Army Black Knights men's ice hockey

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Army Black Knights men's ice hockey
Army Black Knights men's ice hockey athletic logo
University United States Military Academy
Conference AHA
Head coach Brian Riley
13th season, 129–233–61 (.377)
Captain(s) Tyler Pham
Alternate captain(s) Conor Andrle, Blake Box, Mike Preston
Arena Tate Rink
Capacity: 2,746
Surface: 200' x 90'
Location West Point, New York
Colors Black, Gold, and Gray[1]
              
Conference regular season championships
AHA: 2007–08
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-USMA.png

The Army Black Knights men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the United States Military Academy. The Black Knights are a member of Atlantic Hockey and play at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York.

History[edit]

The men's ice hockey program at West Point has been in existence since the 1903–04 season. The team played outdoors until 1930 when the Smith Rink opened.[2] The team competed as independent members of NCAA Division I from the inaugural season through the 1960–61 season.[3] In 1961 the program became a member of the ECAC.[3] The team, known at the time as the Army Cadets, played as members of the ECAC from 1961–62 season through the 1972–73 season before returning to an independent team.[3] After another 11 seasons as an independent the Cadets re-joined the ECAC for the 1984–85 season.[3] The Cadets would remain in the ECAC for seven years before returning to an independent team in 1991.[3] The Cadets joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which began sponsoring men's hockey at the time, in 1999 and in 2001 the team name was changed to Army Black Knights along with the other athletic programs at the Academy.[3] In 2003 ice hockey was split from the MAAC and became the Atlantic Hockey Association, a hockey-only NCAA Division I conference.[4]

In 2007–08 season the Black Knights won their only conference title to date, the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Championship. In that season the Knights finished with an overall record of 19 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties and went 17–8–3 in conference play.[5] Took the No. 1 seed into the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and swept (#10) American Int'l two games to none in the three game first round series.[6] The Black Knight's season came to an end in the semifinal game when they lost to (#5) Mercyhurst 2–4.[7]

Army–RMC rivalry[edit]

The Army Black Knights have a long-standing rivalry with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins. It is considered one of the longest-running annual international sporting events in the world.[8][9]

The tradition originated when the commandant of RMC, Sir Archibald McDonnell, and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur, suggested a game of ice hockey between the two schools in 1921.[10] After two years of exchanging ideas, the first game was played on February 23, 1923 at West Point. The Redmen won that first game 3–0.[11] In 1924 the series moved to Kingston, Ontario (the location of RMC), thus beginning the tradition of rotating venues. This was Army's first away game and up until 1941, the West Point Game was the only time that Army played away from the Academy.[8][9]

From 1923 to 1935 RMC ran up a record of 14–0–1, the only blemish being a 4–4 tie in 1935. 1939 saw Army win its first game, 3–1. As a result of World War II, only one game was played, a 3–1 Army win in 1942, over the next 10 years.[8]

In the 1950s and 1960s Army won 15 of 20 games, bringing the series close with RMC holding a 21–18–1 advantage. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the teams played fairly closely. In 1986 the record stood at 26–25–4 in favor of RMC.[8]

From 1988 to 1999, Army dominated the rivalry, going undefeated. RMC last won in 2002 by a score of 3–0 and Army won in 2004, 3–2.

The 2006 game was a 3–3 tie in front of 3100 fans in Kingston. Currently Army leads the Series 39–29–7.

The game was played continually after the World War II years, from 1949 until 2007.[12] The 2007 edition of the rivalry was to take place on Saturday Feb 10, at Tate Arena in West Point, New York, but was cancelled due to regular season scheduling conflicts and for 2008 the teams will not play a competitive game but instead the Paladins will travel to New York to spend 3 days practicing, playing and socializing with the West Point cadets. [13]

The series was re-established on February 4, 2011, with Army hosting the Paladins at West Point. This rivalry will continue on an annual basis, counting as an exhibition game for both teams.

