UNH Recruits Update: Final 2014-15 Stats
|2015 UNH Recruit|
The long 2014-15 season is over for all the young players committed to the University of New Hampshire. This final update of the season includes the statistics for each of the 20 UNH recruits.
I have received confirmation from 6 recruits on their plan to enroll at the University of New Hampshire for the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year and to play for the Wildcats next season. Five forwards - Frankie Cefalu, Jason Kalinowski, Christopher Miller, Ara Nazarian, and Marcus Vela - plan to join the UNH Class of 2019. For a link to an article highlighting each recruit's accomplishments, click on the player's name.
The 6th recruit planning to arrive at UNH this fall is 18-year-old defenseman Joseph Masonius from Spring Lake, New Jersey. Masonius is the subject of the Player Spotlight.
Player Spotlight - Joseph MasoniusMasonius (DOB: 2-17-1997), a 6'0", 180 lbs. defenseman, has been a member of the United States National Team Development Program for the last two seasons. Just a few weeks ago in late April, Masonius and Team USA won the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championships in Switzerland. Here are player statistics and background information for Joseph. It includes 2 informative links. Click on his name and a link to his statistics comes up on a separate screen. Click on the date next to "Commit to UNH:" for a link to an article which announced his verbal commitment to UNH.
Joseph Masonius |
US National Under-18 Team
United States Hockey League
DOB: 2-17-1997 Hometown: Spring Lake, NJ
Defense, 6'0", 180 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 10-13-2012 at Age 15 years, 8 months. "The first time I visited UNH I knew it was the place I wanted to be. It's a perfect fit. I am very excited to join Coach Umile and his staff in a few years, but for now I look forward to continuing my development."
|Player||Year||Team||League||GP||Goals||Asst||Pts||+/-||PIM||Joseph Masonius (D)||2014/2015||USA U18 Team||USHL||24||0||10||10||+10||45|
|Int'l.||17||0||5||5||22||2013/2014||USA U18 Team||USHL||22||0||2||2||-2||32|
|Joseph Masonius #2|
From Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, November, 2014:
"It was a glorious weekend of Michigan hockey for me, as I took a road trip to Ann Arbor to take in games featuring the National Team Development Program (NTDP)...The NTDP got two wins over United States League opponents...All (the) games gave me a great look at some top prospects and here are a few of them below, plus more kids we can’t wait to see in the NHL some day: By the end of the weekend, anytime I sensed a big hit coming, I just assumed it was Masonius – and I was usually right. The University of New Hampshire commit can rock opponents with his physicality and he also has a pretty decent point shot. Draft eligible in 2015.”Here are some highlights from those games. Masonius is #2 in the white jersey:
In January, Masonius played in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The game was played in Dubuque before a packed house which included over 100 NHL scouts. Joseph Masonius was a top performer for Team West scoring the first of their four goals, firing 3 shots on goal, and finishing with a +2 rating. Mike Morreale from NHL.com wrote:
"Masonius, who is not rated by NHL Central Scouting and is committed to the University of New Hampshire in 2015-16, did his best to get the attention of scouts. The 6-foot, 180-pound left-hand shot exhibited plenty of poise and feistiness throughout. His goal in the second came off a shot from the top of the left circle at 15:47.”Here's Masonius' goal scored off a faceoff late in the second period:
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:
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH. ~ The date the recruit signed the National Letter of Intent. ~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in the current season 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.
|Frankie Cefalu (F)||Walpole Express||EHL||44||17||46||63||48|
|Jason Kalinowski (F)||Bloomington Thunder||USHL||42||2||9||11||60|
|Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||USHL||5||0||0||0||4|
|Joseph Masonius (D)||USA U18 Team||NCAA||18||5||5||10||14|
|Christopher Miller (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||33||8||12||20||10|
|Ara Nazarian (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||60||12||16||28||16|
|Marcus Vela (F)||Langley Rivermen||BCHL||50||20||26||46||57|
|Liam Blackburn (F)||West Kelowna Warriors||BCHL||55||22||51||73||34|
|Patrick Grasso (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||60||9||25||34||12|
|Nick Nonis (D)||Powell River Kings||BCHL||56||1||6||7||41|
|Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)||Islanders Hockey Club||USPHL||47||29||12||41||54|
|2016 or '17 Recruits|
|Joey Cipollone (F)||Selects Academy 18U||USPHL 18U||24||18||33||51||30|
|Liam Darcy (D)||Berwick Academy||NEPSHC||26||2||6||8||-|
|Islanders Hockey Club 18U||USPHL 18U||4||0||0||0||0|
|Justin Fregona (F)||St. Andrews College||CISAA||19||10||13||23||18|
|Charlie Kelleher (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||37||11||21||32||26|
|Aaron O'Neill (F)||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||41||1||1||2||12|
|Mike Robinson (G)||Lawrence Academy||NEPSHC||25||7W||16L/2T||3.20||.902|
|Boston Jr Rangers||EHL||8||4W||4L||2.35||.937|
|Jake Ryczek (D)||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||55||6||12||18||26|
|2017 or '18 Recruits|
|Eric Esposito (F)||Loomis Chaffee||NEPSHC||26||17||14||31||-|
|CT Wolfpack U16 Split||CT HC||34||17||15||32||44|
|Jason O'Neill (F)||Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U||USPHL 18U||29||16||24||40||39|
|Joel Farabee (F)||Selects Academy 16U||USPHL 16U||28||8||25||33||16|
News & NotesBritish Columbia Hockey League:
~ As I reported earlier this month, Liam Blackburn has decided to play one more season with the West Kelowna Warriors, then enroll at UNH in the Fall of 2016.