Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey

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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey
Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey athletic logo
University Niagara University
Conference AHA
Head coach Jason Lammers
2nd season, 11–22–3 (.347)
Arena Dwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
Location Lewiston, New York
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2000, 2004, 2008, 2013
Conference Tournament championships
CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Conference regular season championships
CHA: 2000, 2006, 2007
AHA: 2013
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-NU.png
For information on all Niagara University sports, see Niagara Purple Eagles

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, New York.[2]

History[edit]

After several years of playing at the club level, the team turned varsity in the 1996–97 season, which they played as independent.

In 1999 they became charter members of the College Hockey America, joining two other independent teams (Air Force and Army) and three former Division II teams (Alabama–Huntsville, Bemidji State and Findlay).

Niagara went undefeated in conference play that season, 1999–00, winning the conference tournament and gaining an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, as the conference did not gain an automatic bid until the 2003 tournament. The purple eagles upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to North Dakota. North Dakota went on to win that national championship.

Niagara also won the College Hockey America Championship in 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship again those years. In 2004 they lost against Boston College and in 2008 against Michigan.

On January 29, 2009, Niagara University announced that the team was moving to Atlantic Hockey beginning in the 2010-11 season.

On October 14, 2010, it was announced that Jay McKee would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey, while not ruling out a return to the NHL.

On December 14, 2013 the Purple Eagles faced off against the RIT Tigers in an outdoor hockey game known as Frozen Frontier tying 2-2.

All-time coaching records[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2001–2017 Dave Burkholder 16 247–279–73
1996–2001 Blaise MacDonald 5 91–58–17
Totals 2 coaches 18 seasons 315–253–72

Seasons[edit]

Season W-L-T
1996-97 16-9-2 First season as varsity program
1997-98 14-10-3 ECAC West Regular Season Champions
ECAC West Tournament Champions
1998-99 17-12-3 First season in Division I
1999-00 30-8-4 CHA Regular Season Champions
CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2000-01 14-19-5
2001-02 17-17-1
2002-03 15-17-5
2003-04 21-15-3 CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2004-05 15-19-2
2005-06 20-15-1 CHA Regular Season Champions
2006-07 18-13-6 CHA Regular Season Champions
2007-08 22-11-4 CHA Champions
NCAA Tournament
2008-09 16-14-6
2009-10 12-20-4
2010-11 18-13-4
2011-12 17-11-9
2012-13 23-9-5 AHA Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament
2013-14 15-20-5
2014-15 7-28-4

NCAA Tournament appearances[edit]

Year Location Opponent Result
2000 Target Center New Hampshire W 4-1
Target Center North Dakota L 1-4
2004 Verizon Wireless Arena Boston College L 2-5
2008 Times Union Center Michigan L 1-5
2013 Van Andel Arena North Dakota L 1-2

Roster[edit]

As of August 9, 2017.[3]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Alberta Ryan Cox Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-07-23 St. Albert, Alberta Sherwood Park (AJHL)
3 Texas Reed Robinson Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-03-11 Rockwall, Texas Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL)
4 Ontario Chris Harpur Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-09-13 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
5 Michigan Tyler Hayes Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-26 Brighton, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
8 Manitoba Stephen Kleysen Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-12 Winnipeg, Manitoba West Kelowna (BCHL)
9 Pennsylvania Eric Cooley Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-05-05 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Amarillo Bulls (NAHL)
10 Ontario Nic Mucci Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-08 Mississauga, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
12 Washington (state) Nick Farmer (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-12-17 Spokane, Washington Wichita Falls (NAHL)
13 New York (state) Zac Herrmann Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-11-06 Lancaster, New York Odessa (NAHL)
14 Ontario Johnny Curran Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-03-14 Niagara Falls, Ontario Smiths Falls (CCHL)
15 Alberta Kris Spriggs Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-10-03 Edmonton, Alberta Lloydminster (AJHL)
16 Missouri Jared Brandt Sophomore (RS) D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-10-26 St. Louis, Missouri Miami (NCHC)
17 West Virginia Luke Edgerton Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-01 Wheeling, West Virginia Jersey (NCDC)
18 Minnesota Dylan Mills Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-08-18 Cottage Grove, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
19 Alberta Tanner Lomsnes Senior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-10-04 Red Deer, Alberta Waterloo (USHL)
20 Ontario Noah Delmas Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-04-29 Schomberg, Ontario Aurora (OJHL)
21 Wisconsin Justin Kendall Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-05-07 Holmen, Wisconsin Coulee Region (NAHL)
22 Utah Alex Truscott Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-23 Draper, Utah Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
23 Ontario Niko Kovachis Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-07-12 Mississauga, Ontario Toronto Patriots (OJHL)
24 Ontario Ben Sokay Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-01-24 Port Hope, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
25 Ontario Jon Hill Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-10-09 Whitby, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
26 Minnesota Zach Mills Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-12-16 Cottage Grove, Minnesota Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
27 Ontario Sean King Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-05-13 Newmarket, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
28 Virginia Jack Zielinski Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-08-08 Richmond, Virginia Lone Star (NAHL)
29 Sweden Ludwig Stenlund Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-04-16 Skellefteå, Sweden Madison (USHL)
30 Minnesota Cole Weaver Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-01-04 Champlin, Minnesota Dubuque (USHL)
31 Missouri Joe O'Brien Senior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-02-14 Brentwood, Missouri Nipawin (SJHL)
33 Ontario Brian Wilson Sophomore G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-09-27 Pickering, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niagara University Athletic Department Quick Facts". August 2, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Ice Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2017-18 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Niagara University Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 

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