Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meet Corson Green, 2018 UNH Commit

Defenseman Corson Green
2018 UNH Commit


The last time UNH qualified for the NCAA Hockey Tournament, the team featured one of the biggest and most skilled defensive corps in the program's history - Connor Hardowa (6'1" 210 lbs. Team Captain), Trevor van Riemsdyk (6'2", 185 lbs. All-American), Eric Knodel (6'6", 225 lbs. Maple Leafs draft pick), Brett Pesce (6'3", 175 lbs. Hurricanes draft pick), Justin Agosta (6'3", 200 lbs.) and Brett Kostolansky (5'10", 180 lbs.). That 2012-13 team had the second highest scoring defense in Hockey East and the second fewest goals allowed. In early December, 2012 they were ranked #1 in Division I hockey. Those Wildcats defeated Denver 5-2 in the opening round of the NCAA's and lost to UMass Lowell 2-0 in the "Elite Eight" round.

With the early departures of Trevor van Riemsdyk, now a regular defenseman with the defending NHL Champion Chicago Blackhawks, and Brett Pesce, a top 4 defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, UNH is looking to reload with big, skilled defensemen. All indications are that 6'3", 207 lbs. Corson Green (DOB:3/4/1999) fits the bill.

On January 20th, left-shot defenseman Corson Green verbally accepted an athletic scholarship offer to come to UNH in the Fall of 2018. Members of the scouting community were quick to sing his praises.
"6'3" with very strong mobility and puck skills. Major Pro upside." Matt Grainda - Amateur Scout for USHL Central Scouting and TheScout.ca.
"Good size, reach, hard shot, developing mobility & game." Russ Bitely - HockeyProspect.com.
"Green is a big body (6'3) who moves well and maintains balance. Nice point shot, can play QB on PP. Takes good angles on D." Mark Bilotta - OverTheBoards.net.
Green joined the Northern Cyclones hockey organization, based in Hudson, NH, for the 2015-16 season. He began the season playing for the Northern Cyclones 16U Tier 1 team. In early December, Green was promoted to the Northern Cyclones Premiere team in the Eastern Hockey League Premiere Division. In December and January, he played for both the Northern Cyclones 16U and Premiere teams.

While playing against the top 16U teams in the northeast and the nation, Corson Green tallied 22 goals and 36 assists in 59 games with the Northern Cyclone 16U. In October, 2015, they won the New Hampshire State Championship and advanced to the semifinal round of the New England Districts in November. Green tallied a goal and 4 assists in 4 games at the Districts. Jeff Cox, who covered the NE Districts tournament for SBNation College Hockey, came away impressed with Green's performance:
"He's a big time pro prospect. He's big and has all the physical tools. His skating is above average for a player his size and age. He has a long reach, is mobile and can really move the puck up ice. He's a little raw and could benefit from choosing his spots a little more wisely. He has a heavy shot and can play physically. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds own his OHL rights, but he's apparently committed to NCAA route."
During 17 games against opponents in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospect League, Green scored 12 goals and 5 assists and was named the Most Valuable Player in the EJEPL 16U All-Star game.

One predictor of a young player's potential is how he performs against older, more mature competition. As a 16-year-old member of the Northern Cyclones Premiere team, Green primarily competed against 19 and 20-year-old players in the EHL Premiere Division. He demonstrated his readiness to make the jump from midget to junior hockey. In 16 regular season games, Green scored 3 goals, including a game-winner, and distributed 6 assists including a power play and short-handed assist. The Northern Cyclones won the opening round of the EHL Playoffs but lost in the second round. Green posted 4 assists in 6 playoff games. Here are video highlights including Green's three goals with the Northern Cyclones Premiere team:



In the 2014-15 season, Corson Green was in a very different place. He moved away from his hometown of Potsdam, New York to enroll at the Canadian International Hockey Academy, a college prep school in Rockland, Ontario. The CIHA teams play in the Ontario East Minor Hockey League. Once again, Green was younger than many of his teammates and competitors. He was 15 years old and scored 6 goals and 18 assists in 25 games with the Minor Midget 16U team. He also played for the CIHA Major Midget 18U team scoring 2 goals and 5 assists in 19 games (regular and playoff).

Corson Green's play with the CIHA Voyageurs was closely followed by scouts of the Ontario Hockey League (a Canadian Major Junior league). Prior to the OHL Priority Selection Draft in April, 2015, Brendan Ross, a scout at TheScout.ca and contributor to McKeen's Hockey, ranked Green 26th overall and 8th defenseman in his 2015 OHL Priority Selection Draft Guide. He wrote:
"Big raw mobile defensive with intriguing tools…enjoys jumping into the rush and owns some underrated and developing puck skills…utilizes his size well to shield off checkers and also contain attackers defensively…able to read plays unfolding and identify the smart passing option on the breakout..very competitive and active defender who's always looking to make an impact...ceiling is very high ..Green is one of my favourite defenders of this draft class as his ranking indicates."
Sean Lafortune, former Director of Scouting at TheScout.ca and current scout for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, provided this assessment of Green in his 2015 OHL Draft rankings:
"One of the most intriguing players in this draft. Playing on CIHA, his Minor Midget team missed the playoffs, however he has been up affiliating with the Major Midget's and has been performing well. A big, powerful defender with quick feet and good north to south abilities. His offensive tools intrigue, he can stretch the ice, run a powerplay and is big, strong and tough. As an American who is playing his first year of AAA hockey, he's incredibly raw, patience is needed. Given the parity in this draft it's fair to suggest that he could slot into the top 30 of the draft."
On April 15, 2015, the OHL held its Priority Selection Draft and Corson Green was selected in the 5th Round by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was the 101st overall selection. On September 22, 2015, the United States Hockey League announced each team's final roster and affiliate list. The Chicago Steel placed Corson Green on their affiliate list. Players on a USHL affiliate list are the "property" of that team and develop at lower levels of hockey. Those players can be added to a USHL team’s active roster during the season, play a limited number of games in a call-up situation, or will be looked upon to make the roster in future seasons.

