September 5, 2006

Men's Ice Hockey to Welcome Seven Newcomers This Fall

Sept. 5, 2006

Fairfield, CT - When the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey season begins next month, head coach Shaun Hannah will welcome seven new faces to his squad. The newcomers will add depth to the Pioneer team as they continue their quest for an Atlantic Hockey Championship.

The group of SHU recruits consists of five forwards and two defensemen. The new attackers include Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC), Matthew Gordon (Lynnfield, MA), Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON), Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Mike Rosata (Needham, MA).

Boisvert comes to the Pioneers after spending the last two seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In 2004-05 he scored 19 goals and tallied 25 assists in 49 games. Hannah says that he is impressed with Boisvert's skills and hockey sense.

Gordon arrives in Fairfield from Belmont Hill School where he scored five goals and tallied nine assists last year. However, Hannah expects him to contribute to the SHU lineup in other ways. "Matt is big and strong and has an excellent attitude and work ethic and will provide a physical presence on the ice for us." Gordon is also an excellent oarsman as he was a member of the crew at Belmont Hill who won the New England and National Championship in rowing at the First Varsity Fours level.

Playing for the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario League last season Jarman rung up 43 points, including 20 goals and 23 assists, in 46 games while. Meanwhile, Johnson scored 18 goals and added 28 assists during his stint for the New England Falcons.

Rosata was part of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs last year where he scored seven goals and added 11 assists in 36 games. He helped lead his team to the 2005-06 Easter Junior Hockey League champions. Hannah is impressed with his speed and work ethic.

On the blue line, two newcomers will don the red and white this fall as the Pioneers welcome Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) and Gregg Rodriguez (Sunnyvale, CA).

Laurysen scored four goals and added 24 assists with the Brockville Braves in 2005-06. "Corey skates very well and is very mobile and sees the ice well. He has the ability to provide offense for the Pioneers from the blue line and on the attack," Hannah said.

In 2005-06, Rodriguez was a member of the Capital District Selects where he scored four goals and added eight assists in 41 games. "Gregg plays a physical game and has the ability to win battles down low in the defensive zone and in front of our net," Hannah said.

Hannah is very impressed with his group of incoming players. "Collectively the group brings elements to our team that were lost due to graduation, Hannah said. "They are a group of young men who are academically focused, with a strong work ethic and solid character."

Hannah expects the newcomers to mesh with his veteran squad. "They will fit in fine with our returning players and each will contribute in their own way in our quest to win the Atlantic Hockey Championship."

The Pioneers open their season with an exhibition game against the University of Ottawa on Friday, October 6th at 7:00 pm at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford. The regular season begins Friday October 13th at UMass.