DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has announced the nine-member incoming freshman class of 2007 on Thursday afternoon.
    Mike Beck (Long Beach, Calif.), Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.), Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.), Dan Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.), Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.), Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.), Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.), James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) and Danny Vranek (New Port Richey, Fla.) comprise the Wildcats freshman class for the upcoming 2007-2008 season.
    Beck (6-foot-0, 197 pounds) has played the last four seasons in the United States Hockey League, including the last two seasons for the Sioux City Musketeers for coach Dave Siciliano. Last season, Beck recorded 41 points (7g, 34a) in 56 games as the fifth leading defensive scorer in the league. His +19 plus/minus rating was a team best among defensemen and he was named Sioux City’s Defensive Player of the Year in 06-07. Beck also went to the conference finals with the Danville Wings in 03-04 and made the playoffs with the Indiana Wings in 04-05.
    Campanale (5-11, 200) has skated the last two seasons for the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). He played in 43 games posting 33 points (8g, 25a) as the Glades leading defensive scorer last season and ranked fourth among league blueliners in scoring. Campanale was an EJHL First-Team All-Star selection in 2006-2007.
    DeSimone (6-1, 195) is a three-year veteran of the USHL playing with Sioux City for the. DeSimone, the 06-07 USHL Player of the Year, scored 73 points (26g, 47a) in 60 games with a +13 plus/minus rating. He served as the Musketeers captain last year and was the assistant captain in the 05-06 season. DeSimone was also a USHL First-Team All-Star in his final season with Sioux City.
    Dries (5-11, 173) played in an injury plague 27-game season last year for Cedar Rapids of the USHL registering 17 points (13g, 4a). Dries, who led the USHL in shooting percentage, scored 16 goals in 17 games for the Victory Honda Midget AAA team in the Midwest Elite Midget League in 2005-2006.    
    Manz (6-1, 188) skated for the Choate School in the New England Prep School league in 06-07 for coach Pat Dennehy. He tallied 30 points (17g, 13a) in 22 contests and was a First-Team Founders League All-Star last season. Manz played Midget hockey for the Philly Jr. Flyers, as a teammate and classmate of Campanale.
    Sislo (5-11, 172) skated for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL last year, notching 49 points (23g, 26a) in 60 games, after a six point season in 57 games in 05-06. He ranked second of the team in goals scored. Sislo is the first Wisconsin native to play for UNH since former defenseman Dan Enders (Madison, Wis.).
    Thompson (6-0, 210) was a member of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the EJHL for the last two years. He was the EJHL Player of the Year and EJHL Offensive Player of the Year in 06-07 scoring 94 points (51g, 43a) in 50 games. Thompson was a First-Team EJHL All-Star and averaged over one goal per game last season. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Pinkerton Academy and is a cousin of former Wildcat Mike Souza.
    vanRiemsdyk (6-3, 190) has skated the last two seasons for the United States National Program under head coach Ron Rolston. He led the US Under-18 Team in scoring this season with 63 points (33g, 30a) in 42 games. vanRiemsdyk is projected to be a top pick in the 2007 National Hockey League draft, as the second rated skater among North American players by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service. He represented Team USA in the World Under-18 and the Under-20 Tournaments. vanRiemsdyk was a member of the gold medal winning team of the World Under-18 Championships in 05-06.
    Vranek (5-7, 170) skated for Eden Prairie High School (Minn.) last year posting 52 points (29g, 23a) in 24 contests. He was the captain of the team in his senior season and has represented the State of Minnesota at the USA Hockey Select Festivals the past three summers. Vranek was a former roller hockey player from New Port Richey, Fla., who moved to Minnesota to play ice hockey.
    The Wildcats officially kickoff the 2007-2008 season on Friday, Oct. 19 against the Boston University Terriers at Agganis Arena. UNH opens their home schedule on Friday, Oct. 13 in an exhibition game against New Brunswick at the Whittemore Center and their official home opener is Friday, Oct. 26 vs. the Colorado College Tigers of the WCHA.
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