December 16, 2011

Willcox To Cornell

Merritt Centennials' Reece Willcox (6' 3", 184), a 1994-born blueliner has committed to the Big Red for 2012. In 24 games this season, Reece has scored 3 goals and added 7 assists.

Reece recently participated in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada West. Reece went scoreless in his 5 games with the gold-medal winning squad.

Reece is listed as a "B" level prospect on the NHL Central Scouting Watch List.

Welcome to Cornell, Reece.

December 1, 2011

Technical Difficulties

U.S. Hockey Report ran a story today detailing how an IIHF technicality has seemingly derailed Joakim Ryan's attempt to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Junior Championships. Ostensibly, a player is required to have been rostered for 24 consecutive months with a team in the country for whom the player is attempting to play. Unfortunately, Joakim never went more than 22 months with any team while growing up in Sweden. Joakim had previously represented Sweden in both the World Junior A Challenge and the Ivan Hlinka U17 tournaments neither of which, unfortunately, being an IIHF-sanctioned event.

To make matters worse, last spring Joakim was invited to represent Sweden at the IIHF-sanctioned U18 World Championships but was unable to attend as his USHL team, Dubuque, was in the playoffs and unwilling to release him. Had he been able to play he would now be eligible to represent Sweden in sanctioned events. Additionally, Joakim participated in Sweden's Junior National camp held in New York during the summer. USHR is uncertain as to why the rule now preventing his participation wouldn't have done so last spring.

Joakim will be eligible for another year and apparently has the right to appeal, though it isn't clear what the basis of such an appeal would be.

November 22, 2011

Stars And Stripes For Red

Gavin Stoick (6'3", 219), a 1994-born defenseman with the USNTDP announced via Twitter that he has decided on Cornell for next fall. Gavin, born in Michigan just outside Ann Arbor, grew up in Oregon. For the past two seasons he's played primarily defense while with the NTDP, though prior to joining the Nats he played plenty of forward with the Colorado Thunderbird Midget program. In fact, when NHL.com released its preliminary draft watchlist Gavin appeared (as a forward, though perhaps more clerical then prognosticative) as the 16th-ranked prospect in the USHL. He's settled in nicely at the blueline and will add great versatility to the Big Red next fall.

In 19 games with U18s Gavin has scored one goal and helped on two others while having picked up only six penalty minutes. While with the Thunderbirds, Gavin had the following scoring line in 85 games, 35-32-67. USHR notes that Gavin had to slot back to defense due to an injury during his Select 15 festival camp and stayed there through the camp All-Star game, playing well enough to help solidify his invite to the NTDP.

This year the U18s won its third straight gold medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship (held in Germany) and Gavin will join fellow gold medalists Andy Iles (2009) and Cole Bardreau (2010) on the Big Red. The team also won its second straight gold at the Four Nations tournament in Switzerland earlier this month.

Welcome to Cornell, Gavin.

Photo: USHL

November 21, 2011

Buckles Sees Red For 2013

The Toronto Lakeshore Patriots announced that Matt Buckles (6' 1", 195), a 1995-born forward has committed to the Big Red for 2013. Matt is in his rookie year in the OJHL and has scored 8 goals and added 7 assists in 20 games for the Pats, where he is their youngest player. Matt was recently selected in participate in the CJHL Prospects Game where he scored a goal in the two-game series.

Matt skated with the Dom Mills Midget program and last season scored 16 goals and had 15 assists in 39 games with the Flyers. Matt was a 4th-round selection of the Soo Greyhounds (OHL) in this past summer's selection draft.

Welcome to Cornell, Matt.

Photo: Toronto Lakeshore

November 8, 2011

McCarron To CJHL Prospects Games

Patrick McCarron has been selected to participate in the 2011 Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Games. This is a two-game series between Canada East and West and is meant to feature 40 NHL prospects from Canadian junior leagues. The series will be played this weekend, November 12 and 13, in Langley, B.C.

Patrick was one of the final cuts from Team Canada East's roster for the World Junior A Challenge, which is currently being played in Langley.

November 2, 2011

Bliss Named To USA U16s

Ryan Bliss has been named to the US U16 Select team. The U16s will participate in the Youth Olympics to be held this January in Innsbruck, Austria.

Team USA will play the following schedule:

January 14 vs Austria (7-2 win. 0-0-0; +3)
January 15 vs Canada (C) (1-5 loss. 0-0-0; 2pim)
January 17 vs Finland (5-4 win. 0-2-2; +1)
January 18 vs Russia (1-7 loss. 0-0-0; 2pim; -2)
January 20 Semis: vs Russia (C) (2-5 loss. 0-0-0; -2)
January 21 Bronze: vs Canada (5-7 loss. 0-0-0; +1)

November 1, 2011

Tiitinen To Join Big Red

Black and Blue: The Unofficial Lincoln Stars Blog announces Teemu Tiitinen's verbal to Cornell.

