|American International Yellow Jackets men's ice hockey|
|University||American International College|
|Head coach||Eric Lang|
8th season, 122–99–24 (.547)
|Colors||Black, white, and gold|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|2019, 2021, 2022|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|2019, 2021, 2022|
|Conference regular season championships|
|2019, 2020, 2021, 2022|
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.
AIC began its varsity program in 1948, playing a modest schedule for the first dozen years of its existence, building the program under William Turner before he handed it off to Joe Bucholz. In 1961 the Yellow Jackets joined with 27 other eastern schools (mostly in New England) to form ECAC Hockey. AIC finished near the bottom for three seasons and in 1964 it was decided that the conference was too unwieldy to continue and was split into two divisions. The Yellow Jackets joined the lower division, becoming a founding member of ECAC 2.
American International had some success when Turner returned to take over, winning the conference tournament in 1969, but dipped slightly after his retirement in 1970. When Paul Thornton took over in 1974 AIC saw a resurgence and by the late 1970s had returned to the ECAC 2 Tournament but after his departure in 1978 the program slumped once more.
In 1984 the Division II ice hockey level collapsed and sent almost all teams at that level down to Division III. AIC followed along and when ECAC 2 split the Yellow Jackets stayed with the eastern side, joining the new ECAC East. In all that upheaval it was not lost that the American International had gotten its sixth head coach since 1970 but they were finally able to find someone willing to stick around in Gary Wright.
Wright's time with AIC began fairly successfully with the team earning its first 20-win season in his fourth year. The next season, 1989, saw the Yellow Jackets pace the ECAC East with 20 wins and set a program record with 24 wins overall but they faltered in the conference tournament and failed to make the D-III National championship. The next year the team was able to regain some of their success by winning the ECAC East title, their first conference championship in 21 years, but they were left out of the National Tournament due to a relatively poor overall record (only eight teams made the tournament and league champions did not receive an automatic berth). AIC continued to play well in the mid-90s but in 1995 the program declined sharply, dropping from 14 to 4 wins and remained in the ECAC East cellar for the rest of its time there.
In 1998 the MAAC began sponsoring an ice hockey conference and AIC joined as an affiliate member, returning to the top tier of college hockey. In their first year back the Yellow Jackets posted a decent record, finishing 5th in the 8-team field but bowed out in the first round of the conference playoffs. After that brief glimpse of success, however, AIC fell to the bottom of the conference and remained there for almost the next 20 years. Even with several new teams joining the conference and the division's reworking into Atlantic Hockey AIC could finish no better than 9th from 2000 through 2017 with the lone exception coming in 2006 when Atlantic Hockey had only 8 league members.
AIC made the conference tournament every years because Atlantic Hockey structured its conference tournament to include every team, but even then the Yellow Jackets could only twice win the 9 vs 8 play-in game and lost every other round it participated in. AIC lost 20 games for 13 consecutive seasons and 18 out of 19 years after 1999 but through it all Gary Wright stayed on to hold the program together. He eventually retired in 2016, being the longest-tenured coach at the time of his retirement and held the record for the most career losses with a single program, but his legacy with AIC went beyond wins and losses.
A new era at AIC began in 2016 with Eric Lang as the new head coach. After a poor but familiar first season AIC posted its best record since 1993 with 15 wins, finishing 8th in Atlantic Hockey and winning its first conference tournament round in over a decade. The following year AIC won its first ever conference championship and, after winning its first conference tournament at the Division I level, made its first appearance in an NCAA Championship. As the lowest-seeded team, AIC played against #1 St. Cloud State and, despite being outshot 34-13 in the game, won the match. The Yellow Jackets season ended after losing the next game but they had already produced the best season in the history of program by a mile.
