LIU Sharks men's ice hockey

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LIU Sharks men's ice hockey
Current season
LIU Sharks athletic logo
UniversityLong Island University
ConferenceIndependent
First season2020–21
Head coachBrett Riley
4th season, 26–53–4 (.337)
Assistant coaches
  • Will Messa
  • Andrew Veglucci
ArenaIslanders Iceworks
Northwell Health Ice Center
Brookville, New York
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
   

The LIU Sharks men's ice hockey team represents Long Island University in NCAA Division I ice hockey. The school announced their intention to begin a varsity schedule for the 2020–21 season on April 30, 2020.[2] While starting out as an independent, the Sharks are a scheduling partner of Atlantic Hockey for at least their first season.[3]

Currently, the Sharks are the only Division I program located in New York City, though all their home games will be played in Nassau County outside of the New York city limits.

History[edit]

After the college hockey season had been ended prematurely in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Island University announced their intention to found a men's Division I ice hockey team.[4] The school had already established its women's team the year before and, despite the uncertainty for the upcoming season, LIU hired a coaching staff and recruited a full team of players.

Due to scheduling problems resulting from COVID-19, LIU entered into a scheduling partnership with Atlantic Hockey for its inaugural season. LIU would officially remain an independent program and would not be eligible for the conference tournament.[3]

Season-by-season results[edit]

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Coaches[edit]

Brett Riley was named as the team's first head coach on May 26, 2020.[6]

As of the completion of 2022–23 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2020–Present Brett Riley 3 26–53–4 .337
Totals 1 coach 3 seasons 26–53–4 .337

Roster[edit]

As of September 20, 2023.[7]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Ontario Peter Muzyka Graduate D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 2000-05-14 Toronto, Ontario Cornell (ECAC)
3 Texas A. J. Casperson Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2001-07-19 Flower Mound, Texas Janesville (NAHL)
4 Finland Atte Lehikoinen Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2003-07-05 Joensuu, Finland Tappara U20 (U20 SM-sarja)
5 Finland Valtteri Piironen Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 2001-09-11 Joensuu, Finland Sioux Falls (USHL)
6 Alberta Cade Mason Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 2001-08-26 Red Deer, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
7 Ontario Jordan Di Cicco Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-03-17 London, Ontario Brooks (AJHL)
8 Quebec Isaiah Fox Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 2000-07-05 Montreal, Quebec Maine (NAHL)
9 Ontario Daniel Baldassarra Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2002-03-15 Woodbridge, Ontario North York (OJHL)
10 Alberta Heath Armstrong Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 2002-05-12 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
11 Ontario Chris Pappas Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-11-26 Toronto, Ontario St. Lawrence (ECAC)
12 New York (state) Zachary Nazzarett Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 2000-08-25 Cheektowaga, New York New Jersey (NAHL)
13 British Columbia Josh Zary Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2001-10-15 Nanaimo, British Columbia Alberni Valley (BCHL)
14 Ontario Luke Strickland Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 2002-10-16 Keswick, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
15 Alberta Grayson Constable Graduate F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1998-05-05 Lethbridge, Alberta Holy Cross (AHA)
16 Michigan Xan Gurney Sophomore (RS) D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-05-28 Grosse Ile, Michigan Western Michigan (NCHC)
17 British Columbia Nolan Welsh Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-06-23 Whistler, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL)
18 North Dakota Kade Peterson Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2003-05-03 West Fargo, North Dakota St. Cloud (NAHL)
19 Massachusetts Jack Quinn Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-12-28 Lancaster, Massachusetts Kenai River (NAHL)
20 Michigan Adam Pitters Graduate F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-02-09 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Bowling Green (CCHA)
21 Ontario Austin Brimmer Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 2001-10-10 Markham, Ontario Shreveport (ECAC)
22 British Columbia Riley Wallack Sophomore F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 2001-04-05 South Surrey, British Columbia Langley (BCHL)
23 North Dakota Aaron Grounds Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-12-24 Jamestown, North Dakota American International (AHA)
24 New York (state) John Gormley Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 2000-08-19 Bronx, New York Bismarck (NAHL)
25 Saskatchewan Preston Brodziak Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-06-29 Estevan, Saskatchewan Prince George (BCHL)
27 New Jersey Remy Parker Graduate F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1998-04-27 Montclair, New Jersey Utica (UCHC)
28 British Columbia Garrett Valk Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2002-10-20 North Vancouver, British Columbia Langley (BCHL)
31 Minnesota Noah Rupprecht Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2002-06-15 Thief River Falls, Minnesota Minot (NAHL)
33 New York (state) Rico DiMatteo Junior (RS) G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 161 lb (73 kg) 2001-01-01 Brasher Falls, New York Northern Michigan (CCHA)
35 New York (state) Brandon Perrone Graduate G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-10-26 Smithtown, New York Alaska Anchorage (WCHA)
44 New York (state) Noah Kane Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1999-11-27 Buffalo, New York Mercyhurst (AHA)
52 Finland Onni Leppänen Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2003-12-01 Helsinki, Finland Jokerit U20 (U20 SM-sarja)

Statistical leaders[edit]

Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Anthony Vincent 2022–2023 36 17 20 37 78
Nolan Welsh 2020–Present 77 13 24 37 28
Adam Goodsir 2022–2023 35 15 19 34 64
Spencer Cox 2021–2023 68 8 25 33 57
Cade Mason 2022–Present 26 7 25 32 8
Billy Jerry 2021–2022 34 14 17 31 10
Jordan Di Cicco 2020–Present 76 10 20 30 28
Patriks Marcinkēvičs 2022–2023 24 6 21 27 23
Jack Quinn 2020–Present 77 11 16 27 29
Tyler Welsh 2021–2022 27 7 18 25 26

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 1,000 minutes played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Vinnie Purpura 2020–2023 47 2,543 12 30 1 142 1 .893 3.35
Kris Carlson 2021–2022 18 1,049 4 11 3 62 2 .887 3.55

Statistics current through the start of the 2023-24 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long Island University Style Guide for Print and Visual Application (PDF). July 25, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Long Island University adding D-I men's hockey for upcoming 2020-21 season". USCHO.com. April 30, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Men's Hockey Announced as Atlantic Hockey Scheduling Partner" (Press release). LIU Sharks. October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "NCAA shocker: Long Island University announces new men's program for 2020-21". Sports Illustrated. May 1, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "LIU Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Brett Riley announced as inaugural head coach of LIU men's hockey". NCAA.com. March 27, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "2023-24 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". LIU Sharks. Retrieved September 20, 2023.

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