I had an opportunity to interview Corson Green, via email, about his hockey career and commitment to UNH:

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. What are the main reasons you chose UNH?

Corson Green: I chose UNH because of the coaching staff and the facilities. I like the size of the school and town. I also wanted to play Hockey East.



Mike Lowry: What other college programs were you considering? Did other schools verbally offer an athletic scholarship? If so, which ones?

Corson Green: I visited other schools, but the coaching staff at UNH was my deciding factor. I want to play for a coach who wants me there and wants to develop me into a better player. After visiting UNH I knew I wanted to play hockey for Coach Souza and Coach Stewart.



Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?

Green: We talked about a Fall 2018 start date.



Lowry: A number of amateur scouts have written that you are a pro prospect. At this stage in your hockey development, what are the strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve??

Green: I think my strength is my vision on the ice and my ability to be an offensive defensive player. I want to improve on my overall development to become a bigger and stronger player both on the ice and off.



Lowry: This time last year, you participated in the Ontario Hockey League Development Combine and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds drafted you in the 5th Round of the 2015 OHL Priority Draft. Gabe Vilvardi, your teammate at the Canadian International Hockey Academy (CIHA), was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires and signed with them. Why did you decide not to play major junior hockey in Canada?

Green: I wanted to play Tier I hockey in the states and see if there was any interest from D1 schools and then decide between OHL and NCAA.



Lowry: You subsequently left CIHA, moved farther away from your hometown of Potsdam, New York, and joined the Northern Cyclones hockey organization based in Hudson, New Hampshire. What factors lead you to choose to play for the Cyclones?

Green: Coach O'Connor recruited me to play Tier 1 hockey with the Cyclones. I wanted to play competitive Tier 1 hockey and work on improving my grades. Coach O'Connor gave me the opportunity to do both.



Lowry: You began this season playing for Coach Frank O'Connor on the Cyclones U16 team and advanced to Coach Bill Flanagan's EHL Premiere Team. What was it like to play against older, more seasoned players in the EHL? What were the most important lessons you learned from Coach O'Connor and Flanagan?

Green: I liked being pushed to play against older players. The game is faster and a higher skill level, so it forced me to become more physical and faster in my game. I am thankful for Coach O'Connor and Coach Flanagan giving me the opportunity to play with the Premiere team. Both coaches believed in me and have pushed me to become a better player.



Lowry: In September, the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League added you to their "Affiliate List". The USHL is conducting their combines over the next few weeks and will be holding their 2016 Draft in the first week of May. What are your prospects for playing in the USHL next season or in 2017-18?

Green: I will be attending the Chicago Steel camp in June. Playing in the USHL with and against the top Tier 1 kids in the country would be a great opportunity for me.



Lowry: Last summer, you participated in USA Hockey Select 16 Festival. How would you rate your performance against the top 16-year-old American players? Do you anticipate being invited to the Select 17 camp?

Green: I thought I played well with the other players from the camp. I really hope to be invited to the Select 17 camp this year. The tryouts are held in May.



Lowry: When do you plan to graduate from high school? What are your academic strengths and interests?

Green: I plan to graduate in June 2017. I have an interest in Business and will major in that in college.



Friday, April 15, 2016

UNH Recruits Update: April-15-2016

2016 Commit Liam Blackburn
West Kelowna Warriors
2016 Commit Patrick Grasso
Des Moines Buccaneers

Player Spotlight - Liam Blackburn

2016 UNH Commit Liam Blackburn and the West Kelowna Warriors have advanced to the BCHL Championship Round. In the "Double Round Robin" series, West Kelowna and the Chilliwack Chiefs won three games thereby eliminating the Nanaimo Clippers. Blackburn scored 2 goals and 4 assists in the 6 games of that round.

So far, Blackburn has scored 7 goals and 10 assists in 18 games of the 2016 BCHL Playoffs. He is tied for 3rd in scoring, goals and assists. In addition, Liam is tied for 1st in power play assists. The battle for the BCHL Fred Page Cup begins tonight. West Kelowna and Chilliwack will play a best-of-seven series.

Player Spotlight - Patrick Grasso

On April 9th, Patrick Grasso played his final game in a Des Moines Buccaneers uniform. Grasso went out in style. He scored the game-winning goal, added 2 assists, and was awarded the #1 Star in the 5-4 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Bucs missed qualifying for the USHL Playoffs by 11 points.

In his third and final full season in the USHL, Grasso was the captain of the Bucs, played in every game of the 60 game schedule, and scored 22 goals and 21 assists. Among all USHL players, Grasso tied for 13th in goals and tied for 18th in scoring during the regular season. His 3 game-winning goals placed him in a tie for 5th in the USHL.

In all, Grasso played 196 games for Des Moines and tallied 43 goals and 63 assists for a total of 106 points. He signed his National Letter of Intent last November and will enroll at UNH this Fall.

