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Holy Cross Crusaders
Holy Cross Crusaders
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
School founded: 1843
Enrollment: 2,700
President: Michael C. McFarland
Athletic Director: Richard M. Regan, Jr.
Colors: Royal Purple
Home Arena: Hart Center
Capacity: 1,600
Dimensions: 200'x85'
Men's Team
Conference: Atlantic Hockey
Coach: Paul Pearl
(Holy Cross '89)
Conf. Championships: MAAC: 1999
AHA: 2004, 2006
Major Rivals: Connecticut
Women's Team
Conference: ECAC East
Coach: Peter VanBuskirk
(New Hampshire '65)

The Holy Cross Crusaders are a Men's Division I team in Atlantic Hockey and a Women's Division I team who play a Division III schedule in the ECAC East.

Men's programEdit

The Holy Cross Crusaders men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents College of the Holy Cross. The Crusaders are a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). They play at the Hart Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

Men's Program History Edit

Holy Cross men's ice hockey began in 1966. The team played as an independent NCAA Division I team from its inception in 1966 through 1998.[2] The Crusaders joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for ice hockey beginning in the 1998-99 season.[3] That same season the team won the MAAC Tournament Championship. In 2003 ice hockey was split from the MAAC and became the Atlantic Hockey Association, a hockey-only conference.[4]

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Holy Cross player skates through the neutral zone looking for a pass (2010)

In its history, the Holy Cross ice hockey program has seen two NCAA appearances, and has won the Atlantic Hockey and MAAC three times (1999, 2004, 2006).[5]

In 2004 after beating Sacred Heart 4–0 to win the Atlantic Hockey Championship, the team received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history.[6] The Crusaders lost in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal to North Dakota 0–3.[7]

Men's Program Year by YearEdit

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Overall Record
1997-98
1998-99 28 19 6 3 41 2nd of 8
1999-00 27 8 16 3 83 110 19 7th of 10 35 8 24 3 98 158
2000-01 26 8 16 2 81 99 18 10th of 11 32 8 22 2 89 133
2001-02 26 17 7 5 95 69 33 T-3rd of 11 34 17 12 5 120 109
2002-03 16 14 11 1 81 67 29 T-3rd of 11 36 17 18 1 109 105
Atlantic Hockey Overall Record
2003-04 24 17 4 3 83 54 37 1st of 9 36 22 10 4 117 89
2004-05 24 12 7 5 76 60 29 4th of 9 36 16 14 6 108 102
2005-06 28 19 7 2 98 65 40 1st of 8 39 27 10 2 130 95
2006-07 28 9 14 5 87 94 23 6th of 10 35 10 20 5 96 123
2007-08 28 9 15 4 66 85 22 9th of 10 36 10 19 7 88 114
2008-09 28 10 15 3 73 87 23 7th of 10 38 13 20 5 106 130
2009-10 28 10 13 5 70 74 25 7th of 10 37 12 19 6 87 102
2010-11 27 14 8 5 97 73 33 3rd of 12 38 17 16 5 128 118
2011-12 27 15 8 4 93 70 34 T-3rd of 12 39 20 15 4 120 107
2012-13 27 15 9 3 83 79 33 3rd of 12 37 20 14 3 111 106
2013-14 27 11 13 3 68 72 25 T-7th of 12 39 14 22 3 97 114
2014-15 28 12 11 5 68 61 29 T-6th of 11 37 14 18 5 84 87
2015-16 28 16 7 5 89 59 37 T-2nd of 11 36 18 13 5 109 90
2016-17

On March 24, 2006, the Holy Cross men's hockey team made history by defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament by the score of 4–3, in overtime.[8] Coined as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA ice hockey history.[9] The upset was the first time a fifteen or sixteen seed beat a number one or two seed, since the field was expanded to sixteen teams.[10]

