Jim Culhane

IntroCanadian ice hockey defenceman
Is Athlete 
Ice hockey player 
From Canada 
Type Sports 
Birth 13 March 1965 
, Temiskaming Shores, Canada
Age55 years
Star signPisces
Sports Teams
Hartford Whalers

Jim Culhane (born March 13, 1965) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman. He played for the Hartford Whalers. Culhane coached the Western Michigan Broncos men’s ice hockey team from 1999 to 2010.


Culhane played at Western Michigan during one of the most successful periods in program history. After graduating in 1987 he embarked on a short professional career, before retiring in 1992. In 1993 he returned to his alma mater and served as an assistant under Bill Wilkinson until the later was fired in the midst of an investigation into the program after two players were arrested at a team party.

For a brief time Culhane was able to right the ship in Kalamazoo but once Wilkinson’s last recruiting class left the team sunk towards the bottom of the conference and never had a winning record under Culhane’s stewardship again. Over the course of his 11 full seasons Culhane could only get the Broncos out of the CCHA first round only twice and lost all four quarterfinal games his team played in. Western Michigan announced that they were firing Culhane in February 2010 but allowed the coach to finish out the season.

Career Statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
1983–84Western Michigan BroncosCCHA421141588
1984–85Western Michigan BroncosCCHA37281084
1985–86Western Michigan BroncosCCHA401212261
1986–87Western Michigan BroncosCCHA4392433163
1987–88Binghamton WhalersAHL765172216940008
1988–89Binghamton WhalersAHL7261117200
1989–90Binghamton WhalersAHL736111769
1989–90Hartford WhalersNHL60116
1990–91Capital District IslandersAHL1500014
1990–91Kansas City BladesIHL5918950
1991–92Capital District IslandersAHL3713458
NHL totals60116

Head Coaching Record

Western Michigan Broncos (CCHA)
1998–99Western Michigan3–4–2†3–4–2†10th†
1999–00Western Michigan12–21–310–15–3T–9thCCHA First Round
2000–01Western Michigan20–13–612–10–6T–5thCCHA First Round
2001–02Western Michigan19–15–413–12–36thCCHA First Round
2002–03Western Michigan15–21–213–14–1T–8thCCHA First Round
2003–04Western Michigan17–18–412–13–38thCCHA First Round
2004–05Western Michigan14–21–28–18–2T–10thCCHA First Round
2005–06Western Michigan10–24–67–16–511thCCHA Quarterfinals
2006–07Western Michigan18–18–114–13–16thCCHA First Round
2007–08Western Michigan8–27–34–22–212thCCHA First Round
2008–09Western Michigan14–20–79–13–6–2T–7thCCHA Quarterfinals
2009–10Western Michigan8–20–84–17–7–212thCCHA First Round
Western Michigan:158–222–48109–167–32