St. Lawrence Saints men's ice hockey

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St. Lawrence Saints men's ice hockey
Current season
St. Lawrence Saints athletic logo
UniversitySt. Lawrence University
Head coachBrent Brekke
5th season, 38–73–15 (.361)
Assistant coaches
  • Tommy Hill
  • Mike Aikens
  • Cam Doomany
  • Josh Boyer
  • Justin Paul
  • Luc Salem
ArenaAppleton Arena
Canton, New York
ColorsScarlet and brown[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1961, 1988
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1988, 2000
NCAA Tournament appearances
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961r, 1962, 1983, 1987, 1988r, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2021*
Conference Tournament championships
1962, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2021
Conference regular season championships
2000, 2007
Current uniform
Saints celebrate a win over the Brown Bears in 2023

The St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey team, colloquially known as the "Skating Saints", is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents St. Lawrence University. The Saints are a member of the ECAC Hockey. They have played at Appleton Arena in Canton, New York, since 1951. Prior to the arena's construction, the men's team played outdoors at the current location of Whitman Hall.


Since the team's inception in 1925, the Saints men's hockey program has been a competitive team at the top ranks of American college hockey. Due to World War II, there were no teams during the 1941–42 season, or the 1943–44 through 1945–46 seasons.[2]

The team plays in the ECAC Hockey League, one of six Division I leagues. This league currently boasts six Ivy League teams, including perennial powers Cornell and Harvard as well as six colleges from upstate New York and Connecticut. Since the inception of the ECAC in 1961, SLU has won six ECAC tournament titles and two ECAC regular season titles.

Since the 1951–52 season, SLU has made sixteen NCAA tournament appearances. St. Lawrence has been to the Frozen Four and its antecedent the four team NCAA Championships a total of nine times, playing in the title games in 1961 and 1988. St. Lawrence has accomplished this despite being, at approximately 2,000 students, one of the smallest colleges to play at the Division I level. A Division III school in all other sports, St. Lawrence has maintained Division I "play-up" status in hockey thanks to a 2004 NCAA resolution, allowing it (along with 11 other schools) to offer Division I scholarships in only one sport.[3] St. Lawrence did not offer grant-in-aid hockey scholarships until the mid-1990s.

In 1988, the Saints played in the NCAA national championship game at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, NY, losing to Lake Superior State University 4–3 in overtime. The 1987–88 season was the most successful in team history, with an overall record of 29–9–0. In 2000, the Saints played in the longest NCAA tournament game on record; a 3–2, quadruple overtime victory over Boston University. The win advanced the Saints to the Frozen Four, where the team eventually lost to Boston College in the National Semifinals. The Men's program has produced 28 All-American players, seven ECAC tournament MVPs, six ECAC players of the year, four ECAC rookies of the year, and nine Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists.

Saints vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats, 2007

From 1985 until 2012, Joe Marsh was the head coach at St. Lawrence. In 2007, he won his 400th Division I game (all at St. Lawrence) placing him in 6th place among active NCAA Division I coaches in career wins. Marsh is a two-time winner of the Spencer Penrose Award given to the best college coach of the year.

Following Marsh's retirement in 2012, former Ottawa Senators assistant coach, and Saints alumnus, Greg Carvel took over head coaching duties. In 2016, Carvel departed the program to take the same role at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Following the departure of Carvel, St. Lawrence named former Clarkson University head coach Mark Morris as the 14th head coach in program history.

Beginning with the 2019–20 season, the Saints announced Brent Brekke as the 15th head coach in program history.[4]

St. Lawrence's biggest hockey rival is Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, ten miles from the St. Lawrence campus. For many years, the swing through the North Country has been considered to be one of the most grueling road trips in college hockey.

