Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey

The Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team is an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Michigan Technological University. The Huskies are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They play at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan.

Michigan Tech Huskies
UniversityMichigan Technological University
ConferenceWCHA
Head coachJoe Shawhan
3rd season, 36379 (.494)
Captain(s)Raymond Brice
Alternate captain(s)Seamus Donohue
Alex Smith
ArenaMacInnes Student Ice Arena
Capacity: 4,466
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationHoughton, Michigan
Student sectionMitch's Misfits
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
MascotBlizzard T. Husky
NCAA Tournament championships
1962, 1965, 1975
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
NCAA Tournament appearances
1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2015, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament championships
1960, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2017, 2018
Conference regular season championships
1961–62, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1975–76, 2015–16
Current uniform

The Huskies host and compete in the annual Great Lakes Invitational held in December of each year. The four-team tournament was played for the 50th year in 2014.

History

Michigan Tech has had a storied history from its inception in 1919, producing three national championships. The program has played in five different home arenas including the Amphidrome, Calumet Colosseum, Dee Stadium and the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The program is a charter member of the WCHA in 1951 and became a national powerhouse under the leadership of Coach John MacInnes during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.[2][3]

The team has won three NCAA Division I championships (1962, 1965, and 1975) and seven Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships (1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976, and 2016).[4][5]

Conferences

NCAA Championships

YearChampionScoreRunner-upCityArena
1962Michigan Tech71ClarksonUtica, NYUtica Memorial Auditorium
1965Michigan Tech82Boston CollegeProvidence, RIMeehan Auditorium
1975Michigan Tech61MinnesotaSt. Louis, MOSt. Louis Arena

Season-by-season results[6]

Coaches[6]

As of completion of 2018–19 season[7]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1919–1920E.R. Lovell11–2–1.375
1920–1921, 1923–1924Elmer Sicotte27–9–0.438
1921–1922Mike Fay18–3–1.708
1922–1923Bill Murdoch10–4–0.000
1924–1926Leon Harvey24–6–1.409
1926–1929Carlos "Cub" Haug312–10–3.540
1929–1936Bert Noblet744–53–8.457
1936–1938Joe Savini211–19–4.382
1938–1941, 1945–1948Ed Maki*635–60–0.368
1941–1943Elwin Romnes24–15–3.250
1948–1951Amo Bessone320–31–2.396
1951–1956Al Renfrew548–68–2.415
1956–1982John MacInnes26555–295–39.646
1982–1985Jim Nahrgang*356–62–3.475
1985–1990Herb Boxer*566–129–8.345
1990–1992Newell Brown229–47–4.388
1992–1996Bob Mancini463–80–20.448
1996–2000Tim Watters†*539–116–9.265
2000–2003Mike Sertich325–69–9.286
2003–2011Jamie Russell*870–197–37.291
2011–2017Mel Pearson*6118–92–29.554
2017–PresentJoe Shawhan236–37–9.494
Totals 22 coaches 98 seasons 1251–1404–192 .473

* indicates former Huskies player
† Tim Watters was fired in November of 2000 after a 1–7–1 start.[8]

Pageantry

Huskies hockey fans associate many traditional songs with hockey games. Some of these songs include "The Engineer's Song," verses other than the first to "In Heaven There Is No Beer" and "Blue Skirt Waltz" (stylized as "The Copper Country Anthem"). Student organizations associated with hockey fandom include the student fan section Mitch's Misfits, and DaWGs, the official group representing the Huskies Pep Band.

