It didn’t get a chance to compete for the national title, but the Cornell University men’s hockey team — coached by Mike Schafer, a member of All Saints Parish in Lansing — can take pride in finishing as the country’s top-ranked Division I college team.
Cornell’s season was halted prematurely in March by the coronavirus pandemic, just prior to the Eastern College Athletic Conference and NCAA national playoffs that have now been cancelled. The Big Red ended its stellar 2019-20 season with a record of 23-2-4, good for the No. 1 spot in the final USCHO rankings. Cornell finished with 25 first-place votes, while second-ranked North Dakota had 16.
Additionally, Schafer was named the ECAC’s Coach of the Year for the fifth time, having also won the award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2018. He now owns a career record of 481-261-99 in 25 seasons of guiding the Big Red.
Schafer’s hockey success and service efforts were featured in a December 2019 Catholic Courier story.