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 Vacant
Arena Dwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
Location Lewiston, New York
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2000, 2004, 2008, 2013
Conference Tournament Champions
CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Conference Regular Season Champions
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–present Dave Burkholder 13 229–195–55
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 December 21, 2016.[3]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Quebec Therien, GuillaumeGuillaume Therien Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1994-01-31 Mirabel, Quebec Carleton Place (CCHL)
2 New York (state) Smith, LarryLarry Smith Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1993-02-04 Grand Island, New York Carleton Place (CCHL)
3 New York (state) Muto, VinnyVinny Muto Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993-03-13 Niagara Falls, New York Sioux Falls (USHL)
4 Colorado Patterson, KevinKevin Patterson Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1992-08-18 Colorado Springs, Colorado Topeka (NAHL)
5 Michigan Hayes, TylerTyler Hayes Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-26 Brighton, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
7 Arizona Cakebread, ChristianChristian Cakebread Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-04-15 Gilbert, Arizona Vernon (BCHL)
8 Michigan Rennaker, SamSam Rennaker Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-04-28 Grand Rapids, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
9 Ontario Pietrobon, StephenStephen Pietrobon (A) Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1994-09-16 Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
10 Ontario Boman, CalebCaleb Boman Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-11-04 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Soo (NOJHL)
11 Quebec Plouffe, DerianDerian Plouffe (C) Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1995-01-15 Shawville, Quebec Smiths Falls (CCHL)
12 Washington (state) Farmer, NickNick Farmer Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-12-17 Spokane, Washington WIchita Falls (NAHL)
14 Ontario Curran, JohnnyJohnny Curran Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-03-14 Niagara Falls, Ontario Smiths Falls (CCHL)
15 Alberta Spriggs, KrisKris Spriggs Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-10-03 Edmonton, Alberta Lloydminster (AJHL)
16 New York (state) Kuhn, RyanRyan Kuhn Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1995-01-18 Wheatfield, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
17 Russia Dzakhov, StanislavStanislav Dzakhov Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993-03-16 Vladikavkaz, Russia Bismarck (NAHL)
18 Arizona Brown, DerekDerek Brown Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-05-11 Peoria, Arizona Odessa (NAHL)
19 Alberta Lomsnes, TannerTanner Lomsnes Sophomore F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-10-04 Red Deer, Alberta Waterloo (USHL)
20 Ontario Delmas, NoahNoah Delmas Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-04-29 Schomberg, Ontario Aurora (OJHL)
21 New York (state) Sarcona, T. J.T. J. Sarcona Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-06-01 West Islip, New York Amarillo (NAHL)
22 Minnesota Tomberlin, TylerTyler Tomberlin Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-12-16 Andover, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
23 Ontario Kovachis, NikoNiko Kovachis Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-07-12 Mississauga, Ontario Toronto Patriots (OJHL)
24 Ontario Sokay, BenBen Sokay Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-01-24 Port Hope, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
26 Ontario Molinaro, JoeyJoey Molinaro Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-03-17 Mississauga, Ontario Amarillo (NAHL)
27 Ontario King, SeanSean King Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-05-13 Newmarket, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
28 Quebec Carrier, NicolasNicolas Carrier Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-09-24 Delson, Quebec Carleton Place (CCHL)
29 Ontario Harper, KeeganKeegan Harper (C) Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993-02-14 Ottawa, Ontario Pembroke (CCHL)
30 Ontario Teichroeb, JacksonJackson Teichroeb Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-10-05 London, Ontario Lincoln (USHL)
31 Missouri O'Brien, JoeJoe O'Brien Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-02-14 Brentwood, Missouri Nipawin (SJHL)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niagara University Athletic Department Quick Facts". 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Ice Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2013-14 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Niagara University Athletics. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 

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