- Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey
Michigan Tech Huskies University Michigan Technological University Conference WCHA Head coach Mel Pearson 1st year, 7–4–1 Captain(s) Brett Olson Arena John MacInnes Student Ice Arena
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Houghton, Michigan Student section Mitch's Misfits Colors Gold and Black Mascot Blizzard T. Husky NCAA Tournament Champions 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 Conference Tournament Champions 1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976 Conference Regular Season Champions 1962, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976 Current uniform
The Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (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 John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan.
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 46th year in 2010.
- 1 History
- 2 Pageantry
- 3 Arena
- 4 Players and personnel
- 5 Individual achievements
- 6 References
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
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 John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
- None (1919–51)
- Midwest Collegiate Hockey League/
Western Intercollegiate Hockey League/
Western Collegiate Hockey Association (1951–81, 1984–present)
- Central Collegiate Hockey Association (1981–84)
Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena 1962 Michigan Tech 7–1 Clarkson Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium 1965 Michigan Tech 8–2 Boston College Providence, RI Meehan Auditorium 1975 Michigan Tech 6–1 Minnesota St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arena
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Huskies.
Conference Conference regular season Overall Conference postseason NCAA
Finish GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA 2006–07 WCHA 6th 28 11 12 5 27 69 64 40 18 17 5 90 87 Lost in quarterfinals (Wisconsin) Did not qualify 2007–08 WCHA 9th 28 9 15 4 22 55 77 39 14 20 5 78 99 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify 2008–09 WCHA 10th 28 2 19 7 11 47 94 38 6 25 7 62 122 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify 2009–10 WCHA 10th 28 4 24 0 8 58 119 36 5 30 1 73 149 Lost in first round (Denver) Did not qualify 2010–11 WCHA 12th 28 2 24 2 6 49 124 38 4 30 4 75 169 Lost in first round (North Dakota) Did not qualify
Husky 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.
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
Players and personnel
As of August 31, 2011.
Goaltenders # St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights 30 Josh Robinson Senior Frankenmuth, Michigan Sioux City (USHL) None 31 Corson Cramer Senior Colorado Springs, Colorado Ohio (USHL) None 35 Kevin Genoe Junior Qualicum, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL) None Defensemen # St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights 2 Pete Heinonen Junior Hancock, Michigan Hancock (USHS–MI) None 3 Bradley Stebner Sophomore Fort McMurray, Alberta Fort McMurray (AJHL) None 4 Nick Cecere Freshman Des Moines, Iowa Lincoln (USHL) None 6 Steven Seigo (A) Junior Edenwold, Saskatchewan Bonnyville (AJHL) None 21 Tommy Brown Junior Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Melfort (SJHL) None 24 Daniel Sova Sophomore Cottage Grove, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) None 25 Carl Nielsen (A) Junior Amherst, Ohio Mahoning Valley (NAHL) None 26 Jimmy Davis Freshman Caledonia, Michigan East Kentwood (USHS–MI) None 34 Riley Sweeney Freshman Delta, British Columbia Surrey (BCHL) None Forwards # St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights 7 Patrick McCadden Sophomore Chesterfield, Missouri Green Bay (USHL) None 8 Jacob Johnstone Sophomore Grand Ledge, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL) None 9 Dennis Rix Sophomore Grande Prairie, Alberta Grand Prairie (AJHL) None 10 Tanner Kero Freshman Hancock, Michigan Fargo (USHL) None 11 Daniel Holmberg Sophomore Nyköping, Sweden Linköpings J-20 (J20 SuperElit) None 12 Ryan Furne Sophomore Oakdale, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL) None 13 Aaron Pietila Junior Brighton, Michigan Marquette (NAHL) None 14 Chad Pietila Junior Milford, Michigan Northern Michigan (CCHA) None 15 David Johnstone Freshman Grand Ledge, Michigan Indiana (USHL) None 16 Brett Olson (C) Senior Superior, Wisconsin Waterloo (USHL) None 17 Mikael Lickteig Junior Little Falls, Minnesota Alexandria (NAHL) None 18 Alex MacLeod Senior Nelson, British Columbia Camrose (AJHL) None 19 Blake Pietila Freshman Brighton, Michigan US NTDP (USHL) New Jersey Devils 20 Blake Hietala Freshman (RS) Houghton, Michigan Melfort (SJHL) None 22 Jordan Baker (A) Senior Chestermere, Alberta Olds (AJHL) None 27 Bryce Reddick Senior Las Vegas, Nevada Cowichan Valley (BCHL) None 28 Milos Gordic Sophomore Burnaby, British Columbia Langley (BCHL) None 32 Tyler Gubb Sophomore Stouffville, Ontario Salmon Arm (BCHL) None
