Union Dutchmen ice hockey

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Union Dutchmen
Current season
Union Dutchmen athletic logo
UniversityUnion College
ConferenceECAC Hockey
First season1903–04
Head coachRick Bennett
10th season, 186–122–42 (.591)
Assistant coachesJason Tapp
John Ronan
Matt Alvey
Captain(s)Darion Hanson
Alternate captain(s)Jeff Taylor
Ryan Scarfo
ArenaFrank L. Messa Rink
at Achilles Center

Capacity: 2,225
Surface: 201' x 86'
LocationSchenectady, New York
Student sectionThe U Crew
ColorsUnion Garnet and White[1]
         
MascotDutch the Dutchman
NCAA Tournament championships
Division I: 2014
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
Division I: 2012, 2014
Division III: 1984, 1985
NCAA Tournament appearances
Division I: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
Division III: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989
Conference Tournament championships
Division I: (ECAC Hockey): 2012, 2013, 2014
Division III: (ECAC West): 1985
Conference regular season championships
Division I: (ECAC Hockey): 2010–11, 2011–12,
2013–14, 2016-17
Division II: (ECAC 2): 1976–77
Current uniform
ECAC-Uniform-Union.png

The Union Dutchmen ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college ice hockey program that represents Union College. The Dutchmen are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center in Schenectady, New York.[2] The Dutchmen won the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament by defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 7-4.

Program history[edit]

The hockey team was founded in 1904 making it the 7th oldest college program playing in NCAA Division I [3] and provides the school with a long and colorful history in the sport. Men at Union have played hockey in four distinct periods: club hockey from 1904-1911, varsity hockey from 1919-1949 (from 1943-1948 there was a hiatus from play due to WW II), NCAA Division III hockey from 1975-1990 and NCAA Division I hockey from 1991–present.

Early history 1904–1911[edit]

Union's first game, played on February 3, 1904, was a victory over the Union Classical Institute. Three other games were played that inaugural season including a 1-4 loss to rival Rensselaer. Lacking a rink of its own during that inaugural season, all games were played on the opponent's home ice. The first attempt at creating an on-campus outdoor rink was made by students in 1905 when a plow and scaper was hired to form a level area with earthen banks near what is now Memorial Chapel. The club team's record in known games during those early years was 6-7-1. No collegiate games were played in the 1910 or 1911 seasons because Union's players couldn't afford the costs of travel and opponent game guarantee fees. The club team subsequently disbanded bringing a close to the earliest era of hockey at Union.

Varsity era 1919–1949[edit]

Division III era 1975–1990[edit]

Division I era 1991–present[edit]

Season-by-season results[4][edit]

Championships[edit]

NCAA National Championships[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena Coach MOP
2014 Union 7–4 Minnesota Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Rick Bennett Shayne Gostisbehere

ECAC Hockey Tournament Championships (Whitelaw Cups)[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena Coach MOP Notes
2012 Union 3–1 Harvard Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Rick Bennett Jeremy Welsh Lost to Ferris State in NCAA Semifinal
2013 Union 3–1 Brown Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Rick Bennett Troy Grosenick Lost to Quinnipiac in NCAA East Regional
2014 Union 4–2 Colgate Lake Placid, NY Herb Brooks Arena Rick Bennett Daniel Carr Defeated Minnesota in NCAA Championship

Runners-up in 2010

ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championships (Cleary Cups)[edit]

Year Conference Record Overall Record Coach
2010-11 17-3-2 26-10-4 Nate Leaman
2011-12 14-4-4 26-8-7 Rick Bennett
2013-14 18-3-1 32-6-4 Rick Bennett
2016-17† 16-4-2 25-10-3 Rick Bennett