AIC again won the Atlantic Hockey championship in 2020, however, before the team played its first postseason game the NCAA cancelled all remaining contests and tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of September 14, 2023.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Alexandros Aslanadis||Senior||G||6' 5" (1.96 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||2001-01-20||Moorestown, New Jersey||Western Michigan (NCHC)||—|
|2||Nico Somerville||Senior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-04-08||Nanaimo, British Columbia||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|3||Logan Jenuwine||Graduate||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1998-05-15||Romeo, Michigan||Lake Superior State (CCHA)||—|
|4||Brett Callahan||Graduate||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-10-16||Westmont, Illinois||Jersey (NCDC)||—|
|5||Tomi Leppänen||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2003-04-07||Heinola, Finland||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|6||Matt Rickard||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1999-07-28||Coventry, Rhode Island||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|7||Brian Kramer||Senior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-07-20||Wexford, Pennsylvania||Robert Morris (AHA)||—|
|8||Hunter Jones||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2002-07-13||Andover, Minnesota||Oklahoma (NAHL)||—|
|9||Hunter Longhi||Freshman||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||2002-04-02||Collinsville, Illinois||Minot (NAHL)||—|
|10||Dustin Manz||Graduate||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||188 lb (85 kg)||1999-09-21||Vanderbilt, Michigan||Lake Superior State (CCHA)||—|
|11||Julius Janhonen||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-03-05||Espoo, Finland||HIFK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|13||Grayson Dietrich||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2001-12-18||Calgary, Alberta||Drumheller (AJHL)||—|
|14||Douglas Andersson||Freshman||F||6' 6" (1.98 m)||209 lb (95 kg)||2002-04-04||Ängelholm, Sweden||Kallinge-Ronneby IF (Hockeyettan)||—|
|15||Casper Söderling||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2001-06-02||Stockholm, Sweden||Nacka J20 (J20 Regional)||—|
|16||Andrew Amousse||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||2001-07-16||Laval, Quebec||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|17||Oscar Geschwind||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2001-02-24||Hällefors, Sweden||Northern Michigan (CCHA)||—|
|18||Akseli Pennanen||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||2003-01-19||Espoo, Finland||Jukurit U20 (U20 SM-sarja)||—|
|19||Jordan Biro||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||160 lb (73 kg)||2000-08-10||Sherwood Park, Alberta||Colorado College (NCHC)||—|
|20||Hunter McCurdy||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||2001-08-09||Mokena, Illinois||Danbury (NAHL)||—|
|21||John Lundy||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||163 lb (74 kg)||2001-04-27||Brooklyn, New York||Jamestown (NAHL)||—|
|22||Timofei Khokhlachev||Sophomore||F||6' 4" (1.93 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||2001-11-06||Moscow, Russia||Shreveport (NAHL)||—|
|23||Theo Angesved||Freshman||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||2003-06-23||Växjö, Sweden||Borås HC (Hockeyettan)||—|
|24||Blake Wells||Graduate||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1999-08-02||Blackie, Alberta||UMass Lowell (HEA)||—|
|25||Alexander Malinowski||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2001-02-07||Linköping, Sweden||Fairbanks (NAHL)||—|
|26||Jake Sacratini||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||2001-05-19||Pincourt, Quebec||Notre Dame (SJHL)||—|
|27||Josh Barnes||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2002-09-27||Cornwall, Ontario||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|28||Alfred Lindberg||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2002-01-28||Hallsberg, Sweden||New Mexico (NAHL)||—|
|29||Darwin Lakoduk||Senior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||2000-01-28||Edmonton, Alberta||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|30||Cole Hudson||Junior||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||161 lb (73 kg)||2000-03-13||Tonawanda, New York||Vermont (HEA)||—|
|33||Peyton Grainer||Freshman||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||2002-03-12||Detroit, Michigan||Jersey (NCDC)||—|
|34||Nils Wallström||Freshman||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2003-10-15||Skellefteå, Sweden||Kenai River (NAHL)||—|
|37||Evan Stella||Junior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||2001-05-11||Karlstad, Sweden||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|39||Dario Beljo||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2002-08-15||Sudbury, Ontario||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|44||Austen Long||Graduate||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-02-15||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|55||Brett Rylance||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||167 lb (76 kg)||2001-08-03||Edmonton, Alberta||Chilliwack (BCHL)||—|
|61||Casey McDonald||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||187 lb (85 kg)||2001-05-10||Plenty, Saskatchewan||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
All-time coaching records
As of April 1, 2023
|1948–1957, 1964–1970||William Turner||15||128–118–4||.520|
|Totals||9 coaches||75 seasons||764–1085–109||.418|
Awards and honors
- 2020–21: Brennan Kapcheck, D
- 2018–19: Blake Christensen, F
- Gary Wright: 1999
- 2000–01: Aaron Arnett, D
- 1998–99: Chance Thede, G; Mike Sowa, F
- 2000–01: Guillaume Caron, F; Trent Ulmer, F
Team Sportsmanship Award
Career points leaders
Career goaltending leaders
Minimum 30 games played
Statistics current through the start of the 2021–22 season.
As of July 1, 2022.
|Dave Forbes||Left Wing||BOS, WSH||1973–1979||362||0|
One player was a member of the WHA.
|Dave Forbes||Left Wing||CIN||1978–1979||0|
This is a list of American International alumni who played on an Olympic team.
|Name||Position||American International Tenure||Team||Year||Finish|
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