Arizona State Sun Devils men's ice hockey

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Arizona State Sun Devils
Current season
Arizona State Sun Devils athletic logo
University Arizona State University
Conference Independent
Head coach Greg Powers
4th season, 23–62–10 (.295)
Arena Oceanside Ice Arena/Gila River Arena
Capacity: 840/17,125
Location Tempe, Arizona
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
         
ACHA Tournament championships
2014

The Arizona State Sun Devils ice hockey team is the second of only two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs in the United States Sun Belt (the other being Alabama–Huntsville).

The Sun Devils are former National Champions in 2014 ACHA Tournament. They played a hybrid schedule their first season in the NCAA (2015-16), playing games against club programs, NCAA Division III and NCAA Division I squads. Since then, they have played exclusively against Division I rivals. They have always been an independent program, not affiliated with any conference.[2] The Big Ten Conference, National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (though not Hockey East, ECAC Hockey, or Atlantic Hockey) have been seen as potential landing spots for Arizona State.[3] The Sun Devils will continue as an independent in 2018-19.

History[edit]

Hockey began as a sport at Arizona State in the fall of 1973 with ASU students gathering at Tower Ice Plaza in Central Phoenix to play pick up hockey amongst each other. As collegiate club hockey evolved throughout the country, so did hockey at Arizona State. By the late 80's ASU was fielding a full-fledged ice hockey team competing in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. In 1993, General Manager Mike Hoffarth led the program to achieving ACHA Division I status propelling the Sun Devil hockey program into the national spotlight by qualifying for the ACHA Division I National Tournament just two years later in the 1995–96 season. Then Head Coach, Gene Hammett would lead the program to three straight National Tournament appearances from 1995–1998. ASU has qualified for 10 ACHA Division I National Tournaments since competing at the Division I level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and developed 12 ACHA Division I All-Americans. In the 2013–2014 season the team won its first ACHA National Championship, defeating Robert Morris University-Illinois. In the 2015-2016 NCAA hockey season ASU played their first split schedule between ACHA Division 1 and NCAA Division 1 teams, marking their first transition year to become a full-time NCAA Division 1 hockey team.

Player Hall of Fame Inductees

Steve Hammett, Forward 1994–1998: Inducted 2009

Greg Powers, Goaltender 1995–1999: Inducted 2009

Adam Blossey, Defense 2001–2005: Inducted 2009

Tony Bonacorso, Defense 2004–2008, Inducted 2010

Ian Smith, Forward 1999–2003, Inducted 2010

Executive Hall of Fame Inductees

Gene Hammett, Head Coach 1992–2000: Inducted 2008

Mike Hoffarth, General Manager 1988–1999: Inducted 2008

Don Mullet, Donor: Inducted 2008

John Wold, Head Coach, General Manager, Oversight Committee 2001–present: Inducted 2009

Wayne Reid, Assistant Coach, Director of Hockey Ops, Oversight Committee 1992–present: Inducted 2009

Doug Maire, Video Coach, Projects Manager Executive Hall of Fame Inducted 2013, Lifetime Service Award 2014

National Tournament Appearances

1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98*, 2000–01*, 2003–2004, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–15

Final Four appearances: 2013, 2014, 2015

ACHA Division I All-Americans

Steve Hammett, Forward: 1997–98

Greg Powers, Goaltender: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99

Ian Smith, Forward: 2000–01, 2001–02 (Team USA, World University Games 2002)

Nils Satterstom, Forward: 2000–01

Adam Blossey, Defense: 2003–04, 2004–05 (Team USA, World University Games 2005)

Tony Bonacorso, Defense: 2006–07, 2007–08 (Team USA, World University Games 2008)

Joe Schweiger, Forward: 2008–09 (Eastern Michigan), 2009–10, 2010–11

Mark Schacker, Goaltender: 2010–11, 2011–12

Kale Dolinski, Forward: 2012–13

Colin Hekle, Forward: 2012–13

Ryan Clark, Defense: 2012–13

Joe D’Elia, Goaltender: 2012–13 [4]

Arena[edit]

The Sun Devils have continued play most of their home games at the Oceanside Ice Arena, though they play a few games each season at Glendale's Gila River Arena, home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.[5] Following the Sun Devils' move to the NCAA, Oceanside underwent extensive renovations that expanded the capacity to 840 and gave the facility a facelift in ASU colors.[6]

The future home facility had been uncertain as ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson continued to weigh options, including further renovations to Oceanside Ice Arena or some other off-campus location.[7] Eventually, ASU joined the ownership of the Coyotes in that team's plans for a new arena. In November 2016, the Coyotes announced plans to build a new arena in Tempe, with the project also including a secondary 4,000-seat arena that would be home to the Sun Devils.[8] The new arena was seen[according to whom?] as aiding the Sun Devils' bid to join an established hockey conference; the lack of a dedicated arena was reportedly one issue that led the NCHC to turn down a membership bid from ASU earlier in the year.[9] The Coyotes' plans for the new arena have stalled, thanks to lack of funding.

