Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey
|Boston College Eagles ice hockey|
|Head coach||Jerry York
21st year, 517–256–71
|Captain(s)||Mike Matheson (C)
Quinn Smith (A)
Michael Sit (A)
|Arena||Kelley Rink (Conte Forum)
|Location||Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Fight song||For Boston|
|Mascot||Baldwin the Eagle|
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|1949, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1985, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1965, 1978, 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014|
The Boston College Eagles are a Division I college hockey program that represent Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The team has competed in Hockey East since 1984, having previously played in the ECAC. The Eagles have won five national championships, the most recent coming in 2012. Home games have been played at Kelley Rink, named after coach John "Snooks" Kelley, since 1988, having previously played at McHugh Forum. The Eagles are coached by former Eagles forward Jerry York, who has won the most games of any head coach in NCAA hockey history, having surpassed Ron Mason's 924th win on December 29, 2012. York is an alum of Boston College, a member of the class of 1967.
- 1 Boston College hockey history
- 2 Championships
- 3 Rivals
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Records
- 6 Head coaching records
- 7 Current roster
- 8 Current NHL Eagles
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Boston College hockey history
Boston College is among the top college hockey programs in the country. Beginning with legendary coach John "Snooks" Kelley, who led the Eagles to their first national championship in 1949, Boston College has established itself as a perennial powerhouse in both regular season and post-season play. Former coach Len Ceglarski and current coach Jerry York, both Boston College alums, continue to build upon the success began by Kelley. Both York and Ceglarski have at least 500 career wins. York to date has 984 career wins, which is first all-time and is first among all active coaches.
To date, BC has won thirteen conference tournament titles, including eleven Hockey East titles, a conference record. Their most recent triumph in 2012 came after beating Maine 4-1 in the championship game.
Post-season and Frozen Four
Boston College has made thirty-four NCAA tournament appearances, reaching the tournament's Frozen Four an NCAA record twenty-four times.
Under John "Snooks" Kelley, BC advanced to the NCAA tournament three straight years from 1948-1950 (when the field was only four teams), winning the National Championship in 1949 after defeating Dartmouth 4-3 in Colorado Springs, CO.
After Jerry York took over as head coach in 1994, the Eagles began to work their way back to the NCAA tournament, having not qualified since 1991, and not having been to a Frozen Four since 1990. In 1998, four years after York became head coach, the Eagles were back in the National Championship game, losing to the Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey in Boston. BC was back in the national championship game in 2000, facing North Dakota. They lost the game 4-2, but returned the favor a year later in 2001, beating North Dakota 3-2 in overtime thanks to a sensational Krys Kolanos goal. This was the Eagles first National Championship since 1949. The championship was all the more satisfying for BC as the Eagles defeated in the process the three teams that had eliminated them from the previous three tournaments (Michigan, Maine, North Dakota). The 2001 National Championship team contained current NHL standouts Brian Gionta, Brooks Orpik, and Chuck Kobasew.
The Eagles returned to the National Championship game in 2006, facing the Wisconsin Badgers in Milwaukee, WI. The Eagles lost 2-1. A Brian Boyle shot was denied by the post as time expired, securing the win for the Badgers. The Eagles made it back to the National Championship game in 2007, riding on the heels of a thirteen-game winning streak. However, they came up short again, losing 3-1 to the Michigan State Spartans.
BC got back to the National Championship game in 2008, disposing of Minnesota, Miami (OH), and North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals along the way. The 2008 Tournament marked the third year in a row that the Eagles ending Miami's season, beating the top seeded Red Hawks 4-3 in overtime thanks to an acrobatic goal by freshman Joe Whitney. In the National Championship game, the Eagles met the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who had upset Michigan in the other semifinal. The Eagles won the contest by a score of 4-1, behind an MVP performance by Nathan Gerbe. The defeat of the Irish by BC has added fuel to the growing rivalry between Boston College and Notre Dame, carrying over to the ice what has been being fought on the gridiron for years between the two schools' football teams in the Holy War. The hockey rivalry, called the Holy War on Ice added the moniker "on ice" in reference to the aforementioned rivalry.
