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St. Lawrence Announces Incoming Class

St. Lawrence Announces Incoming Class

The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team will add nine members of the Class of 2021 to its roster for the 2017-18 season, as announced by Charles W. Appleton II Head Coach Mark Morris this week.
 
"Our staff is excited to add so many quality recruits to the St. Lawrence Hockey program. The incoming class all played significant roles with their respective junior teams providing leadership, size, skill, and character," Coach Morris said. "We look forward to working with this group and watching them develop alongside our returning players and we aim to mesh their talent with the upperclassmen in an effort to have more depth. Competition for playing time should make for lots of tough decisions for the staff when it comes down to posting the lineup each weekend."
 
The class is comprised of four forwards, four defensemen and a goaltender and hails from three countries, represents five states and played in three different junior hockey leagues last season.
 
ABOUT THE CLASS OF 2021 –
 
Philip Alftberg – Märsta, Sweden – 5-8, 175 lbs – Defenseman

 
Alftberg is the first European player on the Saints roster since Slovenian winger Ziga Petac '04. He split time between the Tri-City Storm and Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season, playing 29 games and putting up 15 points on four goals and 11 assists with Tri-City before being traded to Fargo. In 27 regular season games with the Force he tallied eight points and also added three assists in three playoff games.
 
Callum Cusinato – Toronto, Ontario – 6-2, 195 lbs – Forward
 
Cusinato comes to the Saints from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) where he finished the season last year. In 20 regular season games he scored six goals and added nine assists for 15 point before tallying an additional nine points in 11 playoff games. Prior to heading to Toronto he played 14 games with the Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and nine games with the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL).
 
Cade Gleekel – Minneapolis, Minn. – 6-1, 195 lbs – Forward
 
Gleekel is coming off a 45-point season with the Merritt Centennials (BCHL) after scoring 16 goals and added 29 assists in 57 games played to finish second on the team. He recorded 19 power play points (9 goals, 10 assists) and also added six points in 11 playoff games. The season prior, he scored 58 points in 23 games with Benilde-St. Margaret's prep school in his native Minnesota.
 
Cam Gray – Austin, Texas – 5-11, 175 lbs – Goaltender
 
Gray joins the Saints goaltending corps after spending last season with the OJHL's Toronto Patriots. In 30 appearances he made 28 starts with 1743:36 minutes played, posted a 15-14-0 record, a 2.99 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. He also had a 2.84 goals against and .917 save percentage in four playoff appearances (1-3-0).
 
Bo Hanson – Boise, Idaho – 6-2, 205 lbs - Defenseman
 
Hanson finished fifth on the team in scoring for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) last season with 38 points in 60 games played. He led Centennials defensemen with six goals and 32 assists and also recorded 14 points on the power play and set up a pair of shorthanded goals. Additionally, he finished at a +19 on the year.
 
Jake Nielsen – New Berlin, Wis. – 6-1, 182 lbs – Forward
 
Nielsen played 57 games with the USHL's Lincoln Stars last season and scored eight goals and added six assists for 14 points. He led the Stars with four shorthanded goals on the year and also tallied two game winners. Nielsen finished the season at a +11.
 
Jake Stevens – Naperville, Ill. – 6-2, 195 lbs – Defenseman
 
Stevens finished second on the team in scoring with 53 points in 58 games played for the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) last season. He scored eight goals and added a team-high 45 assists, including 12 on the power play and eight with the Grizzlies shorthanded. He also added 10 points in 18 playoff games.
 
Keenan Suthers – Macomb, Mich. – 6-7, 220 lbs – Forward
 
Suthers, who joins fellow Macomb native Jacob Pritchard in the Saints lineup, is the first skater taller than 6-6 since Joel Prpic '97. He played 59 games in the USHL last season, starting the year with Muskegon before being traded to the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He recorded 16 points on six goals and 10 assists in 34 games with Dubuque and had 25 total points on the year.  
 
Dylan Woolf – Victoria, Minn. – 6-2, 212 lbs – Defenseman
 
Woolf played with classmate Jake Nielsen for the Lincoln Stars (USHL) last season and led the team with a +24 rating. He tallied 15 points on five goals and 10 assists in 58 games played, with two of his five goals coming on the power play. 
 
These Saints will take the ice in Appleton Arena for the season-opening exhibition game against McGill on September 30 at 7 p.m. before kicking off the regular season hosting Michigan and Penn State the following weekend