Season-by-season results[10][edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

NCAA D-I Champions (2016–present) NCAA Frozen Four (2016–present) Conference Regular Season Champions Conference Playoff Champions
Season Conference Overall Record[11] National Tournament Results
Regular
Season
Finish
W L T
Greg Powers (2016–Present)
2015–16 Independent 5 22 2
2016–17 Independent 10 19 3
2017–18 Independent 8 21 5

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of April 8, 2018

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
2016–Present Greg Powers 3 23–62–10 .295
Totals 1 coaches 3 seasons 23–62–10 .295

Team[edit]

2018–19 roster[edit]

As of July 25, 2018.[12]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Arizona Connor Stuart Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-02-12 Phoenix, Arizona Lone Star (NAHL)
3 Latvia Gvido Jansons Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-01-09 Grobiņa, Latvia Aston (NAHL)
4 Missouri Jacob Wilson Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-27 Ballwin, Missouri Sioux City (USHL)
7 Arizona Johnny Walker Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-08-21 Phoenix, Arizona Chicago (USHL)
8 Illinois Joe Lappin Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-02-10 Geneva, Illinois Des Moines (USHL)
10 Alberta Tyler Busch (C) Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-01-03 Lloydminster, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
11 Illinois Jack Rowe Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-04-07 Cary, Illinois Des Moines (USHL)
12 Alberta Dylan Hollman Senior (RS) F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-01-15 Red Deer, Alberta UMass Lowell (HEA)
13 Alberta Riley Simpson Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1996-07-23 Edmonton, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
14 Alaska Gage Mackie Freshman (RS) F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-06-23 Anchorage, Alaska Aberdeen (NAHL)
16 Pennsylvania Austin Lemieux Freshman (RS) F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-03-24 Sewickley, Pennsylvania Islanders (USPHL)
18 Arizona Anthony Croston (A) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-06-13 Phoenix, Arizona Rio Grande Valley (NAHL)
19 British Columbia Jordan Sandhu Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1999-05-13 Richmond, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
20 Latvia Filips Buncis Sophomore F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-06-12 Jelgava, Latvia Johnstown (NAHL)
21 Illinois Peter Zhong Freshman (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-07-30 Orland Park, Illinois Philadelphia (NAHL)
22 Ohio Jake Clifford Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-12-08 Brecksville, Ohio Merritt (BCHL)
23 Minnesota Demetrios Koumontzis Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-03-24 Edina, Minnesota Edina (USHS–MN) CGY, 108th overall 2018
24 Pennsylvania Joshua Maniscalco Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-02-17 Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania Dubuque (USHL)
25 Alberta P.J. Marrocco Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-27 Edmonton, Alberta Chilliwack (BCHL)
26 Ontario Max Balinson Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-10-05 Ancaster, Ontario Burlington (OJHL)
27 Wisconsin Brett Gruber Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-01-18 Appleton, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
28 Alberta Steenn Pasichnuk Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1995-04-05 Bonnyville, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
29 Sweden Jakob Stridsberg Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-01-13 Jönköping, Sweden Fairbanks (NAHL)
30 Ontario Evan DeBrouwer Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-01-30 Blenheim, Ontario Prince George (BCHL)
32 Michigan Louie Rowe Senior (RS) F 6' 6" (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1994-03-17 East Lansing, Michigan Omaha (USHL)
33 New Jersey Mike DePhillips Sophomore G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-08-22 Summit, New Jersey P. A. L. (USPHL)
35 Massachusetts Joey Daccord Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-08-19 North Andover, Massachusetts Muskegon (USHL) OTT, 199th overall 2015
37 Nevada Dominic Garcia (A) Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-10-30 Las Vegas, Nevada Aston (NAHL)
39 Alberta Brinson Pasichnuk (C) Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-11-24 Bonnyville, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
60 Alberta Jarrod Gourley Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1999-06-29 Calgary, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)

Coaches[edit]

Head coach[edit]

As the Sun Devils enter their first season of NCAA competition, Greg Powers will enter his sixth season as the team's head coach. Powers put together a 164-27-9 record during his five years as the head man behind the Devils' bench in the ACHA including a dominating 39-1-0 record against rival Arizona.[13] Prior to taking over as the head coach, Powers spent two seasons as an assistant coach for ASU. Powers is also a former member of the team having played four seasons as a goaltender for the Devils from 1995-96 to 1998-99, earning All-American nods as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Assistants and staff[edit]

  • Alex Hicks - Assistant Coach
  • Adam Blossey - Director of Hockey Operations
  • Mike Field, Associate Head Coach (former assistant Division I and United States Hockey League)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona State University Art Sheet" (PDF). Arizona State University. February 17, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Arizona State to launch Division I hockey program". Fox Sports Arizona. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "COMMENTARY: Arizona State is more proof college hockey realignment works". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.zonethemes.com/sundevilhockey.com/DI/?page_id=36
  5. ^ "ASU hockey to call Oceanside home another season". The State Press. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "ASU Hockey: Oceanside Ice Arena renovation plans revealed". House of Sparky. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Michael Crow: ASU hockey likely to use off-campus facility at NCAA level". The State Press. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ Burnside, Scott (January 2, 2017). "Coyotes have agreement on new stadium deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Paisley, Joe (November 14, 2016). "Another Arizona State hockey arena deal brewing". The Gazette. Colorado Springs, CO. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Arizona State Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21. 
  11. ^ Code explanation; W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games
  12. ^ "ASU Ice Hockey – 2018–19 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Arizona State University. Retrieved July 25, 2018. 
  13. ^ House of Sparky - ASU Hockey: Coach Greg Powers' top-5 wins and losses

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