Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey

The Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Colorado College. The Tigers are a member of National Collegiate Hockey Conference. They play at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]

Colorado College Tigers
UniversityColorado College
Head coachMike Haviland
6th season, 5211617 (.327)
Captain(s)Mason Bergh, Tanner Ockey
Alternate captain(s)Andrew Farny, Cole McCaskill
ArenaWorld Arena
Capacity: 8,000
Surface: 200' x 100'
LocationColorado Springs, Colorado
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
1950, 1957
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1996, 1997, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1979, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011
Conference Tournament championships
Conference regular season championships
1951–52, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08
Current uniform


Early history

In 1938 Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt developed plans to convert The Broadmoor's unused equestrian center into an indoor ice arena, known as the Broadmoor Ice Palace.[3] After three weeks at a cost of $200,000 the Ice Palace opened and became the home of the Tigers Hockey program and the Broadmoor Skating Club.[4] Colorado College Tiger Hockey began in 1938 playing in the Pikes Peak Hockey League with various local teams sponsored by Colorado Springs area businesses.,[3] The Tiger's opened play on January 21, 1938 in a 1-8 loss to a team sponsored by Giddings Department Store.[5] Garrett Livingston took over as head coach fin 1939 from John Atwood, who served as player/coach for the first season.[5] Livingston increased recruiting, bringing players from Canada and New England and transitioned the program from the Pikes Peak Hockey League into an NCAA Division I independent program.[5] The Tigers swept Michigan 4-2 and 4-3 in the program's first-ever intercollegiate series early in the 1939-40 season. That same season Colorado College also played games against Colorado School of Mines, Montana School of Mines, and University of Southern California.[5]

The program and college was suspended during World War II from 1942 to 1944.[3] Colorado College, with the cooperation of The Broadmoor, sponsored the first National Collegiate Athletic Association Ice Hockey Championship to conclude the 1947-48 season. The tournament was held at the Ice Palace for the next 10 years, during which time CC participating seven times.[5] Cheddy Thompson became the program's third head coach in 1945 after coming to Colorado Springs on assignment by the Air Force during the war. Thompson lead CC to the program's first NCAA championship in 1950 with a 13-4 win over Boston University. Colorado College became one of the founding members of the Mid-West Collegiate Hockey League (MWCHL) in 1951 with University of Denver, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, and North Dakota.[6] The league became the Western Intercollegiate Hockey League (WIHL) in 1953 and became the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in November 1959.[6] The Tigers also finished as runner-up in 1952 and 1955, losing to Michigan in both appearances in the championship game.[5] In addition, he was named national Coach of the Year in 1952 by the United States Hockey Coaches Association.[5] The Tigers returned to the championship game in 1957 with Tom Bedecki behind the bench. CC beat Clarkson 5-3 in the semifinal round and won the school's second hockey championship with a 13-6 win over Michigan.[7] In 1961 the Ice Palace became known as the Broadmoor World Arena.[4] The 1957 championship was the final appearance in the NCAA Tournament until 1978.[2] The Tigers finished the regular season and captured the school's first and only WCHA Tournament Championship and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, in the first round the Tigers lost to Bowling Green State 3-5.[8]

The lean years

Bedecki abruptly resigned in 1958, and the Tigers went into a decline that would last for almost four decades. From 1958 to 1993, the Tigers would have only three winning seasons. The low point came in 1961-62, when the Tigers finished with a 0-23 record, still the worst in school history.