NOTE
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 58 27 47 74 51
Playoffs 18 7 10 17 10
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 51 24 25 49 45
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 60 22 21 43 14
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 54 2 8 10 58
Playoffs 10 0 2 2 6
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 43 20 27 47 50
Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4
Joe Sacco  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 10 9 19 16
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0
Anthony Wyse*  (D) Lincoln Stars USHL 54 2 17 19 18
Playoffs - - - - -
2016 or '17 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 38 17 36 53 40
Playoffs 4 1 4 5 0
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL 12 7W 5L 2.97 .910
Playoffs 1 - - 0 1.00
2017 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 47 7 3 10 16
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 34 2 11 13 2
Playoffs 6 0 3 3 0
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 51 10 8 18 87
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 48 2 8 10 36
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 47 7 14 21 2
Playoffs 5 1 1 2 4
2018 Recruits
Lucas Bahn  (D) Skipjacks 16U USPHL 26 3 13 16 0
Playoffs 4 1 0 1 0
Skipjacks 18U USPHL 9 2 0 2 2
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Angus Crookshank  (F) BWC Prep CSSHL 35 42 19 61 56
Langley Rivermen BCHL 4 1 0 1 0
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Corson Green  (D) Northern Cyclones EHL 16 3 6 9 20
Playoffs 6 0 4 4 14
Northern Cyclones 16U EJEPL 17 12 5 17 55
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Anthony Wyse and the Lincoln Stars finished the regular season in 2nd place in the Western Conference of the USHL. Wyse scored 2 goals and 17 assists in 54 games. Among all USHL defensemen, he tied for 7th in power play assists with a total of 10. The Stars begin the best-of-five opening round series of the USHL Playoffs tonight in a match-up with the Waterloo Black Hawks. Anthony Wyse signed his National Letter of Intent with UNH on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

~ 2017 UNH Commit Eric MacAdams and the Sioux Falls Stampede finished in 4th place in the USHL Western Conference and earned a berth in the playoffs. MacAdams finished his first season in the USHL with 10 goals and 8 assists in 51 games. The Stampede lost the first game in the best-of-five series against the Tri-City Storm.

~ 2017 UNH commit Joseph Cipollone and the Tri-City Storm had the best record in the USHL Western Conference. Cipollone tallied 7 goals and 3 assists in 47 regular season games. The Storm defeated the Stampede in the first game of the opening round of the USHL Playoffs.

~ 17-year-old Eric Esposito and the Youngstown Phantoms finished in 5th place in the Eastern Conference of the USHL and did not qualify for the playoffs. Esposito finished his rookie season with 2 goals and 8 assists in 48 games.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Angus Crookshank Commits to UNH

16-year-old Forward
Angus Crookshank


At nearly 2,500 miles, the talent pipeline between British Columbia and Durham, New Hampshire is one of the longest in college hockey. It's also one of the most enduring. Hobey Baker Award winner Jason Krog came to UNH from Fernie, BC in the Fall of 1995. In recent years, the stream of highly skilled forwards has continued to flow.

Angus Crookshank
Burnaby Winter Club Prep
Grayson Downing from Abbotsford played four years at UNH, joined the Century Club with 56 goals and 56 assists, and currently plays for the AHL Iowa Wild. Marcus Vela from Burnaby was drafted by the San Jose Sharks last summer and scored 7 goals and 9 assists in his freshman season at UNH. 2016 UNH commit Liam Blackburn from Prince George has potted 66 goals and 122 assists in three seasons with the West Kelowna Warriors in the British Columbia Hockey League. And now, 16-year-old Angus Crookshank (DOB: 10/2/1999) from North Vancouver has verbally accepted an athletic scholarship offer to come to UNH in the Fall of 2018.

Crookshank, a 5'10", 170 lbs. left-shot forward recently completed a breakthrough season with the Burnaby Winter Club Hockey Academy Prep team. BWC Prep is a member of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, a conference of 13 elite athletic and academic programs in British Columbia, Alberta, and Idaho. The Prep Division is for 15, 16, and 17-year-old players striving to play Canadian Junior A or Major Junior hockey. In 35 regular season games, Angus scored 42 goals and 19 assists and earned the CSSHL Prep Most Valuable Player Award.

Here's a video profile of Angus Crookshank produced by BWC Hockey Academy in August, 2015:



Crookshank's progress last season was rewarded by a call-up to the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL in January. In all, he played in 4 regular season games and 1 BCHL Playoff game. On the first shift of his first game on January 21st, Angus scored this goal:



Maco Balkovec is the Director of the Burnaby Winter Club Hockey Academy and Head Coach of the Prep team. Balkovec played 4 years for the University of Wisconsin in the early 1990's and was selected in the 5th Round of the 1991 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. When Angus Crookshank's commitment to UNH was announced, Coach Balkovec said:
"We are incredibly happy and proud of this accomplishment for Angus. It’s great for our league, our program, and the Crookshank family. It shows that the CSSHL is about development and that practice matters. I don’t know anyone who works harder than he does; none of this is by accident. His work ethic and his desire to get better are exemplary, he is an “everyday” player. Angus has that burn to win and that willingness to put in the time to get better. We talked yesterday and the last thing he said to me was, ‘Now the real work begins.’ We are all so excited to see where he goes from here and to watch his development path. UNH has had great success with BC players and we hope this continues with Angus."
I contacted Langley Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson and he offered these thoughts on Angus' commitment to UNH:
"We are extremely excited for Angus and his commitment to UNH. He is a phenomenal kid. We expect him to develop into a high end Division I player."
I had an opportunity to interview Angus Crookshank, via email, about his hockey career and commitment to UNH:

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. What are the main reasons you chose UNH?

