Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey
|Western Michigan Broncos|
|University||Western Michigan University|
|Head coach||Andy Murray|
|2nd year, 40–25–14|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Colors||Brown and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1986 • 1994 • 1996 • 2011 • 2012|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|CCHA: 1986 • 2012|
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.
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. The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.
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.
|1985–86||Bill Wilkinson||32–12–0||23–9–0||t-2nd||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1993–94||Bill Wilkinson||24–13–3||18–10–2||4th||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1995–96||Bill Wilkinson||27–11–3||21–6–3||t-3rd||NCAA Tournament first round|
|1999–00||Bill Wilkinson, Jim Culhane||12–21–3||10–15–3||t-9th|
|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|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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
Through 2012–2013 season
|Totals||6 coaches||40 seasons||685–699–135||.495|
As of Dec. 23, 2013.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Slubowski, FrankFrank Slubowski||Junior||G||5' 11" (1.8 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1990-12-31||Prince Rupert, British Columbia||Alberni Valley (BCHL)||—|
|2||McKee, MikeMike McKee||Freshman||D||6' 5" (1.96 m)||250 lb (113 kg)||1993-10-17||Newmarket, Ontario||Lincoln (USHL)||DET, 140 overall 2012|
|3||Nitsche, ThomasThomas Nitsche||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1992-09-22||Kitchner, Ontario||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|6||Stewart, MattMatt Stewart||Junior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1991-08-22||Brighton, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|7||Morrison, KenneyKenney Morrison||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1992-02-17||Lloydminster, Alberta||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|8||Dries, SheldonSheldon Dries||Freshman||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1994-04-23||Macomb, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|9||Dienes, ChrisChris Dienes||Freshman||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1993-05-11||Traverse City, Michigan||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|10||Pitt, JoshJosh Pitt||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1992-06-03||Brockville, Ontario||Ottawa (CCHL)||—|
|11||Brown, DennisDennis Brown||Senior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1989-07-28||Cypress, California||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|13||Balisy (C), ChaseChase Balisy (C)||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1992-02-02||Rancho Santa Margarita, California||US NTDP (USHL)||NSH, 170th overall 2011|
|14||Hargrove, ColtonColton Hargrove||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||216 lb (98 kg)||1992-06-25||Rockwall, Texas||Fargo (USHL)||BOS, 205th overall 2012|
|15||Oesterle, JordanJordan Oesterle||Junior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1992-06-25||Dearborn Heights, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|16||LaPorte, NolanNolan LaPorte||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||1992-05-04||Mokena, Illinois||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|17||Kovacs, JustinJustin Kovacs||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||1991-10-13||Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|18||Killip, DavidDavid Killip||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1991-03-31||Kelowna, British Columbia||Salmon Arm (BCHL)||—|
|20||Fleming, TaylorTaylor Fleming||Freshman||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1993-02-17||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|21||Novak, KyleKyle Novak||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||188 lb (85 kg)||1992-10-13||St. Louis, Missouri||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|23||Hadley, AaronAaron Hadley||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1993-07-22||Trail, British Columbia||Vernon (BCHL)||—|
|24||Berschbach, ShaneShane Berschbach||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1991-06-19||Clawson, Michigan||Indiana (USHL)||—|
|25||Cichy, MikeMike Cichy||Senior (RS)||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1990-07-08||New Hartford, Connecticut||North Dakota (WCHA)||MON, 199th overall 2009|
|26||Rebry, MichaelMichael Rebry||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||194 lb (88 kg)||1993-10-15||Tillsonburg, Ontario.||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|27||Osborn, J.T.J.T. Osborn||Sophomore||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1991-03-14||San Diego, California||Fairbanks (NAHL)||—|
|28||Mellor, SamSam Mellor||Sophomore (RS)||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1992-11-13||Cranbrook, British Columbia||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|29||Kessel, WillWill Kessel||Junior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||214 lb (97 kg)||1992-01-06||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|35||Bloomberg, SamSam Bloomberg||Sophomore||G||5' 8" (1.73 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Saginaw, Michigan||Saginaw||—|
|55||Hafner, LukasLukas Hafner||Sophomore||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1992-02-06||Toledo, Ohio||Cornwall (CCHL)||—|
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. Several alumni are also known for their contributions as front office members and broadcasters.
* Did not play in the NHL.
Through 2011–12 season
- "Wmu Men's Hockey Team Page :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
- [dead link]
- "1994 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
- "1996 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
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- AP Staff (July 26, 2011). "Former NHL coach Andy Murray hired by Western Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Drew, David (March 17, 2012). "Western Michigan is CCHA Tournament champ after 3-2 win over Michigan". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- 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.
-  USCHO Western Michigan Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year
- "2012-13 Roster & Bios". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2013.
- "Western Michigan University Hockey Alumni Report at". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.