Fairfield Stags men's ice hockey

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Fairfield Stags men's ice hockey
Fairfield Stags men's ice hockey athletic logo
University Fairfield University
Conference MAAC
Head coach N/A
Arena Arena at Harbor Yard
Capacity: 8,525
Location Fairfield, Connecticut
Colors Cardinal and White

The Fairfield Stags Men's Ice Hockey was a NCAA Division I ice hockey team that played in the MAAC for five seasons.

Fairfield's hockey program was elevated to Division III status in 1974 and found immediate success with a 19-7-1 mark under head coach John McCarthy. Despite being a D-I school, the Stags competed in ECAC's lower classification. McCarthy retired after the 1995-96 season and was replaced by Peter LaVigne who then stepped down after only one season. Mike Doneghey succeeded Lavigne[1] and in Doneghey's first year Fairfield was ruled ineligible to play in ECAC's North/Central/South postseason after offering athletic scholarships, a violation of D-III rules.[2] Fairfield had offered the scholarships because they were joining the newly formed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) ice hockey conference which was to begin play in 1998-99. In their first year as a full D-I program Fairfield finished with one of the all-time worst records, going 1-31 over the course of the season and allowed an average of more than 7 goals per game. After the worst record in team history Doneghey was promptly replaced with Mark Dennehy and, though there was improvement, Dennehy himself left after a 3-28-3 season to become an assistant at Massachusetts. Jim Hunt assumed the reigns for the 2000-01 season[3] and saw to a resurgence in Fairfield's fortunes with an 11-win season, but the next two years saw diminishing returns with 6 and 8 wins.

Hunt was not able to push the Stags any further due to the University dropping the ice hockey program to club status after the 2002-03 season.[4] The move came as a cost-cutting measure that also claimed Fairfield's football program. In five season as a D-I school, Fairfield finished last in their conference three times,[5] made two conference tournaments and lost both of its playoffs games by a combined score of 23-7.[6]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Division Conference Record Pct. Position Conference
1974-75 Division III ECAC D-III 19–7–1 .722 John McCarthy
1975-76 Division III ECAC D-III 13–11–1 .540 John McCarthy
1976-77 Division III ECAC D-III 11–11–0 .500 John McCarthy
1977-78 Division III ECAC D-III 8–12–1 .405 John McCarthy
1978-79 Division III ECAC D-III 7–16–0 .304 John McCarthy
1979-80 Division III ECAC D-III 13–13–0 .500 John McCarthy
1980-81 Division III ECAC D-III 14–9–1 .604 John McCarthy
1981-82 Division III ECAC D-III 9–14–1 .396 John McCarthy
1982-83 Division III ECAC D-III 10–13–0 .435 John McCarthy
1983-84 Division III ECAC D-III 8–13–3 .396 John McCarthy
1984-85 Division III ECAC D-III 5–19–0 .208 John McCarthy
1985-86 Division III ECAC D-III 5–19–1 .220 John McCarthy
1986-87 Division III ECAC D-III 7–17–0 .292 John McCarthy
1987-88 Division III ECAC D-III 6–19–1 .250 John McCarthy
1988-89 Division III ECAC D-III 5–21–0 .192 John McCarthy
1989-90 Division III ECAC D-III 9–12–2 .435 John McCarthy
1990-91 Division III ECAC D-III 12–11–2 .520 John McCarthy
1991-92 Division III ECAC D-III 16–12–0 .571 John McCarthy
1992-93 Division III ECAC D-III 10–10–0 .500 John McCarthy
1993-94 Division III ECAC D-III 14–6–1 .690 John McCarthy
1994-95 Division III ECAC D-III 18–9–0 .667 John McCarthy
1995-96 Division III ECAC D-III 11–13–4 .464 John McCarthy
1996-97 Division III ECAC D-III 13–12–1 .519 Peter LaVigne
1997-98 Division III ECAC D-III 12–12–0 .500 Mike Doneghey
1998-99 Division I MAAC 1–31–0 .031 8th Quarterfinal loss Mike Doneghey
1999-00 Division I MAAC 3–28–3 .132 10th None Mark Dennehy
2000-01 Division I MAAC 11–19–2 .375 8th Quarterfinal loss Jim Hunt
2001-02 Division I MAAC 6–23–2 .234 10th None Jim Hunt
2002-03 Division I MAAC 8–23–2 .273 11th None Jim Hunt
29 Seasons 284–435–30 .399 5 coaches

All-time coaching records[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1974–1996 John McCarthy 22 230–287–19 .447
1996–1997 Peter LaVigne 1 13–12–1 .519
1997–1999 Mike Doneghey 2 13–43–0 .232
1999–2000 Mark Dennehy 1 3–28–3 .132
2000–2003 Jim Hunt 3 25–65–7 .293
Totals 5 coaches 29 seasons 284–435–30 .399


  1. ^ "Doneghey Names Head Coach at Fairfield". USCHO.com. 1997-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Fairfield Ruled Ineligible for Postseason Play in ECAC". USCHO.com. 1998-02-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Fairfield Makes it Official, Names Hunt New Coach". USCHO.com. 2000-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Fairfield Drops Hockey Program". USCHO.com. 2003-02-06. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ "MAAC Regular Season Standings". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ "MAAC Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-06-13.