Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey

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Colorado College Tigers
Current season
Colorado College Tigers athletic logo
UniversityColorado College
ConferenceNCHC
Head coachMike Haviland
7th season, 63–136–20 (.333)
Captain(s)Mason Bergh, Tanner Ockey
Alternate captain(s)Andrew Farny, Cole McCaskill
ArenaWorld Arena
Capacity: 8,000
Surface: 200' x 100'
LocationColorado Springs, Colorado
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1950, 1957
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1952, 1955, 1996
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1996, 1997, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1979, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011
Conference Tournament championships
1978
Conference regular season championships
1951–52, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-CC.png

The Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Colorado College. The Tigers are a member of National Collegiate Hockey Conference. They play at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

In 1938 Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt developed plans to convert The Broadmoor's unused equestrian center into an indoor ice arena, known as the Broadmoor Ice Palace.[3] After three weeks at a cost of $200,000 the Ice Palace opened and became the home of the Tigers Hockey program and the Broadmoor Skating Club.[4] Colorado College Tiger Hockey began in 1938 playing in the Pikes Peak Hockey League with various local teams sponsored by Colorado Springs area businesses.,[3] The Tiger's opened play on January 21, 1938 in a 1-8 loss to a team sponsored by Giddings Department Store.[5] Garrett Livingston took over as head coach fin 1939 from John Atwood, who served as player/coach for the first season.[5] Livingston increased recruiting, bringing players from Canada and New England and transitioned the program from the Pikes Peak Hockey League into an NCAA Division I independent program.[5] The Tigers swept Michigan 4-2 and 4-3 in the program's first-ever intercollegiate series early in the 1939-40 season. That same season Colorado College also played games against Colorado School of Mines, Montana School of Mines, and University of Southern California.[5]

The program and college was suspended during World War II from 1942 to 1944.[3] Colorado College, with the cooperation of The Broadmoor, sponsored the first National Collegiate Athletic Association Ice Hockey Championship to conclude the 1947-48 season. The tournament was held at the Ice Palace for the next 10 years, during which time CC participating seven times.[5] Cheddy Thompson became the program's third head coach in 1945 after coming to Colorado Springs on assignment by the Air Force during the war. Thompson lead CC to the program's first NCAA championship in 1950 with a 13-4 win over Boston University. Colorado College became one of the founding members of the Mid-West Collegiate Hockey League (MWCHL) in 1951 with University of Denver, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, and North Dakota.[6] The league became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) in 1953 and became the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in November 1959.[6] The Tigers also finished as runner-up in 1952 and 1955, losing to Michigan in both appearances in the championship game.[5] In addition, he was named national Coach of the Year in 1952 by the United States Hockey Coaches Association.[5] The Tigers returned to the championship game in 1957 with Tom Bedecki behind the bench. CC beat Clarkson 5-3 in the semifinal round and won the school's second hockey championship with a 13-6 win over Michigan.[7] In 1961 the Ice Palace became known as the Broadmoor World Arena.[4] The 1957 championship was the final appearance in the NCAA Tournament until 1978.[2] The Tigers finished the regular season and captured the school's first and only WCHA Tournament Championship and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, in the first round the Tigers lost to Bowling Green State 3-5.[8]

The lean years[edit]

Bedecki abruptly resigned in 1958, and the Tigers went into a decline that would last for almost four decades. From 1958 to 1993, the Tigers would have only three winning seasons. The low point came in 1961-62, when the Tigers finished with a 0-23 record, still the worst in school history.

Recent history[edit]

Jaden Schwartz in 2011
Jaden Schwartz during the 2011 NCAA Tournament

In 1993 Don Lucia became the head coach of the Tigers. In his first season, 1993–94, he led the team to win the MacNaughton Cup, given to the WCHA regular season champion. It was Colorado College's first Cup win since 1957.[9] After serving as the Tigers' home ice for 55 years the Broadmoor World Arena closed in March 1994 and later demolished by The Broadmoor to make room for the resort's expansion.[4][10] Colorado College was then invited by the Air Force Academy to play at their home ice, the Cadet Ice Arena until the new World Arena opened in 1998 on the southern side of Colorado Springs and continues to be the home ice for both the Colorado College Tiger hockey team and Broadmoor Skating Club.[11] The Tigers returned to the NCAA post season in 1995 for the first time since 1978. The Tigers lost in the quarterfinal round to Minnesota 2-5.[12] The following season CC made a second straight NCAA tournament appearance, receiving a number one seed in 1996 NCAA Tournament. Colorado College beat UMass Lowell 5-3 in the quarterfinals and Vermont 4-3 in the semifinal round beforing losing to 3-4 in overtime to Michigan in the championship game.[13] CC returned to the Frozen Four under Lucia for a second straight season in 1997 before losing to North Dakota 6-2.[14] Lucia lead the Tigers to two additional NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 before leaving Colorado College to become head coach at Minnesota.[2]

