Division III schedule released

20150124170513_EMP_8931__SM-MThe Razorbacks today announced their 2015-16 schedule for the program’s Division III American Collegiate Hockey Association team. The schedule features 14 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Coming off its fifth SECHC Championship and third National Tournament berth, the 2015-16 Division III Razorbacks will have big shoes to fill in this, a challenging 31 game regular season slate. The regular season opens with back-to-back home weekends including a pair of conference games against SEC rival, LSU, on Sept. 25 & 26 at the Jones Center.

The Razorbacks continue their seventh campaign in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference on the road against Vanderbilt in October—a first ever trip for the program. That same month, the Hogs play host to a pair of first-time visitors to the the Jones Center—Kennesaw State and TCU.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a trip to Dallas for a three game showcase weekend hosted by Dallas Baptist University, a first-ever trip to Rock Island, Illinois, for a pair of games against Augustana, and two consecutive home weekends to close out 2015 (Southern Illinois and Kansas).

The second semester kicks off with a three game swing through East Alton, Illinois, to take on Southern Illinois and McKendree University.  The post-season begins with the SEC playoffs in Nashville on Feb. 5, 6, & 7 followed by ACHA Regionals the following weekend.

Single game tickets for the 2015-16 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.

VIEW 2015-16 FULL DIII SEASON SCHEDULE

Jean Cobo becomes the second international player to choose Arkansas

11045317_10205542819026589_3903552184206003945_nThe Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Jean Cobo has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 6’0″ forward from Mexico City, Mexico, Cobo played for the past three seasons in the Western States Hockey League for the Dallas Snipers.  Last season, his last with the Snipers, Cobo set career highs for himself in goals (10), assists (18), points (28), and power play points (7).

An alum of the IIHF gold medal U20 Team Mexico, Cobo also played for the Dallas Ice Jets organization before his time with the Snipers.  Said Cobo, “I chose the Arkansas program because it shows a lot of potential where I can develop my hockey skills and play very competitive hockey.”  He added, “although I had D3 NCAA offers I think Arkansas can offer more to my development through their coaching and the players currently on the team.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

The Division I schedule was recently released.  You can view it here.  You can also read more about Cobo’s commitment to Arkansas here.

All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Inaugural Division I schedule released

20150221203553_EMP_3019__SM-MThe Razorbacks today announced their 2015-16 schedule for the team’s 9th season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and first at Division I. The schedule features a fan-friendly home slate of 19 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Fresh off an SECHC Championship and the most successful National Tournament berth in the Razorback Hockey history, the Razorbacks are already looking ahead to their first Division I schedule–a fierce 37 game regular season slate. The regular season begins with an exciting September lineup that starts with a first ever Sunday matinee matchup against Augustana on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Jones Center.

The Razorbacks begin their first campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey League the next weekend on the road against WCHL rival, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks then host two conference rivals at the Jones Center, the University of Colorado on Oct. 2 & 3 and defending National Champion University of Central Oklahoma on Oct. 9 & 10.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a home tilt against Alabama on Oct. 30 & 31 at the Jones Center and rounding out 2015 with a pair of games against Illinois State on Nov. 6 & 7 and Midland on Nov. 13 & 14.

The Razorbacks schedule also includes a lengthy homestand throughout the months of January and February. Dating to Jan. 22, the Razorbacks will play 8 games at the Jones Center leading up to the National Tournament, hosted by Robert Morris-Illinois, where the Razorbacks look for their first ever appearance.

Single game tickets for the 2015-16 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.

VIEW 2015-16 FULL SEASON SCHEDULE

Razorback Hockey looking to fill staff positions for 15-16

20150131163723_EMP_1512__SM-MThe Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team is now interviewing University of Arkansas students for 2015-16 board positions.  Academic credit may be available.

We are five-time winners of the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference post-season playoff tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14, 14-15)  and have won the regular season SEC-West conference championship for the past five consecutive seasons (09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14).  In our short history, we have appeared at Nationals three times (09-10, 13-14, 14-15), made three appearances at the South Regional tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13), and are consistently ranked in the top ten in our region during the regular season.

Beginning with the 15-16 season, we will field both a Division I and Division III team.  You can learn more about the team here and can catch up on some of the team’s recent media hits here and here.

If you’re interested in a position with the team, please contact General Manager & Assistant Coach David Valentini (dvalentini@vanguardpkg.com) for more information.

Transfer Sean Danahy set to call Arkansas home

Arkansas Final PhotoThe Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Sean Danahy has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’10″ goaltender from Abington, Massachusetts, Danahy backstopped the Suffolk University Rams last season and will transfer to Arkansas for his sophomore year.

A Xaverian Brothers High School alum, Danahy played for the Boston Junior Rangers of the MJHL before enrolling at Suffolk.  Said Danahy, “I am truly excited about joining the Razorback Hockey Program.  Even before visiting, I was impressed with what I heard about the program, coaches, and facilities.”  About joining the hockey program, he added, “after viewing things firsthand, I must say that it really exceeded my expectations. I’m very much looking forward to becoming a member of the Razorback Family.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Desjardins and Hesse to round out Division III staff

Beginning with the 15-16 season, Coaches Desjardins and Hesse will return to the Razorback Hockey program as key pieces of the Division III staff.

