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Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey
Current season
Western Michigan Broncos athletic logo
UniversityWestern Michigan University
ConferenceNCHC
Head coachPat Ferschweiler
2nd season, 26–12–1 (.679)
ArenaLawson Arena
Capacity: 3,667
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
Student sectionLawson Lunatics
ColorsBrown and gold[1]
   
NCAA Tournament appearances
1986, 1994, 1996, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2022, 2023
Conference Tournament championships
CCHA: 1986, 2012
Current uniform
CCHA-Uniform-WMU.png

The Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Western Michigan University. The Broncos are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.[2]

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National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Collegiate Athletic Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It also organizes the athletic programs of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and helps over 500,000 college student athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

College ice hockey

College ice hockey

College ice hockey is played principally in the United States and Canada, though leagues exist outside North America.

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a public research university in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was initially established as Western State Normal School in 1903 by Governor Aaron T. Bliss for the training of teachers. In 1957, G. Mennen Williams signed a bill into law that made Western a university and gave the school its current name of Western Michigan University.

National Collegiate Hockey Conference

National Collegiate Hockey Conference

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is an NCAA men's Division I hockey conference formed on July 9, 2011. The league began playing for the 2013–14 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference began competition, as a combination of six previous members of the WCHA and two of the CCHA. The league is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lawson Arena

Lawson Arena

Harry W. Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium is a 3,667-seat multi-purpose arena, and adjacent natatorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, located on the far Southwest corner of Western Michigan University's main campus. The arena is a single-level, horseshoe-style arena with a concourse at the top. It is home to the Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team, the WMU men's ice hockey club team, and the WMU synchronized skating club team. The arena is named after Harry W. Lawson, the founder of the hockey program at Western Michigan University. The Gabel Natatorium contains an olympic size swimming pool, diving facility, and is home to the WMU Swimming and Diving Club team.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. At the 2010 census, Kalamazoo had a population of 74,262. Kalamazoo is the major city of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 335,340 in 2015. Kalamazoo is equidistant from Chicago and Detroit, being about 140 miles (230 km) away from both.

History

The Broncos program began in 1973 and joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 1975–76 season. After ten seasons in the league Western Michigan won the 1986 CCHA Playoff Tournament and advanced to the school's first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey tournament in 1986.[3] The 1986 season marked the program's first CCHA Tournament Championship and the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament.[4] The Broncos entered the tournament in the West Regional against Harvard and lost the two-game aggregate series, being outscored 11–4 by the Crimson.[5]

Western Michigan's next post season appearance came in 1994. Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 1994 NCAA Division I Tournament and again fell in the first round with a 6–3 loss to Wisconsin.[6]

The Broncos rebounded in the 1995–96 season after a sub-.500 season in 1994–95. Western Michigan received the program's second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Western Michigan lost again in the first round to Clarkson 6–1.[7]

Under first-year coach Jeff Blashill, Western Michigan received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, where they would lose their opening game 3–2 in double overtime to Denver. Denver scored two goals in the last 4:29 of the third period to force overtime.[8]

In 2011–12, for the second consecutive season, Western Michigan had a new head coach and reached the NCAA tournament. Longtime National Hockey League (NHL) coach Andy Murray was named as coach of the Broncos after Blashill left for the Detroit Red Wings.[9] WMU finished tied for second in the CCHA and won the CCHA tournament, thereby receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.[10] Western Michigan lost in the first round of the tournament 3–1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota.[11]

The Broncos joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) starting in the 2013–14 season. The CCHA disbanded after the 2012–13 season, in part due to the addition of men's ice hockey to the Big Ten Conference.

Western Michigan won the 2013 four-team Great Lakes Invitational which was played outdoors at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Broncos defeated No. 3 Michigan 3–2 in overtime in the semifinals, and then claimed the championship by beating Michigan Tech 1–0, also in overtime. WMU won the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament with an 8–2 victory over No. 17 Union. The Broncos also defeated Ohio State in the first round of the tournament, 6–2.