After missing out on the 2009 Tournament, BC returned in 2010 as a number one seed. The Eagles defeated Alaska and Yale in the Northeast Regional in Worcester, earning them a berth in the Frozen Four to be played at Ford Field in Detroit. BC defeated Miami (OH) 7-1 in the national semifinal, the fourth time in five years that the Eagles ended the RedHawks' season in the NCAA Tournament. BC would face Wisconsin in the championship, a rematch of the 2006 title game. The Eagles avenged that loss by defeating the Badgers 5-0 behind a two goal effort from sophomore Cam Atkinson and an MVP performance by senior Ben Smith, who would be named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player. Junior John Muse became just the fourth goalie to record a shutout in a title game. The game was played before a record crowd of 37,592, the largest to attend an indoor hockey game.
After a first round loss to Colorado College in the 2011 Tournament, BC once again returned to the Frozen Four on the heels of a 15 game winning streak in 2012. After dispatching Air Force and Minnesota-Duluth with two shutouts in the Northeast Regional in Worcester, they advanced to their 23rd Frozen Four played at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The continued their now 17 game winning streak, making quick work of Minnesota in a 6–1 rout thanks to the efforts of forward Chris Kreider and a 30 save performance by net minder Parker Milner. The Eagles would go on to win the national championship by defeating the Ferris State Bulldogs in a 4–1 victory, featuring a highlight-reel goal by rookie Johnny Gaudreau late in the 3rd to secure the Eagles' fifth national title. Kreider would go on to join the New York Rangers in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he would score 5 goals and 7 points before ever playing a regular NHL season game, a feat unaccomplished by any player before him.
Once again, the Eagles would continue their every-other-year or even-numbered-years trend by missing out on the Frozen Four in the 2013 Tournament via a 5–1 first round loss to Union College and returning the following year in 2014. After defeating Denver 6–2 and UMass Lowell 4–3 in Worcester, the Eagles advanced to their NCAA-leading 24th Frozen Four appearance played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, having tied the record with Michigan. However, they would not continue to win the championship in their every-other-year trend, as they were defeated once again by Union in a close 5–4 match. Junior Johnny Gaudreau had a tremendous season, scoring 80 points in 40 games, with a 31-game point streak during the season, and was named the Hobey Baker winner, the third in school history.
The Eagles' season in 2014–15 was not up to their usual standards. Despite a respectable 21–14–3 record and finishing 2nd in the conference, the Eagles were bounced out of their 34th NCAA tournament bid in the first round, a 5–2 loss to Denver, who took revenge for the previous year's defeat.
Since 1998, the Eagles have qualified for the NCAA tournament sixteen times, making it to eleven Frozen Fours, seven National Championship games, and have won four national titles.
|1949||Boston College||4–3||Dartmouth||Colorado Springs, CO||Broadmoor Arena|
|2001||Boston College||3–2 (OT)||North Dakota||Albany, NY||Pepsi Arena|
|2008||Boston College||4–1||Notre Dame||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|2010||Boston College||5–0||Wisconsin||Detroit, MI||Ford Field|
|2012||Boston College||4–1||Ferris State||Tampa, FL||Tampa Bay Times Forum|
Runners-up in 1965, 1978, 1998, 2000, 2006, and 2007
Hockey East Tournament Championships
|1987||Boston College||4–2||Maine||Hockey East Regular Season Champions|
|1990||Boston College||4–3||Maine||Hockey East Regular Season Champions|
|1998||Boston College||3–2||Maine||lost to Michigan in National Championship game|
|1999||Boston College||5–4 (OT)||New Hampshire||lost to Maine in Frozen Four|
|2001||Boston College||5–3||Providence||defeated North Dakota in National Championship game|
|2005||Boston College||3–1||New Hampshire||Hockey East Regular Season Champions|
|2007||Boston College||5–2||New Hampshire||lost to Michigan State in National Championship game|
|2008||Boston College||4–0||Vermont||defeated Notre Dame in National Championship game|
|2010||Boston College||7–6 (OT)||Maine||defeated Wisconsin in National Championship game|
|2011||Boston College||5–3||Merrimack||Hockey East Regular Season Champions|
|2012||Boston College||4–1||Maine||defeated Ferris State in National Championship game|
Runners-up in 1985, 1986, 1989, 2000, and 2006
Hockey East Regular Season Championships
|Year||Conference Record||Overall Record||Coach|
† Shared with New Hampshire
Runners-up in 1997-98, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2012-13
ECAC Tournament Championships
|1965||Boston College||6–2||Brown||lost to Michigan Tech in National Championship game|
|1978||Boston College||4–2||Providence||lost to Boston University in National Championship game|
Runners-up in 1963, 1968, and 1973
ECAC Regular Season Championships
|Year||Conference Record||Overall Record||Coach|
|1979-80||18-3-1 (East)||25-7-2||Len Ceglarski|
|1980-81||13-6-3 (East)||20-8-3||Len Ceglarski|
|1983-84†||15-6-0 (East)||26-13-0||Len Ceglarski|
† Shared with Boston University
Runners-up in 1964-65, 1968–69, 1972–73
- See: The Beanpot
BC competes in the annual Beanpot tournament with fellow Boston-area schools Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern. The Eagles have won nineteen Beanpots, their most recent being the 2014 tournament that saw the Eagles defeat Northeastern.
