Army Black Knights men's ice hockey
|Army Black Knights men's ice hockey|
|University||United States Military Academy|
|Head coach||Brian Riley|
|9th year, 92–145–42|
Surface: 200' x 90'
|Location||West Point, New York|
|Colors||Black and Gold
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
The Army Black Knights men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the United States Military Academy. The Black Knights are a member of Atlantic Hockey and play at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York.
The men's ice hockey program at West Point has been in existence since the 1903–04 season. The team played outdoors until 1930 when the Smith Rink opened.1 The team competed as independent members of NCAA Division I from the inaugural season through the 1960–61 season.2 In 1961 the program became a member of the ECAC.2 The team, known at the time as the Army Cadets, played as members of the ECAC from 1961–62 season through the 1972–73 season before returning to an independent team.2 After another 11 seasons as an independent the Cadets re-joined the ECAC for the 1984–85 season.2 The Cadets would remain in the ECAC for seven years before returning to an independent team in 1991.2 The Cadets joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which began sponsoring men's hockey at the time, in 1999 and in 2001 the team name was changed to Army Black Knights along with the other athletic programs at the Academy.2 In 2003 ice hockey was split from the MAAC and became the Atlantic Hockey Association, a hockey-only NCAA Division I conference.3
In 2007–08 season the Black Knights won their only conference title to date, the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Championship. In that season the Knights finished with an overall record of 19 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties and went 17–8–3 in conference play.4 Took the No. 1 seed into the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and swept (#10) American Int'l two games to none in the three game first round series.5 The Black Knight's season came to an end in the semifinal game when they lost to (#5) Mercyhurst 2–4.6
The Army Black Knights have a long-standing rivalry with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins. It is considered one of the longest-running annual international sporting events in the world.78
The tradition originated when the commandant of RMC, Sir Archibald McDonnell, and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur, suggested a game of ice hockey between the two schools in 1921.9 After two years of exchanging ideas, the first game was played on February 23, 1923 at West Point. The Redmen won that first game 3–0.10 In 1924 the series moved to Kingston, Ontario (the location of RMC), thus beginning the tradition of rotating venues. This was Army's first away game and up until 1941, the West Point Game was the only time that Army played away from the Academy.78
From 1923 to 1935 RMC ran up a record of 14–0–1, the only blemish being a 4–4 tie in 1935. 1939 saw Army win its first game, 3–1. As a result of World War II, only one game was played, a 3–1 Army win in 1942, over the next 10 years.7
In the 1950s and 1960s Army won 15 of 20 games, bringing the series close with RMC holding a 21–18–1 advantage. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the teams played fairly closely. In 1986 the record stood at 26–25–4 in favor of RMC.7
From 1988 to 1999, Army dominated the rivalry, going undefeated. RMC last won in 2002 by a score of 3–0 and Army won in 2004, 3–2.
The 2006 game was a 3–3 tie in front of 3100 fans in Kingston. Currently Army leads the Series 39–29–7.
The game was played continually after the World War II years, from 1949 until 2007.11 The 2007 edition of the rivalry was to take place on Saturday Feb 10, at Tate Arena in West Point, New York, but was cancelled due to regular season scheduling conflicts and for 2008 the teams will not play a competitive game but instead the Paladins will travel to New York to spend 3 days practicing, playing and socializing with the West Point cadets. 12
The series was re-established on February 4, 2011, with Army hosting the Paladins at West Point. This rivalry will continue on an annual basis, counting as an exhibition game for both teams.
