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Where is Quinnipiac Hockey Team From?

By Swikriti Kandel / 19 May 2023 02:55 AM

The Team Plays Their Homes Games At M&T Bank Arena
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Where is Quinnipiac Hockey Team From? Answer: Quinnipiac Hockey team is from Hamden in Connecticut, United States

The team represents Quinnipiac University. They are a part of the ECAC Hockey and National College Athletic Association(NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program. 

The university included ice hockey as a varsity sport in the 1975-76 season. In the following season, they became affiliated with the ECAC 3. They remained in the third tier for over 20 years.

Quinnipiac let ECAC 3 in 1997 and founded the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference(MAAC). As an affiliated member, they participated in the games and won the MAAC Playoff Championship in 2002. 

The team received an automatic bid to NCAA following the win. Quinnipiac Bobcats gained their first victory over the NCAA Championship title in 2023.

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Quinnipiac University Hockey Roster

Quinnipiac University hockey roster includes Yaniv Perets, Iivari Rasanen, Collin Graf, Jacob Nordqvist, and 22 others.

The team is one of the best collegiate hockey teams. They are a part of the Empire Conference of the Collegiate Hockey Federation(CHF).

The university picks its hockey roster in the first few weeks of the fall semester and the list is changed annually. The members of the collegiate team for 2022-23 are as follows:


  • Michael Lombardi
  • Ethan de Jong
  • Collin Graf
  • Christophe Fillion
  • Victor Czerneckianair
  • Jacob Quillan
  • Joey Cipollone
  • Anthony Cipollone
  • TJ Friedmann
  • Skyler Brind'Amour
  • Alex Power
  • Timothy Heinke
  • Desi Burgart
  • Sam Lipkin
  • Cristophe Tellier 

Bobcats Have 26 Athletes In Their Team For The 2022-23 Season
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  • Iivari Rasanen
  • Jake Johnson
  • CJ McGee
  • Charles Alexis Legault
  • Matthew Campbell
  • Jacob Nordqvist
  • Jayden Lee
  • Zach Metsa


  • Noah Altman
  • Chase Clark
  • Yaniv Perets

Michael Lombardi

Michael Began The 2022-23 Season With A 4 Game Point Streak
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Michael Lombardi is a graduate student of Quinnipiac University. He is a forward player for the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team.

Standing at a height of 6 feet, Lombardi hails from Rhode Island. He was formerly associated with the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League(BCHL).

Michael helped the team to win the NCAA Regional Semifinals by 5-2 in 2023. He secured a goal in the third period assisted by Metsa, TJ, Friedmann, and Zach.

Lombardi became the assistant captain in the 2022-23 season. With Bobcats, he has played 175 games and secured 38 goals and 41 assists.

Jayden Lee

Jayden Is One Of The Cherished Defensemen At The Varsity Team
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Jayden Lee is a defenseman for Quinnipiac Bobcats. He has a stature of 5 feet 9 inches and and hails from British Columbia.

Johnson formerly played for Powell River Kings in the BCHL. He was named AHCA All-American Scholar, ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week in the 2019-20 season.

In 2021-22 season, Jake was awarded Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey Academic Award. He shot three goal-winning shots until the end of the season.

Until now, he has played 133 games and secured 13 goals and 34 assists in his collegiate career at Quinnipiac.

Noah Altman

Netminder Noah While He Was With Wenatchee Wild In 2019
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Noah Altman is the goalie of the university's men's ice hockey team. He is the tallest athlete on the roster with a height of 6 feet 7 inches.

Altman was trained in hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's School in Minnesota. He represented Wenatchee Wild in the BCHL and Bismarck Bobcats in the North American Hockey League.

Noah debuted with the Bobcats in one game during the 2021-22 season. In the following season, he reached Quinnipiac's roaster as a goaltender.

Quinnipiac College Hockey Rankings

Quinnipiac College hockey team is ranked first in the Division-I of the NCAA as per the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll.

USCHO has fifty voting members: 28 Division-I conference coaches and 22 writers plus sports professionals. They have made 100 points and a record of 34 wins, 4 losses, and 3 ties.

