Bowling Green Falcons men's ice hockey

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Bowling Green Falcons men's ice hockey
Current season
Bowling Green Falcons athletic logo
UniversityBowling Green State University
First season1969–70
Head coachTy Eigner
5th season, 71–61–10 (.535)
Assistant coaches
ArenaSlater Family Ice Arena
Bowling Green, Ohio
ColorsBrown and orange[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1978, 1984
NCAA Tournament appearances
1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
CCHA: 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988
Conference regular season championships
CCHA: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987
Current uniform

The Bowling Green Falcons ice hockey team is the ice hockey team that represents Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The school's team competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Falcons last played in the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament in 2019. The Falcons have won one NCAA Division I championship, coming in 1984, defeating the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the longest championship game in the tournament's history.


Early history (1960-1973)[edit]

1965 team
Team photo of BG's first intercollegiate hockey team in 1965.

Ice hockey at Bowling Green has existed since the early 1960s in club form.[2] It was not until the late 1960s that the university took interest in adding men's ice hockey to its list of varsity sports. Jack Vivian took over the program in the 1966.[3] and in the University opened the BGSU Ice Arena in 1967 and Vivian guided the program into the NCAA in 1969.[2] The team joined the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) for the 1969-70 season and in its first season in the conference, the Falcons finished 1st in the regular season with a record of 13-12-5.[4]

The team continued that initial success into the 1970-71 season. BG again took first place in the MCHA regular season with a record of 18-12-1.[4] Vivian was a key figure in creating the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and in 1971 Bowling Green joined as a charter member.[5] In their first season in the CCHA Bowling Green finished with a record of 21-10-2.[4] BG lost to Saint Louis University 5-6 in overtime in the CCHA Semifinal game and beat Ohio University 6-5 in OT in the Third Place Game.[6]

Despite a sub .500 record in the 1972-73 season the Falcons won 6-5 in overtime over St. Louis in a rematch of the 1972 Semifinal game and beat Ohio State 8-1 to win BGSU's first CCHA Tournament Championship and Jack Vivian's first and only CCHA Championship. Following the 1972-73 season Vivian left to become the General Manager and coach of the Cleveland Crusaders (WHA).[2]

Rise to a national powerhouse (1973-1990)[edit]

Ron Mason took over as head coach of the Falcons for the 1973-74 season after coaching from 1966-73 at Lake Superior State where he led the Lakers five NAIA Tournament appearances, three straight runner-up spots from 1968–70 and an NAIA Championship in 1972.[7]

With Mason behind the bench BG won their second CCHA Tournament Championship with a 5-4 victory over St. Louis University. The win gave the Falcons their first bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in 1977. Bowling Green State lost in their first NCAA tournament appearance in a high scoring game, 7-5 to Michigan.[8]

BG continued where they left off the season before and claimed another CCHA Regular Season Championship. The Falcons picked up wins over Ohio State and Saint Louis University to win the CCHA Playoff Championship. This gave Bowling Green their second ever and second straight NCAA tournament appearance. BG won 5-3 over Colorado College for the program's first NCAA post season win.[9] With the win over CC BG advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time. Bowling Green fell to Boston College 6-2. The Falcons came back in the Third Place Game with a 4-3 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. The following season, in 1978-79, Bowling Green again claimed first place in the CCHA regular season and CCHA playoffs after wins from Lake Superior State and Ohio State. BG advanced to the third consecutive NCAA tournament in 1979 under Mason. Their season was ended by Minnesota 6-3.[10] Bowling Green finished the 1978-79 season with a record of 37-6-2, to date, the most wins in school history and then an NCAA record 37 wins.[11]

The 1979-80 season saw the second coaching change in the program's history after Mason left to coach Michigan State. Bowling Green hired Jerry York, formerly head coach of the Clarkson Golden Knights since 1972.[12]

The Falcons continued their winning ways and BGSU won the CCHA Regular Season Championship the third season with York as head coach. After a 8-5 loss in the CCHA semi-final game to Notre Dame BG took third place in the CCHA playoffs after a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech. Bowling Green received an at-large bid to the 1982 NCAA tournament but lost 5-4 in OT to Northeastern.[13]

