Colgate Welcomes Six as Class of 2014

Photo by Tim Roske
Photo by Tim Roske

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Colgate University men’s hockey head coach Don Vaughan has announced the signing of six standout student-athletes for the class of 2014.

Max Fenkell (Meadowbrook, Pa./Phillips Exeter), Anthony Hamburg (Phoenix, Ariz./Millard - USHL), Mike McCann (Barrington, Ill./Salisbury), Jack McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Ma. /Belmont Hill), Eric Mihalik (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake – USHL) and Chris Wagner (Walpole, Ma. /Xaverian Brothers - EJHL) will all join the Raiders for the 2010-2011 season.

“We are very excited to add this talented group of student athletes to the Colgate Hockey family,” said coach Vaughan. “Assistant coaches Brad Dexter and Jason Lefevre did an excellent job in finding exactly what we were looking for when putting the pieces of this puzzle together; young men of character who each bring something different to our hockey team in terms of skill set.”

Fenkell, a 5-9, 175 pound goalie, comes to Colgate after being the mainstay between the pipes for Phillips Exeter the past few seasons. Fenkell played more minutes last year than any other goalie in prep school hockey (1509) and finished with a .925 save percentage. Fenkell rewrote the record book at Exeter in 2009 setting new records for minutes, shots, saves, goals against, goals against average, and save percentage. His save percentage was the highest in NE at .940.

“Max has tremendous quickness and strong tracking abilities. He has worked hard at improving his game and was a top goalie for multiple seasons at the Prep level.

Hamburg, a 6-1, 190 pound forward, comes to Colgate after playing a season in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers. In his first USHL season, Hamburg played in 54 games and recorded 22 points. Prior to Omaha, Hamburg helped lead the Dallas Stars AAA midget team to the National Championship game. Hamburg was drafted in the 7th round of the NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild after his final year of midget, making him one of only five players that have been drafted out of midget since the NHL lockout.

“Anthony is a highly talented forward with good hands and strong playmaking abilities. He is great on the offensive half and an exceptional playmaker that can really make things happen from the face-off dots down. Anthony will add depth to a strong Colgate attack.”

McCann, a 5-10, 175 pound forward, led Salisbury in scoring his final two years. As a senior McCann was named captain and recorded 35 points (13G, 22A). He was also a member of 2008-2009 prep school champions.

“Mike is a great skater with a physical edge who can play in all situations and who brings a tremendous energy to the game. Mike is a winner from his prep school days and is a smart player who can contribute at both ends of rink"

McNamara, a 5-11, 185 pound forward, was the leading scorer of his Belmont Hill team two years ago before heading to Sweden where he played last season.

"Jack is a high energy player with good offensive instincts and a tireless worker who can play both forward and defense. He is a great character player whose effort is contagious"

Mihalik, a 6-1, 185 pound goalie, comes to Colgate having played for the Buccaneers last year in Des Moines. Mihalik was an EJHL All Star for the Baystate Breakers prior to playing for the Bucs. In 2009, Mihalik was a member of the U.S. Junior Select Team that captured gold at the World Junior A Challenge. He led all goaltenders during the tournament with a 1.50 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

“Eric has good size and athleticism and has proven himself on an International level. He competes hard and recovers well on second chances and stays square to the puck.

Wagner, a 6-1, 190 pound forward, played last season with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL. Wagner tied the league scoring record, and was named league MVP and Top Offensive Player.

"Chris is a power forward who will bring not only offensive ability to the line up but a tremendous physical presence as well. The captain of his junior team, Chris looks to make an immediate impact"