|1954||Boston College||4–1||Harvard||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1956||Boston College||4–2||Harvard||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1957||Boston College||5–4 (OT)||Boston University||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1959||Boston College||7–4||Boston University||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1961||Boston College||4–2||Harvard||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1963||Boston College||3–1||Harvard||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1964||Boston College||6–5||Boston University||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1965||Boston College||5–4||Boston University||John "Snooks" Kelley|
|1976||Boston College||6–3||Boston University||Len Ceglarski|
|1983||Boston College||8–2||Northeastern||Len Ceglarski|
|1994||Boston College||2–1 (OT)||Harvard||Steve Cedorchuck|
|2001||Boston College||5–3||Boston University||Jerry York|
|2004||Boston College||2–1 (OT)||Boston University||Jerry York|
|2008||Boston College||6–5 (OT)||Harvard||Jerry York|
|2010||Boston College||4–3||Boston University||Jerry York|
|2011||Boston College||7–6 (OT)||Northeastern||Jerry York|
|2012||Boston College||3–2 (OT)||Boston University||Jerry York|
|2013||Boston College||6–3||Northeastern||Jerry York|
|2014||Boston College||4–1||Northeastern||Jerry York|
Runners-up in 1955, 1970, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2007
Boston University Terriers
Boston College's chief and most hated rival is the Boston University Terriers, separated by a mere four miles on Boston's Commonwealth Avenue. The rivalry is often referred to as the Green Line Rivalry, as the MBTA Green Line is the principal mode of transportation between the two schools. BC-BU is considered one of the top rivalries in college sports as well as the number one rivalry in college hockey. The schools regularly meet in Hockey East play three times each season. Besides meeting in conference play, the two schools often meet in the annual Beanpot tournament. Although Boston University has historically dominated the tournament, Boston College has commanded the cross town competition for the past decade, having won eight of the past thirteen tournaments and five titles in a row from 2010-2014. The Eagles beat the Terriers 3-1 in the first round of the 2014 tournament, the most recent meeting between the schools in the tournament.
The two schools have also met in NCAA tournament play. In their most recent meeting, Boston College skated to a memorable 5-0 victory against the top seeded Terriers in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament Northeast Regional Final. The Eagles and Terriers have met once in the NCAA Tournament championship game in 1978, with BU winning 5-3 in Providence, RI. BC and BU have combined for ten national championships, with each school having won five.
Games between the two schools are also highlighted by the intensity of the two school's student sections, the BC Superfans and the BU Dog Pound. The BU students often shout their infamous "BC Sucks" or "Sunday School" chants while the Superfans will retort with "Safety School", "Sucks to BU", or "BC Rejects" at their counterparts.
Boston University leads the all-time series 129-119-17. In their most recent meeting on February 3, 2014 BC defeated BU 3-1 at TD Garden in the first round of the 2014 Beanpot tournament.
Boston College and Boston University faced off in Hockey East play at Fenway Park on January 8, 2010. The game was the first men's college hockey game played at Fenway Park, with a women's game between Northeastern and New Hampshire played earlier in the day. BU edged BC for a 3-2 win.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux
Boston College has developed a national rivalry with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, a rivalry fueled by each teams post-season success. Boston College ended North Dakota's season in three straight Frozen Fours, most recently winning 6-1 in 2008 en route to a National Championship, while in the 2005 tournament the Sioux beat the Eagles in the East Regional finals, 6-3.
