Jerry Pollastrone
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The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 7 in the preseason poll, opens the home portion of its 2007-08 season with a two-game series against No. 4 Colorado College on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. Both games will be broadcasted live on NHPTV (Ch. 11). Fans can listen to the action on the UNH Sports Network (Flagship - WTSN AM 1270) or online at In addtion, the game will be streamed live over the internet through the new Live up-to-the minute stats will also be available online at

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: No. 4-ranked Colorado College enters the week with a 2-0-0 overall record. This past weekend, the then tenth-ranked Tigers opened their season defeating the two-time defending WCHA and MacNaughton-Cup champion No. 3-ranked Minnesota, 3-1 and 2-1 (OT), respectively…Top returning junior forward Chad Rau scored twice in Saturday’s game including the game-winning OT goal…Rau now has factored in on 13 game-winning goals since his arrival at CC, scoring three and assisting on 10…Sophomore forward Bill Sweatt, another top returning player, tallied a goal and an assist against the Gophers…Senior forwards Jimmy Kilpatrick and Scott McCulloch are two other top returning players for the Tigers… Freshman goalie Richard Bachman made a combined 61 saves for the Tigers over the weekend, 23 on Friday and 38 Saturday, 21 of them coming in the third period… This was the first time that Colorado College has swept the Gophers since winning twice at Mariucci Arena in January 2005…CC finished fifth last season in the WCHA.

SERIES HISTORY VS. COLORADO COLLEGE: The Wildcats and Tigers have met 14 times in the all-time series history with UNH owning the advantage at 9-5-0...UNH last met up with Colorado College on Oct. 21, 2006,  a 7-2 ‘Cats win in last year’s season opener.The last time the two teams met in Durham was on November 27, 1987 with the ‘Cats once again coming out on top, 8-3... The Wildcats have won the last five meetings by a combined score of 26-11...UNH in its last five meetings owns a 5-0-0 record and Coach Umile is 6-1-0 all-time vs. the Tigers.

10-19-84    (A)    CC    6    UNH    2        L
10-20-84    (A)    CC    7    UNH    5        L
1-3-86    (H)    UNH    5    CC    3        W
1-4-86    (H)    CC    4    UNH    2        L
1-9-86    (A)    CC    7    UNH    2        L
11-27-87    (H)    UNH    8    CC    3        W
11-10-88    (A)    UNH    5    CC    0        W
12-28-96    (N)    UNH    4    CC    3        W
3-21-97    (N)    CC    3    UNH    2        L
12-27-97    (N)    UNH    5    CC    3        W
1-2-99    (A)    UNH    4    CC    1        W
12-27-01    (N)    UNH    6    CC    2        W
10-20-06    (A)    UNH    4    CC    3        W
10-21-06    (A)    UNH    7    CC    2        W

Trevor Smith recorded a career-high four points to lead UNH to a 7-2 victory. Smith scored UNH’s first two goals for the ‘Cats to give UNH a 2-1 lead heading into the dressing room after the first period. He got the ‘Cats in the scoring column first at 8:19 and then at the 17:13 mark. Smith’s linemate, Jerry Pollastrone also had a solid showing with three points (2g, 1a). He scored two of UNH’s three second-period goals at 1:41 and 10:31. Mike Radja also registered a two-goal effort with a goal in the second period at 9:09 and a goal in the final frame at 4:20 to cap off UNH’s scoring in the game. UNH’s top two lines accounted for 16 of the 21 points on the night (6g, 10a), including 10 points (4g, 10a) by the second line of Pollastrone, Smith and Matt Fornataro. Fornataro finished the night with three assists, which was a career high in points for the junior forward. Nine different Wildcats posted a point in the game and eight players earned multiple points on the night. Craig Switzer also tallied a goal 18 seconds into the third period, which marked UNH’s first power play goal of the season.Kevin Regan made 29 saves on the night in 53-plus minutes of action, while Brian Foster played the final six minutes and stopped all four shots he faced from the Tigers. Regan stopped 61 of 66 Colorado College shots in the two-game weekend series. CC goalie Matt Zaba allowed five goals on 21 shots by the ‘Cats and was pulled in favor of sophomore Drew O’Connell who played the final 29-plus minutes making 17 saves on 19 shots.UNH outshot CC 40-35 and the ‘Cats went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Tigers went 2-for-7 with a man up.