Recent history

In 1993 Don Lucia became the head coach of the Tigers. In his first season, 1993–94, he led the team to win the MacNaughton Cup, given to the WCHA regular season champion. It was Colorado College's first Cup win since 1957.[9] After serving as the Tigers' home ice for 55 years the Broadmoor World Arena closed in March 1994 and later demolished by The Broadmoor to make room for the resort's expansion.[4][10] Colorado College was then invited by the Air Force Academy to play at their home ice, the Cadet Ice Arena until the new World Arena opened in 1998 on the southern side of Colorado Springs and continues to be the home ice for both the Colorado College Tiger hockey team and Broadmoor Skating Club.[11] The Tigers returned to the NCAA post season in 1995 for the first time since 1978. The Tigers lost in the quarterfinal round to Minnesota 2-5.[12] The following season CC made a second straight NCAA tournament appearance, receiving a number one seed in 1996 NCAA Tournament. Colorado College beat UMass Lowell 5-3 in the quarterfinals and Vermont 4-3 in the semifinal round beforing losing to 3-4 in overtime to Michigan in the championship game.[13] CC returned to the Frozen Four under Lucia for a second straight season in 1997 before losing to North Dakota 6-2.[14] Lucia lead the Tigers to two additional NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 before leaving Colorado College to become head coach at Minnesota.[2]

Scott Owens took over as head coach of the program in 1999 and lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA Tournaments in 2001, 2002, and 2003.[2][15] In the 2005 Tournament The Tigers returned to the Frozen Four with a 4-3 victory over Michigan in the Midwest Regional Final.[16] In the Semifinal round the Tigers fell to the eventual national champion and rival Denver 2-6.[17] Owens lead CC to the NCAA Tournament again in 2006 Tournament and in 2008 Tournament, ending in first round exits both times.[2] The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The Tigers upset the number one ranked team and defending National Champions, Boston College 8-4.[18] The Tigers' win was led by freshman Jaden Schwartz, a first round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues making his St. Louis debut in the West Regional.[19] The Tigers' season ended in the Regional final in a 1-2 loss to Michigan.[20]

New arena in 2021

In 2018, CC announced plans to build a new $38 million arena located on campus. The facility will be named Edward J. Robson Arena in honor of 1954 CC alum and former Tigers hockey player Edward Robson. The new arena will have a capacity of 3,376, less than half that of The Broadmoor World Arena.[21] The new arena will also feature an NHL-sized rink instead of the World Arena's Olympic-size rink. Robson Arena will sit around 6,050 feet above sea level, about 200 feet below the Broadmoor World Arena. Colorado College planned to break ground for the new arena in 2018, initially hoping for it to be ready for play by 2020.[22] [23][24] Changes made during the planning process, most notably the addition of a parking garage and a shift in the arena footprint within its city block, led to delays. While demolition on the project began in 2018, groundbreaking for the new arena is now set for 2020, with a planned opening for the 2021–22 season.[21]

Season-by-season results[25]


As of the end of the 2018-19 season[2]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1937–1938John Atwood13–9–0.250
1938–1942Garrett Livingston431–21–6.586
1944–1945C. E. Moore11–3–1.300
1945–1955Cheddy Thompson10149–72–5.670
1955–1958Tom Bedecki359–28–1.676
1958–1963Tony Frasca530–85–4.269
1963–1966Bob Johnson327–49–4.363
1966–1971John Matchefts554–88–3.383
1971–1982Jeff Sauer11166–228–11.423
1982–1988Mike Bertsch665–157–6.298
1988–1993Brad Buetow568–118–11.373
1993–1999Don Lucia6166–68–18.694
1999–2014Scott Owens14324–228–54.579
2014–PresentMike Haviland652–116–17.327
Totals 14 coaches 79 seasons 1,195–1,270–141 .486

Awards and honors

College Awards


This is a list of Colorado College alumni who have played or coached on an Olympic team.[25]

Name Position CC Tenure Team Year Finish
Andy GambucciCenter1949–1953 USA1952 Silver
Dan GriffinGoaltender1971–1975 USA19765th
Gary HughesDefenseman1955–1958 Poland (Coach)19649th
Roy IkolaGoaltender1946–1950 USA1948DQ
Doug LidsterDefenseman1979–1983 Canada19844th
Vern MottGoaltender1976–1977 Norway198812th
Robert RompreForward1950–1951
USA1952 Silver
Steve SertichRight Wing1970–1974 USA19765th

Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame

The following is a list of people associated with the Colorado College men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[28]

