Princeton Tigers men's ice hockey
|Head coach||Ron Fogarty|
7th season, 59–112–21 (.360)
|Arena||Hobey Baker Memorial Rink|
|Location||Princeton, New Jersey|
|Colors||Black and Orange|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1998, 2008, 2009, 2018|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1998, 2008, 2018|
The Princeton Tigers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Princeton University. The Tigers are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1999, future NHL player Jeff Halpern scored 22 goals to tie for the most goals in the ECAC and was co-winner of Princeton's Roper Trophy for athletic and academic achievement. In 2010–11, Andrew Calof was ECAC Rookie of the Year.
Princeton University had an ice hockey team organized already during the 1894–95 season, when the school still went by the name of College of New Jersey. On March 3, 1895 the university ice hockey team faced a Baltimore aggregation at the North Avenue Ice Palace in Baltimore, Maryland and won by a score of 5–0. The players on the 1895 team were Chester Derr, John Brooks, Howard Colby, James Blair, Frederick Allen, Ralph Hoagland and Art Wheeler.
For the 1899–1900 season the Princeton University ice hockey team became a member of the Intercollegiate Hockey League (ICHL) where they played organized league games against other Ivy League school teams such as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
Princeton's most famous ice hockey player Hobey Baker (1892–1918) played for the school team between 1911 and 1914, before he graduated and went on to play for the New York City based St. Nicholas Hockey Club.
As many college programs did, Princeton's ice hockey squad suspended operations for the 1917–18 season due to the United States entering World War I but the icers returned after the armistice was signed. A few years later the Tigers hired their first head coach, Russell O. Ellis, but they would go through several more before they could find someone to lead the program for more than a few years. Despite the tumult behind the bench Princeton was still producing some of the best teams in college hockey, setting a program record of 15 wins that would stand for 76 years.
In the midst of the great depression Richard Vaughan came to Princeton and would helm the team for the next quarter-century. Vaughan would keep the Tigers competitive through much of his tenure and his 159 wins remains a program high 60 years after his retirement. Princeton found it difficult to replace Vaughan, going through 5 coaches in 18 years while producing only two winning records in that time. The team's nadir came under Bill Quackenbush who, despite ending up in the Hall of Fame as a player, was the program's worst coach as far as records go. Quackenbush's tenure began well with Princeton making the ECAC Tournament for the first time, but the following season the team slid to 16th in the conference and would not win more than 5 games a year for the next 5 seasons. Quackenbush remained with the program even after a 1–22 season but resigned in 1973 with the Tigers an afterthought in ECAC Hockey. Princeton would not play another postseason game until 1985, the year after 7 teams left to form Hockey East, and they would not win a playoff game until 1992 under first-year head coach Don Cahoon.
During Cahoon's time at Princeton the program recovered from decades as a bottom-feeder and in 1995 produced their first winning season in 27 years. Three seasons later the Tigers won their first conference tournament and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time. After Cahoon left to head Massachusetts in 2000, he was replaced by long-time assistant Len Quesnelle but after four years the team was back at the bottom of the conference and he was swiftly replaced by Guy Gadowsky.
It took Gadowsky a few years to get the Tigers back on their feet but he led the team to its second conference championship in 2008, setting a program high with 21 wins that he bested by 1 the following year. Two years later Gadowsky left and was replaced by Bob Prier but just as had happened with Cahoon, the successor did not last long and after a dismal third season Ron Fogarty was hired as the 17th head coach in program history. As of 2019 Fogarty's best season came in 2018 when he led an underdog Tigers squad to their 3rd conference title.
Records vs. Current ECAC Hockey Teams
As of the completion of 2018–19 season
|School||Team||Away Arena||Overall Record||Win %||Home||Away||Last Result|
|Brown University||Bears||Meehan Auditorium||72–90–11||.448||35–39–6||33–46–6||5-6 L (3OT)|
|Clarkson University||Golden Knights||Cheel Arena||34–84–7||.300||24–35–5||6–45–1||1-1 T|
|Colgate University||Raiders||Class of 1965 Arena||48–59–8||.452||28–26–6||15–32–2||3-4 L|
|Cornell University||Big Red||Lynah Rink||53–91–8||.375||25–39–6||16–50–2||2-3 L|
|Dartmouth College||Big Green||Thompson Arena||89–104–16||.464||45–44–8||34–46–8||0-5 L|
|Harvard University||Crimson||Bright-Landry Hockey Center||58–158–12||.281||27–60–5||18–75–6||4-2 W|
|Quinnipiac University||Bobcats||People's United Center||12–17–1||.417||4–10–1||8–7–0||3-6 L|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Engineers||Houston Field House||37–69–11||.363||19–26–5||18–40–6||2-6 L|
|St. Lawrence University||Saints||Appleton Arena||25–70–11||.288||16–33–5||9–36–4||5-3 W|
|Union College||Dutchmen||Achilles Rink||25–36–7||.419||16–15–3||8–21–4||2-3 L|
|Yale University||Bulldogs||Ingalls Rink||109–141–11||.439||51–47–4||32–69–3||3-2 W|
All-time coaching records
As of completion of 2019–20 season
|1899–1917, 1918–1920||No Coach||20||103–87–6||.541|
|1920–1921||Russell O. Ellis||1||4–4–0||.500|
|1935–1943, 1945–1959||Richard Vaughan||22||159–211–14||.432|
|1959–1965||R. Norman Wood||6||49–88–1||.359|
|Totals||17 coaches||118 Seasons||990–1390–147||.421|
The team's statistical leaders are as follows.