St. Lawrence plays its home hockey games at Appleton Arena, a classic old time hockey barn which has seen many upgrades since opening in 1950 with a 4–2 St. Lawrence win over Dartmouth College.[2]

Season-by-season results[edit]


Records vs. current ECAC Hockey teams[edit]

As of the completion of the 2018–19 season[5]

School Team Away Arena Overall record Win % Last Result
Brown University Bears Meehan Auditorium 48–30–13 .599 1-3 L
Clarkson University Golden Knights Cheel Arena 72–127–11 .369 0-3 L
Colgate University Raiders Class of 1965 Arena 80–72–5 .525 5-2 W
Cornell University Big Red Lynah Rink 45–64–17 .425 2-4 L
Dartmouth College Big Green Thompson Arena 61–42–4 .589 0-8 L
Harvard University Crimson Bright-Landry Hockey Center 44–62–7 .420 2-3 L
Princeton University Tigers Hobey Baker Memorial Rink 70–25–11 .712 3-5 L
Quinnipiac University Bobcats People's United Center 15–15–4 .500 2-7 L
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers Houster Field House 83–60–7 .577 5-6 L
Union College Dutchmen Achilles Rink 38–29–3 .564 3-4 L
Yale University Bulldogs Ingalls Rink 64–41–11 .599 2-3 L


Brent Brekke

As of completion of the 2022–23 season[5]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1925–1926 D. F. McCarthy 1 0–2–0 .000
1926–1928 Degre Formoza 2 5–6–0 .455
1929–1930 James Mallon 1 3–8–1 .292
1938–1941 Alfred Sheard 3 4–19–0 .174
1946–1947 Jack Klemens 1 3–3–0 .500
1947–1950 Paul Patten 3 20–5–0 .800
1950–1955 Olav Kollevoll 5 72–25–2 .737
1955–1967, 1968–1971 George Menard 15 204–137–14 .594
1967–1968, 1971–1976 Bernie McKinnon 6 72–84–6 .463
1976–1979 Leon Abbott 4† 31–67–2 .320
1979–1980 Dale Henwood 1† 3–18–0 .143
1980–1985 Mike McShane 5 93–65–6 .530
1985–2012 Joe Marsh 26 482–418–75 .533
2012–2016 Greg Carvel 4 72–63–15 .530
2016–2019 Mark Morris 3 31–69–11 .329
2019–Present Brent Brekke 4 38–73–15 .361
Totals 15 coaches 83 Seasons 1134–1066–147 .514

† Leon Abbott resigned in December 1979 and Dale Henwood served as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.


Traditionally, the Saints home jersey is white with scarlet shoulders and brown trim. The end of the sleeves and bottom of the sweater feature scarlet and brown stripes. The school's crest and the player's name and number all appear in scarlet with brown trim. The road jersey are identically designed, but with the white and scarlet portions reversed. In 2002, a lace-up neck was adopted by the men's team.

In 2001, in honor of Appleton Arena's 50th anniversary, an alternate "throw-back" jersey was introduced for the men's team. The alternate jersey is white but does not feature colored shoulders. The StL logo is significantly smaller, and "St. Lawrence" is spelled out across the chest. The school seal also appears on both shoulders of the sweater. This jersey continued to be used occasionally until gaining popularity during the 2006–07 season, when the men's team exhibited frequent success when wearing the alternate jerseys on home ice. As a result, the alternate jersey quickly became the staple home jersey. Beginning with the 2012–13 season, St. Lawrence retired the StL logo from the red road jerseys as well, and adopted a design that matched the home white sweaters.

Originally, the women's program wore jerseys that were identical to the men's jerseys. However, in fall 2005, the women's jerseys were designed to be unique from the men's jerseys. The scarlet and brown on the shoulders of the home jersey was extended down the arms until it met with the trim at the end of the sleeve. The player's number appears within the scarlet portion and is white with brown trim. The road jerseys feature a similar pattern, but the shoulders and sleeves are brown with white trim (a reverse of the traditional road-jersey scheme) on a red background.

