Wednesday, August 10, 2011

UNH Recruit Update with C-H-C

C-H-C is short for (Gordie) Clark-(Jamie) Hislop-(Cliff) Cox; a tip-of-the-hat to the most exciting UNH line from my student days. I'll be reporting on the progress of the young players who have made a commitment to play UNH hockey. I'll synthesize information from newspapers, team websites, blogs and other publically available sources so you can follow their careers.

Incoming Freshmen
2010-11 Stats:
Jay Camper (Chicago Steel/USHL) - 37 GP, 9G - 5A - 14Pts.
Eric Chevrier (Cushing Academy/NEPrepHC) - 35 GP, 2G - 15A - 17Pts.
Casey DeSmith (Indiana Ice/USHL) - 37 GP, 22W - 15L, 2.54 GAA, ,920 SV%.
Grayson Downing (Westside Warriors/BCHL) - 52 GP, 34G - 36A - 70Pts.
Ryan Randall (NH Jr. Monarchs/EJHL) - 32 GP, 11G - 13A - 24Pts.
Trevor van Riemsdyk (NH Jr. Monarchs/EJHL) - 39 GP, 16G - 22A - 38Pts.
Casey Thrush (Muskegon/USHL) - 59 GP, 10G - 18A - 28Pts.
*On July 18th, Casey Thrush was added to the roster because "an injury to another incoming freshman opened up a roster spot."
For more details on the incoming freshmen, including assessments by their former coaches, check out
*Dan Correale, high-scoring forward for the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, was included in the original 2011-12 Recruiting Class but his name is not on the roster on Is Correale the "injured freshman"? Will he return to play for Grande Prairie then come to UNH in the Fall of 2012 (the original plan for him)? Look for clarification soon.
UPDATE: The Grande Prairie Storm have confirmed that Dan Correale has an upper body injury which will require surgery. Correale's plan is to rehab and play for the Storm by December. He will join UNH for the 2012-13 season.

Last season, I had a chance to watch Randall and van Riemsdyk play in two games and Willows and Chevrier once. My fans-eye impressions were:
Ryan Randall - A converted forward; carries the puck out of the D-zone well; reminds me of Kevin Kapstad.
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Blake Kessel-like skills in a JvR-type body; Terrific passer; Deadly wristshot from the point.
Matt Willows - At 5'9", 170 lbs., he could be the next diminutive scorer a la Stevie Moses or Jacob Micflikier; Super fast, leading scorer in the EJHL.
Eric Chevrier - Tough as nails, aggressive defenseman; Keeps the crease clean; Good first pass out of the D-Zone.
Looking forward to see which of these freshman make an immediate impact on the team.


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