Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey

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Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey
Current season
Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityMerrimack College
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachScott Borek
2nd season, 7–24–3 (.250)
Captain(s)Derek Petti
Johnathan Kovacevic
Michael Babcock
ArenaJ. Thom Lawler Rink
Capacity: 2,549
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationNorth Andover, Massachusetts
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1978 (DII)
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1978 (DII), 1984 (DII)
NCAA Tournament appearances
1978 (DII), 1984 (DII), 1988, 2011
Current uniform
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The Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Merrimack College. The Warriors are a member of Hockey East. They play at the 2,549-seat J. Thom Lawler Rink in North Andover, Massachusetts, which underwent renovation in 2010. Merrimack's 92.08% capacity during the 2013–14 season was second in Hockey East.[2]

History[edit]

The Warriors started intercollegiate play in 1954-55, as the college offered more support to the program in the form of a modest budget, new uniforms and varsity letters. Babson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Keene Teachers were among the first intercollegiate competition Merrimack hockey faced that year. And for the first time, the college recognized hockey as a varsity sport.[3]

They were successful in the late 1970s and early 1980s while playing in the ECAC division II. Merrimack won the division II national title in 1978 and were the runner up in 1984. They became an NCAA Division I independent team in 1984 but did not play a schedule against predominantly Division I teams until they joined the Hockey East conference in 1989.[4][5]

Led by Coach Ron Anderson, a new era began for Merrimack hockey in 1989 when the Warriors competed in their first season as a member of the Hockey East Association. That team posted an overall record of 10-24-1, but pulled off the surprise of the season by taking eventual league champion Boston College to a third and decisive playoff game. And after being picked for the bottom part of the league in three of the last four seasons, the Warriors continued to baffle the experts by battling for home-ice advantage all season long while defeating several Top 20 teams. And with the roots of the Merrimack hockey tree that were planted in Hockey East seven years earlier firmly entrenched, the 1996-97 Warriors entered a new chapter in history by qualifying for a Hockey East playoff home ice berth. The 1997-98 team raised the bar a little higher by upsetting top-ranked Boston University in the quarterfinals and earning a trip to the conference semifinals at Boston's FleetCenter.

The 1998-99 season began yet another era in Merrimack hockey history with the dawning of the Serino age. On April 24, 1998, Chris Serino became just the sixth head coach in the program's history. The Warriors posted a mark of 11-24-1 in Serino's inaugural campaign, and senior forward and captain Rejean Stringer was named an All-American, Merrimack's first ever in the University Division. In Serino's second season, the Warriors set an NCAA record for consecutive overtime contests by playing in six straight at the end of January, and in 2000-01, the Warriors notched 14 victories, the most for Merrimack since 1996-97. Several of those victories were over nationally ranked opponents.

In 2002-03, senior goaltender and captain Joe Exter led Merrimack to a surprising race for home ice throughout much of the season, including the team's first-ever regular season Division I tournament title with wins over host Rensselaer and Wayne State at the 52nd Annual Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Hockey Tournament in late December. Exter was selected to the All-Hockey East Team by league coaches. Long-time assistant coach Stu Irving was also honored, as the American Hockey Coaches Association presented him with its Terry Flanagan Memorial Award in recognition of an assistant coach's career body of work. The season also saw the inauguration of the Blue Line Club, the program's official support organization.[6]

The program struggled in the highly competitive Hockey East. The 2006–07 season, in which they won only 3 games, was the nadir of their struggles. In the 2010–11 season, however, they had unprecedented success against several of the nation's top teams.[2] They finished the regular season 22–8–4 and were ranked 9th in the nation. Merrimack gained a home ice advantage for the first round for the first time since 1997.[4]

The program received its first No. 1 ranking in the USCHO Poll during the 2011-12 season.

Mark Dennehy was fired as the team's head coach at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season following a 12-21-4 record and a sixth straight losing season. Scott Borek was hired as the team's head coach on April 9, 2018.

Season-by-season results[7][edit]

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[7]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1956–1964 Jim Reynolds 8 46–45–3 .505
1964–1965 Ron Ryan 1 6–8–0 .429
1965–1978 J. Thom Lawler 13 218–138–10 .609
1978–1983 Bruce Parker 5 100–76–5 .566
1983–1998 Ron Anderson 15 254–253–24 .501
1998–2005 Chris Serino 7 78–149–27 .360
2005–2018 Mark Dennehy 13 168–243–60 .420
2018–Present Scott Borek 1 7–24–3 .250
Totals 7 coaches 64 seasons 877–936–132 .485

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-American Teams[edit]

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

Hockey East[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

All-Conference Teams[edit]

First Team All-Hockey East

Second Team All-Hockey East

Third Team All-Hockey East

Hockey East All-Rookie Team

Statistical Leaders[8][edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Jim Vesey 1984–1988 140 110 134 244
Richard Pion 1985–1989 124 103 128 231
Mike Reynolds 1972–1976 124 113 111 224
Tom Lawler 1977–1981 138 102 119 221
Jim Toomey 1976–1980 140 99 121 220
Mickey Rego 2005–2009 136 94 108 202
Mark Ziliotto 1985–1989 136 84 100 184
Bob Magnuson 1976–1980 132 90 91 181
Billy Dunn 1972–1975 102 81 96 177
Andy Heinze 1986–1990 144 77 89 166