Angus Crookshank: Thank you very much. I am very excited about the opportunity to play at UNH. I toured the campus two years ago and I fell in love with the energy here and the feel of the East Coast. (A little ironic since I am born and raised in Vancouver on the west coast). My first choice has always been to play in Hockey East. The level of hockey is excellent - it’s a great collection of teams and solid, tough competition. The coaching staff at UNH are very passionate about their program and they made the final decision very easy for me.



Mike Lowry: What other college programs were you considering? Did other schools verbally offer an athletic scholarship? If so, which ones?

Angus Crookshank: One of the best things about playing for the BWC U18 Academy was the strong academic focus of our head coach, Maco Balkovec. He made sure that we had exposure to a variety of NCAA schools and toured multiple campuses whenever the opportunity arose. I looked very hard at the University of Denver, Providence, Ohio State and Wisconsin and had conversations with several of those schools, as did Coach Balkovec on my behalf. We were still early in those discussions when the offer came from UNH.



Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?

Crookshank: We are planning to have me join the team for the 2018/19 season as a freshman. That will allow me to play two full seasons in the BCHL for the Langley Rivermen.



Lowry: At this stage in your hockey development, what are the strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve?

Crookshank: My hockey IQ is one of my biggest strengths. I see the ice well and have the ability to quickly scan the ice and set up a play. My shot is strong and I am an innovative thinker when faced with the opportunity to put the puck on net. I am known for my gritty work ethic and competitive desire to succeed. Hockey is a game that is constantly changing. It takes steady work and determination to continue to improve and be successful. My focus this summer is on improving my first step and continuing to build on my physical strength.



Lowry: Last season, as a member of the Burnaby Hockey Club's Prep team, you scored the most goals (42) and assists (61) in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, the elite high school conference in British Columbia and Alberta, and earned the CSSHL's Most Valuable Player award. Your coach was Maco Balkovec, a top defenseman for the University of Wisconsin in the early 1990's and two-year pro in the East Coast Hockey League. What was the most important lesson you learned from Coach Balkovec?

Crookshank: Coach Balkovec is a tough, competitive coach and he holds his players to a high standard of conduct and work ethic. You can’t take days off. You have to be working at your game every day whether it be through dryland training, on-ice skills, nutritional choices or mental focus exercises. He pushed me to become a better player and to work on all areas of my game. He was a steady support to not only myself but to every member of our team. As a former teacher, he demands not only athletic performance but academic performance as well. Like I said, no days off!



Lowry: Last January, you got called up to play several games with the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL and scored a goal on your first shift. What was that experience like?

Crookshank: That was crazy and I will never forget it. We were up in Prince George and it was my very first game with them. I was a little nervous but once you step onto the ice, all of that just falls away and instinct takes over. Ryan Barrow took the puck wide and threw it on net. I drove the net hard and was fortunate to find the puck on my stick and put it in the net.



Lowry: Do you plan on playing full time for the Rivermen next season? What are the biggest adjustments you will need to make as you move from high school hockey to Junior A?

Crookshank: I was fortunate to be an early commit for the Rivermen and I am looking forward to playing for them next season. I have skated with them for the past two seasons and the chance to become a full time player for Coach Henderson is a great opportunity to move my game to the next level. The biggest adjustment will be to the speed of the game. Junior A is filled with incredible skaters and the game is consistently faster and at a higher skill level. I am looking forward to that part.



Lowry: Although you were not selected in the Western Hockey League's Bantram draft, you are on the Victoria Royals' Player Protected List. Do you have any interest in foregoing the NCAA route and playing major junior hockey in Canada?

Crookshank: I was very honoured to be protected by the Victoria Royals. They are a class organization and very well coached and managed. I thought long and hard about going the WHL route. For years leading up to the Bantam Draft, it was all that players talked about. I was a smaller sized forward during my draft year and size definitely plays a role in the draft selection process. Even before the draft occurred, I had accepted the opportunity to come East with a former coach to tour a number of schools on the East Coast and play in a tournament in the Boston area. That was an eye opening experience and it immediately felt like the right route for me to go.
My dad (George Crookshank, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Class of 1983) played in the NCAA and he always spoke highly of the experience of being a college athlete. When the opportunity presented itself with the Victoria Royals, he allowed me the space to consider both options and make my own decision in terms of my future direction. In the end though, the decision was an easy one and I think he’s pretty happy about the choice that I made (I know that my mom is!)



Lowry: When do you plan to graduate from high school? Will you continue to go to school in Burnaby or transfer to a Langley school?

Crookshank: I will be graduating in 2017 from Langley Secondary. It is the campus that all of the school age players on the Rivermen attend and it will be great to have some teammates with me in my final year of classes.



Lowry: What are your academic strengths and interests?

Crookshank: I have a keen interest in biology and human kinetics, along with business (marketing/communications) and social sciences. I was a French immersion student through Grade 9 when I transferred to Burnaby and I would like to try and keep those language skills up as well.



Anthony Wyse Signs NLI With UNH

Defenseman Anthony Wyse
Signs NLI


Anthony Wyse has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of New Hampshire. A graduate of Newton North High School is his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, Anthony is playing his first season with the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League.

Wyse, a 6'4", 225 lbs left-shot defenseman, recently completed the USHL regular season with the Stars. In 54 games, he scored 2 goals and 17 assists, including 10 power play assists. He tied for 7th in most power play assists among all USHL defensemen. Here's a video of one of his goals:



Wyse and the Lincoln Stars finished the regular season in second place in the Western Conference of the USHL. Anthony missed several games in March due to the passing of his Dad. He returned to the Stars lineup on March 25th in time for their final push toward the playoffs. Over the final 6 games, Wyse dished out 3 assists and posted a +/- rating of 0. In the next to the last game, Wyse registered an assist as the Stars clinched home-ice advantage in the opening round of the USHL Playoffs. They will face the Waterloo Black Hawks in a best-of-five series beginning on Friday night.

