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Alabama–Huntsville Chargers
Current season
Alabama–Huntsville Chargers athletic logo

University University of Alabama in Huntsville
Conference WCHA
Head coach Mike Corbett
2nd year, 2–35–1
Arena Von Braun Center
Capacity: 6,602
Location Huntsville, Alabama
Colors Royal Blue and White

             

NCAA Tournament Champions
1996 (DII), 1998 (DII)
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1994 (DII), 1996 (DII), 1997, (DII), 1998 (DII), 2007, 2010
National Club Champions
1982, 1983, 1984
Conference Tournament Champions
CHA: 2007, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
CHA: 2000–01, 2002–03

The Alabama–Huntsville Chargers ice hockey team (commonly referred to as the UAH Chargers) is the only NCAA Division I ice hockey program located in the Southern United States, fielded by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in Huntsville, Alabama.[1]

The Chargers play their home games at Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. In 1987, Alabama governor George Wallace declared Huntsville to be the "Hockey Capital of the South."[2]

UAH is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

History[edit]

Founding and club championships[edit]

The UAH ice hockey program began as a non-varsity club team in the late 1970s. Joe Ritch organized the inaugural Charger team in 1979, and served as head coach. UAH defeated Emory University 11-4 in its first game on October 26, 1979.[2] UAH dominated opposition in its first three seasons, winning three Southern Collegiate Hockey Association championships. The Chargers won its first of three National Club Hockey Championships in 1982, defeating Southern Methodist 14-2 in the title game.[2]

For the 1982-83 season, Doug Ross became head coach as the Chargers moved to the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. UAH lost the conference championship game in overtime to Marquette, but the Chargers hosted the U.S. National Collegiate Club Hockey Championships, where they defeated Auburn (16-2), Arizona (7-4), and Penn State (5-4) en route to their second consecutive national championship.[2]

UAH hosted the club national championship tournament again in 1984, and the Chargers claimed a third straight title with wins over Miami University (3-1), Indiana (13-4), and Ohio (12-1). UAH hosted the tournament a third time in 1985, but its bid for a fourth straight championship fell short with a 6-2 loss to North Dakota State.[2]

Varsity and Division II championships[edit]

UAH elevated the hockey program to varsity status for the 1985-86 season as a member of the NAIA. The school became a full NCAA Division II member in 1986. With no NCAA sponsorship of hockey at the Division II level, UAH moved its program to Division I as an independent beginning with the 1987-88 season.[2] The Chargers went 63-81-8 in their five seasons in Division I. UAH finished with a winning season twice in that span: 1988-89 (15-10-1) and the last season, 1991-92 (18-10-1).[2]

UAH returned to Division II hockey in 1992 with the NCAA resuming sponsorship of a national championship. In 1994, the Chargers hosted its first Division II national championship series, but lost to Bemidji State in overtime of a mini-game tiebreaker.[2] After narrowly missing a chance at the title in 1995, the 1995-96 UAH team went undefeated (26-0-3) in the 1995-96 season and beat Bemidji State 7-1 and 3-0 at the Von Braun Center to claim its first NCAA championship in any sport.[2] The Chargers traveled to Bemidji State for the 1997 finals, losing 4-2 and 3-2. The 1997-98 UAH team claimed its second Division II championship in 1998, beating Bemidji again 6-2 and 5-2 in Huntsville to finish 24-3-3.[2]

Return to Division I and CHA era[edit]

UAH moved ice hockey back to Division I for the 1998-99 season as an independent, and the team became a charter member of College Hockey America starting with the 1999-2000 season. The Chargers won CHA regular season championships in 2001 and 2003.[2]

The 2006-07 UAH team earned the school's first CHA tournament title and NCAA Division I tournament bid. The Chargers spotted Robert Morris a 4-0 first-period lead, but rallied to beat the Colonials 5-4 in overtime. At the Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., UAH took No. 1 seed Notre Dame to double overtime before losing 3-2 in Doug Ross's final game as head coach before retiring.[2]

Danton Cole became UAH's third head coach in 2007.[2]