HesseCoach Hesse begins a new role as the Division III Associate Head Coach, working closely with Coach Thomas on practice planning, roster decisions, and team strategy.  Said Coach Hesse about his new role, “I am extremely proud to continue to work in this program.  I’ve learned a lot from Coaches Gallini and [Rick] Desjardins the past three seasons as Student Assistant Coach and President and I’m excited to showcase that knowledge.”

Prior to the 15-16 season, Coach Hesse served in a number of roles for the program, including as a player (11-12), Club President (13-14 & 14-15), and Student Assistant Coach (12-13, 13-14, and 14-15).  About his new role he added, “I intend for us to continue the success that the Division III team has had in recent years.”  Coach Hesse is a 2015 graduate of the University and a Level III USA Hockey certified coach.

DesjFor his part, Coach Brendan Desjardins returns for the 15-16 season as the team’s Head Goaltending Coach working with both teams’ goaltenders and will additionally serve as the Division III team’s primary assistant coach.

Coach B. Desjardins has, like Coach Hesse, served in numerous roles for the program.  Coach Desjardins played for the Razorbacks for three seasons (09-12), during which time he served as Club President (11-12) and team captain (11-12).  Said Coach Desjardins about this new opportunity, “it is an unbelievable privilege to be able to continue helping to develop our young men into well-rounded, successful adults.”

A graduate from the University twice over (2011 & 2012), Coach Desjardins added, “I am excited to get my hands dirty working with some fresh faces on the team, especially when it comes to developing new goaltenders.”  Razorback goaltenders under Coach Desjardins’ tutelage have flourished as evidenced by, among other accomplishments, Kevin Scheer’s receipt of two conference playoff MVP honors (2013 & 2014) and Spencer Mulgrew’s 2.67 GAA (2014-15).

When reflecting on his many roles with the team, Coach Desjardins commented, “when I was on our first successful team over six years ago, we did not have anywhere close to the talent pool that we have now, yet we still competed at the highest level.”  A Level III certified coach with USA Hockey, Coach Desjardins closed by adding, “the work ethic, compete level, and focus that Coach Gallini has instilled as the main components to our core culture has given our teams the ability to compete every year, regardless of the composition of individuals we have on the team.”

Coaches Hesse and Desjardins will look to carry on the Division III team’s history of success, a history that includes five conference titles and three trips to the National Tournament.

Oliver Eklund selects Arkansas

11032020_10205070382092817_8130237757976488142_nThe Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Oliver Eklund has formally committed to Arkansas. A 6’2″ goaltender from Uppsala, Sweden, Eklund played last season for the Springfield Express of the Western States Hockey League.

Playing in his third WSHL season, Eklund appeared in 21 games and posted an 11-10 overall record with a 3.81 GAA and .890 save percentage.  In 51 WSHL games before the 14-15 season, Eklund posted a record of 22-19, with a 3.21 GAA and a .913 save percentage.  Said Eklund, “I decided to choose the University of Arkansas because of its impressive team success in the past.”  He added, “I also see a very bright future for the program.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Dylan deRozario selects Arkansas

image3The Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Dylan deRozario has formally committed to Arkansas. Said deRozario, “going into college, I wanted an organization that not only was successful, but also cared for the game as much as I do.”  He added, “I believe the University of Arkansas will provide this and more to me.”

A 5’9″ center from Denver, Colorado, deRozario played last season for the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Knights of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.  Playing in thirty-five games of the Knights’ 33-10-0-1 campaign this past season, deRozario notched seven goals and added sixteen assists.

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The team’s home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Easton Oliver tries for pro ranks

20150221203412_EMP_2993__SM-MGraduating senior Easton Oliver is making a push to pursue professional hockey in Europe.  As a part of the Razorback Hockey team, he has helped the team win five SECHC titles and earn three National Tournament appearances.  Playing professional hockey would be a huge accomplishment for Easton–he would be the first former Razorback to do so.

In December of last year, Easton was a defenseman and assistant captain on the Division III ACHA Selects team, which traveled to Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia to play a five game series.  The trip  reinforced Easton’s dream to play professional hockey abroad and introduced the ACHA Selects team–and Europe–to the quality of hockey at the University of Arkansas.

Placing Easton on a professional roster will open doors for other current players to pursue professional hockey after college.  If you would like to support Easton, you can donate here.  Donations made on Easton’s behalf will be used for travel, securing an agent, and training–among the many other financial demands associated with this move.

 

 

Collin Young decides on Arkansas

Young-picThe Razorback Hockey team is proud to announce that Collin Young has formally committed to Arkansas.  Said Young, “I am very excited to be joining the University of Arkansas and Coach Gallini during their first year at the division one level.  I have heard nothing but great things about the program and I believe Arkansas has a solid foundation set to win a national championship.”  A 5’8″ winger from Sugar Land, Texas, Young played two years of junior hockey.

In 2013-14, Young played the Texas Brahmas where in 38 games he scored 6 goals and notched 19 assists.  This season, Young served as team captain for the Springfield Express (WSHL) where he played forty games and helped lead the Express to the second round of the playoffs.  Young added, “I look forward to doing whatever I can to help this program be successful on the ice while furthering my education.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The team’s home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.