Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey

The Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Western Michigan University. The Broncos are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.[2]

Western Michigan Broncos
UniversityWestern Michigan University
ConferenceNCHC
Head coachAndy Murray
9th season, 13913135 (.513)
Captain(s)Hugh McGing
Alternate captain(s)Luke Bafia, Wade Allison, Josh Passolt and Mattias Samuelsson
ArenaLawson Arena
Capacity: 3,667
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
ColorsBrown and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
Conference Tournament championships
Current uniform

History

The Broncos program began in 1973 and joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 1975–76 season. After ten seasons in the league Western Michigan won the 1986 CCHA Playoff Tournament and advanced to the school's first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey tournament in 1986.[3] The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament.[4] The Broncos entered the tournament in the West Regional against Harvard and lost the two-game aggregate series, being outscored 11–4 by the Crimson.[5]

Western Michigan's next post season appearance came in 1994. Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 1994 NCAA Division I Tournament and again fell in the first round with a 6–3 loss to Wisconsin.[6]

The Broncos rebounded in the 1995–96 season after a sub-.500 season in 1994–95. Western Michigan received the program's second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Western Michigan lost again in the first round to Clarkson 6–1.[7]

Under first-year coach Jeff Blashill, Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, where they would lose their opening game 3–2 in double overtime to Denver. Denver scored two goals in the last 4:29 of the third period to force overtime.[8]

In 2011–12, for the second consecutive season, Western Michigan had a new head coach and reached the NCAA tournament. Longtime National Hockey League (NHL) coach Andy Murray was named as coach of the Broncos after Blashill left for the Detroit Red Wings.[9] WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.[10] Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.[11]

The Broncos joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) starting in the 2013–14 season. The CCHA disbanded after the 2012–13 season, in part due to the addition of men's ice hockey to the Big Ten Conference.

Western Michigan won the 2013 four-team Great Lakes Invitational which was played outdoors at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Broncos defeated No. 3 Michigan 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals, and then claimed the championship by beating Michigan Tech 1-0, also in overtime. WMU won the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament with an 8–2 victory over No. 17 Union. The Broncos also defeated Ohio State in the first round of the tournament, 6–2.

In 2016-17, the Broncos followed up a disappointing 8-25-3 season with an impressive 22-13-5 and a 3rd place finish in the NCHC. Western Michigan was invited to the final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, where they defeated Michigan Tech in the championship. WMU has been invited to the GLI 5 times dating back to 1977, winning it 3 of those times. The Broncos were defeated in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I tournament by Air Force.

Season-by-season results[12]

Coaching

The Broncos are coached by former Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray. In his first season, he coached the Broncos to their second CCHA Tournament Championship in school history, as well as the school's fifth NCAA Tournament Bid.

All-time coaching records

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[12]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2011–presentAndy Murray8139–131–35.513
2010–2011Jeff Blashill119–13–10.571
1999–2010Jim Culhane11158–222–48.425
1982–1999Bill Wilkinson17313–301–53.509
1978–1982Glen Weller464–73–5.468
1973–1978Bill Neal591–65–5.581
Totals 6 coaches 45 seasons 784–805–156 .494

† The 1998–99 season was coached by both Wilkinson and Culhane.

Statistical Leaders[13]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dan Dorion 1982–1986 157 115 178 293
Paul Polillo 1986–1990 165 82 189 271
Wayne Gagné 1983–1987 162 42 199 241
Jeff Green 1986–1990 159 109 125 234
Ross Fitzpatrick 1978–1982 138 100 125 225
Tim Dunlop 1974–1978 129 92 106 198
Rob Brynden 1983–1987 162 104 91 195
Chris Brooks 1992–1996 147 57 127 184
Troy Thrun 1983–1986 122 81 102 183
Bob Scurfield 1978–1981 130 82 95 177

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 played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Frank Slubowski2011–20159460214938152357.9092.34
Marc Magliarditi1995–199636211023112915.9102.59
Jerry Kuhn2007–2011633528162731582.9122.69
Lukas Hafner2012–20168643962537102024.9092.76
Trevor Gorsuch2015–2019522641251631282.9012.91