As a result of the New England Hockey Conference planning on being strictly a Division III conference starting with the 2017-18 season Holy Cross announced in late October 2016 that it would elevate its women's program to full Division I status for the 2017-18 season.  The school has been rumored to be moving its men's program to Hockey East as a replacement for the departing Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey program  which is leaving the conference for the Big Ten Conference for the 2017-18 season.  The move of the men's program would appparently force the school to elevate the women's program to Division I, the men's program would also be forced into a larger arena as Hockey East requires a minimum capacity of 4,000.  The only facility that big in the area would be the DCU Center, which the school has used for several games in 2016 against defending national champion Providence College and in-state rival Boston College  The school stated that is was hoping to announce a conference affiliation for its women's program in December or January.  The three options for affiliation are College Hockey America, ECAC and Hockey East.  An independent schedule for 2017-18 is also mentioned as a possibility. 

Women's programEdit

Women's Program HistoryEdit

Women's Year by Year RecordEdit

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish ECAC/NEHC Open Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Division I Independent Overall Record
1999-00 15 2 13 0 16 113 - N/A N/A 15 2 13 0 16 113
ECAC East Overall Record
2000-01 18 4 13 1 27 73 9 15th of 19 Event not held 22 7 14 1 49 77
2001-02 18 7 11 0 59 54 14 7th of 10 W, SF 9-0 (St. Michael's) L, F 3-2 (ot) Sacred Heart) 27 12 12 3 98 72
2002-03 20 15 5 0 89 52 30 3rd of 11 W, F 3-1 (Sacred Heart) 25 17 7 1 100 65
2003-04 17 7 9 1 66 50 15 T-6th of 10 Event not held 24 10 13 1 81 68
2004-05 19 9 9 1 62 55 19 T-5th of 12 W, SF 4-0 (Sacred Heart) L, F 4-2 (St. Anselm) 27 12 14 1 81 76
2005-06 19 10 9 0 58 56 20 6th of 11 L, SF 5-2 (St. Anselm) W, 3P 4-1 (St. Michael's) 26 11 14 1 73 83
2006-07 19 11 7 1 76 55 23 5th of 11 L, SF 6-2 (Sacred Heart) W, 3P 4-2 (St. Michael's) 27 15 10 2 110 87
2007-08 19 13 4 2 75 44 28 3rd of 12 L, SF 7-2 (Sacred Heart) W, 3P 3-0 (St. Michael's) 27 16 8 3 93 71
2008-09 20 17 2 1 91 28 35 1st of 5 (A) W, SF 5-1 (St. Michael's) W, F 4-2 (Sacred Heart) 27 24 2 1 117 37
2009-10 19 15 2 2 81 27 32 2nd of 12 W, SF 5-2 (St. Michael's) W, F 3-1 (St. Anselm) 26 20 4 2 105 42
2010-11 18 13 5 0 82 34 26 3rd of 12 W, SF 5-3 (Sacred Heart) W, F 5-4 (so) (St. Anselm) 27 17 9 1 111 57
2011-12 18 14 3 1 70 32 29 2nd of 12 W, SF 3-0 (St. Michael's) L, F 7-3 (St. Anselm) 27 19 4 3 103 49
2012-13 18 9 4 5 44 28 23 4th of 12 W, SF 4-1 (Sacred Heart) L, F 4-3 (ot) (St. Anselm) 27 16 6 5 73 44
2013-14 16 11 4 1 42 25 23 3rd of 12 W, SF 2-0 (Sacred Heart) L, F 2-1 (St. Anselm) 27 18 8 1 77 39
2014-15 17 11 4 2 66 35 24 5th of 14 W, QF 4-1 (Sacred Heart) W, SF 3-1 (St. Anselm) W, F 4-1 (Franklin Pierce) 28 18 7 3 96 52
New England Hockey Conference Overall Record
2015-16 17 14 3 0 74 26 28 T-2 of 14 W, SF 9-2 (St. Michael's) W, F 4-3 (ot) (St. Anselm) 27 24 3 0 120 49
2016-17



Atlantic Hockey

Air Force | American Int'l | Army | Bentley | Canisius | Connecticut | Holy Cross | Mercyhurst | Niagara | RIT | Robert Morris | Sacred Heart

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