In 2016–17, the Broncos followed up a disappointing 8-25-3 season with an impressive 22-13-5 and a third-place finish in the NCHC. Western Michigan was invited to the final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, where they defeated Michigan Tech in the championship. WMU has been invited to the GLI 5 times dating back to 1977, winning it 3 of those times. The Broncos were defeated in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I tournament by Air Force.

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Central Collegiate Hockey Association

Central Collegiate Hockey Association

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) is a college athletic conference that participates in the NCAA's Division I as a hockey-only conference. The current CCHA began play in the 2021–22 season; a previous incarnation, which the current CCHA recognizes as part of its history, existed from 1971 to 2013. Half of its members are located in the state of Michigan, with additional members in Minnesota and Ohio. It has also had teams located in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska over the course of its existence.

Harvard Crimson men's ice hockey

Harvard Crimson men's ice hockey

The Harvard Crimson men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Harvard University. The Crimson are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the Bright Hockey Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson hockey team is one of the oldest college ice hockey teams in the United States, having played their first game on January 19, 1898, in a 0–6 loss to Brown.

Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey

Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey

The Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Clarkson University. The Golden Knights have been a member of ECAC Hockey since 1962, and play their home games at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, New York. While Clarkson lore has it that their first hockey game was played in 1916 against the Hogansburg Indians, the team was established as a hockey club in 1921, led by captain Bill Johnson. The Knights won their opening encounter against Alexandria Bay, 6–4, and finished the year with a 2–1 record, their first of many winning seasons.

Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey

Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey

The Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Denver. They play at Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado. The Pioneers are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Previously, they were members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), from its creation in 1959 to the end of its men's hockey competition in 2013.

National Hockey League

National Hockey League

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams—25 in the United States and 7 in Canada. It is considered to be the top ranked professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The NHL is the fifth-wealthiest professional sport league in the world by revenue, after the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the English Premier League (EPL).

Andy Murray (ice hockey)

Andy Murray (ice hockey)

Andy Murray is the former head coach for the Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team of the NCAA Division I National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). He is a former head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. The Red Wings compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars until 1930. For the next two seasons, the team was named the Detroit Falcons, before changing their name to the Red Wings in 1932.

2012 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

2012 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2012 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is the 41st CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It will be played between March 2 and March 17, 2012 at campus locations and at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Western Michigan won the Mason Cup and they earned the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's ice hockey

North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's ice hockey

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team at the Grand Forks campus of the University of North Dakota. They are members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I ice hockey. North Dakota is widely regarded as a premier college hockey school and has one of the most storied programs in NCAA history. UND has made over 30 appearances in the NCAA tournament, appeared in the Frozen Four 22 times, and has won 8 NCAA Division I Championships. The program has also achieved 15 WCHA Regular Season Championships, 5 NCHC Regular Season Championships, and 12 Conference Tournament Championships. The school's former nickname was the Fighting Sioux, which had a lengthy and controversial tenure before ultimately being retired by the university in 2012 due to pressure from the NCAA. The official school nickname is now the Fighting Hawks, a name that was chosen by the university on November 18, 2015.

National Collegiate Hockey Conference

National Collegiate Hockey Conference

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is an NCAA men's Division I hockey conference formed on July 9, 2011. The league began playing for the 2013–14 season, the same season that the Big Ten Conference began competition, as a combination of six previous members of the WCHA and two of the CCHA. The league is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Big Ten Conference

Big Ten Conference

The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Founded as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives in 1896, it predates the founding of its regulating organization, the NCAA. It is based in the Chicago area in Rosemont, Illinois. For many decades the conference consisted of 10 universities. As of 2014, it consists of 14 member institutions and 2 affiliate institutions, with 2 new member institutions scheduled to join in 2024. The conference competes in the NCAA Division I and its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport.