Wyse verbally committed to UNH on February 24th. He had originally committed to play for Dartmouth College. He will be 20 years old when he enrolls next Fall.

Anthony Wyse is the sixth UNH recruit to sign a National Letter of Intent. Liam Blackburn, Justin Fregona, Patrick Grasso, Brendan van Riemsdyk, and Mike Robinson have also signed their NLI with UNH.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

UNH Recruits Update: March-30-2016

Patrick Grasso
 CCM USHL Forward of the Week

Player Spotlight - Patrick Grasso

On Monday, Patrick Grasso was named the CCM Forward of the Week in the United States Hockey League. Over the weekend, Grasso and the Des Moines Buccaneers swept a home-and-home series with the Tri-City Storm, first-place team in the USHL's Western Conference. He scored a goal in the 3-0 win on Friday. He was awarded the #1 Star in the 6-3 victory on Saturday on the strength of 2 goals and an assist. This capped off a three-game stretch in which Grasso tallied 6 goals and 2 assists.

Patrick Grasso's goal on Friday night represented the 100th point in his USHL career. In the 2012-13 season, when Patrick was just 16 years old, he was called up from the Omaha AAA U16 team to play 17 games with the Bucs. He was just 5'5", 137 lbs. at the time but managed to score 3 goals and 2 assists. So far, in his third full season with the USHL Des Moines franchise, Grasso has scored 21 goals and 19 assists. The Bucs' Captain is tied for 17th in USHL scoring and tied for 11th in goals.

On the occasion of Grasso's 100th point, Buccaneers Head Coach Dave Allison said:
“The kid and the family are quality. His dad was a stick boy for the New York Rangers when my brother (Mike) played there when he was 19, 20 years old. There’s a history and Patrick Grasso is just character. He’s just a wonderful human being. You talk about ‘love this game like a child but play it like a man.’ He’s 160 pounds but he plays it like a man."
Assistant Head Coach Nate Weossner added:
“Grasso is one of the, if not the, hardest workers I’ve seen since I’ve been in Des Moines. His preparation is bar none, how he concentrates on his craft like a pro. It’s not a surprise at all that Patrick has put up 100 points in the USHL and there will be more to come when he gets to New Hampshire.”
With just 4 games left in the regular season, Des Moines trails the 4th place Fargo Force by 8 points in the race for the final playoff berth in the USHL Western Conference. Unless the Bucs win the rest of their games and Fargo loses their final 5 games, Patrick Grasso's USHL career will be over. The good news is he has signed a National Leter of Intent and the speedy forward will enroll at UNH next Fall.

When Patrick comes to play for UNH, fans will notice similarities with former Wildcats star Stevie Moses. Both are fast, right-shot forwards who readily find open ice in the offensive zone for frequent shots on goal. Grasso at 5'7", 160 lbs. and Moses, 5'9", 170 lbs., are undersized players who can score goals in bunches. Grasso does it all for the Buccaneers this season. He has started at all three forward positions, is the point-man on their first power play unit, and fore-checker on the first penalty kill unit. He turns 20 years old on May 29th.

NOTE
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 58 27 47 74 51
Playoffs 13 6 5 11 8
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 51 24 25 49 45
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 56 21 19 40 14
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 54 2 8 10 58
Playoffs 10 0 2 2 6
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 43 20 27 47 50
Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4
Joe Sacco  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 10 9 19 16
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0
Anthony Wyse  (D) Lincoln Stars USHL 50 2 15 17 18
2016 or '17 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 38 17 36 53 40
Playoffs 4 1 4 5 0
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL 12 7W 5L 2.97 .910
Playoffs 1 - - 0 1.00
2017 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 45 7 3 10 14
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 34 2 11 13 2
Playoffs 6 0 3 3 0
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 46 9 8 17 72
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 44 1 6 7 34
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 47 7 14 21 2
Playoffs 5 1 1 2 4
2018 Recruits
Lucas Bahn  (D) Skipjacks 16U USPHL 26 3 13 16 0
Playoffs 4 1 0 1 0
Skipjacks 18U USPHL 9 2 0 2 2
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Corson Green  (D) Northern Cyclones EHL 16 3 6 9 20
Playoffs 6 0 4 4 14
Northern Cyclones 16U EJEPL 17 12 5 17 55
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League Playoffs:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Liam Blackburn and the West Kelowna Warriors upset the Penticton Vees to win the Inland Division Championship round. Penticton had earned the most points (101) during the BCHL regular season while West Kelowna earned 79 points. The "Double Round Robin" of the playoffs began last night as the Warriors downed the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-1. Blackburn scored West Kelowna's 4th goal on a power play. In his 13 BCHL playoff games, Blackburn has scored 6 goals and 5 assists. He is tied for 4th in playoff goal scoring and tied for 6th in scoring.

United States Hockey League:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Anthony Wyse returned to the Lincoln Stars lineup last Friday. He had missed several games due to the unexpected passing of his Dad, Timothy Wyse, in early March. On Saturday night, Wyse notched a power play assist on the Stars 1st goal in their 5-2 win over the Chicago Steel. With 4 games left in the USHL regular season, Lincoln sits in 2nd place in the Western Conference. They only need one more win to clinch a playoff berth.

~ 2017 UNH Commit Eric MacAdams of the Sioux Falls Stampede scored the game-tying goal in a 5-2 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers on March 26th. Sioux Falls is battling with the Fargo Force for the 4th and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. With 5 games remaining, the Force has 60 points and the Stampede have 58.