The 1983-84 season was one of the most historic seasons in Bowling Green Hockey history. BGSU finished first place in the CCHA regular season for the third straight season but fell in the CCHA Playoffs in the CCHA Semifinals, 4-3 in the second overtime to Western Michigan. Despite the loss, Bowling Green received an at-large bid to the 1984 NCAA tournament.[14] The Falcons won the opening round series in overtime to Boston University[14] The Falcons then won 2-1 over Michigan State in the Frozen Four.[15] The win over the Spartans set up a Championship game in the Herb Brooks Arena located in Lake Placid, New York, site of the Miracle on Ice during the 1980 Winter Olympics, against Minnesota–Duluth. The game was tied at 4 after regulation and went into overtime. Bowling Green won in the fourth overtime from a goal by Gino Cavallini 7:11 into the fourth overtime, also at the 97:11 mark of total game time, it stands today as one of the longest games in Division I hockey history and the longest NCAA D1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship Game.[16][17][18]

The Falcons finished high in the CCHA standings during the following season, including first place in the regular season during the 1986-87 season and a CCHA Playoff Championship in the 1987-88 season.[4] The team qualified for the NCAA tournament four straight seasons from 1987–1990, a program high for consecutive appearances.[4]

Falling into the shadows (1991-2008)[edit]

BG failed to qualify for the NCAA post season from 1991–94 and finished with a winning record only once, with a record of 19-17-2 (.526 pct.) in 1993-94. Following the 1993-94 season York accepted a head coaching position at his alma mater Boston College.[19] Buddy Powers was appointed the head coach at Bowling Green on July 12, 1994, becoming the fourth head coach in the program's history. He had previously served as the head coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology (DIII) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.[20] Powers had also served as an assistant coach, chief recruiter, and on-ice instructor for BGSU under York from 1982-88. During the time the Falcons had a record of 174-74-8 (.695 pct.), including 129-50-8 (.710 pct.) in league play and finished either first or second in the CCHA on five occasions.[20]

Powers lead the Falcons to a 25-11-2 record and a second-place finish in the CCHA during the 1994-95 campaign. It marked their best finish in the league in eight years. He was named the CCHA's Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award presented annually to the nation's top head coach. Also that year, Brian Holzinger was named CCHA player of the Year. Holzinger won the NCAA All-American Award in ice hockey along with Kelly Perrault. Holzinger became BGSU's second Hobey Baker Award winner, the other being George McPhee in 1982 during Powers' first season as BGSU's assistant coach.[21]

Although the first half of his time as BGSU's head coach was strong, the lack of top players coming to BGSU affected his overall record; Powers finished with losing records in his last five seasons. Over eight seasons as BGSU's head coach, Powers has compiled a 135-149-26 record at Bowling Green.[22] Powers left in 2002 and eventually became the ice arena director at BG until taking an assistant coaching position in 2009 with his alma mater, Boston University.[23]

Scott Paluch became the fifth coach in program history starting in the 2002-03 season. The change of coaching staff did not yield any better results as the trend of sub-.500 seasons continued. Paluch's best season came in 2007-08 when he led the Falcons to their first CCHA post season win in seven years during the 2007-08 season when the Falcons picked up a 4-3 win over Lake Superior State on March 7, 2008.[24] The game marked the first CCHA playoff win since 2001 Bowling Green defeated Northern Michigan 2-1 in overtime. The win over Lake Superior in 2008 also marked the first playoff win at home since 1995 against Notre Dame.[24] CCHA Quarterfinal round in the 2007-08 season. Lake Superior rebounded the next night with a 6-1 win to tie the best-of-three series at 1 game each.[25] Bowling Green finished the Lakers off in the third game after being down 1-3 early in the second period. The Falcons push with a second period goal by Derek Whitmore and a late goal by Todd McIlrath to tie the game with three minutes left in the third period by was capped off 1:34 into overtime when Freshman Jacob Cepis found the back of the LSSU net.[26][27]

Bowling Green would fall in their first CCHA quarterfinal match up since 2001 at Miami two games to none.[28] The RedHawks would go on to the 2008 NCAA tournament, losing in the Quarterfinals to the eventual National Champion, Boston College.[29]

Possible end (2008-2010)[edit]

BGSU vs. Michigan (Jan. 2009)

By late 2008 and early 2009, after years of low rankings in the CCHA and NCAA, lack of post season success, an aging arena desperate for renovations and the program's lack of top players, rumors that the university was investigating canceling hockey as a varsity sport in efforts to cut budget losses were confirmed to be among a number of options.[30] The news shocked both the BGSU and college hockey communities. College hockey had already been hit by a number of folding varsity hockey programs in the previous decade, including nearby Findlay. But unlike some of the smaller programs to be discontinued, Bowling Green was close to becoming the first NCAA Championship-winning hockey program to be eliminated.[31]

