Dartmouth Big Green men's ice hockey

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Dartmouth Big Green men's ice hockey
Current season
Dartmouth Big Green men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityDartmouth College
ConferenceECAC Hockey
Head coachBob Gaudet
23rd season, 318–326–77 (.494)
Captain(s)Brendan Demler
Alternate captain(s)Cam Strong
ArenaThompson Arena
Capacity: 4,500
Surface: 200' x 90'
LocationHanover, New Hampshire
ColorsDartmouth Green and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1948, 1949, 1979, 1980
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1949, 1979, 1980
Conference regular season championships
Current uniform

The Dartmouth Big Green men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Dartmouth College. The Big Green are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.[2]


Early Years[edit]

Dartmouth College fielded their first ice hockey team in January 1906, winning their first game 4–3.[3] The team played an expanded schedule the next two years but after a 1–5–1 finish in 1908 the program hired its first head coach and promptly posted a 10–3–1 record. The ice hockey club would bring in a new bench boss each year until 1912 when Fred Rocque stayed for three seasons followed by Clarence Wanamaker with four. Dartmouth was able to win more than they lost during this time despite the coaching turnover and the lack of local facilities. The team played precious few games at home, hosting a total of 16 over thirteen seasons. In 1918 the university decided to suspend the program as a result of the ongoing first World War but returned in January 1920 and had continued unabated ever since.[3] The same year The same year the team increased its number of home games by beginning to play on Occom Pond but despite this Wanamaker would leave after the year and the coaching carousel began anew with three more coaches over 6 years. J. Philip Bower settled the program with his 7-year stint and while the first on-campus rink was built in 1929 the team started losing and Bower was out after 1933. After 4 years of Herbert Gill the Indians were able to finally find their man in Eddie Jeremiah.

Jeremiah Years[edit]

Jeremiah, a three-time letterman for the Indians, got his career started with a bang, producing an 18–4 mark in his first year, breaking the team record for wins and post the second-best winning percentage. The team would continue to play well under their new coach, earning winning records each year until they dominated the college hockey landscape in 1941-42, going 21–2, setting a host of team records and being named as the national collegiate champion.[3] Jeremiah would leave after the championship to serve in the military for the duration of World War II but the team continued to play well in his absence. Dartmouth was one of the few programs that played through the duration of the war and over the next three seasons the team didn't lose a single game. Utilizing three coaches (two of them serving jointly) the program went 26–0–1 and sported future Hall of Fame members Dick Rondeau, Charlie Holt and Bill Riley. Jeremiah returned for the team's 1945–46 season and didn't appear to have missed a step, posting two tremendous years before the first NCAA tournament was announced for 1948. The Indians continued to trounce their competition, going 20–2 during the season and with the best record in the nation they were the first team selected from the east. With Riley brothers Bill and Joe leading the attack Dartmouth rolled over tournament host Colorado College 8–4 and met Michigan in the final. The Wolverines took a one-goal lead twice in the opening frame but the Indians were able to match them both times. The roles reversed in the second period with Dartmouth briefly pulling ahead but entering the final period the score was tied 4–4. The Indians faltered in the third, allowing 4 Michigan goals and lost the game 8–4. Despite the disappointment Joe Riley was named the most outstanding player in the tournament[4]

The next season Bill Riley led the nation in scoring, posting 41 assists and 78 points, setting season- and career-best marks for Dartmouth while his brother tied the team record for goals in one season with 45. Dartmouth slipped a bit in the standings, finishing 16–5 during the season but they returned to the tournament along with the same three teams from the year before. The Indians were given a change to avenge their loss from the year before and took advantage by dropping the powerhouse Wolverines 4–2 and reached their second championship game. Over the course of the season Boston College had lost only one game and that was to Dartmouth. The Indians played the Eagles close, taking a 2–1 lead into the second period after Bill Riley scored with less than a minute remaining in the first. BC responded with two quick goals in the second and the held the Indians off the board until the third. Shortly after Alan Kerivan tied the game the Eagles got their fourth goals of the night and held on to win the game. Once again, despite losing the championship, a Dartmouth player was named as tournament MOP, this time the award went to Dick Desmond, another future member of the US hockey hall of fame as well as a silver medalist at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

After two consecutive runs in the NCAA tournament Dartmouth sharply declined. The team spent the next decade posting middling-to-bad records but this did not prevent Jeremiah from receiving the first Spencer Penrose Award in 1951. The Indians posted a good record in 1959, going 17–8 but were edged out for the NCAA tournament by teams with better records. The following year Dartmouth had the best winning percentage of any eastern team (.725) and were one of four eastern teams selected for two play-in games (the only time this happened in NCAA tournament history)[5] where they lost to Boston University and them promptly declined in the succeeding years.