Great Lakes Invitational

Great Lakes Invitational

The Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) is a four-team National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's ice hockey tournament held annually at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit around the New Year's holiday as part of College Hockey in the D.

Season-by-season results

Source:[12]

Coaching

All-time coaching records

As of the completion of 2021–22 season[12]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1973–1978 Bill Neal 5 91–65–5 .581
1978–1982 Glen Weller 4 64–73–5 .468
1982–1999 Bill Wilkinson 17 313–301–53 .509
1999–2010 Jim Culhane 11 158–222–48 .425
2010–2011 Jeff Blashill 1 19–13–10 .571
2011–2021 Andy Murray 10 167–156–43 .515
2021–Present Pat Ferschweiler 1 26–12–1 .679
Totals 7 coaches 49 seasons 838–842–165 .499

† The 1998–99 season was coached by both Wilkinson and Culhane.

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Statistical leaders

Source:[13]

Career points leaders

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dan Dorion 1982–1986 157 115 178 293
Paul Polillo 1986–1990 165 82 189 271
Wayne Gagné 1983–1987 162 42 199 241
Jeff Green 1986–1990 159 109 125 234
Ross Fitzpatrick 1978–1982 138 100 125 225
Tim Dunlop 1974–1978 129 92 106 198
Rob Bryden 1983–1987 162 104 91 195
Chris Brooks 1992–1996 147 57 127 184
Troy Thrun 1983–1986 122 81 102 183
Bob Scurfield 1978–1981 130 82 95 177

Career goaltending leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Frank Slubowski 2011–2015 94 6021 49 38 15 235 7 .909 2.34
Marc Magliarditi 1995–1996 36 2110 23 11 2 91 5 .910 2.59
Brandon Bussi 2019–Present 77 4467 46 25 5 194 4 .912 2.61
Jerry Kuhn 2007–2011 63 3528 16 27 3 158 2 .912 2.69
Lukas Hafner 2012–2016 86 4396 25 37 10 202 4 .909 2.76

Statistics current through the start of the 2022–2023 season.

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Dan Dorion

Dan Dorion

Daniel Norman Dorion is an American former professional ice hockey right winger who played four games with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985–86 and 1987–88. The rest of his career, which lasted from 1986 to 1995, was mainly spent in the minor American Hockey League and in Europe. Internationally Dorion played for the American national team at the 1985 World Championship.

Paul Polillo

Paul Polillo

Paul Polillo is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the Colonial Hockey League for nine seasons, winning the UHL Most Valuable Player Award three years in succession.

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

Ross Fitzpatrick (ice hockey)

Ross Fitzpatrick (ice hockey)

Ross Fitzpatrick is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 20 games over parts of four seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently a pro scout with the Flyers.

Chris Brooks (ice hockey)

Chris Brooks (ice hockey)

Chris Brooks is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey program.

Save percentage

Save percentage

Save percentage is a statistic in various goal-scoring sports that track saves as a statistic.

Goals against average

Goals against average

Goals against average (GAA) also known as "average goals against" or "AGA" is a statistic used in field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and water polo that is the mean of goals allowed per game by a goaltender or goalkeeper. GAA is analogous to a baseball pitcher's earned run average (ERA). In Japanese, the same translation (防御率) is used for both GAA and ERA, because of this.

