Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey

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Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey
Current season
Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey athletic logo

UniversityUniversity of Connecticut
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachMike Cavanaugh [1]
2nd year, 18–14–4
Captain(s)Ryan Tyson, Trevor Gerling (A), Patrick Kirtland (A)
ArenaXL Center
Capacity: 15,635
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationStorrs, Connecticut
Colorsnational flag blue [2] and white [2] and red [3]


Conference Tournament Champions
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Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey
Current season
Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey athletic logo

UniversityUniversity of Connecticut
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachMike Cavanaugh [1]
2nd year, 18–14–4
Captain(s)Ryan Tyson, Trevor Gerling (A), Patrick Kirtland (A)
ArenaXL Center
Capacity: 15,635
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationStorrs, Connecticut
Colorsnational flag blue [2] and white [2] and red [3]


Conference Tournament Champions

The Connecticut Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of Hockey East. They play at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.[4]


The Huskies men's ice hockey program began in 1960 under head coach John Chapman. UConn began NCAA competition at the NCAA Division III level in the ECAC East.[5]

Prior to 1998, the Huskies played all home games outdoors at a partially enclosed rink on-campus near Memorial Stadium. The UConn Hockey Rink had a roof but was open on the sides.[6] However, in preparation for the upgrade to Division I, the University built the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Construction began in 1996, and the first indoor home game for UConn was on November 7, 1998.[7][8]

The move to NCAA Division I status allowed the team to join other Husky athletic programs. Previously, the team had played for 38 years in the Division III ECAC East.[9] At the time, head coach Bruce Marshall was in his tenth season at the position. After posting winning records in their first two seasons at the highest level, the Huskies started to struggle. The athletic department was forced to remove all athletic scholarships from the sport in order to comply with Title IX,[10] and the Huskies consistently finished in the bottom few spots of the national computer rankings before the most recent season.[11]

In June 2010, the University announced that the team would face Sacred Heart at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on February 13, 2011, as part of a doubleheader also featuring a game between the women's team and the Providence Friars.[12] The Huskies won this game 3-1, in front of 1,711 fans. The Huskies also played their first ever game at the XL Center in downtown Hartford that year, though this was not originally scheduled. Due to heavy snow accumulation on the Freitas roof, the team's February 5 game against Army was moved to the off-camps arena, also home to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.[13] In spite of free admission, only 891 fans turned up on short notice to watch the Huskies lose 5-3.[14] As a whole, the 2010-11 season was also a major improvement for the Huskies, who advance to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals at Blue Cross Arena before being eliminated. They finished with a final record of 16-18-4. One of the major factors in the turnaround was the young recruits the Huskies had signed. Freshman Cole Schneider led the team with 32 points, while sophomore Sean Ambrosie finished second with 29.[15] Meanwhile, sophomore Garrett Bartus set a school record with 1,085 saves.[16] The 2011-12 AHA preseason rankings reflected the newly gained reputation, with the Huskies ranked fifth out of twelve teams.[17]

On June 21, 2012 Connecticut announced the program will join Hockey East as the conference's 12th member beginning in the 2014-15 season.[18] As part of the move from Atlantic Hockey to Hockey East, the university will add 18 scholarships for the men's ice hockey team and additional scholarships to existing women's sports programs to meet Title IX gender equity requirements.[18] The university is also investigating options to significantly renovate the Freitas Ice Forum, which has a seating capacity around 2,000 fans, and mostly consists of metal bleachers; or build a new, larger ice arena on-campus.[18] Until then the team will play home games at the 15,635-seat former NHL arena, the XL Center in downtown Hartford, with other select (home) games at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. A study by the university projected a cost around $20,000 a game to play at the XL Center.[18]

The Huskies posted a winning record once again in the 2012-13 season. Long-time head coach Bruce Marshall stepped down during his 25th season and was replaced in interim by Asst. Dave Berard.[19] The season ended with a record of 17-13-4. The team finished 4th in the AHA, drawing a crowd of 1438 for their final home game of the season against Sacred Heart. New Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh, who spent 18 seasons as an assistant at Boston College, was hired to guide Uconn into their new era of scholarship hockey in the Hockey East. He coached Uconn's final season (2013–14) in the AHA to a record of 18-14-4, with wins over future Hockey East opponents Providence and Umass, while playing to a 2-2 draw with eventual 2014 NCAA Champ Union .


Current roster[edit]

As of August 16, 2014.[20]