As of October 20, 2012.13
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Michigan !||Tadazak, RobRob Tadazak||2 !Sophomore||1.0 !G||72 !6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||8611 !1990-05-11||Michigan !Lapeer, Michigan !Lapeer, Michigan||NAHL !Michigan (NAHL !Michigan (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|2||Michigan !||McNulty, JamesJames McNulty||1 !Freshman||3.1 !F/D||76 !6' 4" (1.93 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||8255 !1991-05-02||Michigan !Howell, Michigan !Howell, Michigan||SJHL !Flin Flon (SJHL !Flin Flon (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League !SJHL)||—|
|3||Connecticut !||Pomarico, ChristianChristian Pomarico||1 !Freshman||2.0 !D||72 !6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||7696 !1992-11-11||Connecticut !Simsbury, Connecticut !Simsbury, Connecticut||USHL !Muskegon (USHL !Muskegon (United States Hockey League !USHL)||—|
|4||Colorado !||Ikkala, CodyCody Ikkala||4 !Senior||2.0 !D||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||206 lb (93 kg)||9157 !1988-11-11||Colorado !Colorado Springs, Colorado !Colorado Springs, Colorado||BCHL !Vernon (BCHL !Vernon (British Columbia Hockey League !BCHL)||—|
|5||Minnesota !||Clark, JohnJohn Clark||4 !Senior||2.0 !D||68 !5' 8" (1.73 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||9129 !1988-12-09||Minnesota !Baudette, Minnesota !Baudette, Minnesota||NAHL !Bismarck (NAHL !Bismarck (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|7||Vermont !||O'Leary, AndrewAndrew O'Leary||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||73 !6' 1" (1.85 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||8285 !1991-04-02||Vermont !Norwich, Vermont !Norwich, Vermont||NAHL !Topeka (NAHL !Topeka (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|8||Washington !||Vogel, KyleKyle Vogel||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||7964 !1992-02-17||Washington !Richland, Washington !Richland, Washington||NAHL !Wenatchee (NAHL !Wenatchee (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|10||Ohio !||Zaremba, ZakZak Zaremba||2 !Sophomore||3.0 !F||73 !6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||8190 !1991-07-06||Ohio !Parma, Ohio !Parma, Ohio||CCHL !Brockville (CCHL !Brockville (Central Canada Hockey League !CCHL)||—|
|11||Ohio !||Schultz, BrianBrian Schultz (A)||3 !Junior||3.0 !F||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||8844 !1989-09-20||Ohio !Aurora, Ohio !Aurora, Ohio||EJHL !South Shore (EJHL !South Shore (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|13||Arizona !||Bobb, JonJon Bobb||4 !Senior||3.0 !F||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||197 lb (89 kg)||9182 !1988-10-17||Arizona !Phoenix, Arizona !Phoenix, Arizona||NAHL !Motor City (NAHL !Motor City (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|14||Minnesota !||Kozlak, JoeJoe Kozlak||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||8321 !1991-02-25||Minnesota !Duluth, Minnesota !Duluth, Minnesota||NAHL !Amarillo (NAHL !Amarillo (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|15||New York !||Burns, R.J.R.J. Burns||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||7600 !1993-02-15||New York !Pearl River, New York !Pearl River, New York||EJHL !New Jersey (EJHL !New Jersey (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|16||Maine !||St. Denis, MichaelMichael St. Denis||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||69 !5' 9" (1.75 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||7402 !1993-09-01||Maine !Auburn, Maine !Auburn, Maine||USHS-NH !Exeter (USHS-NH !Exeter (USHS-NH !USHS–NH)||—|
|17||Illinois !||Santee, MikeMike Santee||3 !Junior||3.0 !F||69 !5' 9" (1.75 m)||184 lb (83 kg)||8912 !1989-07-14||Illinois !Park Ridge, Illinois !Park Ridge, Illinois||CCHL !Pembroke (CCHL !Pembroke (Central Canada Hockey League !CCHL)||—|
|18||Massachusetts !||Lalor, MacMac Lalor||2 !Sophomore||2.0 !D||72 !6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||8321 !1991-02-25||Massachusetts !Needham, Massachusetts !Needham, Massachusetts||EJHL !Boston (EJHL !Boston (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|19||New Hampshire !||Richards, JoshJosh Richards||2 !Sophomore||3.0 !F||71 !5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||8485 !1990-09-14||New Hampshire !Lee, New Hampshire !Lee, New Hampshire||EJHL !South Shore (EJHL !South Shore (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|20||Minnesota !||Gehrt, JonathanJonathan Gehrt||1 !Freshman||2.0 !D||71 !5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||7928 !1992-03-24||Minnesota !Woodbury, Minnesota !Woodbury, Minnesota||NAHL !Austin (NAHL !Austin (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|21||New York !||Starczewski, AndyAndy Starczewski (A)||4 !Senior||3.0 !F||73 !6' 1" (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||9183 !1988-10-16||New York !Whitesboro, New York !Whitesboro, New York||CCHL !Pembroke (CCHL !Pembroke (Central Canada Hockey League !CCHL)||—|