In 2000, the Sioux triumphed over BC 4-2 in the National Championship game in Rhode Island. A year later, in 2001, the Eagles and Sioux met again in Albany, this time with BC prevailing 3-2 in overtime. In 1963, the Sioux beat Boston College by a score of 8-2 in the National Semifinal game. Two years later in 1965, Boston College defeated North Dakota 4-3 in the National Semifinal game.
On October 10, 2007, the two teams squared off in a regular season match best remembered for the unusual circumstances in which the game ended. Midway through the second period, the power went out at BC's Conte Forum. When power was restored, the ice surface began to melt, leading to the game being called after two periods due to the hazardous playing conditions. The game ended 0-0.
New Hampshire Wildcats
The rivalry between Boston College and New Hampshire has grown in recent years due to the success of the two programs. UNH leads the all-time Hockey East regular season series over BC. The Eagles, however, hold a distinct advantage in Hockey East tournament play, holding an 8-3 record. Most recently, in the 2009 Hockey East Tournament, UNH hosted BC in the quarterfinals on their home ice at the Whittemore Center. UNH had the chance to end BC's season and their hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament to defend their national title. BC won the best-of-three series 2-0.
During the 2007-2008 season, the Wildcats swept the season series and won the Hockey East regular season championship. The two teams met in the semifinals of the Hockey East tournament, with the top-seeded and favored UNH squad jumping out to a 4-1 midway through the second period. The Eagles mounted a comeback, however, and won the game 5-4 in triple overtime.
Both UNH and BC have also competed closely for the Hockey East regular season championship. In the 2009-2010 season, the Wildcats cemented the title on the final weekend of the season, earning a 3-3 tie against the Eagles at the Whittemore Center in the penultimate game season after BC jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the 2010-2011 season, the regular season title was again decided on the final weekend, with the Eagles, sitting in second place, sweeping a home-and-home series against the Wildcats, earning their eleventh regular season championship.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Boston College and Notre Dame first met on the ice in 1969, and have faced-off annually since 1994. BC leads the all-time series 19-16-2, including beating the Irish in the 2008 National Championship game, as the Eagles captured their third national title in a 4-1 victory. After Notre Dame joined Hockey East in 2014, the rivalry evolved into a conference rivalry as well as a school rivalry. In their first meeting as conference foes, Boston College defeated the Irish 4–3 on January 4, 2013, played at Fenway Park during the league's third Frozen Fenway exhibit. The two teams also met in the Hockey East tournament during the Irish's first year of league membership, where Notre Dame defeated the Eagles in the best-of-three Quarterfinals at BC's Kelley Rink.
The rivalry is commonly referred to as "The Holy War on Ice," a take on the name of the football rivalry between the two schools. In 2013, Notre Dame joined Hockey East, transforming the annual rivalry game into a two-game conference series.
Awards and honors
USCHO Coach of the Year
USA Hockey National College Player of the Year
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Hockey East Coach of the Year
Hockey East Player of the Year
ECAC Player of the Year
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
ECAC Rookie of the Year
Hockey East Tournament MVP
AHCA First Team All-Americans
- Brian Gionta is BC's all time leading goal-scorer, netting 123 goals in his college career.
- Mike Mottau is BC's all time assists leader, with 130 in his career at the Heights.
- David Emma is BC's all time leading scorer, with 239 points in his four years.
- Rob Scuderi has played in the most games at BC, appearing in an Eagles uniform 168 times in his four-year career at Boston College.
- Chuck Kobasew is tied for first place in the number of game-winning-goals scored in a season with ten in 2000-01.
For more Boston College stats, visit Boston College on Internet Hockey Database.
- On March 16, 1985, BC goalie Scott Gordon and Chris Terreri (playing with Providence College) both placed water bottles on the top of their nets. This would be the first time ever that goalies would place water bottles on the top of nets in a hockey game.
