Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey
The Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), starting play in the conference in the conference's 2013–14 inaugural season. Prior to the NCHC, from 1980 to 2013, the RedHawks were a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). They play in Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center.
|Head coach||Chris Bergeron|
|Arena||Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Colors||Red and White|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1993, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|CCHA: 2011, NCHC: 2015|
|Conference regular season championships|
|CCHA: 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2012–13|
Miami University added hockey to the roster of varsity sports in 1978, the program's first coach was Steve Cady. Miami played as an independent Division I team for the first two seasons, collecting an overall record of 45–27–3. The team joined the CCHA for the 1980–81 season, and participated in the CCHA until the 2013–2014 season.
The 1992–93 season marked a historic year for the program. led by the third head coach in program history, George Gwozdecky, the team received its first bid to the 1993 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The team lost in the first round to Wisconsin 3–6.
After a mediocre record for most of the program history the team has recently elevated to a powerhouse program in the NCAA Division I. Under current head coach Enrico Blasi the team has made the NCAA Tournament the past nine out of ten seasons, including the past eight straight seasons.
In 2009, the RedHawks made their first appearance in the Frozen Four, beating University of Denver in the opening round, Minnesota–Duluth in the West Regionals, and Bemidji State in National semifinal game. The team advanced to the Championship game and came within a minute of winning the school's first NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship before Boston University scored 2 goals in the final minute of regulation to tie the game. Boston finished the comeback with a strange redirected shot 11:47 into overtime.
Tragedy struck the program and school on Friday February 5, 2010, when Miami student hockey manager, Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, and a friend/passenger died in a traffic accident on icy winter roads in South-Central Indiana. The team remained strong, using the tragedy as inspiration on the ice. The team scored 10 goals the following night against Lake Superior State University. And on February 12, 2010, after a victory over Bowling Green State University, the RedHawks claimed a third CCHA regular-season title.
The RedHawks finished the 2010–11 regular season ranked third in the CCHA, giving the team a first round bye in the 2011 CCHA Tournament. The RedHawks faced Alaska in the second round and swept Alaska by a combined score of 8–2. The RedHawks then beat Notre Dame 6–2 in semifinal round and dismantled the Western Michigan Broncos in the championship to give the university its first Mason Cup. After the strong finish in the regular season the team was ranked as a #1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks were placed into the Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. In the opening round of the tournament the team faced the 4th-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats and lost 1–3 in front of a pro-New Hampshire crowd. Miami senior forward Andy Miele was named as the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, becoming the university's first Hobey Baker winner. Miele lead the nation in scoring with 71 points (24 goals and 47 assists). It was the most in Division I since the 2002–03 season and 11 more than the second highest scorer in the 2010–11 season. In addition, he had at least one point in 33 games and multiple points in 22 and tied a school record with a 17-game points streak from January 8, 2011, to March 19, 2011.
In July 2011, following the announcement in June 2011 that the Big Ten Conference will begin sponsoring men's ice hockey, The athletic directors of the Miami and five other schools, Colorado College, the University of Denver, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of North Dakota, announced the formation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Miami will remain in the CCHA until the NCHC begins play in the 2013–14 season.
The 2011–12 season marked another return to the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena and seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks finished the regular season with a record of 21–15–2 and a conference record of 15–11–2–1. Despite a slow start to the season that included a five-game winless streak through October, they finished the regular season with a six-game win streak and secured fourth place in the CCHA standings. The RedHawks received a first round bye in the 2012 CCHA Tournament and swept Michigan State in a best-of-three series to advance to the CCHA Semifinals. Although the team lost in the CCHA Semifinals 2–6 to Western Michigan, the RedHawks rebounded with a 4–1 win over Bowling Green in the CCHA Third-place game. Despite the loss in the CCHA Semifinal round, the RedHawks received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and were seeded second in the East Regional, held in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Miami played the third-seeded UMass Lowell in the opening round in the tournament. The RedHawks rallied in the third period to overcome a three-goal deficit and tie the game to force overtime. The RedHawks season was ended just over two minutes into overtime when UMass Lowell forward Riley Wetmore capitalized on a rebound to give UMass Lowell a 4–3 win. The loss to UMass Lowell marked the team's second straight first round loss after making the Frozen Four in 2009 and 2010.
Chris Bergeron, from Bowling Green State University
The RedHawks previous head coach was Enrico Blasi, former player at Miami from 1990–1994 and captain 1993–94. Blasi was hired as head coach at Miami in 1999 after serving as assistant coach to former RedHawks coach, George Gwozdecky at the University of Denver. He was just 27 when hired, the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey at the time.
The 2005–2006 season marked a historic season for Blasi and the Miami RedHawks program. With a 3–1 win over Ferris State, Blasi became the winningest head coach in school history reaching 130 career wins and surpassing Steve Cady's 122 wins behind the RedHawks bench. In addition Miami was ranked #1 in the country for the first time program history. Blasi lead the RedHawks to the program's first CCHA Regular Season Championship. That same season he was the winner of the Spencer Penrose Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association for head coach of the year in Division I Men’s Hockey.