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

Current roster

As of August 18, 2019.[14]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Austin Cain Junior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1996-09-12 Ottawa, Ontario Whitby (OJHL)
2 Kale Bennett Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-11-30 St. Louis, Missouri Nanaimo (BCHL)
3 Michael Joyaux Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1997-02-13 Bloomingdale, Illinois Youngstown (USHL)
4 Luke Bafia (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1996-01-19 Parrish, Florida Green Bay (USHL)
6 Scooter Brickey Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1999-05-27 Burtchville, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
7 Ronnie Attard Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-03-20 White Lake, Michigan Tri-City (USHL) PHI, 72nd overall 2019
9 Dawson DiPietro Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-11-15 Medina, Ohio Janesville (NAHL)
10 Lawton Courtnall Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-03-07 Westlake Village, California Sioux Falls (USHL)
11 Rhett Kingston Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-11-04 Black Diamond, Alberta Salmon Arm (BCHL)
12 Cole Gallant Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-03-14 Dover, Florida Omaha (USHL)
13 Drew Worrad Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1997-06-30 Birr, Ontario Steinbach (MJHL)
14 Jason Polin Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1999-06-17 Holt, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
16 Hugh McGing (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-07-11 Chicago, Illinois Cedar Rapids (USHL) STL, 138th overall 2018
17 Wade Allison (A) Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997-10-14 Myrtle, Manitoba Tri-City (USHL) PHI, 52nd overall 2016
18 Brett Van Os Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996-02-21 St. Albert, Alberta Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
19 Lukas Samuelsson Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1996-10-08 Voorhees, New Jersey Toronto (GMHL)
20 Jamie Rome Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 211 lb (96 kg) 1998-10-03 Cochrane, Alberta Victoria (BCHL)
21 Josh Passolt (A) Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-09-13 Hayward, Wisconsin Sioux Falls (USHL)
22 Austin Rueschhoff Junior F 6' 7" (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1997-09-07 Wentzville, Missouri Dubuque (USHL)
23 Paul Washe Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1998-11-27 Clarkston, Michigan Fargo (USHL)
24 Mattias Samuelsson (A) Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 2000-03-14 Voorhees, New Jersey USNTDP (USHL) BUF, 32nd overall 2018
25 Jared Kucharek Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1998-05-23 Royal Oak, Michigan Madison (USHL)
26 Ethen Frank Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-02-05 Papillion, Nebraska Lincoln (USHL)
27 Cam Orchard Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1998-06-27 Middleville, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
28 Cam Lee Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-18 Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia Green Bay (USHL)
30 Brandon Bussi Freshman G 6' 5" (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1998-06-25 Sound Beach, New York Muskegon (USHL)
31 Will Massey Senior (RS) G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994-06-25 Penfield, New York Islanders (USPHL)
33 Ben Blacker Senior G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-04-23 Oakville, Ontario Cedar Rapids (USHL)

Awards and honors

All-Americans

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

CCHA

Individual Awards

All-Conference Teams

First Team All-CCHA

Second Team All-CCHA

CCHA All-Rookie Team


NCHC

Individual Awards

All-Conference Teams

First Team All-NCHC

Second Team All-NCHC

NCHC All-Rookie Team

  • 2016–17: Ben Blacker, G

Western Michigan Broncos Hall of Fame

The following is a list of people associated with the Western Michigan men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Western Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame.[15]

Broncos in the NHL[16]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[17] = NHL All-Star[17] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

‡Scott Foster played 14 minutes for the Blackhawks after being signed to a 1-day contract as an emergency backup due to injury.[18]

See also

References

  1. Western Michigan University Official Athletics Style Guide (PDF). February 17, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. "Wmu Men's Hockey Team Page :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  3. "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  4. http://www.ccha.com/the_ccha/ccha_history_and_records.aspx
  5. Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. "1994 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  7. "1996 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  8. Holt, Adam. "Late rally, Zucker's double-OT winner send Denver past Western Michigan". uscho.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  9. AP Staff (July 26, 2011). "Former NHL coach Andy Murray hired by Western Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  10. Drew, David (March 17, 2012). "Western Michigan is CCHA Tournament champ after 3-2 win over Michigan". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  11. AP Staff (March 24, 2012). "North Dakota 3, Western Michigan 1: Broncos ousted in first round of NCAA hockey tournament". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  12. "2015-16 WMU HOCKEY RECORD BOOK" (PDF). Western Michigan Broncos. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  13. "Hockey - Career/Season Point Leaders". Western Michigan Broncos. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  14. "WMU Hockey – 2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  15. "Hall of Fame" (PDF). Western Michigan Broncos. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  16. "Alumni report for Western Michigan University". Hockey DB. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  17. Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
  18. "Scott Foster: Accountant makes NHL debut in goal for Chicago Blackhawks". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on March 30, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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