Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey

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Michigan Tech Huskies
Michigan Tech Huskies athletic logo
University Michigan Technological University
Conference WCHA
Head coach Mel Pearson
6th year, 96–82–24 (.535)
Captain(s) Cliff Watson
Alternate captain(s) Shane Hanna
Mike Neville
Reid Sturos
Arena MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Capacity: 4,128
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Houghton, Michigan
Student section Mitch's Misfits
Colors Black and Gold[1]
         
Mascot Blizzard T. Husky
NCAA Tournament Champions
1962, 1965, 1975
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
Conference Regular Season Champions
1961–62, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1975–76, 2015–16
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-MTU.png

The Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team is a NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Michigan Technological University. The Huskies are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They play at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan.

The Huskies host and compete in the annual Great Lakes Invitational held in December of each year. The four-team tournament was played for the 50th year in 2014.

History[edit]

The Michigan Tech Huskies at the 2015 Great Lakes Invitational

Michigan Tech has had a storied history from its inception in 1919, producing three national championships. The program has played in five different home arenas including the Amphidrome, Calumet Colosseum, Dee Stadium and the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The program is a charter member of the WCHA in 1951 and became a national powerhouse under the leadership of Coach John MacInnes during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.[2][3]

The team has won three NCAA Division I championships (1962, 1965, and 1975) and seven Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships (1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976, and 2016).[4][5]

Conferences[edit]

NCAA Championships[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
1962 Michigan Tech 7–1 Clarkson Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium
1965 Michigan Tech 8–2 Boston College Providence, RI Meehan Auditorium
1975 Michigan Tech 6–1 Minnesota St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arena

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Huskies.

NCAA
season
Conference Conference regular season Overall Conference postseason NCAA
postseason
Finish GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA
2011–12 WCHA 8th 28 11 13 4 26 85 87 39 16 19 4 111 116 Won in first round (Colorado College)
Lost in quarterfinals (Denver)
Did not qualify
2012–13 WCHA 10th 28 8 16 4 20 75 92 37 13 20 4 107 116 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify
2013–14 WCHA 5th 28 12 11 5 29 78 78 40 14 19 7 99 108 Lost in quarterfinals (Bowling Green) Did not qualify
2014–15 WCHA 2nd 28 21 5 2 43 103 48 41 29 10 2 144 74 Won in quarterfinals (Alabama–Huntsville)
Won in semifinals (Bowling Green)
Lost in championship (Minnesota State)
Lost in regional semifinals (St. Cloud State)
2015–16 WCHA T-1st 28 18 7 3 39 92 55 37 23 9 5 123 77 Won in quarterfinals (Alaska)
Lost in semifinals (Ferris State)
Did not qualify

Coaches[edit]

As of completion of 2015–16 season[6]

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
1919–20 E.R. Lovell 1 1–2–1 .375
1920–21, 23–24 Elmer Sicotte 2 7–9–0 .438
1921–22 Mike Fay 1 8–3–1 .708
1922–23 Bill Murdoch 1 0–4–0 .000
1924–26 Leon Harvey 2 4–6–1 .409
1926–29 Carlos "Cub" Haug 3 12–10–3 .540
1929–36 Bert Noblet 7 44–53–8 .457
1936–38 Joe Savini 2 11–19–4 .382
1938–41, 45–48 Ed Maki* 6 35–60–0 .368
1941–43 Elwin Romnes 2 4–15–3 .250
1948–51 Amo Bessone 3 20–31–2 .396
1951–56 Al Renfrew 5 48–68–2 .415
1956–82 John MacInnes 26 555–295–39 .646
1982–85 Jim Nahrgang* 3 56–62–3 .475
1985–90 Herb Boxer* 5 66–129–8 .345
1990–92 Newell Brown 2 29–47–4 .388
1992–96 Bob Mancini 4 63–80–20 .448
1996–2000 Tim Watters* 5 39–116–9 .265
2000–03 Mike Sertich 3 25–69–9 .286
2003–11 Jamie Russell* 8 70–197–37 .291
2011–present Mel Pearson* 5 95–77–22 .546
Totals 21 coaches 95 seasons 1192–1352–176 .471