Roster[edit]

As of July 7, 2017.[14]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Massachusetts MacAfee, DaltonDalton MacAfee Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-07-08 Needham, Massachusetts South Shore (USPHL)
3 New York (state) Fleckenstein, CodyCody Fleckenstein Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-03-31 Fredonia, New York Corpus Christi (NAHL)
5 Michigan Shecter, JoeJoe Shecter Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-05-10 Farmington Hills, Michigan Ottawa (CCHL)
6 Minnesota DeCenzo, NickNick DeCenzo Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-01-08 Hibbing, Minnesota Brookings (NAHL)
7 North Carolina Wilkinson, AlexAlex Wilkinson Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1995-04-10 Raleigh, North Carolina Connecticut Oilers (EHL)
8 Connecticut Gerstenfeld, BryanBryan Gerstenfeld Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1995-07-23 Fairfield, Connecticut Bonnyville (AJHL)
9 Colorado Pham, TylerTyler Pham (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-05-12 Fort Collins, Colorado Indiana (USHL)
10 Massachusetts Fidler, TrevorTrevor Fidler Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995-01-30 Watertown, Massachusetts South Shore (USPHL)
11 Rhode Island Franco, DominicDominic Franco Sophomore F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1996-01-07 Portsmouth, Rhode Island Langley (BCHL)
12 Texas Box, BlakeBlake Box (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1993-03-18 Dallas, Texas Salmon Arm (BCHL)
13 Illinois DeYoung, TuckerTucker DeYoung Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1996-03-23 Lake Bluff, Illinois Jersey (USPHL)
14 Massachusetts Soucie, BrendanBrendan Soucie Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1995-05-20 South Dennis, Massachusetts Islanders (USPHL)
16 Texas McGuire, BrendanBrendan McGuire Senior F 6' 6" (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993-07-05 Flower Mound, Texas Amarillo (NAHL)
17 California Maruya, TaylorTaylor Maruya Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1995-03-27 Westchester, California Salmon Arm (BCHL)
18 New York (state) Evancho, ZachZach Evancho Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995-06-02 Buffalo, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
19 Vermont Higgins, TipperTipper Higgins Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-02-02 Williston, Vermont Chilliwack (BCHL)
20 Minnesota Andrle, ConorConor Andrle (A) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-09-15 St. Louis Park, Minnesota Brookings (NAHL)
21 Texas Zimmerman, JohnJohn Zimmerman Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-05-02 Arlington, Texas Lone Star (NAHL)
22 Colorado Mansfield, IanIan Mansfield Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-11-14 Lakewood, Colorado Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
23 Iowa Krueger, MasonMason Krueger Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-07-21 Bettendorf, Iowa Corpus Christi (NAHL)
24 Minnesota Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-02 Faribault, Minnesota Coulee Region (NAHL)
25 Utah Worden, NashNash Worden Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1995-07-03 Kaysville, Utah Omaha (USHL)
26 Wisconsin Berkovitz, MattMatt Berkovitz Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-16 Green Bay, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL) ANA, 123rd overall 2014
27 Wisconsin Wilson, MichaelMichael Wilson Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-06-06 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
28 Rhode Island Laurito, JohnJohn Laurito Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-04-19 Johnston, Rhode Island Jersey (USPHL)
29 Indiana Preston, MikeMike Preston (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1993-11-07 Carmel, Indiana Indiana (USHL)
30 Illinois Bruns, ColeCole Bruns Senior G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-02-09 Prairie Grove, Illinois Omaha (USHL)
31 Michigan Dempsey, JaredJared Dempsey Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-10-04 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Wichita Falls (NAHL)
33 California Kozlowski, TrevinTrevin Kozlowski Freshman G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-03-27 Valencia, California Salmon Arm (BCHL)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USMA Publication Standards Manual Style Guide" (PDF). United States Military Academy–West Point. October 2, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=4192&chid=89
  3. ^ a b c d e f Army Men's Hockey 2010–2011 History :: Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. USCHO.com (October 13, 2011). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Atlantic Hockey : ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY. Atlantichockeyonline.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Army Men's Hockey 2007–2008 Team :: Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. USCHO.com (October 13, 2011). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  6. ^ Atlantic Hockey : ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY. Atlantichockeyonline.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Welcome to. Collegehockeystats.net (February 12, 2005). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d "Army-RMC Rivalry". Go Army Sports.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Crowly, R, and Guinzburg, T: "West Point: Two Centuries of Honor and Tradition" (ISBN 0-446-53018-2), page 234. Warner Books, 2002.
  10. ^ The 75th Army-RMC Game Set For Saturday Night :: Black Knights and goalie Brad Roberts go for four in a row. Cstv.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  11. ^ Greg Gillespie Go army! beat RMC? the history of the United States military academy-royal military college of Canada hockey rivalry International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 17, Issue March 1, 2000, pages 94 – 112
  12. ^ Top 10 Rivalries. College Hockey News. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  13. ^ RMC-West Point game on ice. globesports.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  14. ^ "2017–18 Hockey Roster". Army West Point Athletics. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 

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