Two years later Dartmouth was one of 28 teams that founded ECAC Hockey but the change did little to improve their fortunes. Jeremiah took the 1964 season off and his assistant Abner Oakes took over, leading the team to a 14–7 record, good enough for 6th in the conference but were snubbed by the ECAC selection committee and left out of the 8-team tournament. Once Jeremiah returned and the weakest dozen teams were removed from the conference, Dartmouth posted another good record, finishing 14–9 and this time they were invited to the ECAC tournament but lost to eventual champion BC in the quarterfinals. Over the next two seasons the Indians won only 9 games but Jeremiah was award the Spencer Penrose Award for the second time in 1967. After that year Jeremiah resigned as head coach due to ill health and then died from cancer three months later.[6]

Return to the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Oakes coached the team for three years after Jeremiah's departure before turning the program over to Grant Standbrook. The Indians were able to produce three good years under Standbrook and made their second ECAC tournament in 1974 but again couldn't get out of the quarterfinals. That year the university changed the team nickname to the Big Green after several years of pressure to move away from their unofficial 'Indians' moniker.[7] Standbrook would coach one more season, ending on a sour note, before Dartmouth moved on to George Crowe. The Big Green opened the season with their new head coach in a new home building, the Rupert C. Thompson Arena. In their new digs the Big Green improved markedly, rising to 16 wins in Crow's first year and returned to the ECAC tournament. After two modest seasons, one in which the team began sponsoring a holiday tournament, the Auld Lang Syne Classic, Dartmouth rose to 4th in the conference and won 19 games for the first time since 1948 and made their first ECAC championship game. Though the team lost the conference title tilt they were given the second eastern seed and returned to the tournament for the first time in 30 years. Dartmouth opened against the WCHA champion North Dakota and lost a close game to the western champion 4–2 ben then redeemed themselves slightly with a consolation game victory. The following year the ECAC split their conference into three divisions and Dartmouth became the first Ivy Region champion. The Big Green rode their division title back to the ECAC title match, losing to fellow Ivy team Cornell and getting the second eastern seed for the second consecutive year. Dartmouth found themselves in a rematch with the Fighting Sioux but the results were much the same with North Dakota winning 4–1. Once more Crowe's team won the consolation match to at least get something out of their tournament appearance but after 1980 the Big Green slid down the standings.

Decline to the bottom[edit]

Crowe coached Dartmouth for four more years and could not post a winning record. Brian Mason was brought in 1984, fresh off of two fantastic years with Division II RIT, but he could not replicate his success at the Division I level. In six seasons Mason's teams topped out at 10 wins and finished with losing records every year. They never finished better than 9th in the 12-team conference (after several former members left in 1984 to form Hockey East) and consequently never made an appearance in the ECAC tournament. Mason was fired in 1990 and his assistant Jeff Kosak was hired but after 10 days he resigned, citing 'personal and family reasons'.[8] Dartmouth was eventually able to get Ben Smith to serve as head coach for the 1990–91 season but after posting a program-worst 1–24–3 record he left to take over at Northeastern. Smith's replacement, Roger Demment, was able to improve the team's record but not by much. Over the next six seasons Dartmouth remained below .500 but was able to make the ECAC tournament twice, through they lost both games they played.

Gaudet Years[edit]

In 1997 Dartmouth hired Bob Gaudet away from Brown, giving the program the first Dartmouth alumnus to helm the team since Oakes in 1970. The first three years under the new bench boss were much of the same but in Gaudet's fourth season the Big Green finally posted a winning season and won an ECAC tournament game both for the first time since 1980, ending a 21-year period of futility. The Big Green would record winning seasons over seven straight campaigns, twice winning 20 games (for the first time since 1948) and shared the ECAC regular season title in 2005–06, their first conference title in team history. Despite the championship Dartmouth was left out of the NCAA tournament after losing to Harvard in the ECAC semifinal with a 10–1 debacle. Dartmouth continued to play well under Gaudet who became the teams all-time leader in victories in 2018 but the Big Green have yet to win a conference semifinal game during his tenure and have not made an NCAA tournament appearance since 1980.


