DURHAM, NH - Head coach Dick Umile of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey program has announced the nine incoming student-athletes for the 2005-2006 season. Forwards Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.), Thomas Fortney (St. Louis, Mo.), Jerry Pollastrone (Boston, Mass.), Trevor Smith (No. Vancouver, B.C.) and Alan Thompson (Gilford, N.H.); defensemen Joe Charlebois (Potsdam, N.Y.), Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.), Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) and goaltender Kirk Manke (Clifton Park, N.Y.) make up the Wildcat freshman class for the upcoming season.
"We are excited about our incoming freshman class and look for them to add skill, speed and depth to next year's team," said Umile.
Charlebois (6-1, 210 lbs.) skated for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL last year scoring 25 points (lg, 24a) in 59 regular season contests leading the Musketeers to the Clark Cup finals. Prior to last season, he skated for the U.S. National Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Collins (5-9, 170) won the 2005 Clark Cup Championship with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders last season, posting eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points in 48 games played in 04-05. He was an integral part of the team's playoff run, registering eight assists and a +9 plus/minus rating in 10 post-season contests. Collins played the 2003-2004 season with Cedar Rapids and skated on a line with current Wildcat Brian Pouliot.
Fortney (5-9, 170) most recently played for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL, where he notched 16 points (13g, 3a) in 60 contests. As a rookie in the USHL, he skated for the St. Louis franchise and posted 22 points (11 g, 11 a) in 60 games.
Fritsch (6-2, 200) played last season for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he tallied 6-13-19 in 46 games. Before the Monarchs, Fritsch also played two seasons at Canterbury Prep from 2002-2004.
Kapstad (5-10, 180) skated for Governor Dummer Academy for the last three seasons. In 04-05 he registered 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 23 games as the leading point scoring defenseman and team captain. He was an ISL hockey three-year all-star and he was MVP of his GDA team last season.
Manke (6-1, 210) was a member of the Capital District Selects of the EJHL last season. He posted a 2.97 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 36 games last season.
Pollastrone (5-10, 190) played at Salisbury Prep for the last three seasons, including 53 points (22g, 31a) in 04-05 in 27 games. Pollastrone amassed 130 points in 77 career games at Salisbury, He was named an All-New England first-team selection and received NEPSAC All-Prep honors in his senior year.
Smith (6-1,190) was the third-leading scorer in the USHL last season scoring 29-39-68 in 60 games for the Omaha Lancers. Before Omaha, Smith spent two years in the BCHL with Quesnel (03-04) and Surrey (02-03). He was named a First-Team USHL All-Star last season and guided the Lancers to the Anderson Cup Championship
Thompson (6-1, 190) played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, playing in 30 games and recording five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. Before Chicago, Thompson played at Holderness Prep for two seasons posting 23-34-57 in 37 games.