Program Overview

 

St. Thomas has built an elite men’s ice hockey program since it began intercollegiate play in 1920.

The national runner-up in both 2000 and 2005, St. Thomas is ranked first in Division III all-time victories and was the first to surpass 1,000 wins. The Tommies are now 1,119-645-96 in the 93-year history of their program. They played their 1,800th men's hockey game in February 2014.

Tommie men's hockey has won or shared the five of the last six MIAC championships and has posted 35 consecutive winning seasons.

St. Thomas was the first MIAC hockey program to reach the NCAA Division III championship game, with two appearances. The 2000 Tommies lost 2-1 to Norwich in the finals, while the 2005 Toms lost 5-0 to Middlebury. St. Thomas has made 15 NCAA playoff appearances, including nine in the last 16 seasons.

The Tommies have received 50 All-America honors in the last 47 seasons.

St. Thomas has won 32 conference championships, including 21 in the last 35 seasons. They've placed first or second in the MIAC 51 times, including 31 of the last 34 seasons. The Tommies won the conference seven years in a row from 1989-95. Terry Skrypek, who was named National Coach of the Year in 2004-05, surpassed 400 career victories before retiring in March 2010.

Current coach Jeff Boeser has been associated with St. Thomas hockey as a player, assistant and head coach for 35 years. He’s guided the Tommies to four consecutive conference championships from 2012-15.

Boeser’s 2013-14 team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the Division III polls and surpassed 20 wins, St. Thomas broke a 10-year-old conference men's hockey record for fewest goals allowed (19) in a 16-game MIAC season.

Since the current conference format began in 1983, the Tommies have been swept just seven times out of a possible 272 in a regular-season conference weekend series. They have advanced to the MIAC postseason playoffs in all 32 years the format has been in existence, and reached the finals 24 times. They have won five of the last 14 MIAC playoff crowns.

In 2013-14, St. Thomas became just the second Division III institution to qualify all four of its men's and women's hockey and basketball teams into the NCAA playoffs in one season. Amherst (Mass.) did it in 2009 and 2012.

The 2014-15 men's hockey team won the MIAC regular season title, but fell in the MIAC semifinals to the eventual MIAC playoff champion Hamline. Senior Drew Fielding received his second All-American honor and was named MIAC Player of the Year after sharing the same award in 2013-14.

The Tommies played for 25 seasons at St. Paul’s historic State Fairgrounds Coliseum before moving into a new practice and game facility in November 2003 -- the 1,000-seat Saint Thomas Arena in Mendota Heights. The Tommies sport an 109-44-11 record in their 13 seasons on home ice at St. Thomas Ice Arena. The St. Thomas men's and women's teams and the Saint Thomas Academy boys' team share the $4 million arena, which includes new team locker rooms, a weight training room, and shooting stations.

The Tommies regularly travel to the East Coast for holiday tournaments and also play other teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They keep approximately 30 players on the varsity roster.