The Falcons were without a winning season since 1996-97, and had had only one .500 season during that stretch. Soon after the rumors began, program alumni, Falcon hockey fans in the form of university alumni and current students, BGSU figure skating alumni and various other users of the BGSU Ice Arena began grassroots efforts to save the program.[32] A program, that eventually transformed with the university's help into the Bring Back the Glory Campaign, began to raise money for ice arena renovations, hockey scholarship endowments and other funds.[33] Leaders of the Campaign included notable alumni Rob Blake, Garry Galley, Alissa Czisny, Scott Hamilton, Tom Blakely, Steve Green, and the programs first head coach Jack Vivian, among others.[34]

Following the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, BGSU head coach Scott Paluch resigned.[35] Paluch posted a record of 84-156-23 (.363 pct.) in his seven seasons as head coach of the Falcons. His best season came in 2004-05 when the team finished with a .500 record of 16-16-4.[36] Dennis Williams, previously a head coach at Neumann College (DIII) and assistant coach at BG for the 2008-2009 season took over as interim head coach.[37] Although Williams posted a record of 5-25-6 in his only season behind the bench,[38] the 2009-10 season was a success in a number of areas. The future of the program was secured with the help of the university and Bring Back the Glory campaign and Williams stopped the outflow of players and recruits after news of the possible end of the program.[39][40]

Bring Back the Glory (2010-2018)[edit]

player in 2011.
BG ice hockey player Mike Sullivan in 2011.

The rapid success of the Bring Back the Glory campaign to establish an endowment and raise necessary funds to secure the program's future was seen when the BGSU Ice Arena began a $4 million renovation to upgrade the compressors, chillers, build new locker rooms, add an additional multipurpose ice sheet, and infrastructure and lighting upgrades.[2][41][42]

Chris Bergeron was hired as head coach beginning in the 2010-11 season, along with Barry Schutte and Ty Eigner. Bergeron came to Bowling Green after serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami University, where he helped head coach Enrico Blasi build the RedHawks program into a national powerhouse. Bergeron was brought in by the university to turn around the struggling program.[43][44] After starting the season 0-3-0 losing two games to Michigan and one to Clarkson, Bergeron picked up his first win as a college head coach in the second game of the road series against Clarkson on October 16, 2010.[45] The Falcons finished the regular season 11th in the CCHA with a record of 8-24-4. The Falcons then upset Northern Michigan in the first round of the CCHA Tournament winning the best-of-three series when freshman Bryce Williamson scored the 34 seconds into the second overtime.[46] The 2-1 win sent the Falcons to the CCHA quarterfinals for the first time since the 2007-08 season where the Falcons were matched up against top-seeded Michigan.[46] The Wolverines ended the season for Bowling Green by sweeping the Falcons in the best-of-three series 1-5 and 1-4.[47]

In August 2011, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced it extended invitations to five CCHA members, after eight of the WCHA's members announced they were leaving for the Big Ten Conference and National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2013.[48] BGSU gained an extension of the invitation while the athletic department investigated other opportunities.[49] On October 4, 2011, the university announced its intentions to leave the CCHA in 2013 and join the WCHA beginning In 2013-14. The move will allow the falcons to maintain existing rivalries with Alaska-Fairbanks, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan, all of which announced acceptations of the WCHA invite prior to Bowling Green's announcement.[48]

The Falcons finished the 2011-12 regular season with an overall record of 10-21-5 and a conference record of 5 wins, 19 losses, 4 overtime games and three shootout wins; the record positioned the team in last place in the conference.[50] In the first round of the 2012 CCHA Tournament BGSU was set to play Northern Michigan. In a rematch of the prior season's tournament, Bowling Green again upset the six-seeded Wildcats three games to two.[51] In the second round, Bowling Green played top-seeded Ferris State, also ranked second in the national poll.[52] The Falcons won the first game of the three-game series in overtime, followed by the Bulldogs winning the second game to force a third game. In the third game of the series, Ferris State recorded three goals in the first period before Bowling Green rallied to score four unanswered goals, the final goal in overtime.[52] Bowling Green advanced to the CCHA Semifinal round at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the first time since the 2001 season with the win over Ferris State.[53] The season ended in the CCHA Semifinal game when Michigan rallied from a two-goal deficit and tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation to force overtime.[54] The tie was not broken until Michigan's Luke Moffatt scored at the 1:04 mark of the second overtime to give the Wolverines a 3-2 win.[54] BGSU goaltender Andrew Hammond finished the game with 55 saves that came within one save of the school record is 56 saves set by Jordan Sigalet in 2003.[54] The team lost the third place 4-1 to Miami (OH) game and finished fourth in the CCHA Playoffs.[55] Bowling Green finished the season with an overall record of 14-25-5.[50]

