History

Two Decades of Excellence

  • During the 1990s no Pennsylvania High School Hockey team comes close to matching the accomplishments the Meadville Bulldog Hockey team recorded.
  • Eight (8) Lakeshore Hockey league Titles and one (1) Lakeshore Cup Championship.
  • Beginning with 1989-90 season and finishing with the 1998-99 season, the Bulldogs appeared in every Penguin cup Final - winning six times and losing four times.
  • Between October of 1992 and February 1996 the Bulldogs lost once to a Pennsylvania High School Hockey Team, Germantown Academy, in 1994 at the Central Catholic Tournament.
  • At the end of the 1991-92 season, the bulldogs were ranked #19 in the final national Sports News Service Poll of Scholastic Hockey.
  • At the end of the 1994-95 season, The Bulldogs were ranked #13 in the country by the national Sports News Service. That same year Jamie Plunkett was named National Coach of the Year by NSNS.
  • The 1994-95 team did not lose a game in the second half of the season - going 29-0-1 en route to their fourth consecutive State Championship.
  • Meadville won five (5) consecutive Class AAA State Championship titles in the `90s.
  • Meadville played in what many people feel was the most exciting State Championship game ever played in the 25 year history of High School Hockey - losing 3-2 in triple overtime to Conwell-Egan in April 1999.
  • The Bulldogs record in the 1990s was 374 wins, 101 losses and 20 ties - a winning percentage of .776.
  • Bishop McCort won 4 consecutive State Titles - but failed in their attempt to match Meadville, leaving Meadville as the only Pennsylvania Hockey team to win 5 consecutive State Titles.
  • Ron Pusz, Jr. and Scott Phillis both played four seasons for the Bulldogs. They are the only two players to win 4 State Championships a piece. Phillis 1992-1995 and Pusz 1993-1996.
  • There are numerous players who won (3) three State Championships.
  • Ryan Smart was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 6th round of the NHL Entry Draft in June of 1994.
  • Smart went on to play four seasons at Cornell University. Smart made the All-ECAC Rookie team following his Freshman season. Cornell won two ECAC Championships during Smart's career.
  • Vladimir Kulikov was the 7th round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL Entry Draft in June of 1999.
  • Tom Westfall, Captain of the 1992-93 Bulldog State Championship team was a Captain for the Penn State Hockey team his Senior season when they won the AHCA Championship in 1998.
  • Jim Brunner, played on 3 State Championship teams in Meadville. As a sophomore he was the MVP in the State Championship game. As a senior he was the team MVP in 1995. At the University of Findlay, "Bubba" was the Team MVP his Sophomore ad Junior seasons.
  • Scott Phillis, the Bulldogs all-time leading scorer, was MVP in two State Championship years 1994 and 1995.
  • Eric Harbaugh, Captain of the 1999-2000 Bulldog team, went onto have an outstanding four year career at Penn State. Eric was the captain of Penn State his senior year. Penn State won the AACHA Championship two times during Harbaugh's career.
  • The Bulldogs won their 8th State Championship, seven at the Class AAA level in 2003.
  • The Bulldogs have captured nine Penguin Cup Championships since 1987, the most in Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Hockey.
  • Chris Smart, cousin of Ryan Smart, played four years at the University of Vermont. UVM at the time was a member of the ECAC. Smart was selected to the ECAC All-Academic Team for 3 years.
  • Jamie Plunkett won his 700th game during the 2005-2006 campaign, his 20th season behind the bench.
  • Ryan Smart and Christian Nickerson both won the prestigious Bob Johnson Scholarship Award, awarded annually by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The award goes to the top scholastic student-athlete every year in honor of the late Penguin coach. Smart won the inaugural award in 1994 and Nickerson won in 2004. Smart graduated from Cornell University in 1998 and Nickerson will graduate from Penn State in 2008. Meadville is the first school to have multiple winners.
  • December 11, 2006 - Plunkett coaches his 1,000th game against Norwin.
  • Morgan Nickerson set a program record in March of 2007 when he scored his 72nd goal of the season in a playoff game at North Allegheny. Meadville won 4-1. Scott Phillis had held the previous record with 71 goals.
  • Morgan Nickerson joined Ryan Smart `94 and older brother Christian `04 in winning the bob Johnson - Pittsburgh Penguins Scholarship Award. Smart won the inaugural award in 1994. Christian Nickerson won the award in 2004 and Morgan won the prestigious award in 20098. Meadville is the only program to have three winners of this award and the first brother combination. Smart graduated from Cornell University in 1998. Christian graduated from Penn State in 2008 and Morgan is a 2012 graduate from Colgate University. The award is named after the late Penguins coach, who lead the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup in 1991.
  • On Saturday, February 3, 2013, the Bulldogs beat the Arctic Foxes 6-3 to give Coach Plunkett his 900th career victory with the Bulldogs.