In 2009, with the CHA's demise imminent following the announced departures of Niagara, Robert Morris, and Bemidji State, UAH applied for membership to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The CCHA denied UAH's application on August 11.[3]

UAH won the final CHA tournament in 2010, beating Niagara 3-2 in overtime for its second berth in the Division I tournament. The Chargers lost to top-ranked Miami 2-1 at the Midwest Regional in Fort Wayne, Ind.[2]

Independence and survival[edit]

Cole left UAH in 2010 to become the head coach of the U.S. National Development Team.[4] Assistant Chris Luongo was promoted to head coach as the Chargers became the lone independent program in Division I.[2]

The program struggled as an independent as scheduling and recruiting hurt without a championship to play for. UAH was a combined 6-54-3 in its first two independent seasons from 2010-2012.

Early into the 2011-12 season, interim UAH President Malcolm Portera announced that the 2011–12 season would be the school's final season competing at the NCAA Division I level, citing financial reasons. The program would be "realigned" as a club team, and the coaches' jobs would be eliminated.[5] New UAH president Dr. Robert Altenkirch reversed the decision after he and school administrators met with local supporters on December 6, 2011.[6] The school set up a campaign to raise funds for the program, with the goal of getting the Chargers into a conference.[7]

Despite the questions about its hockey future, UAH was the host institution for the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.[8]

A week before the start of the 2012-13 season, UAH replaced Luongo and hired Kurt Kleinendorst to become the program's fifth head coach.[9]

On January 17, 2013, after months of discussions with conference officials and league member representatives, UAH formally applied to and was accepted to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Chargers began conference play in the 2013-14 season.[10]

Kleinendorst resigned on May 29, 2013.[11] UAH named Mike Corbett as its sixth head hockey coach on July 8, 2013.[12]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Players[edit]

2014–15 team[edit]

As of September 27, 2014.[13][14]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team
2 British Columbia Strukoff, GraemeGraeme Strukoff Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991-03-30 Chilliwack, British Columbia Victoria (BCHL)
3 Ontario White, AndersonAnderson White Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991-08-16 Caledon, Ontario Chilliwack (BCHL)
4 Michigan Misuraca, FrankFrank Misuraca Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991-09-06 Clinton Township, Michigan Corpus Christi (NAHL)
5 Connecticut Champagne, CodyCody Champagne Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-08-09 Brookfield, Connecticut Topeka (NAHL)
6 California Carlson, BrandonBrandon Carlson Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992-06-15 Huntington Beach, California Dubuque (USHL)
7 Washington (state) McHugh, MaxMax McHugh Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1993-08-20 Seattle, Washington Dubuque (USHL)
8 Wisconsin Block, JamesJames Block Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-05-24 Wrightstown, Wisconsin Wrightstown HS (USHS–WI)
9 Ontario Brears, ChadChad Brears Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991-05-08 Ottawa, Ontario Merritt (BCHL)
10 British Columbia Fletcher, BrentBrent Fletcher Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-05-09 New Westminster, British Columbia Merritt (BCHL)
11 United Kingdom Prince, JackJack Prince Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991-02-14 Leicester, England Texas (NAHL)
12 British Columbia Soquila, ReganRegan Soquila Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993-06-03 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Merritt (BCHL)
13 Michigan Carpenter, AlexAlex Carpenter Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991-07-20 Portage, Michigan Western Michigan (NCAA)
16 Ontario Reid, DougDoug Reid (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990-03-20 Innisfil, Ontario Markham (OJHL)
19 Georgia (U.S. state) Pierce, CraigCraig Pierce Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990-10-18 Roswell, Georgia Rochester (EJHL)
20 Minnesota Parker, BrandonBrandon Parker Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1993-02-17 Faribault, Minnesota Brookings (NAHL)
21 Ontario Vanderlugt, JeffJeff Vanderlugt Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990-05-12 Richmond Hill, Ontario Surrey (BCHL)
22 Rhode Island Salhany, MattMatt Salhany Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1993-01-08 Warwick, Rhode Island Boston (EJHL)
23 Minnesota Marooney, CodyCody Marooney Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-07-07 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Brookings (NAHL)
24 Nova Scotia Saulnier, BrennanBrennan Saulnier Freshman C 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1993-12-29 Halifax, Nova Scotia Fort McMurray (AJHL)
26 Alabama Kestner, JoshJosh Kestner Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1993-11-08 Huntsville, Alabama Sarnia (GOJHL)
28 Ontario Reinhardt, BenBen Reinhardt Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990-03-24 Arnprior, Ontario Pembroke (CCHL)
30 British Columbia Larose, MattMatt Larose Sophomore G 6' 5" (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-08-15 Nanaimo, British Columbia Wellington (OJHL)
32 Michigan Uhelski, JordanJordan Uhelski Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-08-04 Flint, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
33 Slovakia Buri, RichardRichard Buri Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994-01-12 Nitra, Slovakia Minnesota (NAHL)
35 Quebec Guerriero, CarmineCarmine Guerriero Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992-02-20 Montreal, Quebec Hawkesbury (CCHL)