Player    GP    G-A-P   
Matt Fornataro    2    0-3-3
Mike Radja    2    2-1-3
Jerry Pollastrone    2    2-1-3
Brad Flaishans    2    1-2-3
Craig Switzer    2    1-1-2
Bobby Butler    2    1-0-1
Peter LeBlanc    2    0-1-1

Goaltending Stats
Player    GP/Min    GA    GAA    W-L-T    SV    SV%
Kevin Regan    2/103:35    5    2.50    2-0-0    61    .----
Brian Foster    1/6:25    0    0.00    0-0-0    4    .----

LAST TIME OUT: Each player on the Wildcats’ top line tallied a goal and an assist to lead UNH past BU, 4-1, in the Hockey East opener.  Jamie Fritsch scored his first of the season--the eventual game-winner--at 13:44 of the third period. Thomas Fortney delivered the puck from the left point to the right where Fritsch took a slap shot, finding the back of the net. Matt Gilroy drew first blood for the Terriers 12:26 into the first period off a slap shot from inside the right circle. BU had a 5-on-3 advantage over UNH after back-to-back tripping calls were made.  Assists were given to Brandon Yip and Colin Wilson on the tally. Matt Fornataro scored his first goal of the season to put the Wildcats on the board with 44.7 seconds left in the second period. Mike Radja brought the puck into the BU zone and passed it to Jerry Pollastrone in the slot. Pollastrone connected with Fornataro at the bottom of the left circle, shelving it past Gillespie. Radja extended the Wildcats’ lead to two goals (3-1) with a tally at 14:15 of the third period. James vanRiemsdyk delivered the puck in the neutral zone to Fornataro who then passed it up to Radja. He then skated in on Terrier goalie Karson Gillespie alone and beat him stick side. Minutes later, vanRiemsdyk secured the win for the Wildcats with an unassisted goal with 4:14 remaining in the game, the first of his collegiate career. UNH remains undefeated at Agganis Arena with a 3-0-2 all-time record. Kevin Regan made 30 saves for the ‘Cats, including 12 in the first period, while Gillespie totaled 23 stops in the losing cause for Boston University.

Umile captures 400th victory: Friday’s win at Agganis Arena marked Head Coach Dick Umile’s 400th of his career, ranking him third amongst active NCAA coaches with a .653 win percentage. Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, is in his 18th season as head coach of the Wildcats and ranks ninth all-time among NCAA coaches with his 400 wins. Coming into the 2007-08 season, he  ranks third in wins amongst his Hockey East coaching peers. The last Division I coach to reach the 400 win plateau was UNH alum Joe Marsh (St. Lawrence).

Active Division I Coaches by Wins (400+)
Name            Yr.        Wins
Jerry York             36        779
    Clarkson (1972-79), Bowling Green (1980-84),    Boston College (1973-present)
Jack Parker        35        762
    Boston Univ. (1974-present)   
Rick Comley        35        716
     Lake Superior (1974-76), No. Michigan (1977-02), Michigan St. (2002-present)   
Red Berenson        23        614
    Michigan (1985-present)   
Don Lucia            20        501
         Alaska-Fairbanks (1988-93), Colorado College (1994-99), Minnesota (2000-present)   
George Gwozdecky    21        450
    Wisconsin River Falls (1982-84), Miami (1990-94), Denver (1995-present)
Bill Wilkinson        25        426
    Western Michigan (1982-99), Wayne State (2000-present)
Joe Marsh            23        404
    St. Lawrence (1987-present)   
Dick Umile            18        400
    New Hampshire (1990-present)   

REGAN NAMED HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Pure Hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by the league office. Regan helped lift UNH to a 4-1 win over Hockey East foe Boston University in the season opener on Friday night. Regan, who was named the game’s No. 1 star, finished with 30 saves, including 12 in the first period when BU scored its only goal, and 10 in the third to protect the Wildcats’ lead. He is a perfect 1-0-0 this season, allowing just a single power-play goal after facing 31 shots on Friday night. In 81 career games as a Wildcat, Regan owns a 48-21-9 overall mark to go along with six shutouts, a 2.30 GAA and .928 save percentage.