Note: (*) indicates former Huskies player

Pageantry[edit]

Huskies hockey fans associate many traditional songs with hockey games. Some of these songs include "The Engineer's Song," verses other than the first to "In Heaven There Is No Beer" and "Blue Skirt Waltz" (stylized as "The Copper Country Anthem"). Student organizations associated with hockey fandom include the student fan section Mitch's Misfits, and DaWGs, the official group representing the Huskies Pep Band.

Arena[edit]

John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena: (1972–present)

  • Name: Student Ice Arena (1972–91), John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena (1991–present)
  • Capacity: 4,200
  • Constructed: 1971
  • Dedication and first game: January 14, 1972
  • Renovated: 1999, 2009

Top single-game crowds

  • 4,619 vs Michigan: February 7, 1976
  • 4,563 vs Denver: February 4, 1978
  • 4,551 vs Denver: February 3, 1978

Top weekend series crowds

  • 9,131 vs Michigan: February 6–7, 1976
  • 9,114 vs Denver: February 3–4, 1978
  • 8,992 vs Michigan State: February 1–2, 1974

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 23, 2017.[7]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Wisconsin Watson, CliffCliff Watson (C) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993-12-21 Appleton, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL) SJS, 168th overall 2012
3 Michigan Roy, MattMatt Roy Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-03-01 Canton, Michigan Indiana (USHL) LAK, 194th overall 2015
4 British Columbia Birks, DaneDane Birks Sophomore (RS) D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-08-29 Merritt, British Columbia Merritt (BCHL) PIT, 164th overall 2013
5 Minnesota Reinke, MitchMitch Reinke Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1996-02-04 Stillwater, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
6 Michigan Leibinger, ChrisChris Leibinger Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-06-16 Saginaw, Michigan Waterloo (USHL)
7 Michigan Sturos, ReidReid Sturos (A) Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-08-08 Brighton, Michigan Nanaimo (BCHL)
8 Minnesota Steman, DylanDylan Steman Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-06-07 Hanover, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
9 British Columbia Gillies, AlexAlex Gillies Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-05-19 Vernon, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
10 Minnesota Jackson, JakeJake Jackson Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-12-05 Maplewood, Minnesota Nanaimo (BCHL) SJS, 201st overall 2013
11 Michigan L'Esperance, JoelJoel L'Esperance Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1995-08-18 Brighton, Michigan Sioux City (USHL)
12 Michigan Auk, MarkMark Auk Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-02-18 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
13 Ontario Beretta, ThomasThomas Beretta Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-04-08 Orangeville, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
14 British Columbia Gould, GavinGavin Gould Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1996-04-27 North Vancouver, British Columbia Nanaimo (BCHL)
15 British Columbia Lucchini, JakeJake Lucchini Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1995-05-10 Trail, British Columbia Trail (BCHL)
16 British Columbia Blacklock, MasonMason Blacklock Sophomore (RS) F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-02-23 White Rock, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
19 Alberta Gerrie, ChrisChris Gerrie Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-05-07 Red Deer, Alberta Penticton (BCHL)
20 Alberta Smith, AlexAlex Smith Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-07-10 Edmonton, Alberta Flin Flon (SJHL)
21 Michigan Kiilunen, ToddTodd Kiilunen Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-08-12 Brighton, Michigan Victory Honda (Midget AAA)
22 British Columbia Hanna, ShaneShane Hanna (A) Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1994-05-02 Salmon Arm, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
23 Michigan Brice, RaymondRaymond Brice Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1995-11-09 Houghton, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
24 Colorado Anderson, EvanEvan Anderson Sophomore (RS) F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-03-09 Littleton, Colorado Salmon Arm (BCHL)
25 Ontario Neville, MichaelMichael Neville (A) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-06-04 Woodbridge, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
27 Minnesota Heinonen, TylerTyler Heinonen Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993-05-08 Delano, Minnesota Chicago (USHL)
28 British Columbia Baltus, BrentBrent Baltus Injured Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-10-06 Nanaimo, British Columbia Trail (BCHL)
31 Michigan Kero, DevinDevin Kero Sophomore (RS) G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1994-01-29 Hancock, Michigan Merritt (BCHL)
35 Ontario Wintjes, MattMatt Wintjes Senior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1993-07-07 Holland Landing, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)
37 British Columbia Redmond, AngusAngus Redmond Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-10-03 Langley, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)