† Shared with Harvard

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of September 12, 2019.[5]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 California Garrett Nieto Freshman G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1998-05-15 Yorba Linda, California Janesville (NAHL)
2 Minnesota Taylor Brierley Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1996-07-31 East Grand Forks, Minnesota Dubuque (USHL)
3 Minnesota Colin Schmidt Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 2000-01-06 Wayzata, Minnesota Jamestown (NAHL)
4 Pennsylvania Joseph Campolieto Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-04-29 Eynon, Pennsylvania Tri-City (USHL)
5 Illinois Vas Kolias Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-01-08 Schaumburg, Illinois Youngstown (USHL)
7 Texas Brandon Estes Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-02-13 Richardson, Texas Youngstown (USHL)
8 Quebec Anthony Rinaldi Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1995-08-17 Pierrefonds, Quebec Kingston (OJHL)
9 California Sam Morton Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1999-07-28 Benicia, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
10 New York (state) Ryan Sidorski Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-10-02 Williamsville, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
11 Ontario Lucas Breault Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1999-05-20 Toronto, Ontario Central Illinois (USHL)
12 Florida Fletcher Fineman Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-02-17 Lake Worth, Florida Springfield (NAHL)
13 Ontario Zachary Emelifeonwu Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-09-05 Kingston, Ontario Kingston (OJHL)
14 Minnesota Drew Blackmun Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-01-18 Minneapolis, Minnesota Northeastern (HEA)
15 Massachusetts Jack Adams Junior F 6' 6" (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-02-05 Boxford, Massachusetts Fargo (USHL) DET, 162nd overall 2017
16 Minnesota Christian Sanda Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-03-13 Vadnais Heights, Minnesota Coquitlam (BCHL)
17 Rhode Island Matt Allen Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1999-03-14 Smithfield, Rhode Island Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
18 Sweden Gabriel Seger Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 1999-11-15 Uppsala, Sweden Amarillo (NAHL)
19 Ontario Liam Robertson Freshman F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-05-14 Courtice, Ontario Youngstown (USHL)
20 Maryland Ben Pirko Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-02-02 Bethesda, Maryland New Jersey (NAHL)
21 Massachusetts Michael Ryan Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-01-19 Marion, Massachusetts West Kelowna (BCHL)
22 Alberta Parker Foo Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-09-12 Edmonton, Alberta Brooks (AJHL) CHI, 144th overall 2017
23 Minnesota Chaz Smedsrud Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-06-04 Luverne, Minnesota Madison (USHL)
24 Florida Alex Cohen Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-06-15 Boca Raton, Florida Northeast (NAHL)
25 Texas Owen Farris Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 2000-06-08 Dallas, Texas Muskegon (USHL)
27 Ontario Josh Kosack Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-06-25 Oakville, Ontario Green Bay (USHL)
28 Alberta Dylan Anhorn Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-01-21 Calgary, Alberta Prince George (BCHL)
29 Alaska Sean Harrison Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-03-29 Anchorage, Alaska Bloomington (USHL)
33 British Columbia Merek Pipes Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-11-12 Cobble Hill, British Columbia Swan Valley (MJHL)
34 Minnesota Darion Hanson Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-19 East Bethel, Minnesota Vernon (BCHL)

Awards & honors[edit]

As of April 2017[6]

Historic records[edit]

Records vs. Current ECAC Hockey Teams[edit]

As of the completion of the 2018–19 season

School Team Away Arena Overall Record Win % Last Result
Brown University Bears Meehan Auditorium 23–25–14 .484 2-3 L
Clarkson University Golden Knights Cheel Arena 27–33–5 .454 1-5 L
Colgate University Raiders Class of 1965 Arena 29–44–4 .403 4-0 W
Cornell University Big Red Lynah Rink 22–43–9 .358 2-4 L
Dartmouth College Big Green Thompson Arena 31–26–7 .539 4-3 W (OT)
Harvard University Crimson Bright-Landry Hockey Center 17–34–6 .351 4-3 W
Princeton University Tigers Hobey Baker Memorial Rink 36–25–7 .581 3-2 W
Quinnipiac University Bobcats People's United Center 17–18–5 .488 1-1 T
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers Houster Field House 40–53–11 .438 0-0 T
St. Lawrence University Saints Appleton Arena 29–38–3 .436 4-3 W
Yale University Bulldogs Ingalls Rink 27–27–5 .500 4-3 W (OT)

In-season tournaments[edit]

As of April 2017[6]

