Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Recruits

Hot off the press releases are the summaries for the new recruits for Ripeee. It was also reported by yesterday (from the Troy Record) and I just thought I would repost the release here:


Six forwards, one defenseman and a goalie among eight newcomers

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) head men’s hockey coach Seth Appert has announced the team’s Class of 2012. The group of eight student-athletes includes six forwards, a defenseman and a goaltender. Two from the incoming class are from the United States while the others hail from Canada.

“Shawn (Kurulak) and Jim (Montgomery) have again traveled many miles to put together a deep and nationally competitive class.” said Appert. “These eight student-athletes will continue to push our program and our returning players to higher levels of success.”

Below is an alphabetical list of Rensselaer’s recruits with their 2007-08 regular season statistics, notes (if applicable) and a quote from Appert:

Alex Angers-Goulet F 5-10 180 St. Augustin, QC/Langley Chiefs (BCJHL)

44 GP … 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points … 15 PIMs … Named team’s playoff Most Valuable Player after scoring 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 12 games … Brother, Matt, will be a senior forward on the Engineers in 2008-09.

“Alex is an explosive, high-speed player who will fit well in our style of play.”

Mike Bergin D 6-3 200 Kanata, ON/Smiths Falls Bears (CJHL)

33 GP … 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points … 38 PIMs

“Mike should be one of the best freshman defenseman in the country. His skating ability, toughness and two-way play make him a multiple threat.”

Patrick Cullen F 6-0 190 Washington, DC/Indiana Ice (USHL)

58 GP … 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points … 52 PIMs

“Patrick is a goal scorer with a big-time shot who has the ability to be a point producer at our level.”

Christian Morissette F 5-10 180 Beaconsfield, QC/Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

53 GP … 8 goals and 19 assists for 27 points … 22 PIMs

“Christian brings stick skill, imagination and a great offensive mind to our program.”

Josh Rabbani F 5-11 200 Woodland Hills, CA/St. Louis Bandits (NAHL)

57 GP … 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points … 31 PIMs … Team won National Championship … Had 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 11 playoff games.

“Josh has the mind and stick skill to produce at this level as he has produced at every level he has played.”

Justin Smith F 6-2 205 Hampton Plains, NS/Langley Chiefs (BCJHL)

53 GP … 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points … 32 PIMs

“Justin is a big physical power forward who will bring passion, energy and toughness to our team.”

Jordan Watts F 5-10 175 Oakville, ON/Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)

35 GP … 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points … 74 PIMs … Tallied 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) with 29 PIMs in 19 playoff games

“Jordan has speed and skill but it is his intensity and abrasiveness to opponents that will excite our team and fans.”

Allen York G 6-4 180 Wetaskiwin, AB/Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

37 GP … 24 wins, 5 losses, 3 ties … 2.24 GAA … .911 save % … Team played in Royal Bank Cup Championship for second consecutive season … Posted 11-3 record with 1.86 GAA and .935 save % in 14 playoff games … Sixth round draft pick (158th overall) of Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007.

“Allen is a proven winner who has the size, talent and competitiveness to be an elite collegiate goaltender.”