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St. Lawrence Saints men's ice hockey

St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey
St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey athletic logo

University St. Lawrence University
Conference ECAC
Head coach Greg Carvel
1st year, 18–16–4
Arena Appleton Arena
Capacity: 3200
Location Canton, New York
Colors Scarlet and Brown[1][2]


NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1988, 2000
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007
Conference Tournament Champions
1962, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000, 2001
Conference Regular Season Champions
2000, 2007
Current uniform

The St. Lawrence Saints Men's Ice Hockey team 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.


  • History 1
  • Hobey Baker Award finalists 2
  • Coaches 3
  • Uniforms 4
  • Traditions 5
  • Season-by-season results 6
  • Notable Skating Saints alumni 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9


Since the team's inception in 1925, the Skating 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.[3]

The team plays in the ECAC Hockey League, one of six Division I leagues. This league currently includes 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.[4] 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 twenty-eight 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.

The St Lawrence University Skating Saints vs. Quinnipiac University. March 16, 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 Skating Saints alumnus, Greg Carvel took over head coaching duties.

St. Lawrence's biggest hockey rival is Clarkson University, located ten miles from the St. Lawrence campus. For many years, the road trip by opponents to play these two North Country teams has been considered to be one of the most grueling weekends on any college hockey schedule.

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.[5]

Hobey Baker Award finalists

Year Player Position
2014[6] Greg Carey Forward
2013[7] Kyle Flannagan

Greg Carey



2007 Drew Bagnall Defense
2006 T. J. Trevelyan Forward
2001 Eric Anderson Forward
1999 Eric Heffler Goalie
1996 Burke Murphy Forward
1992 Daniel Laperriere Defense
1988 Peter Lappin Forward


As of the completion of 2013–14 season[8][9]
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2012–Present Greg Carvel 2 33–35–8 .485
1985–2012 Joe Marsh 26 468–399–72 .537
1980–85 Mike McShane 5 93–65–6 .585
1976–80 Leon Abbott 4 34–85–2 .289
1967–68, 71–76 Bernie McKinnon 6 72–84–6 .463
1955–67, 68–71 George Menard 15 204–137–14 .594
1950–55 Olav Kollevoll 5 72–25–2 .737
1947–50 Paul Patten 3 20–5–0 .800
1946–47 John Klemens 1 3–3–0 .500
1938–41 Alfred Sheard 3 4–19–0 .174
1929–30 James Mallon 1 3–8–1 .292
1926–28 Degre Formoza 2 5–6–0 .455
1925–26 D. F. McCarthy 1 0–2–0 0
Totals 13 coaches 71 seasons 978–838–103 .540


Traditionally, the Skating 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 StL logo 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 fiftieth 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,[10] 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.[11][12]

In the 2008-09 season, St. Lawrence, along with all other ECACHL teams, participated in

  1. ^ "St Lawrence University Identity Guide". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "PMS Color Chart". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ St. Lawrence University: Men's Hockey
  4. ^ Scholarships Will Continue For D-III 'Play Up' Schools
  5. ^ St. Lawrence University: Men's Hockey
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  10. ^ US Hockey Report || Amateur Hockey News September 2001
  11. ^ Remember: September 11, 2001 - A site presented by
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  13. ^ :: U.S. College Hockey Online :: This Week in ECAC Hockey: Feb. 26, 2009:
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  15. ^ St. Lawrence University: NetNews
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See also