Arena

John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena: (1972–present)

  • Name: Student Ice Arena (1972–91), John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena (1991–present)
  • Capacity: 4,200
  • Constructed: 1971
  • Dedication and first game: January 14, 1972
  • Renovated: 1999, 2009

Top single-game crowds

  • 4,619 vs Michigan: February 7, 1976
  • 4,563 vs Denver: February 4, 1978
  • 4,551 vs Denver: February 3, 1978

Top weekend series crowds

  • 9,131 vs Michigan: February 6–7, 1976
  • 9,114 vs Denver: February 3–4, 1978
  • 8,992 vs Michigan State: February 1–2, 1974

Statistical Leaders[9]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Mike Zuke 1972–1976 163 133 177 310
Bob D'Alvise 1971–1975 149 100 117 217
Stu Ostlund 1974–1978 160 80 133 213
John Young 1989–1993 155 61 149 210
Rick Boehm 1978–1982 147 66 143 209
Bill Terry 1980–1984 152 91 89 180
Pat Mikesch 1992–1996 153 57 112 169
George Lyle 1973–1976 100 93 73 166
Steve Murphy 1979–1984 144 73 92 165
Jack McManus 1953–1957 107 88 72 160

Career Goaltending Leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Jamie Phillips2012–20169956145725818710.9222.00
Tony Esposito1964–1967513160381031302.9122.55
Garry Bauman1961–1964754500522211986.9162.64
Michael-Lee Teslak2005–20087340852633111815.9102.66
Rick Best1964–1967427633271211211.8962.88

Statistics current through the start of the 2019-20 season.

Players and personnel

Current roster

As of October 6, 2019.[10]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Seamus Donohue (A) Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1996-06-01 North Oaks, Minnesota Wichita Falls (NAHL)
3 Tyrell Buckley Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-03-01 Penticton, British Columbia Merritt (BCHL)
4 Chris Lipe Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-11-23 Rockford, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
5 Brenden Datema Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1999-03-18 Sterling Heights, Michigan Amarillo (NAHL)
6 Cooper Watson Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-04-18 Appleton, Wisconsin Vernon (BCHL)
7 Keegan Ford Senior (RS) D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1996-05-30 Waunakee, Wisconsin Madison (USHL)
8 David Raisanen Junior F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1998-01-17 Cokato, Minnesota Minot (NAHL)
9 Tommy Parrottino Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-03 Rochester Hills, Michigan Youngstown (USHL)
10 Jake Crespi Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-12-10 Brighton, Michigan Tri-City (USHL)
11 Zach Noble Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-09-19 Toms River, New Jersey Aberdeen (NAHL)
12 Brian Halonen Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-01-11 Delano, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
13 Logan Pietila Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 157 lb (71 kg) 2000-01-27 Howell, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
14 Logan Ganie Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1999-06-28 Irma, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
15 Parker Saretsky Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-04-23 Wainwright, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
16 T. J. Polglaze Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1997-02-17 Beloit, Wisconsin Janesville (NAHL)
17 Justin Misiak Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1996-04-25 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Austin (NAHL)
18 Greyson Reitmeier Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-05-16 Nakusp, British Columbia Flin Flon (SJHL)
19 Eric Gotz Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1998-04-23 Hermantown, Minnesota Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
20 Alex Smith (A) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1995-07-10 Edmonton, Alberta Flin Flon (SJHL)
21 Todd Kiilunen Junior (RS) D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998-08-12 Brighton, Michigan Victory Honda (Midget AAA)
22 Tyler Rockwell Junior D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1996-06-27 San Jose, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
23 Raymond Brice (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-11-09 Houghton, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
24 Colin Swoyer Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-03-31 Hinsdale, Illinois Sioux Falls (USHL)
26 Marcus Russell Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-03-06 Traverse City, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
27 Mitch Meek Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-08-21 Victoria, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
28 Trenton Bliss Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1998-03-16 Appleton, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
29 Alec Broetzman Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-02-05 Hudson, Wisconsin Madison (USHL)
30 Matt Jurusik Senior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-05-01 La Grange, Illinois Sioux City (USHL)
31 Blake Pietila Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2000-01-27 Howell, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
35 Robbie Beydoun Junior G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-10-01 Plymouth, Michigan Waterloo (USHL)

