HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth men's hockey coach Bob Gaudet announced his team's recruits for the upcoming season. Six total newcomers will be welcomed into the fold as three defensemen, two forwards and one goalie will be vying for time and helping to shore up the Big Green bench.
Four USHL recruits headline the list as goalie Cab Morris (Wilmette, Ill.), forwards Matt Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) and Eric Robinson (Foxboro, Mass.) along with defenseman Taylor Boldt (Longmont, Colo.) bring strength and scoring ability. The other two newcomers are Nick Lovejoy (Orford, N.H.) a defenseman from Deerfield Academy and Dan Nycholat (Calgary, Alta.) a transfer from Northeastern University who played last season for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.
Morris is considered one of the top young goalies in the country. The 6'2, 190-lb. netminder finished near the top of the league in almost every statistical category in the USHL. Morris is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut where he also produced an outstanding season. He played in 38 games with 2,104 minutes under his belt with the Indiana Ice. He finished with a 2.57 goals against average and a .913 save percentage while racking up 941 saves.
"Cab is a tall, athletic and extremely competitive goalie," Gaudet said. "He will be an excellent addition to our program and we expect him to make an immediate impact on our team."
Lindblad enjoyed a terrific second season with the Sioux Falls Stampede, finishing near the top of the league in scoring with 24 goals and 70 points. The 6', 185-lb. forward appeared in 57 games with 20 penalty minutes in 2009-10. Lindblad led the team in power play goals and game-winners. He was selected to participate in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game. Lindblad finished seventh in the USHL in scoring.
"Matt is an excellent two-way player," Gaudet said. "He's very reliable in the defensive zone and has played in every situation possible with Sioux Falls. He should contribute right away for us and will be a tremendous addition to the team."
Robinson, the other forward played two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. In 2009-10 he appeared in 60 games, racking up 38 points (19g, 19a) with 62 penalty minutes. At 6'2, 195-lbs., he finished fourth on the team in scoring.
"Eric played very well last season for Cedar Rapids," Gaudet said. "He participated and was counted on to play in almost every situation for the Rough Riders. He has excellent speed for a power forward and has one of the hardest shots in the USHL."
Lovejoy comes to Dartmouth after watching his older brother Ben have a tremendous career for the Big Green. Last season the 6'2, 200-lb., Lovejoy tallied 16 points in 27 games. He was considered one of the top defensemen in New England prep school hockey and participated in the 2008 Select-17 player development camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
"Having Nick follow his brother to Dartmouth says a lot about our program and we're happy to have him join us," Gaudet said. "We look for Nick to become an integral part of our blueline as he is a very skilled player, who skates well and always competes at a high level."
Boldt is a 5'11, 185-lb. defenseman who played for the Indianapolis Ice last season. He played in 39 games with 12 points scored and 29 penalty minutes. Boldt helped lead the Ice to their first-ever USHL Championship in 2008-09 and followed that up with an oustanding 2009-10.
"Taylor is an excellent skater and passer," Gaudet said. "He sees the ice very well and is one of the most intelligent players I've seen. Taylor will add tremendous experience to our defensive corps."
Nycholat, a 6'2, 190-lb. defenseman spent two years at Northeastern University before taking last season off to play for the Vernon Vipers. He is eligible to suit up for the Big Green right away. With the Vipers he played in 58 games with 24 points scored (7g, 17a). In his two years with the Huskies he appeared in 48 games with seven points scored.
"Dan is an oustanding defenseman," Gaudet said. "He is incredibly strong defensively while he skates and moves the puck very well."