The team recently held ceremonies in the 2014 season to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the National Championship Team. Also the Falcons will be playing in an outdoor game against Robert Morris University at Fifth Third Field.[56]

On November 17, 2014, the Falcons appeared in the Division I Men's Poll at number 19 for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.[57] The Falcons have moved up in the rankings in subsequent weeks, reaching 18th, 15th and 14th, in consecutive weeks.[58]

In 2017-18, the Bowling Green Falcons won the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament, the first in Detroit's Little Caesar's Arena. They defeated the Michigan Wolverines 6-4 in the semifinals, and they defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies 4-1 in the championship game the following day.

The Glory Is Back (2018–present)[edit]

In 2018-19, Bowling Green had a hot stretch to start the season, highlighted by an 8-2 victory over a top-10 Ohio State team in Columbus and culminating in finishing the first half of the season with a sweep of then-#3 Minnesota State to go into the Christmas break with a 13-3-3 record. Despite their struggles with consistency down the stretch to close the regular season, the Falcons swept their way through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs, defeating Michigan Tech 3-2, 6-2 at home and Northern Michigan 6-1, 2-1 on the road along the way en route to a WCHA Championship game in Mankato, MN on March 23, 2019, where the Falcons fell to Minnesota Statein overtime, 3-2. Despite the loss, they had officially done what no Bowling Green team had done since 1990 - earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. They were selected as the 15th seed, which was the last at-large bid to make it into the tournament. This was a monumental occasion, drawing a crowd of Falcon fans to a "watch party" for the selection show inside the Slater Family Ice Arena as Bowling Green heard their name called for the first time in 29 years that night. In addition to the selection show, that day was also the 35th anniversary of the 1984 NCAA Championship, which saw the Falcons earn a 5-4 victory in four overtimes over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who would coincidentally end up being their first round opponent in the Midwest Regional out of Allentown, PA in the 2019 tournament. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they would drop the contest 2-1 in overtime, and their season would come to a close with a record of 25-11-5 for the year, their most wins in a single season since they earned 26 victories during the 1995-96 campaign. On April 5, 2019, it was announced that Chris Bergeron would be leaving to assume the head coaching job at Miami University, his alma mater. He left Bowling Green as the 2nd-winningest head coach in school history, with 171 wins.

On April 20, 2019, after a 15-day search, Ty Eigner was hired as the 8th head coach in Bowling Green hockey history. A Bowling Green alumnus and former captain for the BGSU hockey team, Eigner was hired after spending the previous 9 seasons as an assistant coach. In his time as an assistant, BGSU amassed a total overall record of 171-154-44, winning 20+ games in his final 5 seasons as an assistant and making the NCAA tournament for the first time in 29 years. On the day Eigner was hired, Boston College head coach and former BGSU head coach Jerry York discussed the move, saying, "The first thing I remember about coaching Ty was how well-respected he was in our locker room -- an outstanding teammate. His progression and growth in coaching has been very impressive from my viewpoint. He is an excellent hire to lead the Falcons!"[59]

On June 28, 2019, it was announced that Bowling Green would leave the WCHA following the 2020–21 season, along with 6 other league schools to re-form the CCHA, the Falcons' previous conference, which had been dormant since the 2012–13 NCAA Hockey season. To begin the 2019–20 season, Eigner's Falcons traveled to take on Bergeron's Redhawks in their respective coaching debuts at each school, with Bowling Green taking the win, 7-4. In November 2019, BGSU split with then-#2 Minnesota State and swept then-#5 Notre Dame to win three times against top-5 opponents in a span of one month. It was a signal to many fans that the program would be just fine under Eigner. Bowling Green followed the Notre Dame sweep with a colossal offensive performance, scoring 9 goals in a 23 minute span to defeat the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, 9-3. The Falcons won a first round series on the road in Fairbanks, Alaska in March 2020, sweeping the Nanooks 4-2, 3-2. On the Thursday before their semifinal series against Bemidji State, the WCHA and NCAA announced that the rest of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ending Eigner's first season in charge with an overall record of 21-13-4. After having a difficult and oftentimes frustrating January, the Falcons finished the season as one of the hottest team in the country, with a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2), longest in the nation. That year, Eigner coached defenseman Alec Rauhauser to a 2nd-team All-American (West) finish and a WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award, adding to his successful track record of developing tremendous defensive hockey players. Also in 2019-2020, with the help of assistant coach Maco Balkovec, the re-designed Falcon powerplay unit scored the most goals on the man advantage in Division I hockey.