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 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Sam Marotta 2010–2014 47 2360 14 19 4 94 3 .917 2.39
Rasmus Tirronen 2011–2015 68 3893 22 34 8 159 3 .918 2.45
Joe Cannata 2008–2012 122 7145 59 46 16 294 7 .915 2.47
Collin Delia 2014–2017 56 3240 21 24 10 134 4 .911 2.48
Drew Vogler 2015–Present 44 2416 12 22 6 111 1 .902 2.76

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

Current roster[edit]

As of July 10, 2019.[9]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Finland Jere Huhtamaa Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-04-10 Helsinki, Finland Jokerit U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)
2 Massachusetts Patrick Holway Junior D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996-10-01 Cohasset, Massachusetts Maine (HEA) DET, 170th overall 2015
3 Michigan Declan Carlile Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-05-18 Hartland, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
4 Massachusetts Tyler Drevitch Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995-08-01 Middleborough, Massachusetts Lone Star (NAHL)
5 California Jacob Modry Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-01-23 El Segundo, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
6 Alberta Zach Vinnell Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-04-03 Cochrane, Alberta Camrose (AJHL)
7 Ontario Zach Uens Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-05-13 Belleville, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
8 Ontario Liam Dennison Freshman D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-02-07 Manotick, Ontario Youngstown (USHL)
9 Pennsylvania Liam Walsh Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-07-14 Bridgeville, Pennsylvania Cedar Rapids (USHL)
11 Michigan Tyler Irvine Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-05-15 Livonia, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
12 Pennsylvania Jordan Seyfert Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-04-03 Annville, Pennsylvania Fargo (USHL)
13 Ohio Chase Gresock Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-08-13 Powell, Ohio Youngstown (USHL)
14 Massachusetts Patrick Kramer Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-03-06 Bridgewater, Massachusetts Youngstown (USHL)
15 Sweden Hugo Esselin Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-07-15 Stockholm, Sweden Djurgårdens J20 (J20 SuperElit)
16 Ontario Regan Kimens Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-03-28 Vaughan, Ontario Coquitlam (BCHL)
17 Michigan Mac Welsher Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-04-24 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
18 British Columbia Ben Brar Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-11-19 Abbotsford, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL)
19 California Joey Cassetti Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-02-28 Pleasanton, California Waterloo (USHL)
20 Wisconsin Griff Jeszka Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-03-12 Muskego, Wisconsin UMass (HEA)
22 Massachusetts Logan Drevitch Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-04-14 Middleborough, Massachusetts Boston Bandits (NCDC)
23 Idaho August Von Ungern-Sternberg Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-07-27 Sun Valley, Idaho Wenatchee (BCHL)
24 Illinois Ryan Nolan Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-07-14 Winnetka, Illinois Victoria (BCHL)
25 France Sami Tavernier Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-04-25 Morzine, France Topeka (NAHL)
26 Saskatchewan Tyler Heidt Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-11-07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Melfort (SJHL)
27 New York (state) Dominic Dockery Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-01-02 Lockport, New York Youngstown (USHL)
28 Sweden Filip Forsmark Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-06-23 Skövde, Sweden Tri-City (USHL)
29 Massachusetts James Corcoran Freshman G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-02-23 Walpole, Massachusetts Winchendon (USHS–MA)
31 Michigan Christian Stoever Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-04-16 Northville, Michigan Youngstown (USHL)

Warriors in the NHL[edit]

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Greg Classen Center NSH 2000–2003 0
Brett Seney Left Wing NJD 2018–present 0
Mark Cornforth Defenseman BOS 1995–1996 0
Stéphane Da Costa Center OTT 2010–2014 0
Collin Delia Goaltender CHI 2017–Present 0
Matt Foy Right Wing MIN 2005–2008 0
Jim Hrivnak Goaltender WSH, WIN, STL 1989–1994 0
John Jakopin Defenseman FLA, PIT, SJS 1997–2003 0
Bob Jay Defenseman LAK 1993–1994 0
Steve McKenna Defenseman LAK, MIN, PIT, NYR 1996–2004 0
Darrel Scoville Defenseman CGY, CBJ 1999–2004 0
Karl Stollery Defenseman COL, SJS, NJD 2013–2017 0
Jim Vesey Center STL, BOS 1988–1992 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merrimack College Brand Guidelines". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Buckley, Steve (February 13, 2011). "Merrimack foundation... rock solid". The Boston Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Warrior Hockey".
  4. ^ a b Powers, John (March 10, 2011). "New ice age dawns at Merrimack". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Merrimack Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  6. ^ [warriorhockey.org/history "warriorhockey.org/history"] Check |url= value (help).
  7. ^ a b "Merrimack Warriors men's Hockey 2018-19 Year-By-Year Results" (PDF). Merrimack Warriors. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Merrimack men's Hockey 2018-19 Record Book without Year-By-Year" (PDF). Merrimack Warriors. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019–20 Merrimack College Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Merrimack Warriors.

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