The Varsity Squad Performed Well In The Current Season Of 2022-23
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The team was also ranked 1st by USA Today on 10 April 2023. The results came from the USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. 

The poll consists of inputs from journalists and coaches of NCAA Divison-I conferences and the officers of USA Hockey and the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Bobcats performed exceptionally in the 2022-23 season. Hopefully, some talented athletes from the university will be drafted by reputed leagues like NHL.

Quinnipiac Hockey Coach Rand Pecknold and Coaching Staff

Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold is a former player with a 615-337-103 career record. The coaching staff comprises 5 members including him.

Coaching members are crucial for the team's success. If the players are in good hands, no one can stop them from excelling in matches.

Rand is joined by a handful of experts to train the athletes at Quinnipec. They have collaboratively done an amazing job and led the team to several victories.

Rand Pecknold

Rand Pecknold is ranked ninth all-time coach among the NCAA Division-I coaches. Likewise, he ranks first when it comes to career victories. 

Pecknold played varsity hockey and represented Manchester High School West and Lawrence Academy. He also became a Division III collegiate athlete for Connecticut College.

Rand Pecknold(left) and Mark Agnew Pictured On 16 October 2022
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In 1991, Rand began his coaching career with Connecticut College. He was hired by the Quinnipiac for their hockey team on 5 May 1994.

Under Pecknold's watch, the team became no. 1 in the national rankings. He received five Tim Taylor Awards and became the head coach of the junior team for the 2023 Junior World Championships.

Coaching Staff

The coaching staff of the university includes Rand Pecknold, Joe Dumais, Mike Corbett, Justin Eddy, and Shawn Roche.

Joe Dumais serves as an associate head coach for the Bobcats and formerly for Union College. Moreover, he played collegiate hockey with the Quinnipiac for four seasons.

Mike Corbett is an assistant coach for the Quinnipiac. He formerly served in the same position at Robert Morris University and as a head coach at the University of Alabama.

Shawn Roche Lifting The NCAA Trophy On 12 April 2023
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Justin Eddy is a goalie coach and a former player at the university. He was the first player from Quinnipiac to be signed by the NHL team Washington Capitals.

Shawn Roche is the director of operations for the Bobcats men's ice hockey team since 2018. He is an expert video coordinator and a video coach who worked in NHL and AHL. 

Quinnipiac Hockey Cheerleaders

Quinnipiac hockey cheerleaders are Alli Kelleher, Isla Hamilton, Hailey, and Meliha. Cheerleaders keep the audience engaged during timeouts and halftime.

In the varsity games, the students of the college cheer during the match. The freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are encouraged to participate in it.

The senior cheerleaders of Quinnipiac Hockey are as follows:

  • Isla Hamilton
  • Alli Kelleher
  • Hailey
  • Meliha

Cheerleaing Team Of The University Dressed In Blue With Yellow Bow Rubber Bands
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The upcoming cheerleaders who will join Quinnipiac Bobcats are listed below:

  • Bianca Madrid
  • Christina DeGennaro
  • Julia Hines
  • Kaitlyn Kapinos
  • Michalah Dillard
  • Nicolena Russo
  • Morgan Kolomer

NCAA Hockey Championship Quinnipiac scores and OT Goals

NCAA Hockey Championship winner Quinnipiac scored 3 goals against Minnesota. The last OT goals made them the winner of the national title.

Bobcats gained victory over Michigan in the semifinals of the championship. They were matched up against Minnesota Golden Gophers to fight for the 2023 NCAA men's hockey title. 

The regulation ended with a tie of 2-2 between the teams and overtime proceeded. 10 seconds in and forward Jacob Quillian scored an OT goal to win the contest.

The University Lifted Their First National Championship Title In 2023
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Quillian was assisted by Metsa and Lipkin in the winning goal. Zach threw a nice pass and Lipkin performed a backhand sauce after which the puck reached to him.

Jacob smoothly tucked the puck into the net and led the team to secure their first NCAA Hockey Championship. Collin Graf and Christophe Tellier scored a goal each in the regulation and Yaniv made 13 saves.

For Minnesota, John Mittlestadt and Jaxon Nelson scored a goal each. Likewise, their goaltender Justen Close made 27 saves against the Bobcats.

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