0 23–9–0 t-2nd NCAA Tournament first round
1986–87 Bill Wilkinson 23–20–0 16–16–0 5th
1987–88 Bill Wilkinson 22–17–3 17–12–3 4th
1988–89 Bill Wilkinson 14–23–6 9–17–6 6th
1989–90 Bill Wilkinson 14–24–2 12–18–2 t-5th
1990–91 Bill Wilkinson 22–17–3 16–14–2 4th
1991–92 Bill Wilkinson 16–14–6 14–12–6 4th
1992–93 Bill Wilkinson 20–16–2 17–11–2 5th
1993–94 Bill Wilkinson 24–13–3 18–10–2 4th NCAA Tournament first round
1994–95 Bill Wilkinson 17–18–5 9–14–4 t-6th
1995–96 Bill Wilkinson 27–11–3 21–6–3 t-3rd NCAA Tournament first round
1996–97 Bill Wilkinson 14–18–5 10–12–5 t-5th
1997–98 Bill Wilkinson 10–25–3 9–19–2 8th
1998–99 Bill Wilkinson 6–20–8 5–17–8 10th
1999–00 Bill Wilkinson, Jim Culhane 12–21–3 10–15–3 t-9th
2000–01 Jim Culhane 20–13–6 12–10–6 t-5th
2001–02 Jim Culhane 19–15–4 13–12–3 6th
2002–03 Jim Culhane 15–21–2 13–14–1 6th
2003–04 Jim Culhane 17–18–4 12–13–3 t-8th
2004–05 Jim Culhane 14–21–2 8–18–2 t-10th
2005–06 Jim Culhane 10–24–6 7–16–5 t-10th
2006–07 Jim Culhane 18–18–1 14–13–1 6th
2007–08 Jim Culhane 8–27–3 4–22–3 12th
2008–09 Jim Culhane 14–20–7 9–13–6 7th
2009–10 Jim Culhane 8–20–8 4–17–7 12th
2010–11 Jeff Blashill 19–13–10 10–9–9–5 4th NCAA Tournament first round
2011–12 Andy Murray 21–14–6 14–10–4–4 t-2nd NCAA Tournament first round
2012–13 Andy Murray 19–11–8 15–7–6–3 3rd
2013–14 Andy Murray 19–16–5 11–11–2–2 t-4th
Total: 704–715–140

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching[edit]

The Broncos are coached by former Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray. In his first season, he coached the Broncos to their second CCHA Tournament Championship in school history, as well as the school's fifth NCAA Tournament Bid.

All-time coaching records[edit]

Through 2013–2014 season[11]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2011–present Andy Murray 3 59–41–19 .576
2010–2011 Jeff Blashill 1 19–13–10 .571
1999–2010 Jim Culhane 11 158–222–48 .425
1982–1999 Bill Wilkinson 17 313–301–53 .509
1978–1982 Glen Weller 4 64–73–5 .468
1973–1978 Bill Neal 5 91–65–5 .581
Totals 6 coaches 41 seasons 704–715–140 .496

Players[edit]

2014–15 roster[edit]