Alumni who have played in the NHL[edit]

Varsity records[edit]

Since the 1985-86 season through the 2013-14 season.[17]

Career[edit]

  • Most goals: 96 by Mario Mazzuca (1992–96)
  • Most assists: 118 by Tony Guzzo (1993–97)
  • Most points: 179 by Tony Guzzo (1993–97)
  • Most penalty minutes: 467 by Shane Stewart (1996–2000)
  • Most goaltending wins: 66 by Derek Puppa (1992–96)
  • Lowest goals against average: 2.36 by Cedrick Billequey (1995–98)
  • Highest save percentage: .918 by Scott Munroe (2002–06)
  • Most shutouts: 8 by Mark Byrne (1999–2003)

Season[edit]

Game[edit]

All-time coaching records[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record
Club
1979–1982 Joe Ritch 3 79–4–1 (.946)
1982–1985 Doug Ross 3 75–17–3 (.805)
Totals 2 coaches 6 seasons 154–21–4 (.872)
Varsity (NAIA/NCAA)
1985–2007 Doug Ross 22 376–255–42 (.590)
2007–2010 Danton Cole 3 23–59–12 (.309)
2010–2012 Chris Luongo 2 6–54–3 (.119)
2012–2013 Kurt Kleinendorst 1 3–21–1 (.140)
2013–present Mike Corbett 1 2–35–1 (.066)
Totals 5 coaches 29 seasons 410–424–59 (.492)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCAA. "Division I Men's Ice Hockey". Retrieved April 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o UAH Sports Information. "Hockey History". Retrieved 2012-1-28.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ McLaughlin, Bud (8/11/2009). "UAH denied admission to Central Collegiate Hockey Association". The Huntsville Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Olsen, Becky. "Cole steps in to lead NTDP’s U-17 team". USAHockey.com. 
  5. ^ "Chargers athletic program to see changes following budget analysis". University of Alabama-Huntsville. October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gattis, Paul (12/6/2011). "UAH announces plan to bring back Division I hockey program". The Huntsville Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Turner, John (2011-12-21). "Charging on: UAH launches official fundraising campaign for hockey program". The Huntsville Times. 
  8. ^ Pupello, Peter (April 4, 2012). "Tampa Bay’s role as Frozen Four host proved years in the making". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ McCarter, Mark (2012-09-25). "Ex-NHL coach Kurt Kleinendorst named new hockey coach at UAH". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. ^ "WCHA Grants Full-Time Membership to University of Alabama in Huntsville". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  11. ^ UAH Sports Information. "Kleinendorst Steps Down as Head Hockey Coach". Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  12. ^ "UAH Tabs Mike Corbett to Lead Charger Hockey". UAHChargers.com. UAH Sports Information. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "2014-15 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Archived from the original on September 27, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Alabama-Huntsville Men's Hockey 2014-2015 Roster". U.S. College Hockey Online. Archived from the original on September 27, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ross goes from deep south to NHL". theahl.com - The Official Web Site of the American Hockey League. October 13, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ Cerny, Jim (October 15, 2013). "J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot Join Rangers". Blueshirts United. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ UAH Sports Information. Hockey History & Records. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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