SCHENECTADY, NY -- The Union College men’s ice hockey team will add eight student-athletes in 2010-11, head coach Nate Leaman announced on Friday. The class includes Mat Bodie, Daniel Carr, Troy Grosenick, Matt Hatch, Cole Ikkala, Mike Ingoldsby, Josh Jooris and Kevin Sullivan. The group is made up of five forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender.
“I’m very happy with the depth and the quality of our recruiting class,” Leaman said. “We obviously graduated a one of the best classes in our program’s history this year, but we feel like with what we have and what we’re bringing in that our goal is to not miss a beat and continue to be successful.”
Hometown: East St. Paul, MN
Previous Team: Powell River Kings (BCHL)
Bodie has played for the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League since 2008. In two seasons he has played in more than 100 games, registering 42 points in each season. As a captain in 2009-10, Bodie, a native of East St. Paul, Manitoba, led Powell to the league finals with a 36-17-1-6 record. Mat is the brother of current Dutchmen freshman Kyle.
“Mat is a puck moving defenseman with very good offensive skill,” Leaman said. “He’s very smart and can run the puck up the ice. He’s a potentially a very high end defenseman. He captained Team Canada West this year to a silver medal and he also led the BCHL in scoring overall in the playoffs, which is unheard of as a defenseman. He has great potential; obviously there’s going to be a learning curve, but we’re really excited about Matt.
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Previous Team: Powell River Kings (BCHL)
Carr shared the ice with Bodie on the Powell River Kings in 2009-10 after doing a stint with the St. Albert Steel in the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2007-09. In 2008, he was named the AJHL Rookie of the Year. Last season he registered 54 points with 24 goals and 30 assists in 30 games with St. Albert. After making the move to Powell, Carr, who is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, posted 27 points with 10 goals and 17 assists in 22 games.
“Daniel is a very cerebral player,” Leaman said. “He’s coming in as a true freshman and there’ll be a little bit of an adjustment, but he has a very good stick. He thinks offensively very well.”
Hometown: Brookfield, WI
Previous Team: Cedar Rapid Rough Riders (USHL)
Grosenick, the only goaltender in the group, played for the Cedar Rapid Rough Riders of the United States Hockey League since 2008. In his rookie season, he produced a 2.33 goals-against average with a .910 save percentage, winning 13 games. In 2009-10, Grosenick was an USHL All-Star after posting a 2.63 goals-against average, a .902 save percentage and 26 wins. He is from Brookfield, WI.
“Troy provides us with great depth at the goaltending position,” Leaman said. “He had a very good two years at Cedar Rapids and we feel that he adds to our competition in that position big time. There’s no doubt that he projects to be a number one within the time of his career.”
Hometown: Massena, NY
Previous Team: Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
Hatch spent the 2009-10 season playing for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL where he led his team to the Coastal Conference regular season title with a 45-12-1-2 record. He netted 21 goals in 70 games and added 34 assists. Prior to Alberni, Hatch, a native of Massena, NY, played at Philips Exeter Academy where he had 18 goals and 52 assists in 35 games.
“Matt has a great deal of speed,” Leaman said. “He played at the Philips Exeter and went and played in the BCHL and had a very good year. He’s going to give us a lot of energy and depth. His speed is an element that we wanted to add more of to our roster.”
Hometown: Romansville, PA
Previous Team: Veron Vipers (BCHL)
Another BCHL alum, Ikkala skated for the Veron Vipers since 2008 and helped lead his team to back-to-back RBC Cup National Championships. In 151 games in two seasons, Ikkala registered 85 points with 46 goals and 39 assists. Last season he was the recipient of the BCHL’s Academic Excellence Award. Ikkala is from Romansville, PA.
“Ikkala is a type of player that does everything well,” Leaman said. “He plays a lot in the dirty areas and has a good game along the wall. He always plays the right game with the puck, so he’s a guy that we feel can play anywhere. And those types of guys to coaches are very valuable.”
Hometown: Stratford, Ontario
Previous Team: Oakville (OJHL)
Ingoldsby, a native of Stratford, Ontario, played the last two seasons for the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. During the 2009-10 season, he helped lead his team to the OJHL Championship, the Buckland Cup Championship and the Dudley Hewitt Cup Championship. This past season, he registered 28 points, including 25 assists, in 46 games.
“Mike was the captain of his team that went to the Royal Bank Cup -- Canada’s National Championship for junior hockey,” Leaman said. “He’s basically a lot like Brock Matheson where he does everything well. He has a good stick, good vision, is mobile and competes extremely well.”
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
Previous Team: Burlington Cougars (CCHL)
Jooris collected a lot of accolades while playing for the Burlington Cougars of the Central Canadian Hockey League during the past two seasons. In 2009-10 he was the league’s scoring champion and led the CCHL in assists and plus-minus rating. Jooris, who also hails from Burlington, Ontario, registered 26 goals, 90 assists and 116 points in 50 games, while being a plus 60. The season prior, he was the team’s rookie of the year, leading all first-year players in scoring with 34 points in 42 games.
“Josh is an extremely good playmaker,” Leaman said. “He has good speed and we look for him to make an impact for up front this year. He sees the ice very well and he has a great hockey sense in becoming a complete player. He has good size, good speed, and really has a history of producing.”
Hometown: Darien, CT
Previous Team: Berkshire School
Sullivan is a product of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. As a captain in 2009-10, Sullivan, the team’s MVP, was selected First Team All-New England and won the Mary Gardner Taylor Memorial Hockey Trophy as the league’s top scorer with 66 points, including 21 goals and 45 assists. A lacrosse All-American in 2009, Sullivan is from Darien, CT.
“Sullivan is another true freshman,” Leaman said. “He’s an extremely good worker, but also has a very good skill lever. Between Sullivan, Hatch, and Ikkala we have three very good competitors there. With Carr and Jooris we feel like we’re adding some very good skill so we’re happy about everything up front.”
The eight newcomers and the rest of the Dutchmen open the season on Friday, Oct. 8 with a 7 p.m. game against Sacred Heart.