#S/P/CPlayerClassPosHeightWeightDoBHometownPrevious teamNHL rights
1PennsylvaniaComunale, TomTom ComunaleSeniorG5' 11" (1.8 m)180 lb (82 kg)1991-02-08Mars, PennsylvaniaSt. Louis (NAHL)
2MassachusettsPratt, DerekDerek PrattFreshmanD6' 1" (1.85 m)190 lb (86 kg)1994-03-12Mount Hermon, MassachusettsWaterloo (USHL)
3MassachusettsSegalla, RyanRyan SegallaSophomoreD6' 1" (1.85 m)197 lb (89 kg)1994-12-29Rockland, MassachusettsSalisbury (USHS–CT)PIT, 119th overall 2013
4ColoradoHuson, KyleKyle HusonJuniorD6' 5" (1.96 m)215 lb (98 kg)1991-10-31Parker, ColoradoWenatchee (NAHL)
5TexasPoe, JacobJacob PoeSeniorD6' 3" (1.91 m)210 lb (95 kg)1990-12-17Arlington, TexasTopeka (NAHL)
6MinnesotaAustin, JohnnyJohnny AustinFreshmanD5' 9" (1.75 m)195 lb (88 kg)1995-07-22St. Louis Park, MinnesotaBenilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN)
7FinlandKoonas, JoonaJoona KoonasSophomoreD6' 3" (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)1993-07-28Vintaa, FinlandIslanders (USPHL)
8MinnesotaNaas, SpencerSpencer NaasFreshmanF5' 10" (1.78 m)195 lb (88 kg)1994-07-14St. Louis Park, MinnesotaBenilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN)
9Washington (state)Pauly, ShawnShawn PaulyJuniorF6' 0" (1.83 m)188 lb (85 kg)1992-01-08Bellingham, WashingtonWenatchee (NAHL)
10OntarioSchwartz, JesseJesse SchwartzFreshmanF6' 0" (1.83 m)190 lb (86 kg)1994-04-10Toronto, OntarioVictoria (BCHL)
11MassachusettsRonan, CoreyCorey RonanFreshmanF5' 7" (1.7 m)175 lb (79 kg)1995-10-06Franklin, MassachusettsSt. Sebastian's (USHS–MA)
13OntarioNorris, BrentBrent NorrisSophomoreF5' 9" (1.75 m)190 lb (86 kg)1993-06-18Ottawa, OntarioNepean (CCHL)
14MassachusettsGolonka, WillWill GolonkaFreshmanF5' 11" (1.8 m)170 lb (77 kg)1995-02-02Carlisle, MassachusettsBelmont Hill (USHS–MA)
15MichiganSmith, BradBrad SmithSeniorF5' 10" (1.78 m)179 lb (81 kg)1991-03-28Trenton, MichiganSt. Louis (NAHL)
17PennsylvaniaTyson, RyanRyan Tyson (C)SeniorF5' 9" (1.75 m)187 lb (85 kg)1991-08-14Harleysville, PennsylvaniaNew Hampshire (EJHL)
18Washington (state)Gerling, TrevorTrevor Gerling (A)SeniorF6' 0" (1.83 m)200 lb (91 kg)1991-06-30Seattle, WashingtonLangley (BCHL)
19British ColumbiaRichardson, EvanEvan RichardsonSophomoreF5' 8" (1.73 m)175 lb (79 kg)1994-05-30Nanaimo, British ColumbiaBoston College (HEA)
21British ColumbiaWight, JeffJeff WightFreshmanF6' 2" (1.88 m)195 lb (88 kg)1995-12-04Coquitlam, British ColumbiaMerritt (BCHL)
22IllinoisDrake, DavidDavid DrakeFreshmanD6' 4" (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)1995-01-07Naperville, IllinoisDes Moines (USHL)PHI, 192nd overall 2013
23FinlandOjantakanen, KasperiKasperi OjantakanenFreshmanF5' 11" (1.8 m)170 lb (77 kg)1995-01-12Helsinki, FinlandJokerit U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
24ConnecticutKirtland, PatrickPatrick Kirtland (A)JuniorF6' 0" (1.83 m)195 lb (88 kg)1991-01-22Rocky Hill, ConnecticutDes Moines (USHL)
27MassachusettsSharib, CodyCody SharibSeniorF6' 2" (1.88 m)210 lb (95 kg)1990-08-23Needham, MassachusettsNew Hampshire (EJHL)
28MichiganFerriss, JoeyJoey FerrissJuniorF6' 1" (1.85 m)195 lb (88 kg)1992-12-28Novi, MichiganMichigan (NAHL)
31TexasNichols, RobbyRobby NicholsSophomoreG5' 11" (1.8 m)180 lb (82 kg)1992-09-10Dallas, TexasWenatchee (NAHL)
35MassachusettsThulin, SteveSteve ThulinFreshmanG6' 3" (1.91 m)180 lb (82 kg)1993-02-02North Reading, MassachusettsConnecticut (USPHL)

Notable alumni[edit]

Various alumni have gone on to play in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League, ECHL, and Central Hockey League. Former Husky Todd Krygier played ten seasons in the National Hockey League.[21]

Coaching staff[edit]

[22] The Huskies are coached by Mike Cavanaugh, the fourth head coach in program history.

All-time coaching records[edit]

As of completion of 2013-14 season[5]

2013–2014Mike Cavanaugh118–14–4.556
1988–2013Bruce Marshall25351–387–72.478
1981–1988Ben Kirtland785–98–2.465
1960–1981John Chapman21196–221–7.471
Totals4 coaches54 seasons650–720–85.476


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b UConn Blue and White
  3. ^ "UConn updates visual identity for Huskies",, 18 April 2013
  4. ^ "Connecticut Huskies Men's Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Connecticut Huskies Men's Hockey Team History". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Newell, Bill (12 September 1956). "Hockey Rink, Arena Planned at Uconn". Hartford Courant (Ebsco). Retrieved 27 January 2012. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "UConn Facilities - Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "New covered ice arena now ready for play". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "UConn Hockey Record Book". University of Connecticut. 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ McDonough, Matt (October 19, 2011). "Hockey needs more support". Daily Campus. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
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  13. ^ "CBS Local - UConn Hockey Games Moved to XL Center". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "UConn-Army Box Score,". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Connecticut Huskies 2010-11 Stats". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Garrett Bartus - UConn". Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bentley Falcons: Atlantic Hockey Preseason Poll Released". 
  18. ^ a b c d Associated Press Staff (June 21, 2012). "Connecticut joins Hockey East". ESPN. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
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  20. ^ "2014-15 Roster". University of Connecticut. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ "U. of Connecticut Alumni Report". November 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bruce Marshall". University of Connecticut. 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 

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