All-time coaching records
|Totals||6 coaches||41 seasons||726–725–130||.500|
Career points leaders
Career Goaltending Leaders
Minimum 1,500 minutes
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|
|3||Bray Crowder||Sophomore||D||6' 6" (1.98 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1998-11-17||Sudbury, Ontario||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|4||Andrew Sinard||Sophomore||D||6' 6" (1.98 m)||202 lb (92 kg)||1997-05-22||Brentwood, Tennessee||Aberdeen (NAHL)||—|
|5||Jack Clement||Freshman||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1999-06-09||Detroit, Michigan||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|6||Alec Mahalak||Junior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||163 lb (74 kg)||1998-09-14||Monroe, Michigan||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|7||Grant Frederic||Senior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||202 lb (92 kg)||1995-03-23||St. Louis, Missouri||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|8||Chaz Switzer||Senior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||189 lb (86 kg)||1997-07-09||Muskegon, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||—|
|9||Gordie Green||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||1997-02-24||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|10||Ben Lown||Junior||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||162 lb (73 kg)||1998-06-22||Newport Coast, California||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|11||Rourke Russell||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||173 lb (78 kg)||1998-02-25||Long Beach, California||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|12||John Sladic||Freshman||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||168 lb (76 kg)||1998-01-22||Novi, Michigan||Aberdeen (NAHL)||—|
|13||Derek Daschke||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||191 lb (87 kg)||1998-10-13||Troy, Michigan||Chicago (USHL)||—|
|14||Noah Jordan||Sophomore||F||6' 5" (1.96 m)||219 lb (99 kg)||1997-03-08||Toronto, Ontario||North York (OJHL)||—|
|18||Monte Graham||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||177 lb (80 kg)||1998-04-04||Hanover, Massachusetts||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|19||Brian Hawkinson||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||1998-01-10||Kailua, Hawaii||Tri-City (USHL)||—|
|20||Christian Mohs||Junior (RS)||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1995-07-14||Andover, Minnesota||Minot (NAHL)||—|
|21||Ryan Savage||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-03-31||Montreal, Quebec||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|22||Carter Johnson||Senior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1995-10-04||Gimli, Manitoba||Corpus Christi (NAHL)||—|
|25||Scott Corbett||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-04-14||Carmel, Indiana||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|26||Matt Barry||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1997-09-01||Naperville, Illinois||Holy Cross (AHA)||—|
|28||Chase Pletzke||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2000-04-10||Bay City, Michigan||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|31||Ryan Larkin||Senior||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||196 lb (89 kg)||1997-06-09||Clarkston, Michigan||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|33||Ben Kraws||Freshman||G||6' 4" (1.93 m)||166 lb (75 kg)||2000-08-02||Cranbury, New Jersey||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|34||Alec Capstick||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-02-18||Langley, British Columbia||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|36||Grant Valentine||Junior||G||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1997-01-30||Medina, Ohio||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL)||—|
|39||Casey Gilling||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||178 lb (81 kg)||1998-03-25||Gaylord, Michigan||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|67||Phil Knies||Junior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||169 lb (77 kg)||1998-06-04||Phoenix, Arizona||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|85||Karch Bachman||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-03-10||Wolcottville, Indiana||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||FLA, 132nd overall 2015|
Hobey Baker Award winners
- Andy Miele – 2011
The following players have been named First or Second Team All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association:
Note: Italics indicate a player is still an active RedHawk.
- Austin Czarnik – 2014 Second Team
- Austin Czarnik – 2013 First Team
- Reilly Smith – 2012 First Team
- Andy Miele – 2011 First Team
- Carter Camper – 2011 Second Team
- Cody Reichard – 2010 Second Team
- Carter Camper – 2009 Second Team
- Ryan Jones – 2008 First Team
- Alec Martinez – 2008 Second Team
- Nathan Davis – 2007 Second Team
- Andy Greene – 2005 Second Team and 2006 First Team
- Derek Edwardson – 2004 Second Team
- Dan Boyle – 1997 and 1998 First Team
- Randy Robitaille – 1997 First Team
- Chuck Thuss – 1995 First Team
- Brian Savage – 1993 Second Team
- Bob Marshall – 1993 Second Team
- Cody Reichard – 2009–10 CCHA Player of the Year
- Will Weber – 2009–10 CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
- Tommy Wingels – 2009–10 CCHA Best Defensive Forward
- Andy Greene – 2007–08 CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
- Alec Martinez – 2007–08 CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
- Nathan Davis – 2006–07 CCHA Best Defensive Forward
- Andy Greene – 2005–06 CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
- Andy Greene – 2004–05 CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
- Derek Edwardson – 2003–04 CCHA Player of the Year
- Ernie Hartlieb – 1998–99 Terry Flanagan Award
- Dan Boyle – 1997–98 CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
- Chuck Thuss – 1994–95 Terry Flanagan Award
- Chris Bergeron – 1992–93 CCHA Best Defensive Forward
- Joe Cook – 1992–93 CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
- Bob Marshall – 1992–93 CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
- Brian Savage – 1992–93 CCHA Player of the Year
RedHawks in the NHL
|= NHL All-Star Team||= NHL All-Star||= NHL All-Star and NHL All-Star Team||= Hall of Famers|
Note: Italics indicate a player is still an active RedHawk.
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