DURHAM, N.H. - Head coach Dick Umile of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey program has announced the signing of 10 incoming student-athletes for the 2003-2004 season.
At the forward position, the Wildcats have added Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.), Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta), Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.), Jacob MicFlikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Dan Travis (Wilton, N.H.), Shawn Vinz (Rochester, Minn.) and Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario).
On the defensive side, UNH has added goaltender A.J. Bucchino (Bow, N.H.), defenseman John Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) and defenseman Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) to round out the Class of 2007 for the Wildcats.
Bucchino (5 ft.-10, 160 lbs.) played last season in the United States Hockey League for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Bucchino played in 35 games and owned a 14-17 record (3.52 GAA, .909 save%). Bucchino ranked second in the USHL with 1170 saves, seventh in minutes played (1995) and eighth in save percentage. He was named Goaltender of the Month in March by the USHL and was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week.
"A.J. brings competitiveness and athleticism to our program," Umile said. "We believe his year in the USHL will be valuable as he competes for playing time next year."
Ciocco (5-10, 185) skated in the British Columbia Hockey League for the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He tallied 38 goals and 43 assists for 81 points in 57 games. He ranked third on the Salmon Arm scoring list.
"Josh is an extremely competitive player, someone who has very good speed," Umile said. "He is an intense player who is aggressive with excellent speed."
Doherty (6-4, 215) recorded 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points playing in 26 games for Andover Academy in 2002-2003. He ranked 47th among North American skaters in the mid-term rankings of the National Hockey League central scouting service.
"He is an offensive defenseman who brings a rare set of tools for a young man with his size," said Umile. "His moblility, stick skills and his ability to get pucks to the net are his biggest assets."
Fornataro (5-11, 180) played last year in Waterloo of the USHL, skating in 54 games and posting 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points.
"Matt is a highly-skilled centerman who sees the ice very well," Umile stated "He can help us in all three zones with his vision of the ice and his intelligence."
Hemingway (6-1, 185), younger brother of former Wildcat Colin, played for Coquitlam of the BCHL last season. Brett, co-BCHL Rookie of the Year in 2001-2002, registered 42 goals and 50 assists for a team-high 92 points in 60 games in 2002-2003.
"Brett has an outstanding stick," said Umile. "He has the ability to make plays for himself as well as for his linemates."
MicFlikier (5-7, 170) notched 31 goals and 36 assists for a team-high 67 points in 59 games playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. On the USHL leaderboard, he ranked fourth in goals, fifth in points and eighth in assists.
"Jacob has scored at every level," Umile said. "He is a finisher who has evolved into a well-rounded player. He is a threat with and without the puck."
Murray (6-1, 190) skated for Cushing Academy last season and recorded seven goals and 31 assists for 38 points in 25 games. His father Bob played hockey at Boston University and his brother Mike currently plays hockey at Dartmouth College.
"Chris defends well and makes a good first-pass on the breakout," said Umile.
Travis (6-3, 200) played for Deerfield Academy recording 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points in 26 games. He ranks 127th among North American skaters in the NHL scouting service.
"Dan has shown the ability to score," said Umile. "He is a strong skater, who should develop into a power forward's role."
Vinz (6-1, 185) played in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. In 34 games, he tallied eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 2002-2003.
"Shawn has strong character and will add a presence to our locker room immediately," Umile stated. "He is a very good defensive player and will add depth to the forward group on the penalty kill and with his physical play."
Winnik (6-2, 205) skated for the Wexford Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League last season, posting 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points in 47 games. Winnik ranked 12th in the OJHL in scoring. His brother Andrew plays hockey at Ferris State University.
"Daniel adds size and skill to the lineup," Umile stated. "He is a very good skater who has shown the maturity to play with and without the puck."
UNH Hockey Class of 2007
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last Team
A.J. Bucchino G 5-10 160 Bow, N.H./Des Moines (USHL)
Josh Ciocco F 5-10 185 Atco, N.J./Salmon Arm (BCHL)
John Doherty D 6-4 215 Lynnfield, Mass./Andover Academy
Matt Fornataro F 5-11 180 Calgary, Alberta/Waterloo (USHL)
Brett Hemingway F 6-1 185 Surrey, B.C./Coquitlam (BCHL)
Jacob MicFlikier F 5-7 170 Winnipeg, Manitoba/Sioux Falls (USHL)
Chris Murray D 6-1 190 Dover, Mass./Cushing Academy
Dan Travis F 6-3 200 Wilton, N.H./Deerfield Academy
Shawn Vinz F 6-1 185 Rochester, Minn./Cedar Rapids (USHL)
Daniel Winnik F 6-2 205 Mississauga, Ontario/Wexford (OJHL)