Marc Magliarditi

Marc Magliarditi

Marc "Mags" Magliarditi is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL

Current roster

As of August 23, 2022.[14]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Michigan Kirk Laursen Freshman (RS) G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-01-02 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Miami (NCHC)
2 Michigan Jacob Bauer Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 2002-02-25 Milford, Michigan Lincoln (USHL)
4 California Zak Galambos Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-05-27 Walnut Creek, California American International (AHA)
6 Michigan Theo Thrun Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-01-09 Grand Rapids, Michigan Maine (NAHL)
8 Ontario Ryan McAllister Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-12-19 London, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
9 Quebec Luke Grainger Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-09-03 Montreal, Quebec Hawkesbury (CCHL)
10 Illinois Chad Hillebrand Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1999-01-22 Park Ridge, Illinois Green Bay (USHL)
11 California Ethan Wolthers Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 2001-07-19 Valencia, California Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
12 Florida Cole Gallant Graduate F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-03-14 Dover, Florida Omaha (USHL)
13 Michigan Oliver MacDonald Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-11-07 Grosse Pointe, Michigan UMass (HEA)
14 Michigan Jason Polin Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1999-06-17 Holt, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL)
15 Saskatchewan Daniel Hilsendager Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2000-03-30 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Omaha (USHL)
16 Michigan Tim Washe Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 2001-08-25 Detroit, Michigan Nanaimo (BCHL)
17 Switzerland Cédric Fiedler Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 2001-04-20 Zug, Switzerland Fargo (USHL)
18 Illinois Wyatt Schingoethe Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2002-08-03 Algonquin, Illinois Waterloo (USHL) TOR, 195th overall 2020
19 Michigan Cam Knuble Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2000-07-23 Grand Rapids, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
20 Alberta Jamie Rome Graduate F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 211 lb (96 kg) 1998-10-03 Cochrane, Alberta Victoria (BCHL)
21 Wisconsin Barrett Brooks Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2001-12-19 Stevens Point, Wisconsin Austin (NAHL)
22 Michigan Trevor Bishop Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-01-23 Rochester Hills, Michigan Victoria (BCHL)
23 British Columbia Carter Berger Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-09-17 North Vancouver, British Columbia UConn (HEA) FLA, 106th overall 2019
24 Indiana Aidan Fulp Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 2000-02-29 Westfield, Indiana Dubuque (USHL)
25 Minnesota Jack Perbix Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-09-13 Elk River, Minnesota Minnesota (Big Ten) ANA, 116th overall 2018
26 Ontario Lucas Matta Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2002-10-04 Kleinburg, Ontario Salmon Arm (BCHL)
27 Ontario Cole Burtch Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2001-01-11 Markham, Ontario Cedar Rapids (USHL)
28 Michigan Hugh Larkin Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-03-27 Livonia, Michigan Austin (NAHL)
29 Nova Scotia Will Hambley Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2002-04-29 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia Steinbach (MJHL)
31 Illinois Cameron Rowe Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 2001-06-01 Wilmette, Illinois Wisconsin (Big Ten)
33 Sweden Samuel Sjölund Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-05-19 Stockholm, Sweden Dubuque (USHL) DAL, 111th overall 2019
34 Michigan Max Sasson Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-09-05 Birmingham, Michigan Waterloo (USHL)
37 Michigan Dylan Wendt Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-01-09 Grand Haven, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)

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Michigan

Michigan

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwestern United States. It is bordered by Minnesota to the northwest, Wisconsin to the southwest, Indiana and Ohio to the south, and Lakes Superior, Huron, and Erie to the north and east. With a population of nearly 10.12 million and an area of nearly 97,000 sq mi (250,000 km2), Michigan is the 10th-largest state by population, the 11th-largest by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies. Its name derives from a gallicized variant of the original Ojibwe word ᒥᓯᑲᒥ, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Goaltender

Goaltender

In ice hockey, the goaltender is the player responsible for preventing the hockey puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goaltender mostly plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease. Goaltenders tend to stay at or beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. In the modern age of goaltending there are two common styles, butterfly and hybrid. Because of the power of shots, the goaltender wears special equipment to protect the body from direct impact.

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Bloomfield Hills is a small city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of Metro Detroit and is approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Downtown Detroit. Except a small southern border with the city of Birmingham, the city is almost completely surrounded by Bloomfield Township, but the city and township are administered separately. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 4,460.

Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey

Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey

The Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), starting play in the conference's 2013–14 inaugural season. Prior to the NCHC, from 1980 to 2013, the RedHawks were a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) until the original CCHA disbanded in 2013. They play in Steve "Coach" Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center.

Defenceman

Defenceman

Defence or defense in ice hockey is a player position that is primarily responsible for preventing the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, D, D-men or blueliners. They were once called cover-point.

Milford, Michigan

Milford, Michigan

Milford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,175 at the time of the 2010 census. The village is located within Milford Township. The village is known for being the home of the Milford General Motors Proving Ground.

Lincoln Stars

Lincoln Stars

The Lincoln Stars are a Tier I junior ice hockey team playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Stars' home ice is the Ice Box on the former Nebraska State Fair grounds and adjacent to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

California

California

California is a state in the Western United States, located along the Pacific Coast. With nearly 39.2 million residents across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), it is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. It is also the most populated subnational entity in North America and the 34th most populous in the world. The Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions respectively, with the former having more than 18.7 million residents and the latter having over 9.6 million. Sacramento is the state's capital, while Los Angeles is the most populous city in the state and the second most populous city in the country. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the country. Los Angeles County is the country's most populous, while San Bernardino County is the largest county by area in the country. California borders Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; and it has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the west.

American International Yellow Jackets men's ice hockey

American International Yellow Jackets men's ice hockey

The American International Yellow Jackets men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the American International College. The Yellow Jackets are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Atlantic Hockey

Atlantic Hockey

The Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) is an NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference which operates primarily in the northeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I as an ice hockey-only conference. Unlike several other college athletic conferences, Atlantic Hockey has no women's division, though it shares some organizational and administrative roles with the women's-only College Hockey America.

Forward (ice hockey)

Forward (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, a forward is a player, and a position on the ice, whose primary responsibility is to score and assist goals. Generally, the forwards try to stay in three different lanes of the ice going from goal to goal. It is not mandatory, however, to stay in a lane. Staying in a lane aids in forming the common offensive strategy known as a triangle. One forward obtains the puck and then the forwards pass it between themselves making the goalie move side to side. This strategy opens up the net for scoring opportunities. This strategy allows for a constant flow of the play, attempting to maintain the control of play by one team in the offensive zone. The forwards can pass to the defence players playing at the blue line, thus freeing up the play and allowing either a shot from the point or a pass back to the offence. This then begins the triangle again.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is a city and county seat of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2020 census, the city had a population of 198,917 which ranks it as the second most-populated city in the state after Detroit. Grand Rapids is the central city of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,087,592 and a combined statistical area population of 1,383,918.

Awards and honors

All-Americans

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

CCHA

Individual awards

All-Conference teams

First Team All-CCHA

Second Team All-CCHA

CCHA All-Rookie Team

NCHC

Individual awards

All-Conference teams

First Team All-NCHC

Second Team All-NCHC

NCHC All-Rookie Team

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List of Division I AHCA All-American Teams

List of Division I AHCA All-American Teams

The Division I AHCA All-American Teams are an annual honor bestowed by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the college hockey players judged to be the top performers in their division. Each team is composed of at least one goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards on ice hockey programs. At least one all-star team has been named by the since the start of NCAA tournament play in 1947–48 after the conclusion of either the regular season or the conference tournaments.

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

Dan Dorion

Dan Dorion

Daniel Norman Dorion is an American former professional ice hockey right winger who played four games with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985–86 and 1987–88. The rest of his career, which lasted from 1986 to 1995, was mainly spent in the minor American Hockey League and in Europe. Internationally Dorion played for the American national team at the 1985 World Championship.

Hugh McGing

Hugh McGing

Hugh McGing is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently playing with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). While playing NCAA Division I ice hockey with the Western Michigan Broncos, he was drafted 138th overall by the Blues in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Following this, McGing spent four seasons with the Broncos becoming Captain and a First Team All-American. In 2021 he was assigned to the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.