Teemu Tiitinen (5' 11", 175), a 1992-born forward with the Lincoln Stars (USHL) has committed to Cornell for 2012. Teemu is from Suwanee, Georgia, and is in his second year with Lincoln. In 7 games this season he has been scoreless; last year he scored 7 goals and had 18 assists in 62 games with the Stars. Prior to joining Lincoln, Teemu spent a season with the Dallas Stars AAA midget team where he scored 22 goals and added 16 assists in 48 games.

In 2009, Teemu represented Finland's U18s in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he faced future Big Red teammate Brian Ferlin in a 3-2 loss to Team USA.

Welcome to Cornell, Teemu.

Photo: USHL

October 26, 2011

Central Scouting: McCarron & Miller

NHL Central Scouting has released its Players to Watch list for the 2012 draft. This list covers most of the junior leagues and prep/high schools -- the USHL and NTDP list was released previously.

Patrick McCarron (OJHL) and Stephen Miller (EJHL) were rated "C" or mid to late round candidates.

October 24, 2011

McCarron Gets Final Camp Invite

Patrick McCarron has been invited to attend Canada East's selection camp for the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. Patrick is the youngest of the 12 defensemen invited to the final camp, which will run from October 29-31.

The tournament will be held in Langley, B.C. from November 7-13.

September 19, 2011

Big Red Bliss

USHR has reported that Ryan Bliss (6' 2", 192), a 1996-born defenseman from Bedford, NH, has committed to Cornell for 2014. As a freshman at St. Paul's School last year Ryan played in 24 games and scored a goal and had two assists.

After the Beantown Summer Classic, USHR considered Ryan one of the top 4 blueliners at the event, mentioning early interest from Cornell and Yale. After visiting BU last week, Ryan selected the Big Red over Vermont.

Welcome to Cornell, Ryan.

September 9, 2011

De Jong Da Bear



Nolan De Jong (6' 2", 170), a 1995-born blueliner from Victoria, BC, has committed to the Big Red for either 2013 or 2014. Nolan spent last season with the South Island Thunderbirds where he scored 3 goals and added 9 assists in 38 games for the Saanich Minor Midget team. This season Nolan will be playing with the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL).

Victoria has been very good to Cornell over the past two seasons with three former Grizzlies currently on the Big Red roster: sophomore Dustin Mowrey, and freshmen Madison Dias and Joel Lowry.

Nolan has been shortlisted by BC Hockey and is under consideration to represent Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Welcome to Cornell, Nolan.


Photo: Victoria Grizzlies

August 5, 2011

Sade Makes A Mark

Eric Sade made the first cut on Central Scouting's early look at 2012 draft prospects.

Miller Off To Siberia

Stephen Miller has been selected to the EJHL All-Star team set to participate in the World Junior Cup in Omsk, Siberia. Stephen will represent the New Hampshire Jr Monarchs in Omsk. The Cup begins August 30th and runs through September 3rd.

Given the heat we've experienced this summer, Siberia sounds like a cool breeze.

Good luck Stephen.

June 6, 2011

Incoming

Cornell has announced its incoming class of 10 recruits.

May 13, 2011

A Saint Between The Pipes

The Spruce Grove Saints officially announced that Vincenzo Marozzi (6'0", 175), a 1990-born goalie has committed to the Big Red for this fall. Vincenzo will arrive in Ithaca after putting up impressive numbers these past couple of seasons with the Saints (Alberta JHL), which won the AJHL and recently lost to the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) in the Doyle Cup. This past season, Vincenzo led the league in wins (45), GAA (1.60), Save % (.933), and tied for the league lead in shutouts (9) and holds the team record for career GAA (1.80) and shutouts (21).

Vincenzo recently received the AJHL's RBC Junior A scholarship.

Welcome to Cornell, Vincenzo.


Photo: Alberta JHL

April 8, 2011

Another Buzzer To Cornell

Patrick McCarron (6, 1", 174), a 1994-born defenseman with St. Michael's (OJHL) has committed to the Big Red for 2012 or 2013. Patrick scored three goals and had seven assists in 38 games with St. Mike's this season.

In February, Patrick appeared in this N.Y. Times article on the NCAA/CHL battle for recruits.

Welcome to Cornell, Patrick.

April 7, 2011

McCarron Named POTW

John McCarron was named the USHL's offensive Player of the Week. John scored three goals and pitched in with two assists in Lincoln's weekend series.

April 6, 2011

Central Scouting Teases With Top-10 Lists

NHL Central Scouting has ranked the top-10 players in 6 regions: the 3 major junior leagues, USA East, USA West, and Canadian Junior/Midget. In USA East, Philippe Hudon and Stephen Miller made the list, while Joel Lowry made the Canadian Junior/Midget list.

Vernon Wins Fred Page Cup

Vernon won its third straight BCHL championship with a 5-4 win over top-seeded Powell River on Tuesday. The Vipers swept the series against the Kings and will move on to the Doyle Cup against the winner of the Alberta JHL championship (Spruce Grove currently leads Camrose 3 games to 1).