Event Name Host City Season All-Time Record
Badger Showdown Madison, WI 2003-04 0-2
Capital District Mayor's Cup Albany, NY 2012-13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 3-2
Brice Alaska Goal Rush Fairbanks, AK 2010-11 1-1
Catamount Cup Burlington, VT 2012-13 1-1
Concordia Invitational Montreal, QE 1993-94 2-0
Dodge Holiday Classic Providence, RI 2005-06 1-1
Dunkin Donuts Coffee Pot Providence, RI 2004-05 0-1-1
Frozen Holiday Classic Bridgeport, CT 2014-15 1-1
Governor's Cup Albany, NY 2008-09, 2007–08, 2006–07 1-4-1
Ice Breaker Cup Denver, CO 1999-00 0-2
Icebreaker Invitational Colorado Springs, CO 2005-06 1-1
J.C. Penney Classic Orono, ME 1996-97, 1998–99 2-2
Ledyard Bank Classic Hanover, NH 2015-16 2-0
Mariucci Classic Minneapolis, MN 2000-01, 2005–06, 2010–11 2-3-1
Omaha Stampede Omaha, NE 2008-09 1-1
Pete Kelly Cup Fredericton, NB 2007-08 1-1
Rensselaer Invitational Troy, NY 1991-92, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2009-10 2-6
Shillelagh Tournament Notre Dame, IN 2008-09, 2014–15 2-2
Sheraton/TD Banknorth Tournament Burlington, VT 2006-07 1-1
UConn Classic Storrs, CT 2009-10 1-1

Program records[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of completion of the 2019–20 season[6]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2011–present Rick Bennett 9 186–122–42 .591
2003–2011 Nate Leaman 8 138–127–35 .518
1998–2003 Kevin Sneddon 5 50–99–18 .353
1996–1998 Stan Moore 2 24–35–7 .417
1988–1996 Bruce Delventhal 8 89–111–21 .450
1978–1988 Charles Morrison 10 123–147–9 .457
1978 Bob Driscoll 1† 0–13–0 .000
1975–1977 Ned Harkness 3† 45–8–2 .836
1936–1939 Duke Nelson 3 3–11–2 .250
1935–1936, 1939–1942, 1947–1949 Arthur C. Lawrence 6 10–30–2 .262
1933–1935 H. L. Achilles 2 4–7–0 .364
1930–1933 William Harkness 3 4–8–1 .346
1925–1930 H. A. Larabee 5 9–14–3 .404
1924–1925 Henry Gardner 1 1–3–0 .250
1919–1924 Ambrose Clark 4 7–10–0 .412
1903–1904, 1905–1911 No Coach 7 6–7–1 .464
Totals 15 coaches 80 Seasons 699–752–142 .483

Bob Driscoll coached the final 13 games of the 1977–78 season after Ned Harkness resigned.

Dutchmen in the NHL[7][edit]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[8] = NHL All-Star[8] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers
Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Steve Baker Goaltender NYR 1979–1983 0
Daniel Carr Left Wing MTL, VGK, NSH 2015–Present 0
Spencer Foo Right Wing CGY 2017–2018 0
Mario Giallonardo Defenseman COR 1979–1981 0
Shayne Gostisbehere Defenseman PHI 2014–Present 0
Troy Grosenick Goaltender SJS 2014–2015 0
Josh Jooris Right Wing CGY, NYR, ARI, CAR, PIT 2014–2018 0
Duane Joyce Defenseman DAL 1993–1994 0
Keith Kinkaid Goaltender NJD, MTL 2012–Present 0
Mike Vecchione Center PHI 2016–2017 0
Jeremy Welsh Defenseman NJD, VAN, STL 2011–2016 0

Media[edit]

All Dutchmen home and away games are broadcast on WPTR (1240 AM)/WSSV (1160 AM and 106.1 FM) and called by Matthew DuBrey and Brian Unger. The radio broadcast is also streamed live via internet at: www.unionathletics.com/listenlive.

All Dutchman home games can be viewed live via internet video stream at: www.unionathletics.tv

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors - Communications - Union College". Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Quinnipiac makes history in 5 OT hockey game". 2010-03-13.
  3. ^ "Oldest Hockey Programs". your-college-hockey.com.
  4. ^ "Union Men's Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). Union Dutchmen. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "2018–19 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Union College. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "2017–18 Union College Men's Ice Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). Union College. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Alumni report for Union College". Hockey DB. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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