In tribute to Mike Pelletier and Rich Stewart, teammates on the 1988 NCAA finalist team who were among the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,[6] the 2001–02 men's team wore a patch on the shoulder of their jerseys with both players' initials. Pelletier and Stewart had both been employees of Cantor Fitzgerald working in the World Trade Center.[7][8]

In the 2008–09 season, St. Lawrence, along with all other ECAC Hockey teams, participated in Coaches vs. Cancer's "Pink at the Rink" fundraiser. The Men's team wore black sweaters with pink and white trim while the Women's team wore pink uniforms with white trim. The jerseys, along with pink ties worn by the coaches and pink sticks were then auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer research. (The Men's team only wore the pink jerseys during warmups, as visiting team Harvard had forgotten to bring their home white jerseys.)[9]


  • Whenever a goal is scored, the crowd will sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" immediately after the goal is announced. A skating saint sign at each end of the arena flashes as well.
  • When the final minute of the period is announced, fans respond by yelling "And Clarkson Still Sucks!" referring to St Lawrence's nearby rival school. This same cheer is often used by fans at Rensselaer, whose rivalry with Clarkson stems from being another engineering school in the ECAC Hockey, and not from geographic location.
  • Due to St Lawrence's proximity to Canada, both the American and Canadian national anthems are played prior to home games. Many fans will shout the word "saints" over the final word of the American national anthem. This is a shared tradition among schools in the ECAC Hockey; notably Clarkson fans and Cornell fans will shout "knights" and "red," respectively, when those words appear in the anthem's lyrics.
  • Since the fall of 1999, students have brought a school flag into the stands to wave when team takes the ice and when they score. Cowbells have also become popular among fans (possibly due to the large population of dairy farmers in the region), and are sold at the school's bookstore, with the St. Lawrence University crest printed on them.
  • In the early to mid 1990s, when the Saints scored a goal near the student section, some students would lob rubber chickens toward the goal.
  • In the early to mid 1990s, many students brought newspapers to the game. During the introduction of the visiting team, students would hold up the newspapers and pretend to read. When the introductions shifted to the Saints, the newspaper was quickly balled up and thrown into the air as the crowd started cheering for the home team.
  • In the early to mid 1990s, when penalties to the visiting team were announced over the PA system in the arena, the final part of the announcement would be shouted over. “Clarkson penalty to number 16. Two minutes for—-“ The crowd would interrupt in unison “for being an a—-hole.”

Statistical Leaders[edit]


Career points leaders[edit]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Pete Lappin 1984–1988 131 85 102 187 148
Greg Carey 2010–2014 152 84 101 185 123
Brian McFarlane 1951–1955 73 101 84 185
Doug Crawford 1975–1979 71 112 183
Paul DiFrancesco 1994–1998 136 62 119 181 230
Burke Murphy 1992–1996 130 99 75 174 172
Terry Slater 1958–1961 76 75 92 167 33
Andy Pritchard 1987–1991 117 80 82 162 136
T. J. Trevelyan 2002–2006 150 78 76 154 204
Joe Day 1986–1990 132 72 81 153 133

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 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Kyle Hayton 2014–2017 104 6267 54 37 13 218 13 .934 2.09
Alex Petizian 2006–2010 86 4967 45 29 10 209 4 .913 2.52
Bill Sloan 1952–1956 85 4838 65 18 2 206 9 .902 2.55
Kain Tisi 2006–2010 46 2437 16 19 4 104 2 .907 2.56
Eric Heffler 1995–1999 79 4249 32 29 8 197 2 .919 2.75