~ 2017 UNH commit Joseph Cipollone and the Tri-City Storm have already clinched a playoff berth in the USHL Playoffs.

Monday, March 28, 2016

16-Year-Old Lucas Bahn Commits to UNH

Lucas Bahn
Skipjacks Hockey Club


Lucas Bahn (DOB: 9/11/1999), a 5'9", 150 lbs., right-shot defenseman from Hendersonville, Tennessee, has committed to the University of New Hampshire. The target date for his enrollment is either the Fall of 2018 or 2019.

UNH Commit Lucas Bahn
Bahn recently completed his first season with the Skipjacks Hockey Club based in Odenton, Maryland. He played a full, 26-game regular season with the Skipjacks 16U team in the United States Premiere Hockey League. Bahn scored 3 goals including 1 power play goal and 1 game-winning goal, and dished out 13 assists including 5 on the power play. He was the 8th leading scorer among all defensemen in the USPHL 16U League.

The Skipjacks 16U team finished the 2015-16 regular season in second place in the South Division of the USPHL. Bahn was also called up to play 9 games with the Skipjacks 18U team and tallied 2 goals.

In the opening game of the 16U Playoffs, aka "Tournament of Champions", Lucas Bahn scored the second goal for the Skipjacks to tie the P.A.L. Junior Islanders 2-2. The Skipjacks went on to win 4-3. Here is the video highlight of Bahn's goal:



The 16U team won the next three playoff games including the South Division Title game and the conference semifinal game against the Junior Bruins . The Skipjacks were defeated 8-2 by Selects Academy in the USPHL 16U Championship Game.

Lucas Bahn grew up playing hockey in Hendersonville, a suburb of Nashville. Colby Drost, the Director of Recruiting for the Skipjacks Hockey Club, scouted Bahn and was responsible for gaining a commitment from him to move to Maryland and play for the Skipjacks. Drost recruited several other notable Skipjack players who have made Division I college commitments including Kenneth Hausinger (UMass Lowell), Christian Hausinger (Sacred Heart), and Ryan Finnegan (Quinnipiac). He was also part of the Skipjacks' recruiting effort with Mac Wiseman (UConn), Patrick Giles (Boston College), and John Mulera (Providence).

Colby Drost, who also is a scout for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Assistant Coach at Skidmore College, provided this assessment of Lucas Bahn's skills:
"Lucas is a GREAT skating 2-way defenseman that has a great hockey IQ. He can be the first one in on the rush and can be the first one back because of his decision making and skating ability. He makes smart plays with the puck and in the new age of defenseman, he doesn't need to defend as much because he can break the puck out by making a pass or skating it. Consistent player that has great tools on him and can play on the PP. Lucas also can get pucks to the net and time after time makes the right plays. I believe he can be drafted into the USHL this spring, and will have opportunities across other leagues as well."
When Bahn was 13 years old, he played for the Nashville Jr. Predators Bantam AA team in the 2013-14 season and scored 4 goals and 7 assists in 57 games. The next season, Bahn tallied 3 goals and 10 assists in 53 games with the Jr. Predators 14U AAA team. In the 2014-15 season, Lucas was a freshman defenseman for Hendersonville High School and scored 3 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. He also played for the Mid-American Generals 15U AAA team.

I had an opportunity to interview Lucas Bahn, via email, about his hockey career and commitment to UNH:

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. What are the main reasons you chose UNH?

Lucas Bahn: Thank you very much! First and foremost, UNH’s campus was absolutely incredible. The structure and size of the campus seemed perfect for a great college atmosphere. Secondly, the rink was awesome; Not only its capacity, but also the locker rooms and training facilities along with it. One of the biggest aspects that stood out to me though, was the fact that hockey seemed to be the biggest sport on campus, and how all the students took pride in their hockey team. Lastly, I was thoroughly impressed with the coaching staff.



Mike Lowry: What other college programs were you considering?

Lucas Bahn: I didn’t really have too much interest. I had had conversations with Providence College, but nothing too serious, but in the end everything about UNH seemed perfect for me.



Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?

Bahn: I have not discussed it with the coaching staff in depth yet. I think it just really depends on development for me. Being a late-bloomer, it may take an extra year in juniors before I am ready to play for UNH. It looks like I will be joining the team around 2019, but that is subject to change.



Lowry: At this stage in your hockey development, what are the strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve?

Bahn: The strengths in my game would have to be my skating and hockey sense; whereas, I am training hard to improve my shot strength and accuracy as well as my body positioning.



Lowry: You played youth hockey with the Nashville Jr. Predators. For college hockey fans who may not be familiar with that part of the country, would you describe the vibrant hockey scene in the greater Nashville area?

Bahn: The growth of hockey in the Nashville area has skyrocketed in the last few years. People in the the Nashville area have a passion for hockey it is rapidly spreading. The Predators have really helped people familiarize themselves with the sport and begin to develop a love for the game. It’s awesome to see the all younger kids learning to play the game and loving every minute of it.



Lowry: Last season, you played for the 16U and 18U teams of the Skipjacks Hockey Club, based in Maryland. Do you anticipate playing for the Skipjacks 18U team in the United States Premiere Hockey League next season?

Bahn: Yes for sure. I have so many good things to say about the organization and coaching staff. I truly believe that the Skipjacks have the two best Midget level coaches in the country, Jason and Jared Kersner, and the facilities are incredible to go along with it.



Lowry: Do you plan to play in either the United States Hockey League or British Columbia Hockey League before you come to UNH?

