Hockey Valley
2012 Icers Hall Of Fame Inductees

Linda Jordan

Icers Booster Club (1998-Present)
Even with two sons having played for the Icers, Linda Jordan has been more than just your typical "Hockey Mom". After moving to the area from Minnesota, she immediately became a member of the Icers Booster Club when her oldest son, Kyle, was in his rookie season. At the request of Coach Battista, Linda began working with Ruth Markle and another Hall of Famer Maxine Schollenberger on the day-to-day operations of the Booster Club - particularly in merchandising. She served as Merchandise Chairperson overseeing sales at home games, online and at the hockey camps for a decade. She has also served as Booster Club Vice President for nearly five years. In 2003, one year before her youngest son Keith joined the team, she was awarded the Jerry Fry Service award. Linda's other contributions included Alumni Weekend organization, updating team history and contacts, Booster Club liaison to the Hockey Management Association, and basically anything else that Coach Battista, Coach Balboni or their staff needed. In 2007 she received the Vance McCullough Award of Excellence and the Icers Booster Club "7th Man" Award for her continued dedication to Penn State Hockey.

Linda divides her time between State College and their house in Saint Petersburg, Florida where she continues to work on stained glass creations - one of which was presented as a gift to Terry and Kim Pegula.

Steve Penstone

Broadcaster (2002-Present)
Toronto native Steve Penstone called his first game for the Penn State Icers on October 25th, 2002. For the past 10 years, he has been the voice of Penn State Hockey on the web and the radio. Steve was a recipient of the Icers Booster Club's "7th Man" Award for his tireless efforts in promoting Penn State Hockey and bringing the games live to the fans. For the past two seasons, he has included video webcasting of the games with the help of his "executive producer" - his wife, Barb. Despite having to overcome a litany of technical issues and non-ideal broadcast conditions, Steve has been a consummate professional in providing some of the best broadcasting in the ACHA.

Steve currently resides in Coburn and is enjoying semi-retirement working at the All-Sports Museum and Penn State Golf Course.

Scott Balboni

Assistant Coach (1997-1999, 2002-2006), Head Coach (2006-2011)
Scott Balboni played four-years at Providence College and was part of the 1996 Hockey East Championship team in his senior year before graduating with a degree in Business Management. The next season, he joined the Penn State coaching staff as an assistant to then Head Coach Joe Battista and was an integral part of building the teams that won 5 of 6 ACHA National Championships from 1998 to 2003. He earned the Jerry Fry Service Award in 1998 before taking a brief hiatus from being an assistant in 1999. He returned to the team in 2002 and then succeeded Battista as the 11th Head Coach of the Icers in 2006. As head coach, he amassed a record of 150 wins and 34 losses, was named ACHA Coach of the Year in 2007, and ESCHL Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. Balboni was also an assistant coach for Team USA at the World University games in 2009 and 2011 and will be the Head Coach next year in Slovenia.

He currently resides in the State College area with his wife, Sandy and his children AJ and Taylor, and step-daughter Hailee. He is Co-Owner and President of Hat Trick Group, Incorporated and an Insurance Consultant at Frost and Conn.

Dick Merkel

Forward (1971-1972)
Dick Merkel, along with Jim Hodgson, was the first captain in Icers' history in the 1971-72 season. "Merk", as he was called, was a team leader on the ice netting 18 goals and assisting on 10 more in the team's 19 games and off the ice as an Assistant Coach all while a member of the Geophysics Faculty. Despite the pleading of then Head Coach Larry Hendry, "Merk" played just one season for the nascent hockey program as he left Penn State to begin his career in the oil and natural gas industry in 1972. He was the first Icer to have previously played Division 1 hockey as he played at Saint Lawrence University before graduating with a degree in Physics in 1964. He went on to play semi-pro hockey for the Lake Placid Roamers before coming to Penn State to pursue a post-graduate degree. He completed his Masters and Doctorate in Geophysics in 1967 and 1970, respectively.

