Brown Bears men's ice hockey

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Brown Bears men's ice hockey
Current season
Brown Bears men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityBrown University
ConferenceECAC Hockey
First season1897–98
Head coachBrendan Whittet
11th season, 99–182–44 (.372)
Captain(s)Dennis Robertson
ArenaMeehan Auditorium
Capacity: 2,495
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
ColorsSeal Brown, Cardinal Red, and White[1]
              
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1951, 1965, 1976
NCAA Tournament appearances
1951, 1965, 1976, 1993
Current uniform
ECAC-Uniform-Brown.png

The Brown Bears men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Brown University. The Bears are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the Meehan Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.[2]

History[edit]

First Brown University hockey team in 1897–98. From left: Robert Steere, Harris Bucklin, Jesse Pevear, Irving Hunt, Albert Barrows, Charles Cooke, Horace Day.

The men's ice hockey team at Brown is one of the country's oldest programs, having played their first game in 1898.[3] By 1906, however, the team had lost 16 straight contests, failing to score a goal in 9 games during that stretch. The program suspended operations after 1906 and remained shuttered for twenty years. When the team returned to the ice they brought with them their first official head coach. Though James Gardner only lasted one season behind the bench the team performed much better with a hand at the tiller and quickly built up to be a respected program. In 1939 the team again suspended operations, but this time it was due to the onset of World War II. Brown's team remained out of commission for the entire duration of the war and didn't return until several years after its conclusion, finally hitting the ice again in 1947.

In only 4 years the team climbed all the way to 17-5 record, receiving the top eastern seed for the 1951 NCAA tournament. Though they ultimately fell in the title game Brown had become one of the better teams in college hockey and, excluding a brief period in the earls '60s, would remain so for the next thirty years. When the 1980s rolled around the Bears result started turning sour and Brown found itself looking up at the rest of college hockey. Since 1981 Brown has produced only six winning seasons and more than half of their campaigns have ended with single-digit win totals. The Bears had a brief resurgence in the mid-90's, managing to make the tournament in 1993 but bowed out after only 1 game.

Season-by-season results[3][edit]

Brown Olympians[4][edit]

Brown has sent five members of its team to the Olympics. Three former players, Donald Whiston (Silver, 1952), Robert Gaudreau (1968) and Mike Mastrullo (1984 and 1992) represented their respective nations as players, former player Tim Bothwell was an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning 2006 Canadian women's team and former assistant coach Jack Ferreira was an assistant GM for the US men's team in 1998.

Awards and honors[edit]

US Hockey Hall of Fame[5][edit]

Other Awards[edit]

Brown Hall of Fame[edit]

The following is a list of Brown's men's ice hockey players who were elected into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame (graduating class in parenthesis).[6]

Statistical Leaders[7][edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Gilligan 1974–77 81 68 112 180
Bob McIntosh 1974–77 78 81 79 160
Don Sennott 1949–52 64 66 93 159
Bob Wheeler 1949–52 61 86 63 149
Wayne Small 1965–68 73 68 76 144
Curt Bennett 1967–70 71 50 85 135
Derek Chauvette 1989–93 117 34 99 133
Dennis Macks 1964–67 79 59 72 131
Leon Bryant 1963–65 77 55 75 130
Terry Chapman 1962–65 78 67 60 127

Career Goaltending Leaders[edit]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 10 games

Player Years GP Min GA SO SV% GAA
Anthony Borelli 2009–2013 35 1852 63 4 .935 2.04
Yann Danis 2000–2004 100 6013 220 13 .930 2.20
Adam D'Alba 2004–2006 54 3129 141 3 .917 2.70
Lou Reycroft 1969–1970 0 .896 2.85
Dave Ferguson 1963–1966 181 1 .901 2.86

Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[8]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2009–Present Brendan Whittet 10 99–182–44 .372
1997–2009 Roger Grillo 12 120–205–52 .387
1988–97 Bob Gaudet 9 93–142–31 .408
1982–88 Herb Hammond 6 36–114–3 .245
1978–82 Paul Schilling 4 34–66–3 .345
1974–78 Richard Toomey 4 68–41–2 .622
1970–74 J. Allan Soares 4 44–47–1 .484
1955–70 James Fullerton 15 176–168–9 .511
1952–55 Donald Whiston 3 27–27–1 .500
1947–52 Westcott Moulton 5 54–38–1 .586
1938–39 Arthur Lesieur 1 6–7–0 .462
1931–33 Robert Taylor 2 11–12–1 .479
1929–31, 1933–38 Thomas Taylor 7 50–32–1 .608
1927–29 Jean Dubuc 2 12–13–0 .480
1926–27 James Gardner 8 4–4–0 .500
Totals 15 coaches 93 seasons 850–1137–152 .433