|22||Pennsylvania !||Heller, ThaneThane Heller||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||7997 !1992-01-15||Pennsylvania !Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania !Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania||EJHL !Boston (EJHL !Boston (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|23||Wisconsin !||Jenkins, LukeLuke Jenkins||1 !Freshman||2.0 !D||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||8335 !1991-02-11||Wisconsin !River Falls, Wisconsin !River Falls, Wisconsin||NAHL !Amarillo (NAHL !Amarillo (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|24||Ohio !||Alvarez, MauriceMaurice Alvarez||2 !Sophomore||2.0 !D||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||8285 !1991-04-02||Ohio !Cleveland, Ohio !Cleveland, Ohio||CCHL !Pembroke (CCHL !Pembroke (Central Canada Hockey League !CCHL)||—|
|25||New Hampshire !||Rocha, CheyneCheyne Rocha (C)||4 !Senior||2.0 !D||74 !6' 2" (1.88 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||8793 !1989-11-10||New Hampshire !Rye, New Hampshire !Rye, New Hampshire||EJHL !New Hampshire (EJHL !New Hampshire (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|26||Maine !||Hearn, ShaneShane Hearn||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||7658 !1992-12-19||Maine !Auburn, Maine !Auburn, Maine||USHS-ME !Hebron (USHS-ME !Hebron (USHS-ME !USHS–ME)||—|
|27||Minnesota !||Faust, WillieWillie Faust||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||8014 !1991-12-29||Minnesota !Stillwater, Minnesota !Stillwater, Minnesota||NAHL !Odessa (NAHL !Odessa (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|28||Connecticut !||Roberts, JoshJosh Roberts||1 !Freshman||3.0 !F||71 !5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||7999 !1992-01-13||Connecticut !Southport, Connecticut !Southport, Connecticut||EJHL !New York (EJHL !New York (Eastern Junior Hockey League !EJHL)||—|
|30||Michigan !||Leets, RyanRyan Leets (A)||4 !Senior||1.0 !G||71 !5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||8764 !1989-12-09||Michigan !Kentwood, Michigan !Kentwood, Michigan||NAHL !Alexandria (NAHL !Alexandria (North American Hockey League !NAHL)||—|
|35||Massachusetts !||Walsh, MattMatt Walsh||4 !Senior||1.0 !G||70 !5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||8708 !1990-02-03||Massachusetts !Milton, Massachusetts !Milton, Massachusetts||USHS-MA !Lawrence (USHS-MA !Lawrence (USHS-MA !USHS–MA)||—|
Notable alumni include:
- Army Men's Hockey 2010–2011 History :: Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. USCHO.com (October 13, 2011). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Atlantic Hockey : ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY. Atlantichockeyonline.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Army Men's Hockey 2007–2008 Team :: Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. USCHO.com (October 13, 2011). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Atlantic Hockey : ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY. Atlantichockeyonline.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Welcome to. Collegehockeystats.net (February 12, 2005). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- "Army-RMC Rivalry". Go Army Sports.com. Retrieved January 1, 2009.
- Crowly, R, and Guinzburg, T: "West Point: Two Centuries of Honor and Tradition" (ISBN 0-446-53018-2), page 234. Warner Books, 2002.
- The 75th Army-RMC Game Set For Saturday Night :: Black Knights and goalie Brad Roberts go for four in a row. Cstv.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Greg Gillespie Go army! beat RMC? the history of the United States military academy-royal military college of Canada hockey rivalry International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 17, Issue March 1, 2000 , pages 94 – 112
- Top 10 Rivalries. College Hockey News. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- RMC-West Point game on ice. globesports.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- "2012-13 Roster". United States Military Academy. Retrieved October 20, 2012.