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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]

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]


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]

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. 

Current rosterEdit

As of August 22, 2010. [1]

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Flag of Maine Derek Kump L Freshman Falmouth, Maine Walpole (AJHL)
30 Flag of New York Thomas Tysowsky L Sophomore Amherst, New York Milton Academy
35 Flag of Massachusetts Adam Roy L Senior Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Springfield (NAHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
2 Flag of Minnesota Brendan Baker L Junior Edina, Minnesota Edina High School
4 Flag of Vermont Mike Daly R Junior South Burlington, Vermont St. Paul's School
5 Flag of Ontario Kyle Atkins L Junior Brockville, Ontario Brockville (CJHL)
6 Flag of Ontario Matt Clune L Junior Toronto, Ontario Salisbury School
7 Flag of New York Matthew Davis L Junior Lancaster, New York Bridgewater (EJHL)
22 Flag of New Jersey Mark Znutas L Senior Emerson, New Jersey Hotchkiss School
23 Flag of Pennsylvania Ryan McGrath L Freshman Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bay State (EJHL)
24 Flag of Massachusetts Jeffrey Reppucci L Freshman Newburyport, Massachusetts Alberni Valley (BCHL)
28 Flag of Ontario Evan Zych L Sophomore Kilbride, Ontario Georgetown (OJHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
3 Flag of Pennsylvania Matt Celin R Senior Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Bay State (EJHL)
8 Flag of Indiana Gianni Baldassari L Junior Fort Wayne, Indiana Fairbanks (NAHL)
10 Flag of Ontario Kyle Fletcher L Sophomore Kanata, Ontario Kanata (CJHL)
11 Flag of Alberta Everett Sheen (C) R Senior Lethbridge, Alberta Okotoks AJHL)
12 Flag of Colorado Mark Williamson R Freshman Centennial, Colorado Brockville (CJHL)
14 Flag of Pennsylvania Adam Schmidt R Freshman Warrington, Pennsylvania Sioux City (USHL)
15 Flag of Massachusetts Jay Silvia L Junior Burlington, Massachusetts Belmont Hill School
17 Flag of Massachusetts J.P. Martignetti L Senior Winchester, Massachusetts Boston (EJHL)
18 Flag of Virginia Jamie Jelinek R Senior Great Falls, Virginia Tabor Academy
19 Flag of Ontario Andrew Cox L Junior Lombardy, Ontario Phillips Academy Andover
21 Flag of Ontario Matt Gordon R Sophomore Perth, Ontario Smiths Falls (CJHL)
26 Flag of Illinois Rob Linsmayer R Sophomore Winnetka, Illinois Chicago (USHL)
27 Flag of New York Shayne Stockton R Freshman Rochester, New York Brockville (CJHL)
29 Flag of New York Brandon Nunn L Sophomore Fairport, New York Bridgewater (EJHL)
33 Flag of Ontario Erik Vos R Sophomore Carlisle, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)
44 Flag of Massachusetts Luke Miller L Junior Andover, Massachusetts Phillips Exeter Academy

Women's programEdit

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