First Thing’s First: UNH’s first line of Mike Radja, Matt Fornataro and James vanRiemsdyk each recorded a goal and an assist in the Wildcats’ 4-1 come-from-behind win over Boston University. Fornataro netted the game-tying goal, while Radja and vanRiemsdyk potted the third and fourth Wildcat goal, respectively.

Home Sweet Home Away from Home: UNH has found a home away from home at BU’s Agganis Arena. The Wildcats are 3-0-2 all-time at the new home of the Terriers.

Terrier off their back: UNH snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-1 win at BU. The Wildcats were 0-3-2 prior to Friday night’s win.

vanRiemsdyk Records Two Points: Highly-tauted freshman James vanRiemsdyk got the season started off on the right foot on Friday night. The second pick overall in this year’s NHL drafted notched a goal and an assist in the season opener at Boston University. Last week, the freshman first-line forward potted a pair of goals in an exhibition game against New Brunswick.

Fritsch Nets Game Winner Against Terriers Again: In each of the last two times UNH defeated Boston University, defenseman Jamie Fritsch scored the game winner. As a freshman, Fritsch scored the game winner in a 7-4 win over BU on Feb. 17, 2006. Fritsch scored his first of the season--the eventual game-winner--at 13:44 of the third period.

CAPTAIN FORNATARO: Senior forward Matt Fornataro is the 102nd captain in the history of UNH hockey. Fornataro, who was named a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, had a breakout season in his junior campaign with a career-high 40 points (13g, 27a) playing in all 39 games for the ‘Cats. He ranked tied for third on the team in goals and his point total was 10th best among Hockey East players. He posted 30 points in league play to rank fourth among conference skaters. Forntaro ranks fifth on Hockey’s East active scoring leaderboard with 72 points (26g, 46a).

HAPPY TO ASSIST: The 2007-08 version of the Wildcats men’s hockey team will boast four assistant captains. Seniors Mike Radja, Craig Switzer, Kevin Regan and Brad Flaishans.

        Conference        Overall
    Team    GP    W-L-T    Pts.    W-L-T
1.    New Hampshire    1    1-0-0    2    1-0-0
    Northeastern    1    1-0-0    2    1-1-0
3.    Boston College    1    0-0-1    1    1-1-2
    Massachusetts    1    0-0-1    1    2-1-1
    Mass-Lowell    1    0-0-1    1    0-0-1
    Vermont    1    0-0-1    1    0-2-1
7.    Maine    0    0-0-0    0    2-2-0
    Merrimack    0    0-0-0    0    3-0-0
9.    Boston U.    1    0-1-0    0    0-2-1
    Providence    1    0-1-0    0    0-4-0

WILDCATS SHARE TOP SPOT IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish tied for first in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 25 at the league’s annual media day at Banners Restaurant at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Wildcats garnered 84 points in the poll and five first-place votes, which was good enough for a first-place tie with Boston College. After being selected fourth in the preseason last year, UNH captured the regular-season title by posting an 18-7-2 record in league play. UNH finished the 2006-07 season with a 26-11-2 overall record, which helped the ‘Cats qualify for the NCAA tournament for the sixth-straight season.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll:
Rk.    Team (1st Place Votes)     Pts
1.    New Hampshire (5)    84
    Boston College (5)    84
3.    Boston University    77
4.    Maine    61
5.    Massachusetts    54
    Vermont    54
7.    Northeastern    43
8.    Providence    39
9.    UMass-Lowell    25
10.    Merrimack    19  

    HE games     Overall
Goals/per game     4.00/1st    4.00/1st
GAA     1.00/1st    1.00/1st
Power Play     12.5%/3rd    12.5%/4th
Penalty Kill     87.5%/3rd    87.5%/4th

HOME SWEET HOME: UNH finished its 12th season of play at the Whittemore Center in 2006-07 posting a final record of 12-5-1 record at Towse Rink...UNH owns a 156-44-18 all-time record in 12 seasons of play at the  Whittemore Center with 141 sellouts during that time in 219 all-time games.

SCORING BY CLASS: This incoming senior class accounted for 32% of the Wildcat scoring this last season, while the junior class was responsible for 20% of the scoring in ‘06-’07.

