November 22, 2009

Hudon Hooray!

USHR reported that Philippe Hudon (6' 1", 195), a 1993-born centerman with Choate has committed to Cornell for 2011. Philippe, who's from Hudson, Quebec, will need to accelerate to arrive in Ithaca on time, but reportedly he has the grades and the support of Choate to try to get it done. Last season, Philippe scored 8 goals and had 12 assists in 25 games with Choate.

USHR had a chance to speak with Choate's coach, Pat Dennehy, who said "[Philippe] has a real edge to his game – a grittiness. He’s first in on the forecheck, first back on the backcheck, and he’ll try to hurt you, which is what Cornell and the pro scouts want to see. He’s the full package.” Have to like the sound of that. USHR also had this to say to Cornell fans wondering what kind of player Philippe is... "think Colin Greening."

Philippe selected the Big Red over Yale and Vermont, although he was also being recruited by BC, BU, Harvard, Michigan, and Princeton.

Philippe was recently named to Quebec's Under-17 team that will participate in the World U17 Challenge at the end of the year.

Welcome to the Big Red, Philippe.

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USHR also reported in its article that Joakim Ryan, a 1993-born blueliner, was in Ithaca this weekend for his visit. Joakim is an offensively-gifted defenseman who is playing with CBA and the NJ Devils U16 team this season. Joakim was invited to the NTDP training camp this past summer and was a teammate of Philippe Hudon's on this fall's Boston Eagles' midget squad. Northeastern ans Vermont are also reportedly involved with Joakim.

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