Staff[edit]

Title Staff member Hometown Tenure Previous position
Head coach Mel Pearson Edina, Minnesota 6th year Associate head coach, Michigan (CCHA)
Assistant coach Joe Shawhan Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 3rd year Assistant coach, Northern Michigan (WCHA)
Assistant coach Gary Shuchuk Edmonton, Alberta 2nd year Assistant coach, Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Strength & conditioning coach Tyler Shelast Kelowna, British Columbia 4th year Forward, Kalamazoo (ECHL)

Individual achievements[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

United States Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

All-Americans[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team Division I All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association.[8]

  • Ed Maki (1937)
  • Joe deBastiani (1951)
  • Bob Monahan (1953)
  • John Kosiancic (1959, 1960)
  • Paul Coppo (1960)
  • George Cuculick (1960)
  • Henry Akervall (1960, 1962)
  • Lou Angotti (1962)
  • Elov Seger (1962)
  • Jerry Sullivan (1962)
  • Garry Bauman (1963, 1964)
  • George Hill (1963)
  • Tony Esposito (1965, 1966, 1967)
  • Bruce Riutta (1966, 1967)
  • Rick Best (1967)
  • Gary Milroy (1967)
  • Al Karlander (1969)
  • Rob Murray (1971)
  • Morris Trewin (1971)
  • Jim Nahrgang (1974)
  • Mike Zuke (1974, 1976)
  • Bob D'Alvise (1975)
  • George Lyle (1976)
  • Tim Watters (1981)
  • Jamie Ram (1993, 1994)
  • Tanner Kero (2015)

Stanley Cup champions[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Huskies in the NHL[edit]

Forty-seven Michigan Tech Huskies have gone on to play in the NHL. The following Huskies played in at least one NHL game in the 2015–16 season.

Former Michigan Tech players also hold or held staff positions with NHL teams. Ron Rolston is the former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Davis Payne is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings. Scott White is director of hockey operations for the Dallas Stars and general manager of the team's AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. Jimmy Roy is coordinator of player development for the Winnipeg Jets. Chris Cichocki, Brian Hunter and Glenn Merkosky are scouts with the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings, respectively.

Olympians[edit]

The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have participated in the Winter Olympic Games.

  • United States Paul Coppo (1964)
  • Canada Henry Akervall (1964)
  • Canada Gary Begg (1964)
  • United States Bruce Riutta (1968)
  • United States Paul Jensen (1976)
  • United States Steve Jensen (1976)
  • United States Jim Warden (1976)
  • Canada Tim Watters (1980, 1988)
  • Canada Tony Stiles (1988)
  • Finland Jarkko Ruutu (2002, Silver medal icon.svg 2006, Bronze medal icon.svg 2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michigan Technological University Brand Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.cchockeyhistory.org/index.htm
  3. ^ Erik Nordberg. "From the Archives: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun". Michigan Tech Magazine. 
  4. ^ "2007-2008 Michigan Tech Ice Hockey Media Guide, p. 87" (PDF). Michigan Technological University. 
  5. ^ "Unofficial MTU Hockey Webpage". cchockeyhistory.org. 
  6. ^ 2010–11 Hockey Yearbook. Michigan Technological University. 2010. 
  7. ^ "2016–17 Hockey Roster". Michigan Tech Athletics. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Men's Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 

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