Career points leaders
Career Goaltending Leaders
Minimum 30 games
Statistics current through the start of the 2019–20 season.
As of October 14, 2020.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Jérémie Forget||Junior||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-10-15||Mascouche, Quebec||Carleton Place (CCHL)||—|
|2||Mike Ufberg||Junior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-09-24||Richboro, Pennsylvania||Vernon (BCHL)||—|
|6||Matt Kellenberger||Junior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-01-11||Toronto, Ontario||Oakville (OJHL)||—|
|8||Sami Pharaon||Junior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1999-05-28||North Vancouver, British Columbia||Alberni Valley (BCHL)||—|
|11||Adam Robbins||Sophomore||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||155 lb (70 kg)||2000-04-12||New York, New York||Chicago (USHL)||—|
|14||Liam Gorman||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||197 lb (89 kg)||2000-05-08||Arlington, Massachusetts||St. Sebastian's (USHS–MA)||PIT, 177th overall 2018|
|15||Spencer Kersten||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-05-16||Waterloo, Ontario||Oakville (OJHL)||—|
|16||Finn Evans||Junior||F||6' 4" (1.93 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-08-21||Toronto, Ontario||Ottawa (CCHL)||—|
|17||Reid Yochim||Senior||D||5' 7" (1.7 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-06-21||Port Robinson, Ontario||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|18||Matt Hayami||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-05-21||Oakville, Ontario||Markham (OJHL)||—|
|19||Neil Doef||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1997-02-10||Smiths Falls, Ontario||Smiths Falls (CCHL)||—|
|20||Christian O'Neill||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-06-17||Westwood, Massachusetts||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|21||Pito Walton||Sophomore||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||2000-03-17||Peapack, New Jersey||Coquitlam (BCHL)||—|
|22||Colin Tonge||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-02-10||Kingston, Ontario||Brockville (CCHL)||—|
|26||Jake Paganelli (A)||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1997-03-28||Verona, New Jersey||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|27||Corey Andonovski||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1999-03-26||Uxbridge, Ontario||Chilliwack (BCHL)||—|
|30||Ryan Ferland||Senior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-02-11||Franklin, Massachusetts||New Jersey (NAHL)||—|
|35||Aidan Porter||Sophomore||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1999-05-18||Weston, Massachusetts||Vernon (BCHL)||—|
|Joe Berg||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-10-07||Plano, Texas||Tri-City (USHL)||—|
|Nick Carabin||Freshman||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2000-04-30||Mahwah, New Jersey||Coquitlam (BCHL)||—|
|Mike Kennedy||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-07-17||Holyoke, Massachusetts||Nanaimo (BCHL)||—|
|Mackenzie Merriman||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-04-14||White Rock, British Columbia||Nanaimo (BCHL)||—|
|Ian Murphy||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||176 lb (80 kg)||1999-04-06||Scituate, Massachusetts||Tri-City (USHL)||—|
Awards and honors
- 1961–62: John Cook, F
- 1962–63: John Cook, F
- 1967–68: Thomas Rawls, D
- 1986–87: John Messuri, F
- 1989–90: Mike McKee, D; Andre Faust, F; Greg Polaski, F
- 1991–92: Andre Faust, F
- 1993–94: Sean O'Brien, D
- 1997–98: Jeff Halpern, F
- 1998–99: Steve Shirreffs, D; Jeff Halpern, F
- 1999–00: Kirk Lamb, F
- 2004–05: Dustin Sproat, F
- 2007–08: Brett Wilson, F
- 2009–10: Taylor Fedun, D
- 2011–12: Michael Sdao, D
- 2012–13: Andrew Calof, F
- 2016–17: Max Véronneau, F
- 2017–18: Ryan Kuffner, F
- 2018–19: Max Véronneau, F
|Fred Kammer||Right Wing||1931–1934||USA||1936||Bronze|
|Jim Sloane||Right Wing||1940–1943||USA†||1948||DQ|
† denotes the AAU team that marched in the opening ceremony but did not participate.
Tigers in the NHL
Jeff Halpern won a Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2019–2020 season.
|= NHL All-Star Team||= NHL All-Star||= NHL All-Star and NHL All-Star Team||= Hall of Famers|
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- Jeff Halpern
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- Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.