Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey
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.
|Merrimack Warriors men's ice hockey|
|Head coach||Scott Borek|
2nd season, 7–24–3 (.250)
|Captain(s)||Tyler Irvine |
|Arena||J. Thom Lawler Rink|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Location||North Andover, Massachusetts|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|1978 (DII), 1984 (DII)|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1978 (DII), 1984 (DII), 1988, 2011|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
All-time coaching records
|1965–1978||J. Thom Lawler||13||218–138–10||.609|
|Totals||7 coaches||64 seasons||877–936–132||.485|
Awards and honors
- 1992–93: Mark Goble, F
- 1993–94: John Jakopin, F
- 1994–95: Casey Kesselring, F
- 1995–96: Darrel Scoville, D
- 1998–99: Greg Classen, F
- 1999–00: Anthony Aquino, F
- 2000–01: Joe Exter, G
- 2002–03: Bryan Schmidt, D
- 2003–04: Jim Healey, G
- 2005–06: Rob Ricci, F
- 2008–09: Karl Stollery, D
- 2009–10: Stéphane Da Costa, F
- 2010–11: Mike Collins, F
- 2018–19: Chase Gresock, F
Career points leaders
Career Goaltending Leaders
minimum 30 games played
Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Jere Huhtamaa||Freshman||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-04-10||Helsinki, Finland||Jokerit U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|2||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||Declan Carlile||Freshman||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||2000-05-18||Hartland, Michigan||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|4||Tyler Drevitch||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1995-08-01||Middleborough, Massachusetts||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|5||Jacob Modry||Freshman||D||6' 5" (1.96 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1999-01-23||El Segundo, California||Wenatchee (BCHL)||—|
|6||Zach Vinnell||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-04-03||Cochrane, Alberta||Camrose (AJHL)||—|
|7||Zach Uens||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2001-05-13||Belleville, Ontario||Wellington (OJHL)||—|
|8||Liam Dennison||Freshman||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-02-07||Manotick, Ontario||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|9||Liam Walsh||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1999-07-14||Bridgeville, Pennsylvania||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|11||Tyler Irvine (C)||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1996-05-15||Livonia, Michigan||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|12||Jordan Seyfert||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1999-04-03||Annville, Pennsylvania||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|13||Chase Gresock (C)||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1998-08-13||Powell, Ohio||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|14||Patrick Kramer||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-03-06||Bridgewater, Massachusetts||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|15||Hugo Esselin||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-07-15||Stockholm, Sweden||Djurgårdens J20 (J20 SuperElit)||—|
|16||Regan Kimens||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1999-03-28||Vaughan, Ontario||Coquitlam (BCHL)||—|
|17||Mac Welsher||Freshman||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-04-24||Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|18||Ben Brar||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-11-19||Abbotsford, British Columbia||Prince George (BCHL)||—|
|19||Joey Cassetti||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1999-02-28||Pleasanton, California||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|20||Griff Jeszka||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1995-03-12||Muskego, Wisconsin||UMass (HEA)||—|
|21||Christian Simeone||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-02-12||Milton, Massachusetts||Alberni Valley (BCHL)||—|
|22||Logan Drevitch||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1998-04-14||Middleborough, Massachusetts||Boston Bandits (NCDC)||—|
|24||Ryan Nolan||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1998-07-14||Winnetka, Illinois||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|25||Sami Tavernier (C)||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-04-25||Morzine, France||Topeka (NAHL)||—|
|26||Tyler Heidt||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-11-07||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Melfort (SJHL)||—|
|27||Dominic Dockery||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-01-02||Lockport, New York||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|28||Filip Forsmark||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1998-06-23||Skövde, Sweden||Tri-City (USHL)||—|
|29||James Corcoran||Freshman||G||6' 4" (1.93 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-02-23||Walpole, Massachusetts||Winchendon (USHS–MA)||—|
|30||Troy Kobryn||Freshman||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1999-02-14||Hillsborough, New Jersey||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
Warriors in the NHL
|Brett Seney||Left Wing||NJD||2018–present||0|
|Stéphane Da Costa||Center||OTT||2010–2014||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|
|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|
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