The team won the ECAC regular season crown in 2006 and the Ivy League title 15 times (1934, 1943, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1957, 1948, 1949, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1979, 1980 & 2007).[9]

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


As of the end of the 2018-19 season[10]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1997–Present Bob Gaudet 22 318–326–77 .494
1991–1997 Roger Demment 6 45–111–10 .301
1990–1991 Ben Smith 1 1–24–3 .089
1984–1990 Brian Mason 6 36–108–8 .263
1975–1984 George Crowe 9 109–127–8 .463
1970–1975 Grant Standbrook 5 51–65–3 .441
1963–1964, 1967–1970 Abner Oakes 4 34–55–2 .385
1943–1945 Charles Arthur 2 12–0–0 1.000
1942–1943 George T. Barclay/Dick Rondeau 1 14–0–1 .967
1937–1942, 1945–1963, 1964–1967 Eddie Jeremiah 26 300–239–11 .555
1933–1937 Herbert Gill 4 50–34–1 .594
1926–1933 J. Philip Bower 7 42–41–5 .506
1924–1926 Harry Denesha 2 16–6–1 .717
1921–1922 Chippy Gaw 1 4–1–1 .750
1920–1921, 1922–1924 Leon Tuck 3 26–11–3 .688
1915–1918, 1919–1920 Clarence Wanamaker 4 21–16–0 .568
1912–1915 Fred Rocque 3 19–7–0 .731
1911–1912 W. Rawley 1 0–5–0 .000
1910–1911 H. I. Vye 1 5–6–0 .455
1909–1910 Thomas Hodge 1 1–7–0 .125
1908–1909 John Eames 1 10–3–1 .750
1905–1908 No Coach 3 7–8–1 .469
Totals 21 coaches 113 seasons 1124–1201–137 .482


This is a list of Dartmouth alumni who have played on an Olympic team.[3]

Name Position Dartmouth Tenure Team Year Finish
Gerry Geran Center 1915–1917 United States USA 1920  Silver
Leon Tuck Forward 1911–1915 United States USA 1920  Silver
Doug Everett Right Wing 1923–1926 United States USA 1932  Silver
Francis Spain Center 1931–1934 United States USA 1936  Bronze
Jack Riley Left Wing 1940–1942, 1946–1947 United States USA 1948 DQ
Stanton Priddy Defenseman 1940–1943 United States USA 1948 DQ
Bruce Mather Forward 1943–1947 United States USA 1948 DQ
Bruce Cunliffe Right Wing 1944–1947 United States USA 1948 DQ
Ralph Warburton Right Wing 1944–1948 United States USA 1948 DQ
Joe Riley Forward 1947–1949 United States USA 1948 DQ
George Pulliam Defenseman 1945–1948 United States USA 1948 DNP
Crawford Campbell Defenseman 1945–1948 United States USA 1948 DNP
Arnold Oss Defenseman 1946–1950 United States USA 1952  Silver
Dick Desmond Goaltender 1947–1949 United States USA 1952  Silver
Clifford Harrison Center 1947–1951 United States USA 1952  Silver
Carey Wilson Center 1979–1981 Canada Canada 1984 4th

† denotes the AHA team that played in the Olympics but was disqualified from medal contention.
‡ denoted the AAU team that marched in the opening ceremony but did not participate.

Statistical Leaders[3][edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Riley 1942–1943, 1946–1949 71 118 110 228
Dick Rondeau 1941–1944 40 103 73 176
Ross Brownridge 1976–1980 105 70 96 166
Lee Stempniak 2001–2005 135 63 88 151
Clifford Harrison 1948–1951 62 54 84 138
Mike Ouellette 2002–2006 136 58 80 138
Dennis Murphy 1976–1980 113 56 80 136
Tom Fleming 1973–1976 75 60 73 133
William Harrison 1941–1943 37 64 64 128
Mike Turner 1969–1972 71 48 76 124

Career Goaltending Leaders[edit]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 35 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Dan Yacey 2001–2005 69 3731 28 22 10 143 4 .917 2.30
James Mello 2008–2012 64 3580 27 22 6 158 2 .914 2.65
Mike Devine 2004–2008 91 5278 47 35 7 236 6 .913 2.68
Nick Boucher 1999–2003 105 6133 50 40 11 287 3 .907 2.81
Charles Grant 2012–2016 70 4096 31 33 5 192 5 .908 2.81