Staff

Title Staff member Hometown Tenure Previous position
Head Coach Joe Shawhan Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 3rd year Assistant Coach, Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Assistant Coach Chris Brooks Stratford, Ontario 3rd year Head Coach, Wisconsin–Stevens Point (WIAC)
Assistant Coach Dallas Steward Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 3rd year Assistant Coach, Chicago (USHL)
Strength & Conditioning Coach Tyler Shelast Kelowna, British Columbia 7th year Forward, Kalamazoo (ECHL)

Individual achievements

Hockey Hall of Fame

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

United States Hockey Hall of Fame

The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

NCAA

All-Americans

First Team[11]

Second Team

  • 1951–52: Joe deBastiani, D
  • 1954–55: Jack McManus, F
  • 1955–56: Jack McManus, F
  • 1989–90: Kip Noble, D
  • 2004–05: Colin Murphy, F
  • 2015–16: Alex Petan, F


WCHA

Individual Awards

All-Conference Teams

First Team All-WCHA

Second Team All-WCHA

  • 1951–52: Joe deBastiani, D
  • 1952–53: Joe deBastiani, F
  • 1954–55: Jack McManus, F
  • 1955–56: Bob McManus, G
  • 1956–57: Jack McManus, F; Tom Kennedy, F
  • 1959–60: George Cuculick, G; Gerald Fabbro, F; Paul Coppo, F
  • 1960–61: Bill Rowe, G; Henry Åkervall, D; Lou Angotti, F; Jerry Sullivan, F
  • 1961–62: Elov Seger, D; Gene Rebellato, F
  • 1962–63: Gary Begg, D; John Ivanitz, F
  • 1963–64: Scott Watson, F; George Hill, F
  • 1964–65: Dennis Huculak, D; Gary Milroy, F
  • 1965–66: Dennis Huculak, D; Wayne Weller, F
  • 1966–67: Rick Best, G; Bruce Riutta, D; Bob Toothill, F; Gary Milroy, F
  • 1967–68: Dick Sieradzki, D; Al Karlander, F
  • 1970–71: Mike Usitalo, F
  • 1972–73: Jim Nahrgang, D
  • 1973–74: Rick Quance, G; Lorne Stamler, F
  • 1974–75: Bob Lorimer, D; Mike Zuke, F
  • 1975–76: John Rockwell, G; Gord Salt, F
  • 1987–88: John Archibald, F
  • 1990–91: Kelly Hurd, F
  • 1992–93: John Young, F
  • 1997–98: Andy Sutton, D
  • 2003–04: Chris Conner, F
  • 2004–05: Lars Helminen, D
  • 2014–15: Alex Petan, F; Malcolm Gould, F
  • 2015–16: Jamie Phillips, G; Matt Roy, D
  • 2016–17: Shane Hanna, D

Third Team All-WCHA

  • 1996–97: Andre Savage, F
  • 2004–05: Cam Ellsworth, G
  • 2006–07: Michael-Lee Teslak, G
  • 2014–15: Shane Hanna, D; Blake Pietila, F
  • 2015–16: Shane Hanna, D; Malcolm Gould, F; Tyler Heinonen, F
  • 2016–17: Tyler Heinonen, F
  • 2017–18: Mitch Reinke, D

All-WCHA Rookie Team

  • 1990–91: Jamie Ram, G
  • 1992–93: Jason Wright, D; Pat Mikesch, F
  • 2012–13: Alex Petan, F
  • 2013–14: Shane Hanna, D
  • 2015–16: Jake Lucchini, F
  • 2016–17: Angus Redmond, G; Mitch Reinke, D
  • 2017–18: Mitch Reinke, D
  • 2018–19: Brian Halonen, F

Michigan Tech Hall of Fame

The following is a list of people associated with Michigan Tech 's men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Michigan Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[12]

Huskies in the NHL[13]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[14] = NHL All-Star[14] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers


WHA

Several players also were members of WHA teams.

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