Scott Owens took over as head coach of the program in 1999 and lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA Tournaments in 2001, 2002, and 2003.[2][15] In the 2005 Tournament The Tigers returned to the Frozen Four with a 4-3 victory over Michigan in the Midwest Regional Final.[16] In the Semifinal round the Tigers fell to the eventual national champion and rival Denver 2-6.[17] Owens lead CC to the NCAA Tournament again in 2006 Tournament and in 2008 Tournament, ending in first round exits both times.[2] The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The Tigers upset the number one ranked team and defending National Champions, Boston College 8-4.[18] The Tigers' win was led by freshman Jaden Schwartz, a first round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues making his St. Louis debut in the West Regional.[19] The Tigers' season ended in the Regional final in a 1-2 loss to Michigan.[20]

New arena in 2021[edit]

In 2018, CC announced plans to build a new $38 million arena located on campus. The facility will be named Edward J. Robson Arena in honor of 1954 CC alum and former Tigers hockey player Edward Robson. The new arena will have a capacity of 3,376, less than half that of The Broadmoor World Arena.[21] The new arena will also feature an NHL-sized rink instead of the World Arena's Olympic-size rink. Robson Arena will sit around 6,050 feet above sea level, about 200 feet below the Broadmoor World Arena. Colorado College planned to break ground for the new arena in 2018, initially hoping for it to be ready for play by 2020.[22] [23][24] Changes made during the planning process, most notably the addition of a parking garage and a shift in the arena footprint within its city block, led to delays. While demolition on the project began in 2018, groundbreaking for the new arena is now set for 2020, with a planned opening for the 2021–22 season.[21]

Season-by-season results[25][edit]

Coaches[edit]

As of the end of the 2019-20 season[2]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1937–1938 John Atwood 1 3–9–0 .250
1938–1942 Garrett Livingston 4 31–21–6 .586
1944–1945 C. E. Moore 1 1–3–1 .300
1945–1955 Cheddy Thompson 10 149–72–5 .670
1955–1958 Tom Bedecki 3 59–28–1 .676
1958–1963 Tony Frasca 5 30–85–4 .269
1963–1966 Bob Johnson 3 27–49–4 .363
1966–1971 John Matchefts 5 54–88–3 .383
1971–1982 Jeff Sauer 11 166–228–11 .423
1982–1988 Mike Bertsch 6 65–157–6 .298
1988–1993 Brad Buetow 5 68–118–11 .373
1993–1999 Don Lucia 6 166–68–18 .694
1999–2014 Scott Owens 14 324–228–54 .579
2014–Present Mike Haviland 6 63–136–20 .333
Totals 14 coaches 80 seasons 1,206–1,290–144 .484

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


WCHA[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-Conference[edit]

First Team All-WCHA

Second Team All-WCHA

Third Team All-WCHA

WCHA All-Rookie Team


NCHC[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-Conference[edit]

First Team All-NCHC

Second Team All-NCHC

NCHC All-Rookie Team

Olympians[edit]

This is a list of Colorado College alumni who have played or coached on an Olympic team.[25]

Name Position CC Tenure Team Year Finish
Andy Gambucci Center 1949–1953 United States USA 1952  Silver
Dan Griffin Goaltender 1971–1975 United States USA 1976 5th
Gary Hughes Defenseman 1955–1958 Poland Poland (Coach) 1964 9th
Roy Ikola Goaltender 1946–1950 United States USA 1948 DQ
Doug Lidster Defenseman 1979–1983 Canada Canada 1984 4th
Vern Mott Goaltender 1976–1977 Norway Norway 1988 12th
Robert Rompre Forward 1950–1951
1953–1956
United States USA 1952  Silver
Steve Sertich Right Wing 1970–1974 United States USA 1976 5th

Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

The following is a list of people associated with the Colorado College men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[28]

