Brown Announces Incoming Class of 2023

Brown Announces Incoming Class of 2023

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's hockey head coach Brendan Whittet has announced the addition of ten incoming student-athletes who are set to join the roster for the 2019-20 season. Brown's latest group of incoming freshmen is made up of six forwards and four defensemen.
 
Luke Albert
6-2/201
Defenseman
Fergus, Ontario
Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
 
Luke Albert played all of last season with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and finished with 12 goals and 35 assists for 47 points in 54 games. He was a finalist for the AJHL Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year award and was also named to the North Division All-League Team. Albert is a two-time winner of the team's Top Defenseman award and split part of the 2017-18 season with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL. He previously played at the New Hampton School where he was a multiple All-Star and team MVP.
 
Bradley Cocca
5-8/170
Forward
Toronto, Ontario
Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
 
Bradley Cocca arrives at Brown after playing two seasons with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League. He led the Centennials in scoring this past season with 23 goals and 45 assists for 68 points in 58 games. He also earned the team's Most Gentlemanly Player award at the end of the season and had 17 power-play assists. Cocca previously played for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and the St. Michael's Buzzers of the OJHL.
 
James Crossman
6-3/200
Defenseman
Denver, Colorado
Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL)
 
James Crossman split last season with the Odessa Jackalopes and the Jamestown Rebels of the North American Hockey League. He played for Odessa in 2017-18 and totaled 63 points for the team over two seasons, including 27 assists with a +26 rating the previous season, and also served as a team captain. Prior to Odessa, Crossman spent time with the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL and the Rocky Mountain Roughriders of the NAPHL.
 
Matty Holmes
6-2/200
Forward
Rye, New York
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
 
Matty Holmes comes to College Hill after spending all of last season with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League. He led the team in scoring during the regular season with 68 points behind 28 goals and 40 assists in 54 games, en route to Second Team All-Star and All-Rookie honors. Holmes also paced the Chiefs with eight game winners and 16 power-play assists. He previously played for the Salisbury School, where he recorded 65 points in 58 games over two seasons.
 
Luke Krys
6-2/185
Defenseman
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Salisbury School (USHS – Prep)
 
Luke Krys arrives in Providence after two seasons at the Salisbury School, where he most recently served as team captain in 2018-19. He finished with nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points this past season and logged 58 games played in his two-year stint at the school. He earned a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Team during the season and was named to the USHS All-USA Hockey Third Team.
 
Connor Marshall
5-11/185
Forward
Parkland, Florida
Northeast Generals (NAHL)
 
Connor Marshall spent this past season with the Northeast Generals of the North American Hockey League. He finished second on the team in scoring during the regular season with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 54 games. Marshall played the prior season with the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL, where he totaled 23 points, and also spent time with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. He previously played for South Kent Selects Academy with 40 goals and 53 assists in 2015-16.
 
Samuli Niinisaari
6-1/187
Defenseman
Hamina, Finland
Lincoln Stars (USHL)
 
Samuli Niinisaari comes to Brown after playing this past season with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. He finished the season with seven goals and 13 assists as a staple on the blue line and earned the Team MVP award at the end of the season as well as the Most Likely to Succeed award. He previously played for KooKoo in Finland, where he served as team captain in 2017-18, and finished with 16 assists and 20 points that season.
  
Nathan Plessis
6-4/205
Forward
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
 
Nathan Plessis has played the last three seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He helped the Bandits capture a pair of AJHL championships in 2017 and most recently in 2019, and also earned the team's Most Improved Player award in 2018. Plessis served as team captain for the Bandits this past season and finished with 26 goals and 23 assists for 49 points over 45 games. He recently helped the Bandits capture the 2019 National Junior A Championship.
 
Cole Quisenberry
5-11/180
Forward
Denver, Colorado
Chicago Steel (USHL)
 
Cole Quisenberry comes to Providence after playing this past season with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, where he finished with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points. Prior to Chicago, he spent the 2017-18 season with the Shreveport Mudbugs of the NAHL, where he helped the team capture the 2018 Robertson Cup Championship. Quisenberry had 33 points for the Mudbugs and was named to the NAHL South All-Rookie Team.
 
Jonny Russell
5-11/173
Forward
Traverse City, Michigan
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
 
Jonny Russell played this past season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. He finished the season with 12 points and was named the Academic Player of the Year. Russell split the previous season with the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL, where he was named the South Forward of the Year, and was also selected to the All-South Division Team. He previously played for the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.