Ronnie Attard

Ronnie Attard

Ronald Attard is an American professional ice hockey defenceman for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 72nd overall by the Flyers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender who played for 15 years in the National Hockey League. Prior to that, he was a member of the Western Michigan University hockey team, and 1985 graduate of the school. He also served as the director of player affairs for the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). He resigned on September 3, 2009 in the wake of the firing of NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly. In his capacity as director of player affairs, Healy also served as a non-voting member on the National Hockey League (NHL) Competition Committee, overseeing the NHLPA's interests regarding rule and equipment issues and player safety matters. He now is the Executive Director/President of the NHL Alumni Association.

Bill Horn

Bill Horn

William Horn is a Canadian ice hockey coach and retired goaltender who was an All-American for Western Michigan.

Marc Magliarditi

Marc Magliarditi

Marc "Mags" Magliarditi is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL

Mike Bishai

Mike Bishai

Michael Bishai is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. Bishai was never drafted, but played in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers.

Danny DeKeyser

Danny DeKeyser

Daniel Christopher DeKeyser is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL). He formerly played as an alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ethen Frank

Ethen Frank

Ethen Frank is an American professional ice hockey center for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL), while under contract to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was an All-American for Western Michigan in 2022.

Western Michigan Broncos Hall of Fame

The following is a list of people associated with the Western Michigan men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Western Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame.[15]

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Dan Dorion

Dan Dorion

Daniel Norman Dorion is an American former professional ice hockey right winger who played four games with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985–86 and 1987–88. The rest of his career, which lasted from 1986 to 1995, was mainly spent in the minor American Hockey League and in Europe. Internationally Dorion played for the American national team at the 1985 World Championship.

Ross Fitzpatrick (ice hockey)

Ross Fitzpatrick (ice hockey)

Ross Fitzpatrick is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 20 games over parts of four seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently a pro scout with the Flyers.

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné

Wayne Gagné is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender who played for 15 years in the National Hockey League. Prior to that, he was a member of the Western Michigan University hockey team, and 1985 graduate of the school. He also served as the director of player affairs for the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). He resigned on September 3, 2009 in the wake of the firing of NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly. In his capacity as director of player affairs, Healy also served as a non-voting member on the National Hockey League (NHL) Competition Committee, overseeing the NHLPA's interests regarding rule and equipment issues and player safety matters. He now is the Executive Director/President of the NHL Alumni Association.

Jamal Mayers

Jamal Mayers

Jamal David Mayers is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He spent time playing for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. He is currently an analyst for the NHL Network and NBC Sports Chicago.

Bernie Saunders

Bernie Saunders

Bernie Saunders is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played 10 games in the National Hockey League for the Quebec Nordiques during the 1979–80 and 1980–81 seasons.

Neil Smith (ice hockey)

Neil Smith (ice hockey)

Neil Smith is a Canadian ice hockey broadcaster, and previously the general manager of both the New York Rangers from 1989–2000 and (briefly) the New York Islanders in 2006. He was also the owner and head coach of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. He last was the president, general manager, and governor of the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. He now is an on-air analyst for the NHL Network.

Broncos in the NHL

As of July 1, 2022

= NHL All-Star team = NHL All-Star[16] = NHL All-Star[16] and NHL All-Star team = Hall of Famers

‡Scott Foster played 14 minutes for the Blackhawks after being signed to a 1-day contract as an emergency backup due to injury.[17]

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NHL All-Star team

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Hockey Hall of Fame

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Philadelphia Flyers

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Bill Armstrong (ice hockey, born 1966)

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Chase Balisy

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Florida Panthers

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Mike Bishai

Mike Bishai

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Edmonton Oilers

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Kevin Connauton

Kevin Connauton

Kevin Connauton is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 83rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Connauton has also played for the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers.

Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars

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Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Source: "Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 19th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Michigan_Broncos_men's_ice_hockey.

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