Statistical Leaders[25][edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Delich 1975–1979 153 111 174 285
Brian Swanson 1995–1999 167 88 144 232
Doug Palazzari 1970–1974 117 95 133 228
Bruce Aikens 1978–1982 137 100 117 217
Rob Doyle 1983–1987 153 51 151 202
Jim Warner 1974–1978 142 89 109 198
Greg Whyte 1977–1981 149 86 111 197
Peter Sejna 2000–2003 126 91 99 190
Jay McNeill 1992–1996 158 100 89 189
Dave Feamster 1976–1980 150 45 139 184
Brett Sterling 2002–2006 150 108 76 184

Career Goaltending Leaders[edit]

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

Minimum 50 Games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Richard Bachman 2007–2009 70 4176 39 20 11 156 7 .922 2.24
Curtis McElhinney 2001–2005 91 5153 62 15 8 199 9 .911 2.32
Matt Zaba 2003–2007 110 6349 55 42 10 256 10 .913 2.42
Jeff Sanger 1998–2002 127 7466 76 45 4 309 16 .906 2.48
Colin Zulianello 1997–2001 60 3121 135 2 2.60

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

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of September 2, 2020.[29]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Minnesota Jake Begley Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1999-03-18 Mahtomedi, Minnesota Brockville (CCHL)
2 California Chad Sasaki Sophomore D 5' 7" (1.7 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1998-02-06 Cypress, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
4 Colorado Bryan Yoon Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 1998-01-27 Parker, Colorado Tri-City (USHL)
5 Colorado Jack Millar Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2000-11-30 Westminster, Colorado Cedar Rapids (USHL)
7 Minnesota Chase Foley Freshman D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 2000-02-17 Mendota Heights, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
8 New Jersey Zach Berzolla (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1998-05-28 Howell, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
9 Colorado Jackson Ross Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1997-03-28 Denver, Colorado Surrey (BCHL)
10 New York (state) Patrick Cozzi Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 167 lb (76 kg) 1998-04-30 Greenlawn, New York Prince George (BCHL)
11 Minnesota Ray Christy Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1999-09-15 St. Paul, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
12 Minnesota Ben Copeland Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1999-04-27 Edina, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
13 Alberta Jordan Biro Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 148 lb (67 kg) 2000-08-10 Sherwood Park, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
16 Minnesota Jackson Jutting Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2001-02-27 Savage, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
17 New Jersey Tyler Coffey Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 2000-05-19 Hamilton, New Jersey Sioux Falls (USHL)
18 Minnesota Connor Mayer Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1999-06-13 Champlin, Minnesota Central Illinois (USHL)
19 New York (state) Troy Conzo Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1997-02-21 Nesconset, New York Wenatchee (BCHL)
20 Iowa Logan Will Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 2000-06-14 Ames, Iowa Omaha (USHL)
21 Wisconsin Grant Cruikshank (C) Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-07-19 Delafield, Wisconsin Penticton (BCHL)
22 Virginia Dominic Basse Freshman G 6' 6" (1.98 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2001-04-22 Alexandria, Virginia Youngstown (USHL) CHI, 167th overall 2019
23 Sweden Hugo Blixt Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-01-02 Linköping, Sweden Boston University (HEA)
24 California Jack Gates Senior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 151 lb (68 kg) 1998-02-24 Oceanside, California Janesville (NAHL)
25 California Brian Williams Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1995-01-08 San Diego, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
26 Illinois Brady Smith Sophomore D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 2000-08-16 Bloomington, Illinois Madison (USHL)
27 Colorado Josiah Slavin Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1998-12-31 Erie, Colorado Chicago (USHL) CHI, 193rd overall 2018
28 Michigan Nicklas Andrews Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 2001-07-06 Canton, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
29 Colorado Brian Hawkinson Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-01-10 Centennial, Colorado Miami (NCHC)
30 Alberta Matt Vernon Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-29 Calgary, Alberta Aberdeen (NAHL)
34 Alberta Marc Pasemko Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1999-04-06 Edmonton, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
36 Connecticut McKay Flanagan Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-03 Ridgefield, Connecticut Langley (BCHL)
37 Minnesota Casey Staum Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1998-01-08 St. Paul, Minnesota Chicago (USHL) MTL, 124th overall 2016
41 California Hunter McKown Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 2002-08-18 San Jose, California USNTDP (USHL)

Tigers in the NHL[edit]

Over 170 Colorado College alumni have gone on to play professionally, including over 30 current and former NHL players:[30][31]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[32] = NHL All-Star[32] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  32. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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