Head coaching records
|1925-1927||Fred Rocque||2||9-10-1 (31-16-3)|
|1932-1942||John “Snooks” Kelley||10||82-40-5|
|1946-1972||John “Snooks” Kelley||25||419-204-10 (501-244-15)|
As of March 16, 2015.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Billett, BrianBrian Billett||Senior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||184 lb (83 kg)||1992-03-19||Brunswick, Maine||NH Junior Monarchs (EJHL)||—|
|2||Savage, ScottScott Savage||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1995-04-11||San Clemente, California||US NTDP (USHL)||—|
|3||McCoshen, IanIan McCoshen||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||206 lb (93 kg)||1995-08-05||Faribault, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||FLA, 31st overall 2013|
|4||Doherty, TeddyTeddy Doherty||Junior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||178 lb (81 kg)||1994-04-25||Hopkinton, Massachusetts||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|5||Matheson, MichaelMichael Matheson (C)||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||189 lb (86 kg)||1994-02-27||Pointe-Claire, Quebec||Dubuque (USHL)||FLA, 23rd overall 2012|
|6||Santini, StevenSteven Santini||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1995-03-07||Mahopac, New York||US NTDP (USHL)||NJD, 42nd overall 2013|
|7||Hanifin, NoahNoah Hanifin||Freshman||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1997-01-25||Norwood, Massachusetts||US NTDP (USHL)||—|
|8||Jeke, TravisTravis Jeke||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||1993-06-11||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Northwood (USHS–NY)||—|
|9||Silk, BrendanBrendan Silk||Junior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-01-13||Wakefield, Massachusetts||US NTDP (USHL)||—|
|10||Linell, DannyDanny Linell||Senior||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||178 lb (81 kg)||1992-09-04||Great Neck, New York||Choate (USHS–CT)||—|
|11||Calnan, ChrisChris Calnan||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1994-05-05||Norwell, Massachusetts||South Shore (EJHL)||CHI, 79th overall 2012|
|12||Tuch, AlexAlex Tuch||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||218 lb (99 kg)||1996-05-10||Baldwinsville, New York||US NTDP (USHL)||MIN, 18th overall 2014|
|14||Gilmour, AdamAdam Gilmour||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||193 lb (88 kg)||1994-01-29||Hanover, Massachusetts||Muskegon (USHL)||MIN, 98th overall 2012|
|15||Spiro, CamCam Spiro||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||204 lb (93 kg)||1991-12-30||Hingham, Massachusetts||Tabor (USHS–MA)||—|
|17||Straight, DestryDestry Straight||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1993-03-22||West Vancouver, British Columbia||Coquitlam (BCHL)||—|
|18||Sit, MichaelMichael Sit (A)||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||171 lb (78 kg)||1993-02-04||Edina, Minnesota||Edina (USHS–MN)||—|
|19||Fitzgerald, RyanRyan Fitzgerald||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||166 lb (75 kg)||1994-10-19||North Reading, Massachusetts||Valley Jr. Warriors (EJHL)||BOS, 120th overall 2013|
|20||McMullen, PeterPeter McMullen||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||209 lb (95 kg)||1993-02-19||Essex Fells, New Jersey||Delbarton (USHS-NJ)||—|
|21||Gaudreau, MathewMathew Gaudreau||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||135 lb (61 kg)||1994-12-05||Carneys Point, New Jersey||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|24||Sanford, ZacharyZachary Sanford||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-11-09||Auburn, New Hampshire||Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)||WSH, 61st overall 2013|
|26||Cangelosi, AustinAustin Cangelosi||Sophomore||F||5' 6" (1.68 m)||171 lb (78 kg)||1994-08-27||Estero, Florida||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|27||Smith, QuinnQuinn Smith (A)||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||173 lb (78 kg)||1992-01-11||Fairfield, Connecticut||Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT)||—|
|29||Barone, BradBrad Barone||Senior||G||5' 10" (1.78 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1990-12-02||Medfield, Massachusetts||South Shore (EJHL)||—|
|30||Demko, ThatcherThatcher Demko||Sophomore||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||1995-12-08||San Diego, California||US NTDP (USHL)||VAN, 36th overall 2014|
|35||Joyce, AlexAlex Joyce||Sophomore||G||5' 10" (1.78 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1995-01-01||Darien, Connecticut||Pomfret School (USHS-CT)||—|
Current NHL Eagles
As of March 3, 2015
- BOSTON COLLEGE CAPTURES ICE BREAKER WITH 6-2 WIN OVER NORTH DAKOTA
- Holy War on Ice Continues
- Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.12, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
- "2014-15 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved September 29, 2014.