Title Staff member Hometown Tenure Previous position Head Coach Mel Pearson Edina, Minnesota 1st year Associate head coach, Michigan (CCHA) Assistant Coach Bill Muckalt Surrey, British Columbia 1st year Head coach, New Mexico (NAHL) Assistant Coach Damon Whitten Brighton, Michigan 2nd year Director of hockey operations, Michigan State (CCHA) Volunteer Goalie Coach Steve Shields North Bay, Ontario 1st year Goaltender, Houston (AHL) Video Coordinator Nick Laurila Carol Stream, Illinois 3rd year Video coordinator, Chicago (MLL) Strength and Conditioning Coach Kyle Bangen Kamloops, British Columbia 7th year Volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach, Miami (CCHA) Team Liaison Randy McKay Montreal, Quebec 3rd year Volunteer assistant coach, Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Hockey Hall of Fame
The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Tony Esposito (player, 1988)
United States Hockey Hall of Fame
The following Michigan Tech Huskies have been elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
- George Owen (coach, 1973)
- Amo Bessone (coach, 1992)
- Paul Coppo (player, 2004)
- John MacInnes (coach, 2007)
- Ed Maki (1937)
- Joe deBastiani (1951)
- Bob Monahan (1953)
- John Kosiancic (1959, 1960)
- Paul Coppo (1960)
- George Cuculick (1960)
- Henry Akervall (1960, 1962)
- Lou Angotti (1962)
- Elov Seger (1962)
- Jerry Sullivan (1962)
- Garry Bauman (1963, 1964)
- George Hill (1963)
- Tony Esposito (1965, 1966, 1967)
- Bruce Riutta (1966, 1967)
- Rick Best (1967)
- Gary Milroy (1967)
- Al Karlander (1969)
- Rob Murray (1971)
- Morris Trewin (1971)
- Jim Nahrgang (1974)
- Mike Zuke (1974, 1976)
- Bob D'Alvise (1975)
- George Lyle (1976)
- Tim Watters (1981)
- Jamie Ram (1993, 1994)
Stanley Cup champions
The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have won the NHL's Stanley Cup.
- Tony Esposito (1969, Montreal Canadiens)
- Bob Lorimer (1980, 1981 New York Islanders)
- Randy McKay (1995, 2000 New Jersey Devils)
Huskies in the NHL
Forty-three Michigan Tech Huskies have gone on to play in the NHL. The following Huskies played in at least one NHL game in the 2010–11 season.
- Chris Conner (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Jarkko Ruutu (Anaheim Ducks)
- John Scott (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Andy Sutton (Anaheim Ducks)
- Clay Wilson (Florida Panthers)
Former Michigan Tech players also hold staff positions with NHL teams. Chris Cichocki, Brian Hunter and Glenn Merkosky are scouts with the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings, respectively.
The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have participated in the Winter Olympic Games.
- ^ http://www.cchockeyhistory.org/index.htm
- ^ Erik Nordberg. "From the Archives: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun". Michigan Tech Magazine. http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/magazine/winter06/archives.html.
- ^ "2007-2008 Michigan Tech Ice Hockey Media Guide, p. 87". Michigan Technological University. http://www.michigantechhuskies.com/pdf7/96245.pdf?ATCLID=1311941&SPSID=96246&SPID=10914&DB_OEM_ID=18800.
- ^ "Unofficial MTU Hockey Webpage". cchockeyhistory.org. http://www.cchockeyhistory.org/MTU.htm.
- ^ "Ice Hockey - 2011-12 Roster". Michigan Tech Athletics. http://www.michigantechhuskies.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18800&KEY=&SPID=10914&SPSID=90384. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- ^ "Men's Award Winners". National Collegiate Athletic Association. http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/m_icehockey_rb/2010/awards.pdf. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
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