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

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of September 5, 2019.[11]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Massachusetts Harrison Markell Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-12 Andover, Massachusetts Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
3 Illinois Joey Matthews Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-06-24 Columbia, Illinois Sioux City (NAHL)
4 Massachusetts Ben DiMaio Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-02-21 Pembroke, Massachusetts Odessa (NAHL)
5 Indiana Brock Paul Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-11-10 Carmel, Indiana Waterloo (USHL)
6 Pennsylvania Tanner Palocsik Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-05-26 Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Jersey (NCDC)
7 Nova Scotia Jack Cameron Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-04-18 Halifax, Nova Scotia Coquitlam (BCHL)
8 Illinois Daniel Warpecha Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-06-12 Willow Springs, Illinois Sioux Falls (USHL)
9 New York (state) Collin Rutherford Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-12-29 Tonawanda, New York Des Moines (USHL)
10 Pennsylvania Shane Sellar Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-06-14 Carlisle, Pennsylvania Janesville (NAHL)
11 Massachusetts Mark Gallant Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-05-01 Concord, Massachusetts Langley (BCHL)
12 Montana Cam Strong Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-03-19 Billings, Montana Topeka (NAHL)
14 Ontario Matt Baker Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-02-21 Barrie, Ontario Wenatchee (BCHL)
16 Manitoba Tyler Campbell Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-10-01 Winnipeg, Manitoba Brooks (AJHL)
17 Massachusetts Quin Foreman Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-05-25 Needham, Massachusetts West Kelowna (BCHL)
18 New Jersey Drew O'Connor Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-06-09 Chatham, New Jersey Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
20 New York (state) Erik Urbank Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-03-28 Orchard Park, New York Chicago (USHL)
21 Connecticut Christian LeSueur Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-01-07 Greenwich, Connecticut Brunswick (USHS–CT)
22 Massachusetts Sam Hesler Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-06-06 Boxborough, Massachusetts Wenatchee (BCHL)
23 Ohio Clay Han Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995-02-23 Liberty Township, Ohio Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL)
24 New Jersey Brendan Less Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-04-24 Kinnelon, New Jersey Jersey (USPHL)
25 Illinois Ryan Blankemeier Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-09-21 Oak Park, Illinois Green Bay (USHL)
26 Illinois Jeff Losurdo Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-03-09 Elmhurst, Illinois Jersey (NCDC)
27 Ohio Brendan Demler Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-08-18 Lebanon, Ohio Des Moines (USHL)
28 Colorado Will Graber Senior F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-06-03 Broomfield, Colorado Fargo (USHL)
29 Massachusetts Sean Keohan Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-02-09 Milton, Massachusetts Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
30 Colorado Dean Shatzer Senior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-09-14 Castle Rock, Colorado Odessa (NAHL)
31 New Hampshire Justin Ferguson Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-06 Hudson, New Hampshire Islanders (NCDC)
35 Ontario Adrian Clark Senior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-07-05 Toronto, Ontario South Shore (MHL)

Awards and honors[edit]

US Hockey Hall of Fame[12][edit]

Other Awards[edit]


AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

ECAC Hockey[edit]

First Team All-ECAC Hockey

Second Team All-ECAC Hockey

Third Team All-ECAC Hockey

ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team

Ivy League[edit]

Big Green Players in the NHL[edit]

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Gerry Geran Center MOW, BOS 1917–1926 0
Myles Lane Defenseman NYR, BOS 1928–1934 0
Eddie Jeremiah Right Wing BOS, NYA 1931–1932 0
Carey Wilson Right Wing CGY, HFD, NYR 1984–1993 0
David Williams Defenseman SJS, ANA 1991–1995 0
Scott Fraser Right Wing MTL, EDM, NYR 1995–1999 0
Lee Stempniak Right Wing STL, TOR, PHO, CGY, PIT, NYR, WPG, NJD, BOS, CAR 2005–2018 0
Tanner Glass Left Wing FLA, VAN, WPG, PIT, NYR, CGY 2007–2018 0
David Jones Right Wing COL, CGY, MIN 2007–2016 0
Grant Lewis Defenseman ATL 2008–2009 0
Ben Lovejoy Defenseman PIT, ANA, NJD 2008–2019 1
Nick Johnson Right Wing PIT, MIN, PHO, BOS 2009–2014 0
J. T. Wyman Right Wing MTL, TBL 2009–2013 0
TJ Galiardi Left Wing COL, SJS, CGY, WPG 2010–2016 0
Hugh Jessiman Right Wing FLA 2011 0
Matt Lindblad Left Wing BOS 2013–2015 0

Other notable players[edit]

A Dartmouth hockey game against Princeton at Thompson Arena
See: Category:Dartmouth Big Green men's ice hockey players

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Color Palette" (PDF). Dartmouth Athletics Visual Identity Guidelines. March 13, 2019. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.uscho.com/m/dartmouth-big-green/mens-college-hockey/team,dc.html
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dartmouth 2009-10 Men's Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). Dartmouth Big Green. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Awards - NCAA (Championship) Tournament MVP". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  6. ^ "Look Up and Keep Fighting". Dartmouth College. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "The 'Big Green' Nickname". DartmouthSports.com. January 10, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  8. ^ "Head Coaching Records". Dartmouth Big Green. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ivy Ice Hockey Champions". The Ivy League. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  10. ^ "Head Coaching Records". Dartmouth Big Green. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018–19 M Hockey Roster". DartmouthSports.com. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "United States Hockey Hall of Fame". Hockey Central.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-21.

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