Pioneer Freshmen Prep for New Season

Sept. 19, 2005

With the start of the season just a few weeks away, the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team is putting the finishing touches on a team that hopes to compete for the Atlantic Hockey championship. Joining the returning veterans on the team is a freshman recruiting class that head coach Shaun Hannah hopes will put his team over the top.

The Pioneer newcomers include a goalie, two defensemen and four forwards. All seven recruits bring Junior Hockey experience to the Pioneer club.

Up front Sacred Heart will welcome Bear Trapp (Regina, SK/ Estevan Bruins, SJHL), Kyle Tyll (Sandy Hook, CT/New England Prep School), Eric Giosa (Northville, MI/Toledo Ice Diggers, NAHL.), and David Smith (Columbus, IN/Connecticut Wolves/MJHL)

Trapp played the 2004-05 season for Estevan. In 50 games he tallied 28 goals and 45 assists. He was a unanimous selection to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League All-Star team.

Tyll served as captain for his team at New England Prep School. In his senior season he led the team in scoring, compiling 15 goals and 15 assists. He was selected to the New England Prep Founders League All-Star Team. Tyll also has participated in the USA Hockey Under 16 and 17 Select Festivals.

In 56 games for the Toledo Ice Diggers in 2004-05, Giosa led his team in scoring with 22 goals and 24 assists. He was selected to the North American Hockey League All-Star team.

Smith played 34 games for the Connecticut Wolves last year. He scored 15 goals and added 19 assists. Those stats made him fourth on his team in scoring and in the Top 20 in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

On defense, two new recruits will don the red and white: Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK/Swan Valley Stampeders, MJHL) and Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY/New York Applecore, EJHL).

Grimson was the 3rd all-time scoring defensemen for Swan Valley, totaling 31 goals, and 51 assists in 108 games. In 2004-05 for the Stampeders he had 11 goals, 19 assists for 30 points in 32 games. 8 goals were on the power play.

Ferraro is the younger brother of Pioneer junior forward Peter Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY). He participated in the USA Hockey Under 16 Select Festival.

In goal, the Pioneers welcome Stefan Drew. (Dugald, MB/Portage Terriers, MJHL). In 48 games played for Manitoba, Drew had four shutouts, 28 wins, 14 losses, and four ties, with a 2.87 Goals Against Average, and a .908 save percentage. He was the leading goaltender in Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs. He backstopped his team to the Royal Bank Cup in the Canadian National Junior A Championship Tournament.

Hannah is excited about his new players. "We are very pleased with the caliber of our incoming class," he said. "They are extremely committed to making significant contributions to the success of our program on the ice, in the classroom and in the community."

The Pioneers season begins with a scrimmage against Ryerson at Milford Ice Pavilion Saturday October 8th. Sacred Heart will open the regular season the following Friday, October 14th, when they visit Union. The Pioneers play their first home game Friday October 28th, hosting Canisius.