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


As of September 19, 2023.[10]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 New York (state) Cameron Smith Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-09-21 Westchester, New York P.A.L. Junior Islanders (USPHL)
2 Michigan Anthony Mollica Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 2001-06-07 Hudsonville, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
3 Minnesota Luke Erickson Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-04-15 Woodbury, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
4 Manitoba Mason Waite Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2000-04-04 Winnipeg, Manitoba Prince George (BCHL)
7 California Luc Salem (C) Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-07-09 Santa Monica, California Topeka (NAHL)
8 Ontario Oak MacLeod Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2002-04-04 Caledonia, Ontario Jersey (NCDC)
9 Quebec Philippe Chapleau Junior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-07-06 Longueuil, Quebec Penticton (BCHL)
10 Czech Republic Tomáš Mazura Junior F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2000-09-23 Sezemice, Czech Republic Providence (HEA) EDM, 162nd overall 2019
11 New York (state) Will Arquiett Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2000-06-25 Brasher Falls, New York Aberdeen (NAHL)
12 Quebec Greg Lapointe Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-01-01 Granby, Quebec Coquitlam (BCHL)
14 Ontario Justin Paul (C) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 2000-04-10 Thunder Bay, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
15 Manitoba Evan Mitchell Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2002-02-13 Winnipeg, Manitoba Cranbrook (BCHL)
16 Ontario Drake Burgin Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-10-22 Kanata, Ontario Blackfalds (AJHL)
17 Massachusetts Reilly Moran Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 2000-04-24 Hingham, Massachusetts Powell River (BCHL)
18 British Columbia Tyler Cristall Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2002-05-13 Vancouver, British Columbia West Kelowna (NAHL)
19 Massachusetts Max Dorrington Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2001-08-30 North Reading, Massachusetts Cushing (USHS–MA)
20 Michigan Nicholas Trela Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-08-26 Trenton, Michigan Amarillo (NAHL)
21 Minnesota Cameron Buhl Graduate F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-12-03 South St. Paul, Minnesota Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
22 Manitoba Ty Naaykens Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-01-27 Winnipeg, Manitoba Fairbanks (NAHL)
23 Pennsylvania Jan Olenginski Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2003-03-23 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Madison (USHL)
24 Ontario Tucker McIntosh Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2001-05-20 Toronto, Ontario Ottawa (CCHL)
25 Latvia Fēlikss Gavars Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 2002-05-15 Riga, Latvia Fargo (USHL)
26 Connecticut Jake Lammens Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2002-10-03 Norwalk, Connecticut Salmon Arm (BCHL)
27 Missouri Logan Ritchie Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-07-27 O'Fallon, Missouri Kenai River (NAHL)
28 Alaska Josh Boyer (C) Graduate F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1999-10-07 Wasilla, Alaska Omaha (NCHC)
29 Minnesota Gunnar Thoreson Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2002-03-19 Andover, Minnesota Minnesota (NAHL)
32 Massachusetts Mason Kucenski Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2002-04-08 Gill, Massachusetts Madison (USHL)
33 New Jersey Ben Kraws Graduate G 6' 5" (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2000-08-02 Cranbury, New Jersey Arizona State (NCAA)
34 Slovakia Ján Lašák Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 2002-08-11 Šurany, Slovakia Janesville (NAHL)
35 Indiana Grant Adams Senior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2000-09-22 South Bend, Indiana Salmon Arm (BCHL)

Awards and honors[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]


United States Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]



Individual awards[edit]


AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

ECAC Hockey[edit]

Individual awards[edit]


First Team All-ECAC Hockey

Second Team All-ECAC Hockey

Third Team All-ECAC Hockey

ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team


This is a list of St. Lawrence alumni who have played on an Olympic team.

Name Position St. Lawrence Tenure Team Year Finish
Richie Broadbelt Goaltender 1960–1963 Canada CAN 1964 4th

St. Lawrence Saints Hall of Fame[edit]

The following is a list of people associated with the St. Lawrence men's ice hockey program who were elected into the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame.[13]

Saints in the NHL[edit]

As of July 1, 2023.

= NHL All-Star team = NHL All-Star[14] = NHL All-Star[14] and NHL All-Star team = Hall of Famers


See also[edit]


  1. ^ St. Lawrence University Academic Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "St. Lawrence University Athletics - Official Athletics Website". St. Lawrence University Athletics.
  3. ^ Scholarships Will Continue For D-III 'Play Up' Schools Archived April 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Brent Brekke Named Head Coach for Men's Ice Hockey". St. Lawrence Saints. May 25, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Saint Hockey Record Book 2015-16" (PDF). St. Lawrence Saints. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "- Amateur Hockey News". the Inside Word. New Mind Development.
  7. ^ "Remember: September 11, 2001 - A site presented by".
  8. ^ "Remember: September 11, 2001 - A site presented by".
  9. ^ " :: U.S. College Hockey Online :: This Week in ECAC Hockey: Feb. 26, 2009".
  10. ^ "2023-24 Men's Hockey Roster". St. Lawrence Saints. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  11. ^ "Legends of Hockey". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  12. ^ "United States Hockey Hall of Fame". Hockey Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame". St. Lawrence Saints. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
  15. ^ "Alumni report for St. Lawrence University". Hockey DB. Retrieved November 7, 2019.