He is currently the Petrophysical Advisor for Newfield Exploration located in Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Judy have four children: Pete, Leslie, Chris and Trish.

Scott Curry

Defenseman (1998-2002)
A native of Burlington, Massachusetts, Scott Curry came to Penn State in 1998 and made an immediate impact as a hard-hitting defenseman earning Rookie of the Year honors in his freshman year. He continued his steady performance the following season earning the Joe Battista Award for Defensive Player of the year and an ACHA All-Tournament Honorable Mention during the Icers' "Magic City Miracle" Championship run in Minot, North Dakota. In 2001, Scott was selected as an Assistant Captain on Team USA at the World University Games in Poland - the first time players from the ACHA were selected for this honor. Also beginning that season, Scott became one of only a handful of Icers to wear the captain's "C" for two seasons, sharing it with Alon Eizenman during his Junior year and Kyle Jordan during his senior year. During those two seasons, he was also an ACHA Academic All-American while pursuing a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. He capped his Penn State career with yet another All-Tournament Honorable Mention, ACHA All-American Third Team designation and his third ACHA Championship ring in 2002.

He is currently Director of Core Marketing for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, California, where he resides with his wife, Lisa and daughter Sienna with a second daughter expected in May.

Curtiss Patrick

Defenseman (2000-2004)
One of three players from the Patrick family to don a Penn State jersey, Curtiss patrolled the Icers' blue line aggressively and exhibited a very physical style of play in all of his four years. The Shavertown native began his career in the 2000-01 and was second on the team in plus/minus at plus-31. Also during that season, he began a trend that would continue his whole Penn State career in leading the team in penalty minutes. He currently is the all-time leader in that category with 325. Curtiss scored the game-winning goal against Illinois in the 2002 ACHA National Championship Game and during the tournament, was not on the ice for a single, even-strength goal against. During his Junior season, he was named an Assistant Captain and garnered several awards including the Norm Hutchinson, Players' Player Award, ACHA All-Tournament First Team designation, ACHA Academic All-American and ACHA First Team All-American. He also represented Team USA at the World University Games in Italy with Head Coach Joe Battista. Curtiss was named team captain for his senior season and earned the Defensive Player of the Year award and his second ACHA First-Team All-American designation. He signed with the Johnstown Chiefs after the 2004 ACHA National Tournament and was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tryout Camp the next season. Curtiss went on to play professional hockey for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

He completed his degree in Communications/Advertising in 2008 and is currently a web designer and interactive developer for Quest Fore based in Pittsburgh. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Erica and two sons, Connor and Ethan.

Bill Downey

Forward (2000-2004), Assistant Coach (2008-2010), Director of Hockey Operations (2011-Present)
Bill Downey began his Penn State career with a bang scoring four goals in his first game of ACHA competition against Villanova and finished his freshman year fourth on the team in scoring. Bill continued to light the lamp with three hat tricks in his sophomore season. His 2 goals and 2 assists at nationals garnered him an ACHA All-Tournament Honorable Mention. He also received the Tammy Smith, Unsung Hero Award that season - an award he would also gather the following year. In his Junior season, he reached the 100 point mark as an Icer, a second ACHA All-Tournament Honorable Mention, the Cecil and Trudy Smith Improvement Award and was a member of Team USA at the 2003 World University Games in Italy along with Curtiss Patrick and Head Coach Joe Battista. As team captain in his senior year, he received the Norm Hutchinson, Players' Player Award, an ACHA All-Tournament Second-Team and Third-Team All-American designation. Bill completed his Penn State career - as a player - with 57 goals and 102 assists in 134 games played never missing a game due to injury. Immediately following the 2004 ACHA National Tournament, Bill signed his first pro contract with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL, scoring the game-winning goal in his first game. After graduating with a degree in Economics, he was invited to the 2004 Pittsburgh Penguins Training Camp and ultimately went on to play 2 seasons between the ECHL and UHL. In 2008, he returned to Penn State as an assistant coach and earned the Jerry Fry Service award in 2009 and the Vance McCullough Award of Excellence in 2010. After two seasons, Bill took the position of Director of Hockey Operations at Harvard but was brought back to Penn State to fill that same position last summer.