As of July 19, 2014.[12]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 British Columbia Slubowski, FrankFrank Slubowski Senior G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990-12-31 Prince Rupert, British Columbia Alberni Valley (BCHL)
2 Ontario McKee, MikeMike McKee Sophomore D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1993-08-17 Newmarket, Ontario Lincoln (USHL) DET, 140th overall 2012
3 North Carolina Nitsche, ThomasThomas Nitsche Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-09-22 Charlotte, North Carolina Penticton (BCHL)
6 Michigan Stewart, MattMatt Stewart Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-08-22 Brighton, Michigan Green Bay (USHL)
7 Alberta Morrison, KenneyKenney Morrison Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992-02-17 Lloydminster, Alberta Omaha (USHL)
8 Michigan Dries, SheldonSheldon Dries Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1994-04-23 Macomb Township, Michigan Green Bay (USHL)
9 Michigan Dienes, ChrisChris Dienes Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993-05-11 Traverse City, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
10 Ontario Pitt, JoshJosh Pitt Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1992-06-03 Brockville, Ontario Ottawa (CCHL)
11 Ontario Carpino, JohnJohn Carpino Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-09-07 Vaughan, Ontario North York (OJHL)
12 Ontario Muir, AidanAidan Muir Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1995-08-21 Brampton, Ontario Indiana (USHL) EDM, 113th overall 2013
13 Minnesota Goff, NealNeal Goff Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993-09-15 Stillwater, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
14 Texas Hargrove, ColtonColton Hargrove Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992-06-25 Rockwall, Texas Fargo (USHL) BOS, 205th overall 2012
15 North Carolina Moldenhauer, ScottScott Moldenhauer Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1994-05-09 Oak Ridge, North Carolina Cedar Rapids (USHL)
16 Illinois LaPorte, NolanNolan LaPorte Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1992-05-04 Mokena, Illinois Green Bay (USHL)
17 Michigan Kovacs, JustinJustin Kovacs Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1991-10-13 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
18 British Columbia Killip, DavidDavid Killip Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991-03-31 Kelowna, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
19 Germany Tiffels, FrederikFrederik Tiffels Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-05-20 Cologne, Germany Cedar Rapids (USHL)
20 Minnesota Fleming, TaylorTaylor Fleming Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-02-17 Waconia, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
21 Missouri Novak, KyleKyle Novak Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1992-10-13 O'Fallon, Missouri Green Bay (USHL)
23 British Columbia Hadley, AaronAaron Hadley Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993-07-22 Castlegar, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
24 Manitoba Stoykewych, PaulPaul Stoykewych Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1995-03-09 Winnipeg, Manitoba Penticton (BCHL)
25 Iowa Nong-Lambert, WillemWillem Nong-Lambert Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1994-03-10 Urbandale, Iowa Des Moines (USHL)
26 Ontario Rebry, MichaelMichael Rebry Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1993-10-15 Clear Creek, Ontario Penticton (BCHL)
27 California Osborn, J.T.J.T. Osborn Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991-03-14 Alpine, California Fairbanks (NAHL)
28 British Columbia Mellor, SamSam Mellor Junior (RS) F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-11-13 Cranbrook, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
29 Michigan Kessel, WillWill Kessel Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1992-01-06 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Green Bay (USHL)
35 Michigan Bloomberg, SamSam Bloomberg Junior G 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-01-14 Saginaw, Michigan Western Michigan (ACHA)
55 Ohio Hafner, LukasLukas Hafner Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992-02-06 Toledo, Ohio Cornwall (CCHL)

Alumni[edit]

The Western Michigan Broncos have advanced a number of players to professional hockey, including a number of alumni that played and are currently playing in the NHL.[13] Several alumni are also known for their contributions as front office members and broadcasters.

* Did not play in the NHL.

Records[edit]

Through 2011–12 season

Career leaders[edit]

Goals[edit]

Rank Goals Player Years
1 115 Dan Dorion 1982–86
2 109 Jeff Green 1986–90
3 104 Rob Bryden 1983–87
4 102 Stuart Burnie 1982–86
5 100 Ross Fitzpatrick 1978–82

Assists[edit]

Rank Assists Player Years
1 199 Wayne Gagne 1983–87
2 189 Paul Polillo 1986–90
3 178 Dan Dorion 1982–86
4 131 Mike Posma 1986–90
5 127 Chris Brooks 1992–96

Points[edit]

Rank Points Player Years
1 293 Dan Dorion 1982–86
2 271 Paul Polillo 1986–90
3 241 Wayne Gagne 1983–87
4 234 Jeff Green 1986–90
5 225 Ross Fitzpatrick 1978–82

Games[edit]

Rank Games Player Years
1 168 Brian Tulik 1987–92
2 166 Tom Auge 1987–91
3 165 Paul Polillo 1986–90
4 164 Mike Eastwood 1987–91
5 162 Rob Bryden 1983–87
5 162 Jim Culhane 1983–87
5 162 Wayne Gagne 1983–87
5 162 Pat Ryan 1983–87

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wmu Men's Hockey Team Page :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.ccha.com/the_ccha/ccha_history_and_records.aspx
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "1994 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  6. ^ "1996 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  7. ^ Holt, Adam. "Late rally, Zucker's double-OT winner send Denver past Western Michigan". uscho.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  8. ^ AP Staff (July 26, 2011). "Former NHL coach Andy Murray hired by Western Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ Drew, David (March 17, 2012). "Western Michigan is CCHA Tournament champ after 3-2 win over Michigan". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ AP Staff (March 24, 2012). "North Dakota 3, Western Michigan 1: Broncos ousted in first round of NCAA hockey tournament". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ [2] USCHO Western Michigan Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year
  12. ^ "Hockey - 2014-15 Roster & Bios". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Western Michigan University Hockey Alumni Report at". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 

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