UNH hockey announces Class of 2010

"Although the class of 2010 is small in numbers, I am confident that it will provide the needed depth for our program to continue to compete nationally," Umile said. "Each player brings unique strengths to our team and I am looking forward to watching their development."

Butler (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) played for the Boston Jr. Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League for the last three seasons, recording 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points in 61 contests in 2004-2005. Prior to this season, Butler registered 31 goals and 41 assists for 72 points in 115 games for the Bruins in '03-04 and '04-05. He also played for Marlborough High School notching 116 goals and 53 assists for 169 points in 50 games in his junior and senior seasons (2003-2005). Butler helped lead his high school team to the Division 3 State Championship and the Bruins to the EJHL Championship in 2004-2005. In 2003-2004, Butler set the school record for most goals in a single-season with 58.

Foster (6-2, 180) was in net for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League last season. He played in 26 contests and posted a 12-9-3 record with a 2.81 GAA and a .903 save percentage, helping guide the team to the 2006 Clark Cup Championship. Prior to Des Moines, Foster played two seasons for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the EJHL. Foster saw action in 41 games in 2004-2005, posting a 31-6-4 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Foster was a fifth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in the in 2005 NHL Draft. He was also a member of the USA Under-17 team that won the gold medal at the Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia in 2003. Foster was also a 2005 EJHL All-League Second Team honoree and a '05 EJHL All-Star.

Krates (6-2, 195) posted 12 points (1g, 11a) in 53 games for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season and nine points (6g, 3a) in 53 games in 2004-2005. Prior to Omaha, Krates skated for the Chicago Mission, where he finished the 2003-2004 season with 18-38-56 in 80 games. He helped lead the Mission to a state championship in '03-04 and in '04-05 he helped the Lancers to the Anderson Cup Championship.

LeBlanc (5-11, 195) skated with Hamilton Red Wings on the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) for the last two seasons. LeBlanc tallied 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 20 games in 2005-2006 and 14-22-36 in 49 games in 2004-2005. He earned OPJHL Rookie of the Year honors with the Red Wings in ?04-05 and was invited to the CJAHL All-Star game in 2006.

Rossman (6-0, 188) was a member of the Valley Jr. Warriors of the EJHL for the last two years, recording 36 points (13g, 23a) in '05-06 and 59 points (25g, 34a) in '04-05. Rossman was named to the 2004-2005 EJHL All-Star Team for his efforts. Before his stint in the EJHL, Rossman played at Cushing Academy posting 19 points in only 12 games, missing time due to injury.

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