Class                G-A-P        Pct.
Seniors:    39-80-119    32%
Juniors:    25-51-76    20%
Sophomores:    11-10-21    6%

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Oct. 22)
Rk.    Team (FPV)    Pts.    LW    W-L-T    WIP
1    North Dakota (24)    499    1    2-0-1    4
2    Miami (Ohio) Univ. (9)    482    2    4-0-0    4
3    Michigan     378    6    3-1-0    4
4    Colorado College    376    10    2-0-0    4
5    Boston College    353    4    1-1-2    4
6    New Hampshire (1)    350    8    1-0-0    4
7    Denver    303    5    3-1-0    4
8    Clarkson University    295    7    3-1-0    4
9    Michigan State     254    9    2-1-0    4
10    Minnesota    189    3    2-2-0    4
11    Wisconsin    182    T-13    3-1-0    4
12    Notre Dame    151    11    2-2-0    4
13    Maine    53    NR    2-2-0    3
14    Ohio State     47    12    2-2-0    2
15    Michigan Tech    37    NR    3-1-0    1 Division I Men’s Poll (Oct. 22)
Rk.    Team (FPV)     Record    Pts    LW
 1     North Dakota (42)    2-0-1    991    1
 2     Miami (7)    4-0-0    950    2
 3     Michigan    3-1-0    794    6
 4     Colorado College    2-0-0    777    10
 5     Boston College    1-1-2    747    4
 6    Denver     3-1-0    723    5
 7     New Hampshire (1)    1-0-0    700    8
 8     Michigan State     2-1-0    653    9
 9     Clarkson    3-1-0    645    7
10     Minnesota    2-2-0    577    3
11     Wisconsin    3-1-0    515    13
12     Notre Dame    2-2-0    470    11
13     Maine    2-2-0    293    17
14     Michigan Tech    3-1-0    242    NR
15     St. Lawrence    2-2-0    197    15
16     Massachusetts    2-1-1    194    20
17     Minnesota-Duluth    3-0-1    190    NR
18     Cornell    0-0-0    165    19
19     Ohio State    2-2-0    156    12
20     Alaska-Anchorage    3-0-1    106    NR

WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date     USCHO     UHM     HE
10/1        6        6    t-1st (pre)
10/8        6        5    -
10/15    8        8    -
10/22    7        6    t-1st

THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 18th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats and after signing a long-term contract extension in the summer of 2000, Umile will close out his coaching career at his alma mater.
Umile has transformed UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 13  NCAA tournament appearances and 17 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 17-year career in Durham.
In addition, Umile has posted 15 20-victory campaigns over the span of 17 seasons, including a current streak of 11 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 399 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on February 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Coach Umile ranks third among active NCAA coaches with a .651 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 399 victories ranks ninth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of nine times in his career, including New England honors three times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.
Last season, Umile helped the ‘Cats to the team’s sixth Hockey East regular-season title and their sixth straight NCAA Tournament apperance with a 26-11-2 overall record and an 18-7-2 mark in conference play.