John Knisley scored 3 goals and had 3 assists in his 14 playoff games, which included a 3rd-Star performance in game 3 when he scored the game-winning goal unassisted.

March 12, 2011

Smooth Operator To Cornell

Eric Sade (6' 0", 175), a 1994-born defenseman from Washington, DC has committed to the Big Red for the 2013 season according to U.S. Hockey Report. Eric is reportedly a solid defense-oriented player with a physical edge, excellent quickness and skating ability. USHR cites that Eric is an outstanding multi-sport athlete who was a member of St. Albans record setting 4x100 meter relay team.

Eric scored 3 goals and had 27 assists in 59 games with DC Caps' U18 (midget co-op between Washington Little Caps and Team Maryland) team this season. DC was the AYHL regular season champion. Eric is expected to play in the USHL where he was selected by Des Moines in the USHL futures draft last year.

Other schools reportedly in the running for Eric were New Hampshire and Princeton.

Welcome to Cornell, Eric.

Photo: Team Marylend.

March 7, 2011

Playoffs Picking Up

The CHL has concluded its regular season and Cornwall finished in second place behind Pembroke. Kevin Cole returned from a lengthy injury break to play in the Colts' final 8 games. Cornwall begins its quarterfinal series against Kanata on Thursday.

In British Columbia the league moves into conference semi-final play on Tuesday when Vernon opens up against Westside on Tuesday, while Victoria visits Powell River.

March 1, 2011

Dias Named POTW

Madison Dias was named the BCHL's Player of the Week for the week which ended February 27th. Madison scored three goals and added four assists in Victoria's first two games of its opening series against Nanaimo.

Joel Lowry picked up honorable mention for the award by scoring two goals and picking up five assists in the two games.

The Grizzlies lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game four is Tuesday in Nanaimo.

February 26, 2011

Victoria Kick Starts Playoffs

Victoria got off to a blazing start in its opening series with Nanaimo scoring 6 goals in the middle frame on its way to a 9-1 win of Friday. Joel Lowry scored a goal and added three assists to pick up the game's 1st-Star, while Madison Dias scored two goals and pitched in with a helper to receive the game's 3rd-Star.

Game 2 is at Bear Mountain on Saturday.

Cimetta To Cornell

Chris Heisenberg has reported that Matt Cimetta (5' 10", 180), a 1995-born defenseman with Elgin-Middlesex Midget Minors has committed to the Big Red for 2013 or 2014. Matt has scored 24 goals and picked up 41 assists in 56 games for the Chiefs this season. Matt has also played a game with Sarnia (GOHL) as an affiliate this season.

Matt has previously played with the Lambton and Honeybaked programs.

This is Matt's OHL draft year so that will bear watching this year.

Welcome to Cornell, Matt.

Photo: Elgin-Middlesex AAA.

February 21, 2011

BCHL Preps For Playoffs

The BCHL regular season is over.

Vernon is the 1st seed in the Interior Conference and has received a bye into the second round. John Knisley completed his first season in the BCHL by finishing tied for 12th among rookie scorers.

Victoria is seeded 4th in the Coastal Conference and will face Nanaimo in its opening series beginning Friday. Joel Lowry finished tied for 16th in the league scoring race despite missing 18 games. Joel finished tied for first in points per game among players active in at least a third of a team's games. Madison Dias also had a strong regular campaign and finished fourth in scoring among his fellow Griz.

February 19, 2011

USHL All-Stars Named

The USHL named its mid-season All-Star teams on Friday. Three future Big Red players were honored with selection to the teams.

Brian Ferlin (Indiana Ice) was named to Eastern Conference team, while John McCarron (Lincoln Stars) and Joakim Ryan (Dubuque Fighting Saints) were named to the Western Conference team.

The USHL will not be holding an all-star game this season.

Congratulations to the guys are their honor.

February 13, 2011

USA Sweeps Five Nations

Cole Bardreau scored a goal and added a helper in the USA's U18s 7-4 win over Finland on Sunday to complete the Five Nations Tournament with a 4-0-0 record. Earlier the USA had defeated Sweden (6-2), Russia (10-4), and the Czech Republic (3-1). Cole scored three goals and had three assists with no penalty minutes for the young Nationals.

The tournament was held in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.

February 12, 2011

Hawk Soars To East Hill

Jacob MacDonald (6'1, 198), a 1993-born defenseman from Brighton, Michigan has committed to Cornell. Jacob currently plays for Waterloo (USHL) and has scored 6 goals and added 15 assists in 34 games for the Black Hawks, which currently places him sixth in scoring among defensemen.

Jacob has twice been named the league's defensive Player of the Week this season.

Jacob becomes the third member of Team Red (with Cole Bardreau and Joakim Ryan) from the final NTDP camp to join the Big Red.

Here's a recent article on Jacob: Red Line's feature for USA Hockey.

Waterloo's official announcement.

USHL's official announcement.

Welcome to Cornell, Jacob.

Photo: USHL.