In 2020–21, in the final year of the WCHA and a season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowling Green started the season on a scorching pace, winning 12 of their first 13 games and finding themselves at 16-4-0 through 20 games. Unfortunately, the hot start did not last, and the Falcons went 4-6-1 down the stretch, including their first quarterfinal playoff series loss since joining the WCHA in 2013, losing to Northern Michigan in three games. Still, with their 20-10-1 record, there was a thought that they may still have a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, being one of the five programs in the country to win 20+ games on the season. However, those dreams were dashed on Selection Sunday, when the Falcons were left out for a 14-13-2 Notre Dame team from the Big Ten.

Still, 2020–21 had some great moments, as Bowling Green won the program’s 1,000th game in program history on January 16, 2021. In addition, three of Eigner’s Falcons were named as First Team All-WCHA performers, in seniors Brandon Kruse and Connor Ford, and junior Will Cullen, who also claimed Bowling Green’s third WCHA Defensive Player of the Year award in four seasons.

Season-by-season record[edit]



Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1969–1973 Jack Vivian 4 68–53–8 .558
1973–1979 Ron Mason 6 160–63–6 .712
1979–1994 Jerry York 15 342–248–31 .576
1994–2002 Buddy Powers 8 135–149–26 .477
2002–2009 Scott Paluch 7 84–156–23 .363
2009–2010 Dennis Williams 1 5–25–6 .222
2010–2019 Chris Bergeron 9 171–154–44 .523
2019–Present Ty Eigner 4 71–61–10 .535
Totals 8 coaches 54 seasons 1,036–907–154 .531

As of March 22, 2023. Records includes regular season and playoffs games.[4]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Nelson Emerson 1986–1990 178 112 182 294 170
Brian Hills 1979–1983 156 116 154 270 143
George McPhee 1978–1982 153 114 153 267 234
Greg Parks 1985–1989 178 101 139 240 279
Jamie Wansbrough 1982–1986 164 127 110 237 96
John Markell 1975–1979 150 102 133 235 249
Mark Wells 1975–1979 154 77 154 231 93
Bob Dobek 1972–1975 108 94 134 228 106
Mike Bartley 1970–1974 138 118 104 222 96
Paul Ysebaert 1984–1987 129 73 135 208 148
Brett Harkins 1989–1993 150 60 148 208 135

Career goaltending leaders[edit]

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 1000 minutes

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Ryan Bednard 2016–2019 68 3998 39 19 8 135 7 .918 2.06
Chris Nell 2014–2017 84 4987 41 29 10 172 11 .922 2.07
Eric Dop 2017–Present 80 4705 45 26 7 174 8 .914 2.22
Tommy Burke 2012–2016 73 4270 37 22 11 172 3 .909 2.42
Brian Stankiewicz 1977–1979 35 1978 27 6 0 82 2 .909 2.49

Statistics current through the end of the 2020-21 season.