Statistical Leaders[25]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Delich 1975–1979 153 111 174 285
Brian Swanson 1995–1999 167 88 144 232
Doug Palazzari 1970–1974 117 95 133 228
Bruce Aikens 1978–1982 137 100 117 217
Rob Doyle 1983–1987 153 51 151 202
Jim Warner 1974–1978 142 89 109 198
Greg Whyte 1977–1981 149 86 111 197
Peter Sejna 2000–2003 126 91 99 190
Jay McNeill 1992–1996 158 100 89 189
Dave Feamster 1976–1980 150 45 139 184
Brett Sterling 2002–2006 150 108 76 184

Career Goaltending Leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 50 Games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Richard Bachman2007–20097041763920111567.9222.24
Curtis McElhinney2001–2005915153621581999.9112.32
Matt Zaba2003–2007110634955421025610.9132.42
Jeff Sanger1998–200212774667645430916.9062.48
Colin Zulianello1997–200160312113522.60

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



As of August 1, 2019.[29]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Chad Sasaki Freshman D 5' 7" (1.7 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1998-02-06 Cypress, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
3 Kristian Blumenschein Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1997-02-06 Kelowna, British Columbia West Kelowna (BCHL)
4 Bryan Yoon Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 169 lb (77 kg) 1998-01-27 Parker, Colorado Tri-City (USHL)
7 Alex Berardinelli (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1995-07-01 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Lone Star (BCHL)
8 Zach Berzolla (A) Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-05-28 Howell, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL)
9 Jackson Ross Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1997-03-28 Denver, Colorado Surrey (BCHL)
10 Patrick Cozzi Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-04-30 Greenlawn, New York Prince George (BCHL)
12 Ben Copeland Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1999-04-27 Edina, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
13 Nick Halloran (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1997-05-13 Draper, Utah Trail (BCHL)
16 Erik Middendorf Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-07-11 Scottsdale, Arizona USNTDP (USHL)
18 Connor Mayer Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-06-13 Champlin, Minnesota Central Illinois (USHL)
19 Troy Conzo Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-02-21 Nesconset, New York Wenatchee (BCHL)
20 Alex Pernitsky Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1996-06-25 Unity, Saskatchewan Lloydminster (AJHL)
21 Grant Cruikshank (C) Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998-07-19 Delafield, Wisconsin Penticton (BCHL)
23 Bailey Conger Sophomore (RS) F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1997-05-01 Boise, Idaho Providence (HEA)
24 Jack Gates Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 149 lb (68 kg) 1998-02-24 Oceanside, California Janesville (NAHL)
25 Brian Williams Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1995-01-08 San Diego, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
26 Brady Smith Freshman D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-08-16 Bloomington, Illinois Madison (USHL)
27 Josiah Slavin Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-12-31 Erie, Colorado Chicago (USHL) CHI, 193rd overall 2018
28 Andrew Gaus Graduate F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-02-23 Wexford, Pennsylvania Yale (ECAC)
29 Christiano Versich Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-01-02 Kelly Lake, Minnesota Bloomington (USHL)
30 Matt Vernon Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-29 San Jose, California Aberdeen (NAHL)
33 Jon Flakne Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1996-09-04 Maple Plain, Minnesota Odessa (NAHL)
34 Chris Wilkie (A) Senior (RS) F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 1996-07-10 Omaha, Nebraska North Dakota (NCHC) FLA, 162nd overall 2015
36 McKay Flanagan Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) 1997-02-03 Ridgefield, Connecticut Langley (BCHL)
37 Casey Staum Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-01-08 St. Paul, Minnesota Chicago (USHL) MTL, 124th overall 2016
39 Sam Renlund Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-04-04 Verona, Wisconsin Des Moines (USHL)
41 Ryan Ruck Graduate G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-09-12 Coto de Caza, California Northeastern (HEA)

Tigers in the NHL

Over 170 Colorado College alumni have gone on to play professionally, including over 30 current and former NHL players:[30][31]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[32] = NHL All-Star[32] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

See also


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  32. Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
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