Roster[edit]

As of July 10, 2019.[9]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 California Gavin Nieto Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-01 Yorba Linda, California Fairbanks (NAHL)
2 Connecticut Luke Krys Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-09-27 Ridgefield, Connecticut Salisbury (USHS–CT)
3 Ontario Luke Albert Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1998-08-17 Fergus, Ontario Bonnyville (AJHL)
4 Utah Anea Ferrario Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-08-09 Ogden, Utah Sioux City (USHL)
5 Massachusetts Ben Taylor Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-04-25 Falmouth, Massachusetts Nanaimo (BCHL)
6 Wisconsin Tony Stillwell Junior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-04-18 Green Bay, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
7 Minnesota Justin Jallen Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1998-01-06 St. Paul, Minnesota Northeast (NAHL)
8 Rhode Island Zach Giuttari (C) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-04-17 Warwick, Rhode Island Chilliwack (BCHL)
9 Florida Connor Marshall Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-10-10 Parkland, Florida Northeast (NAHL)
10 Michigan Jonny Russell Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1998-01-31 Traverse City, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
11 British Columbia Nathan Plessis Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-02-28 Salmon Arm, British Columbia Brooks (AJHL)
13 New Hampshire Brent Beaudoin (A) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-29 Londonderry, New Hampshire Islanders (USPHL)
14 New York (state) Chris Berger Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-04-14 Buffalo, New York Des Moines (USHL)
15 Michigan Jack Gessert (A) Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1995-01-12 Novi, Michigan Chicago (USHL)
16 Alberta Tristan Crozier Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1998-02-23 Calgary, Alberta Nanaimo (BCHL)
17 Ontario Bradley Cocca Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-08-13 Toronto, Ontario Merritt (BCHL)
18 Ontario Jake Harris Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1998-04-10 Toronto, Ontario Nanaimo (BCHL)
19 Finland Samuli Niinisaari Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-08-11 Hamina, Finland Lincoln (USHL)
20 Norway Joachim Weberg Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-06-21 Oslo, Norway Jersey (USPHL)
21 California Alec Mehr Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-01-11 Los Angeles, California Bloomington (USHL)
22 New York (state) Matty Holmes Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1999-02-22 Rye, New York Chilliwack (BCHL)
23 New York (state) Luke Harrington Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-09-02 Rye, New York Hotchkiss (USHS–CT)
24 Ontario Dorian Dawson Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-05-29 Collingwood, Ontario Sioux City (USHL)
25 Illinois Michael Maloney Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-02-17 McHenry, Illinois Omaha (USHL)
26 Colorado James Crossman Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-11-23 Denver, Colorado Jamestown (NAHL)
27 Missouri Trey Dodd Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-07-18 St. Louis, Missouri Sioux City (USHL)
28 Manitoba Colin Burston Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-03-28 Winnipeg, Manitoba Wenatchee (BCHL)
29 Colorado Cole Quisenberry Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-03-22 Denver, Colorado Chicago (USHL)
33 New York (state) Gabriel Vinal Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-01-12 Syracuse, New York Aberdeen (NAHL)
35 Illinois Luke Kania Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-01-24 Chicago, Illinois Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)

Brown Bears in the NHL[edit]

The following is a list of Brown's men's ice hockey alumni who played in the NHL/WHA.[6]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[10] = NHL All-Star[10] and NHL All-Star Team
Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Curt Bennett Center STL, NYR, ATF 1970–1980 0
Tim Bothwell Defenseman NYR, STL, HFD 1999–2000 0
Yann Danis Goaltender MTL, NYI, NJD, EDM 2005–2016 0
Brian Eklund Goaltender TBL 2005–2006 0
Bobby Farnham Right Wing PIT, NJD, MTL 2014–2017 0
Ryan Garbutt Left Wing DAL, CHI, ANA 2011–2017 0
Garnet Hathaway Right Wing CGY, WSH 2015–Present 0
Mark Holden Goaltender MTL, WPG 1981–1985 0
Steven King Right Wing NYR, ANA 1992–1996 0
Neil Labatte Defenseman STL 1978–1982 0
Nick Lappin Right Wing NJD 2016–Present 0
Matt Lorito Left Wing DET 2016–2017 0
Ryan Mulhern Right Wing WSH 1997–1998 0
Todd Simpson Defenseman CGY, FLA, PHO, ANA, OTT, CHI, MTL 1995–2006 0
Brian Stapleton Right Wing WSH 1975–1976 0
Aaron Volpatti Left Wing VAN, WSH 2010–2015 0
Harry Zolnierczyk Left Wing PHI, PIT, NYI, ANA, NSH 2011–2017 0

WHA[edit]

Several players also were members of WHA teams.