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of September 18, 2023.[61]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 British Columbia Ben Wozney Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 2001-06-15 Richmond, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
4 Michigan Nick O'Hanisain Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 2002-02-09 Detroit, Michigan Minot (NAHL)
5 Sweden Gustav Stjernberg Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 2002-10-12 Enebyberg, Sweden Des Moines (USHL)
6 New York (state) Michael Bevilacqua Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 2003-01-26 Hamburg, New York Des Moines (USHL)
7 Minnesota Spencer Schneider Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 159 lb (72 kg) 2000-09-11 Lakeville, Minnesota Aberdeen (NAHL)
8 British Columbia Brandon Santa Juana Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 2002-08-05 Langley, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
10 Michigan Josh Nodler Graduate F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2001-04-27 Oak Park, Michigan Massachusetts (HEA) CGY, 150th overall 2019
11 Minnesota Taylor Schneider Graduate F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-02-18 Lakeville, Minnesota Dubuque (USHL)
12 Pennsylvania Austen Swankler Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-08-21 North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Erie (OHL)
13 British Columbia Brett Pfoh Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 2002-01-22 Port Moody, British Columbia Spruce Grove (AJHL)
14 Michigan Dalton Norris Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 2001-09-28 Oxford, Michigan Lincoln (USHL)
15 Ontario Spencer Kersten Graduate F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-05-16 Waterloo, Ontario Princeton (ECAC)
16 Ontario Brayden Krieger Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 2001-02-09 Elora, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
17 British Columbia Ethan Scardina Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2000-11-02 South Surrey, British Columbia Nanaimo (BCHL)
18 California Quinn Emerson Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2001-03-12 Manhattan Beach, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
20 Ontario Ryan O'Hara Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-07-18 Oakville, Ontario Waterloo (USHL)
21 Alberta Seth Fyten Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 2000-11-23 Didsbury, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
22 Saskatchewan Owen Ozar Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 156 lb (71 kg) 2000-04-05 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Denver (NCHC)
23 Missouri Ben Doran Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 2003-02-27 Chesterfield, Missouri Sioux City (USHL)
24 Alberta Eric Parker Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-01-15 Calgary, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
25 Germany Tommy Pasanen Senior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 2001-07-30 Schweinfurt, Germany Clarkson (ECAC)
26 California Jack Blake Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-09-21 Manhattan Beach, California Oakville (OJHL)
27 Alberta Breck McKinley Freshman D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2003-10-08 St. Albert, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
28 Michigan Jaden Grant Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2002-09-02 White Lake, Michigan Youngstown (USHL)
29 Ontario Brody Waters Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 2002-04-09 Heidelberg, Ontario Nanaimo (BCHL)
30 Michigan Christian Stoever Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-04-16 Northville, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
31 Ohio Peter Eigner Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2002-05-04 Bowling Green, Ohio Tri-State (Midget AAA)
34 Ontario Cole More Freshman G 6' 6" (1.98 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 2003-06-04 Toronto, Ontario Aberdeen (NAHL)
35 Michigan Salvatore Evola Sophomore G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-04-24 Rochester, Michigan Johnstown (NAHL)

Falcons in the NHL[edit]

As of July 1, 2023.

= NHL All-Star team = NHL All-Star[62] = NHL All-Star[62] and NHL All-Star team = Hall of Famers

†Dan Bylsma won a Stanley Cup as head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins



This is a list of Bowling Green alumni were a part of an Olympic team.

Name Position Bowling Green Tenure Team Year Finish
Bob Dobek Center 1972–1975 United States United States 1976 5th
Doug Ross Right Wing 1973–1975 United States United States 1976 5th
Ken Morrow Defenseman 1975–1979 United States United States 1980  Gold
Mark Wells Center 1975–1979 United States United States 1980  Gold
Brian Stankiewicz Goaltender 1977–1979 Austria Austria 1988, 1994 9th, 12th
Kevin Dahl Defenseman 1986–1990 Canada Canada 1992  Silver
Greg Parks Right Wing 1985–1989 Canada Canada 1994  Silver
Pierrick Maïa Left Wing 1987–1991 France France 1994 10th
Rob Blake Defenseman 1987–1990 Canada Canada 1998, 2002, 2006 4th,  Gold, 7th
Ralfs Freibergs Defenseman 2012–2014 Latvia Latvia 2014 8th

Award winners[edit]


Individual awards[edit]


First Team[64]

First Team[65]


Individual awards[edit]

All-conference teams[edit]

First Team All-CCHA

Second Team All-CCHA

All-CCHA Rookie Team


Individual awards[edit]

All-conference teams[edit]

First Team All-WCHA

Second Team All-WCHA

Third Team All-WCHA

All-WCHA Rookie Team

School records[edit]


  • Most goals in a career: Jamie Wansbrough, 127 (1982–86)
  • Most assists in a career: Nelson Emerson, 182 (1986–90)
  • Most points in a career: Nelson Emerson, 294 (1986–90)
  • Most penalty minutes in a career: Matt Ruchty, 474 (1987–91)
  • Most points in a career, defenseman: Scott Paluch, 169 (1984–88)
  • Most wins in a career, Gary Kruzich, 88 (1983–87)
  • Most shutouts in a career, Chris Nell, 11 (2014–17)



See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Gifford, Darcy. "How to Build an Ice Arena, Inside the brain of Jack Vivian" (PDF). Adrian College. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
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  5. ^ "Moments In CCHA History". CCHA. 2009. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Bowling Green Falcons men's ice hockey seasons
  7. ^ BGSU Athletic Communications (October 19, 2009). "Ron Mason: 2009 BGSU Hall of Fame Inductee". Bowling Green State University. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
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