He and his wife Amy are expecting their first child this summer.


Class of 2012
Linda Jordan
Steve Penstone
Scott Balboni
Dick Merkel
Scott Curry
Curtiss Patrick
Bill Downey
 
Class of 2011
Kevin Jaeger
Glenn Zuck
Brandon Cook
Ryan Wick
John Sixt
Mark Konchar
Tim Curley
 
Class of 2010
Rob Shaner
Mark Scally

Class of 2009
Scott Graham
Neal Price
 
Class of 2008
Maxine Schollenberger
James Graulty
C.J. Patrick
Mike Pietrangelo
 
Class of 2007
Andrew Strasser
Rodney Martin
Alon Eizenman

Class of 2006
Jeff Adams
Don Coyne
Jason Zivkovic
Harry Nelson
 
Class of 2005
Joe Battista
John Grainda
John Surma
 
Class of 2004
John Holland
Dr. Nick Pappas

Class of 2003
Donald G. Boller
Larry Hendry
Jeffery Speece
 
Class of 2002
Rob Keegan
Dr. Fred W. Lampe
Joe MacNeil
Dave McCrabb
 
Class of 2001
John Farrall
Art McQuillan
Dave Murphy

Class of 2000
Randal E. Fardelman
Matt Glass
John Gray
Jamie Hettema
Earl Johnson
Dr. Ray Lombra
 
Class of 1999
Paul & Karen Cervellero
Davis Mulholland
Jim Pollock
Larry Rocha
 
Class of 1998
Chris Cervellero
Ross Cowan
Gary Garrison
John Ioia
Sherri Lombra
Geoff Martha
Mike Messner

Class of 1997
Alexander "Reds" Davidson
John Fredrickson
Gary "Midge" Hutchinson
Norman J. Hutchinson
Andrew McLaughlin
John "Gabe" Rothgaber
 
Class of 1996
Josh Brandwene
John Davis
Brad Rush
Greg Smith
Laddy Thomas
Nikki Vescovi
 
Class of 1995
John D'Alosio
Paul Fatur
Larry Fies
Thomas Horgas
Peter Lambert

Class of 1994
Dr. Paul Cohen
Clark Dexter
Mark Horgas
Greg Powers
Deane Runyon
 
Class of 1993
Dr. Ted Caufman
Dr. Arthur Davis
Ruth B. Hussey
George S. Wolbert
 
Class of 1992
Glenn DeStefano
Clayton John
Larry Lightbody
Brian Stevenson
Jim Yablecki

   
Class of 1991
John Dufford
Bob "Duke" Hettema
Vance McCullough
Bill Proudman
Roy Scott
John Shellington
Lynn Sipe
   
2011-12 Stats (through Regular Season)
 Player GP G A PTS PIM
 J. Kirchhevel 27 19 36 55 10
 T. Olczyk 28 23 27 50 24
 T. Holstrom 21 12 22 34 18
 G. Saad 28 14 12 26 14
 B. Johnson 19 12 14 26 12
 N. Jensen 30 5 20 25 14
 M. McDonagh 29 10 14 24 30
 E. Steinour 27 9 15 24 6
 M. Longo 27 10 12 22 18
 K. Collins 29 8 14 22 16

 Goalie W L OTL SV% GAA
 PJ Musico 13 1 1 0.934 1.41
 M. Madrazo 12 1 0 0.907 1.90
2011-12 ACHA D1 Ranking #9 (2-15-2012)
Rank Team Record
1 Penn State 25-3-1
2 Delaware 30-2-1
3 Lindenwood 27-4-0
4 Arizona State 27-4-2
5 Liberty 21-7-5
6 Ohio 23-11-1
7 Minot State 24-5-2
8 Iowa State 26-8-5
9 Oklahoma 21-12-2
10 Robert Morris (IL) 25-6-1