  • Brian McFarlane (1955), Canadian television sportscaster. scored 101 goals as a "Larry" and went on to host "Hockey Night in Canada" for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for 25 years. Also the author of multiple books on hockey. A member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Mike Barnett, former GM of NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, former NHL player and sports agent.
  • Terry Slater (1961), Two time SLU All-American, Head Coach of the Colgate University Men's Hockey Team from 1977 until his death in 1991. Slater compiled a record of 251-180-23 in 15 seasons and his 1989-90 team played for the NCAA Championship against Wisconsin. He was followed at St. Lawrence by his brothers Peter (1969) and Mark (1977).
  • Ron Mason (1964), current athletic director at Michigan State University. Mason is the winningest ice hockey coach in NCAA history with 924 career wins.
  • Bob Perani (1964) former professional ice hockey goaltender for the Flint Generals in the International Hockey League. He was also the founder of Perani's Hockey World sports retail chain in 1976,[14] and owned the naming rights for the Perani Arena and Event Center.
  • Gary Croteau (1968) NHL Left Wing who scored 144 NHL goals from 1969-1980 primarily with California Golden Seals and Colorado Rockies.
  • Kevin O'Shea (1969), Played in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues.
  • Bill Wilkinson (1970), winner of over 400 NCAA Division I games as head coach at Wayne State University and Western Michigan
  • Mike Keenan (1972), current head coach of the Calgary Flames, former GM for the Florida Panthers, coached the 1994 Stanley Cup winning New York Rangers.[15]
  • Steve Cady (1975), the first coach of Miami University's men's ice hockey program, from 1978-85. A rink at Miami's Goggin Ice Center is named for Cady.[16]
  • Jacques Martin (1975), head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Also an assistant coach of the Gold-Medal winning Canadian men's hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Paul Flanagan (1980) Head Coach of the St.Lawrence women's hockey team from 1999-2008. He has compiled a 230-83-24 record (as of 4/1/08) making him one of the winningest coaches in Division I women's hockey history. In 2007, Flanagan served as assistant coach to the U.S. Women's National Team at the Four Nations Cup in Leksand, Sweden. His teams have been to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four five times. He coached St. Lawrence in the 2000 National Championship game, losing to the University of Minnesota-Duluth 4-2. Flanagan began coaching Syracuse University in the fall of 2008.
  • Grey Weicker was an All American Goalie with the Saints, He went on to play professional hockey with the Hartford Whalers. Grey is the son of Lowell Weicker Connecticut's US Congressman, Senator and Governor.
  • Ray Shero (1984) is the current General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. He is the son of legendary Philadelphia Flyers coach, Fred Shero. In 2013, Shero was named NHL General Manager of the Year.[17]
  • Bill Torrey, former New York Islanders GM and Florida Panthers president.
  • Jamie Baker (1989) Scored 150 points (71 goals, 79 assists) in 404 career NHL games with the Quebec Nordiques, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Currently a radio and TV commentator for the San Jose Sharks.
  • Pete Lappin was the fourth overall pick in the 1987 draft. He played for the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars. While at St. Lawrence he was joined by his brother Tim.
  • Mike Hurlbut (1989): Saints All-American, Former New York Ranger, now Associate Head Coach of St. Lawrence's men's hockey program.
  • Chris Wells (1992), Named Head Coach of the St. Lawrence University Women's team in March 2008. Former Associate Head Coach of the SLU men's team.
  • Greg Carvel (1993): Former assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, former assistant coach of St. Lawrence's men's hockey program. Named head coach upon Joe Marsh's retirement in 2012.[18]
  • Randy Sexton, assistant GM for the Florida Panthers.
  • Rich Peverley (2004) professional ice hockey player for the Boston Bruins. Peverly became the first former Saint to win the Stanley cup as a player in 2011.
  • John Zeiler professional ice hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Brandon Bollig (2012) professional ice hockey play for the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2013 Bollig played for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins (which included St. Lawrence alumnus Rich Peverly). This was first time a former SLU player was on the active roster for each of the two Stanley Cup Finalists.

Notable Skating Saints alumni

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs
2006–07 39 23 14 2 1st, ECAC Lost in NCAA Regional Semifinal, 1–4 (Boston College)
2007–08 37 13 20 4 9th, ECAC Lost ECAC First Round series, 1–2 (Colgate)
2008–09 38 21 12 5 4th, ECAC Lost in ECAC Semifinal, 3–4 (Yale)
2009–10 42 19 16 7 5th, ECAC Lost in ECAC Semifinal, 1–3 (Union)
2010–11 40 13 22 5 11th, ECAC Lost ECAC Quarterfinal series, 1–2 (Yale)
2011–12 36 14 19 3 8th, ECAC Lost ECAC First-Round series to Dartmouth

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses

Season-by-season results

  • 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 ECACHL, 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 ECACHL; 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.
Max Taylor skates with the St. Lawrence flag in March 2007.



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