Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey

Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey
Michigan Tech Huskies
Michigan Tech ath.svg
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
Capacity: 4,128
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.



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.

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.[1][2]

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, and 1976).[3][4]


NCAA Championships

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

Season-by-season results

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

Current roster

As of August 31, 2011.[5]

# St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights
30 Michigan Josh Robinson Senior Frankenmuth, Michigan Sioux City (USHL) None
31 Colorado Corson Cramer Senior Colorado Springs, Colorado Ohio (USHL) None
35 British Columbia Kevin Genoe Junior Qualicum, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL) None
# St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Michigan Pete Heinonen Junior Hancock, Michigan Hancock (USHS–MI) None
3 Alberta Bradley Stebner Sophomore Fort McMurray, Alberta Fort McMurray (AJHL) None
4 Iowa Nick Cecere Freshman Des Moines, Iowa Lincoln (USHL) None
6 Saskatchewan Steven Seigo (A) Junior Edenwold, Saskatchewan Bonnyville (AJHL) None
21 Saskatchewan Tommy Brown Injured Junior Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Melfort (SJHL) None
24 Minnesota Daniel Sova Sophomore Cottage Grove, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) None
25 Ohio Carl Nielsen (A) Junior Amherst, Ohio Mahoning Valley (NAHL) None
26 Michigan Jimmy Davis Freshman Caledonia, Michigan East Kentwood (USHS–MI) None
34 British Columbia Riley Sweeney Freshman Delta, British Columbia Surrey (BCHL) None
# St/Pr/Co Player Year Hometown Previous team NHL rights
7 Missouri Patrick McCadden Sophomore Chesterfield, Missouri Green Bay (USHL) None
8 Michigan Jacob Johnstone Sophomore Grand Ledge, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL) None
9 Alberta Dennis Rix Sophomore Grande Prairie, Alberta Grand Prairie (AJHL) None
10 Michigan Tanner Kero Freshman Hancock, Michigan Fargo (USHL) None
11 Sweden Daniel Holmberg Sophomore Nyköping, Sweden Linköpings J-20 (J20 SuperElit) None
12 Minnesota Ryan Furne Sophomore Oakdale, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL) None
13 Michigan Aaron Pietila Junior Brighton, Michigan Marquette (NAHL) None
14 Michigan Chad Pietila Junior Milford, Michigan Northern Michigan (CCHA) None
15 Michigan David Johnstone Freshman Grand Ledge, Michigan Indiana (USHL) None
16 Wisconsin Brett Olson (C) Senior Superior, Wisconsin Waterloo (USHL) None
17 Minnesota Mikael Lickteig Junior Little Falls, Minnesota Alexandria (NAHL) None
18 British Columbia Alex MacLeod Senior Nelson, British Columbia Camrose (AJHL) None
19 Michigan Blake Pietila Freshman Brighton, Michigan US NTDP (USHL) New Jersey Devils
20 Michigan Blake Hietala Freshman (RS) Houghton, Michigan Melfort (SJHL) None
22 Alberta Jordan Baker (A) Senior Chestermere, Alberta Olds (AJHL) None
27 Nevada Bryce Reddick Senior Las Vegas, Nevada Cowichan Valley (BCHL) None
28 British Columbia Milos Gordic Sophomore Burnaby, British Columbia Langley (BCHL) None
32 Ontario 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)

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.


The following Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey players have been chosen as First Team Division I All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association.[6]

  • 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.

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.

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.

  • United States Paul Coppo (1964)
  • Canada Henry Akervall (1964)
  • Canada Gary Begg (1964)
  • United States Bruce Riutta (1968)
  • United States Paul Jensen (1976)
  • United States Steve Jensen (1976)
  • United States Jim Warden (1976)
  • Canada Tim Watters (1980, 1988)
  • Canada Tony Stiles (1988)
  • Finland Jarkko Ruutu (2002, Silver medal icon.svg 2006, Bronze medal icon.svg 2010)


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