Bahn: Yes, I definitely would love to have the opportunity to play in one those leagues. That is certainly a huge goal of mine and I hope I can achieve it in the near future.



Lowry: When do you plan to graduate from high school? What are your academic strengths and interests?

Bahn: I plan to graduate in 2018 and my academic strengths would be Math and working with numbers. I am really interested in pursuing a career in Sports Management and some sort of business degree.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

UNH Recruits Update: March-24-2016

2016 Commit Patrick Grasso
Des Moines Buccaneers
2016 Commit Liam Blackburn
West Kelowna Warriors

Player Spotlight - Patrick Grasso

Last Saturday, Patrick Grasso notched his second hat trick of the season for the Des Moines Buccaneers. The speedy, versatile captain and the Bucs travelled to Madison knowing that time is running out on their quest for a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the USHL. They currently trail the fourth place Fargo Force by 10 points with 7 games left in the regular season.

In the first period against the Capitals, Grasso's first goal tied the game 1-1 and he assisted on the goal that put the Bucs ahead 2-1. His second goal came in the second period and increased Des Moines' lead to 4-2. When Grasso completed the hat trick in the first minute of the third period, Des Moines appeared to have a commanding 5-3 lead. Unfortunately for the Bucs, Madison tied the game in regulation and won in overtime.

Although Des Moines did not gain any ground in the race for the playoffs, their captain lead the team with 3 goals, an assist and 9 shots on goal. Here are the video highlights of Patrick Grasso's hat trick:



Grasso has scored 18 goals in 53 games this season, twice as many goals as last season. He is tied for 12th in goal scoring in the USHL. In addition, Grasso has fired the 8th most shots on goal in the league. He has registered 169 SOG for an average of 3 per game.

When Patrick comes to play for UNH next fall, fans will notice similarities with former Wildcats star Stevie Moses. Both are fast, right-shot forwards who readily find open ice in the offensive zone for frequent shots on goal. Grasso at 5'7", 160 lbs. and Moses, 5'9", 170 lbs., are undersized players who can score goals in bunches. Grasso does it all for the Buccaneers. He has started at all three forward positions, is the point-man on their first power play unit, and fore-checker on the first penalty kill unit. He turns 20 years old on May 29th.

Player Spotlight - Liam Blackburn

2016 UNH Commit Liam Blackburn and the West Kelowna Warriors won their opening round, BCHL playoff series against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and are currently tied 2 games apiece with the Penticton Vees in the Inland Division Championship round. On Monday night, Blackburn scored the game-winning goal and earned the #1 Star of the Game in the Warriors 2-1 win over the Vees. On Tuesday night, he dished out the primary assist on the game-winning goal during a West Kelowna power play.

In his 10 BCHL playoff games, Blackburn is scoring at a point-a-game pace. He is tied for 4th in playoff goal scoring with 5 goals and tied for 5th in scoring with 10 points. During his first two seasons in the BCHL, Blackburn scored at a similar rate in the playoffs. In the 2013-14 playoffs, he tallied 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games and in 2014-15, he posted a goal and 2 assists in 4 games. The Warriors face the Vees in Penticton on Friday night in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.

NOTE
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 58 27 47 74 51
Playoffs 10 5 5 10 6
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 51 24 25 49 45
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 53 18 18 36 12
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 54 2 8 10 58
Playoffs 10 0 2 2 6
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 43 20 27 47 50
Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4
Joe Sacco  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 10 9 19 16
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0
Anthony Wyse  (D) Lincoln Stars USHL 48 2 14 16 18
2016 or '17 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 38 17 36 53 40
Playoffs 4 1 4 5 0
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL 12 7W 5L 2.97 .910
Playoffs 1 - - 0 1.00
2017 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 43 7 3 10 14
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 34 2 11 13 2
Playoffs 6 0 3 3 0
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 45 8 8 16 70
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 20 7 0 7 8
Playoffs 8 2 1 3 0
Tri-City Storm USHL 8 0 1 1 2
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 43 1 6 7 34
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 47 7 14 21 2
Playoffs 5 1 1 2 4
2018 Recruits
Corson Green  (D) Northern Cyclones EHL 16 3 6 9 20
Playoffs 6 0 4 4 14
Northern Cyclones 16U EJEPL 17 12 5 17 55
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ 2017 UNH Commit Eric MacAdams of the Sioux Falls Stampede scored 2 goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-3 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks on March 12th.

~ 2016 UNH Commit Anthony Wyse has missed the last 5 Lincoln Stars games due to the unexpected passing of his Dad, Timothy Wyse, in early March. The Stars players have added a sticker with "TW" in blue letters to the back of their helmets in honor of Mr. Wyse.

British Columbia Hockey League Playoffs:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Justin Fregona missed the final 4 games of the Langley Rivermen's playoff series against the Wenatchee Wild due to a lower body injury. He likely would have returned to the Langley lineup had they advanced beyond the first round of the BCHL Playoffs.

~ 2017 or '18 UNH Commit Jason O'Neill scored a goal and an assist in 5 playoff games with the Langley Rivermen. The Wild defeated the Rivermen 4 games to 1 in the opening round of the BCHL Playoffs.

~ 2016 UNH Commit Joe Sacco and the Vernon Vipers lost their opening round playoff series against the Penticton Vees in 5 games. Sacco did not register a point.

~ 2016 Commit Nick Nonis and the Powell River Kings won the opening round against the Cowichan Valley Capitals but were swept by the Nanaimo Clippers in the second round. Nonis posted 2 assists in 10 games.

~ 2017 Commit Aaron O'Neill and the Chilliwack Chiefs swept the Coquitlam Express in the opening round and have a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the second round against the Wenatchee Wild. Aaron has scored 2 goals and an assist in 8 playoff games.

Friday, March 11, 2016

UNH Recruits Update: March-11-2016

Forward Aaron O'Neill
Strong Finish to BCHL Season

Player Spotlight - Aaron O'Neill

By age 15, UNH commit Aaron O'Neill had developed into one of the top hockey prospects to come from the State of Tennessee. He was drafted in the 10th Round of the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection but chose to play for the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League. Since then, O'Neill's hockey road has been winding and sometimes bumpy.

During the 2013-14 season, at age 16, O'Neill was one of the youngest players in the USHL and he registered a goal and an assist for Green Bay in 32 games. That's when the first bump came along. O'Neill played throughout the second half of the season with a sore shoulder and underwent surgery in May 2014. He did not return to the Green Bay lineup until November, 2014. For the rest of the 2014-15 season, he did not recapture the scoring touch evident during his Tier 1 midget hockey days. In 41 games, O'Neill tallied a goal and an assist.

During the 2015 off season, O'Neill was traded to the Tri-City Storm - the USHL team based in Kearney, Nebraska. However, when the season began, O'Neill was placed on the injured reserve list with a lower body injury. He was out of the Storm's lineup throughout September and October. In the final game of October, he returned to action as the center on Tri-City's second line. O'Neill played just 8 games with Tri-City and was transferred to the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League on December 10, 2015.

Aaron O'Neill scored a goal in his first BCHL game and as the regular season wound down, he appeared to be settling into a comfort zone. Over the final two games, O'Neill scored 3 goals for Chilliwack. On February 27th, he potted 2 goals in the Chiefs' 8-4 win over the Coquitlam Express and earned the #2 Star of the Game. Chilliwack finished the regular season with the second most points in the BCHL and in first place in the Mainland Division.

All indications point to Aaron O'Neill being back on track. In the opening round playoff series against the Coquitlam Express, O'Neill was the starting center for the Chilliwack Chiefs. He plays with Kohen Olischefski, a Denver commit, on his right wing and Jesse Lansdell, a Notre Dame commit, on his left wing. He also plays on Chilliwack's second power play and penalty kill units.

After winning Game 1, Chilliwack jumped on top in Game 2 thanks to a nifty goal by Aaron O'Neill early in the 1st period. Just 5 minutes later, O'Neill put the Chiefs ahead 3-0 on his second goal of the game. This video highlight of O'Neill's goals shows his ability to get to the front of the net and quick puck control:



O'Neill also picked up an assist in Game 2 of the playoffs and earned the #3 Star. Chilliwack swept Coquitlam in four games and advanced to the BCHL Mainland Division championship round. When Aaron O'Neill committed to UNH in September, 2013, he hoped to enroll as early as the Fall of 2015. However, given the setbacks he's endured, he is now expected to enroll in Fall 2017.

NOTE
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 58 27 47 74 51
Playoffs 4 1 2 3 2
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 51 24 25 49 45
Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 49 15 16 31 12
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 54 2 8 10 58
Playoffs 5 0 1 1 2
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 43 20 27 47 50
Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4
Joe Sacco  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 10 9 19 16
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0
Anthony Wyse  (D) Lincoln Stars USHL 48 2 14 16 18
2016 or '17 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 38 17 36 53 40
Playoffs 4 1 4 5 0
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL 12 7W 5L 2.97 .910
Playoffs 1 - - 0 1.00
2017 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 40 6 3 9 14
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 34 2 11 13 2
Playoffs 6 0 3 3 0
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 40 6 8 14 70
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 20 7 0 7 8
Playoffs 4 2 1 3 0
Tri-City Storm USHL 8 0 1 1 2
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 39 1 6 7 32
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 47 7 14 21 2
Playoffs 4 1 1 2 4
2018 Recruits
Corson Green  (D) Northern Cyclones EHL 16 3 6 9 20
Playoffs 6 0 4 4 14
Northern Cyclones 16U EJEPL 17 12 5 17 55
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Premiere Hockey League Playoffs:

~ UNH Commits Brendan van Riemsdyk, Liam Darcy and the Islanders Hockey Club defeated the Rochester Junior Americans and South Shore Kings in the first two rounds of the 2016 USPHL Playoffs. The IHC lost the championship series to the Jersey Hitmen in a two-game sweep. BvR posted a goal and 5 assists in the 6 playoff games, good enough for a tie for 3rd in assists among all USPHL playoff players and a tie for 4th in scoring. Liam Darcy dished out 3 assists in the 6 games.

~ UNH Commits Charlie Kelleher, Mike Robinson, and the Junior Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening round of the USPHL Playoffs but lost to the Jersey Hitmen in the second round. Kelleher scored a goal and 4 assists, including 2 power play assists, in 4 games. This placed him in a tie for 4th in assists, T-2 in power play assists, and T-5 in scoring. Robinson only played in goal for 8 minutes in the first game against the Hitmen.

Eastern Hockey League Playoffs:

~ UNH commit Corson Green and the Northern Cyclones defeated the Valley Junior Warriors in the best-of-three, opening round of the EHL Playoffs. The Cyclones were defeated 2 games to 1 by the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs in the second round. Defenseman Corson Green posted 4 assists in 6 playoff games.

British Columbia Hockey League Playoffs:

~ All 6 UNH Commits who play in the BCHL - Liam Blackburn, Justin Fregona, Nick Nonis, Joe Sacco, Aaron O'Neill, and Jason O'Neill - are participating in the opening round of the 2016 BCHL Playoffs. A full report on their progress will be included in the next "UNH Recruits Update".

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