FORWARD THINKING:  The Wildcats have a very strong core of returning forwards led by seniors Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.), who is the 102nd captain in the history of Wildcat hockey, and senior Mike Radja, who is the top returning goal scorer from the 2006-07 season.
Fornataro, who was named a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, had a breakout season in his junior campaign with a career-high 40 points (13g, 27a) playing in all 39 games for the ‘Cats. He ranked tied for third on the team in goals and his point total was 10th best among Hockey East players. He posted 30 points in league play to rank fourth among conference skaters. Forntaro ranks fifth on Hockey’s East active scoring leaderboard with 72 points (26g, 46a).
Radja also enjoyed his finest season as a Wildcat last year posting a career-high 37 points (19g, 18a), which ranked fourth on the Wildcats’ roster and his 19 goals ranked second only to former Wildcat Trevor Smith, who amassed 21 goals. Radja was also a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention selection and was Hockey East Player of the Month in December. He returns for his senior season as UNH’s active leading career scorer with 74 points (35g, 39a) in 113 career games for the Wildcats and the third leading active scorer in the Hockey East conference.
Juniors Jerry Pollastrone, Greg Collins and Thomas Fortney will have increased roles in UNH’s offense with the departure of five key letterwinners up front.
Pollastrone also made significant contributions last year with a career season of 31 points (9g, 22a) skating on UNH’s second line with Fornataro and Smith. Collins, who was named the Warren Brown Award winner at the annual team banquet as the ‘Cats best defensive forward, played in 33 games last year registering a career-high 11 points (4g, 7a). Fortney was a constant for UNH as the third line center posting 13 points (6g, 7a) and was one of 10 Wildcats who played in all 39 games in 2006-07.
Sophomores Bobby Butler, Peter LeBlanc and Danny Rossman all gained valuable experience as freshmen and will have an increased role for the upcoming season. Butler was UNH’s leading rookie scorer with 12 points (9g, 3a) and was a big factor during the Hockey East playoffs, posting four points (3g, 1a) in four games, which included the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat nationally ranked Massachusetts in the Hockey East semifinals on March 16th at the TD Banknorth Garden. Butler scored a goal in his first collegiate game on Oct. 20, 2006 at Colorado College. LeBlanc had five points in his first season in Durham and was the only Wildcat rookie to play in all 39 games in 2006-07. Rossman saw playing time in 19 games as a freshman and he scored a huge game-tying tally in the Hockey East semifinal against Massachusetts. Rossman amassed four points (1g, 3a) in his opening season in Durham.
The Wildcats will welcome seven freshmen forwards to the lineup headlined by 2007 NHL Draft picks James vanRiemsdyk and Phil DeSimone. Matt Campanale, Danny Dries, Greg Manz, Mike Sislo and Danny Vranek will add depth to the position for the upcoming season.
vanRiemsdyk was the second overall selection in the June draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. He has skated the last two seasons for the United States National Program. He led the US Under-18 Team in scoring this season with 63 points (33g, 30a) in 42 games. vanRiemsdyk was a member of the gold medal-winning team of the World Under-18 Championships in 05-06. DeSimone is a three-year veteran of the USHL playing with the Sioux City Musketeers. DeSimone, the 2006-07 USHL Player of the Year, scored 73 points (26g, 47a) in 60 games with a +13 plus/minus rating.

GETTING DEFENSIVE:   On the blueline, the Wildcats’ defense will be anchored by senior assistant captains Brad Flaishans and Craig Switzer. In addition to bringing his physical presence on the ice for the Wildcats, Flaishans brings a wealth of experience as he appeared in all 39 games for the Wildcats in his junior year, recording a career-high 23 points (4g, 19a), to rank as UNH’s leading scorer on the blueline. He was one of four Wildcats named to the Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Switzer played in all 39 games in his junior season, recording a career-high 17 points (3g, 14a) as the ‘Cats third-leading blueline scorer and a team-best +21 plus/minus rating. His 14 assists ranked second best among Wildcat defensemen.
Juniors Joe Charlebois and Jamie Fritsch solidified their spots on the Wildcat blueline as the pair played in all 39 games last season. Charlebois tallied four points in his sophomore season with a +10 plus/minus rating, which was the fifth-best total among Wildcat defensemen, while Fritsch recorded a career-high 11 points (2g, 9a), which was the fourth-best point total among UNH blueliners. Fellow junior Kevin Kapstad played in all but one game a year ago for UNH, tallying a career-high six points (4g, 2a). Also adding depth in defense will be sophomore Nick Krates, who made his collegiate debut against St. Lawrence of Dec. 8.
The freshman blueliners include Mike Beck and Matt Campanale. Beck 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. Campanale 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.

NET RESULTS: Senior Kevin Regan played in 35 games in his third season in Durham and his first year as a full-time starter with the Wildcats. Regan had his finest season as a Wildcat posting a 24-9-2 record with a 2.06 GAA, a school record .935 save percentage and three shutouts. Regan led the nation in save percentage and his goals-against-average was fifth best in the country. He also ranked fifth in the nation with a .714 winning percentage to go along with 24 wins, which was fifth best among Division I goaltenders. He had back-to back 40-save shutout efforts of Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinal series on March 8 and 9 at the Whittemore Center. He went on to break the Hockey East Tournament record held by Providence College netminder Chris Terreri posting 158 saves in four tounament games in March. Regan needs 12 wins to break Mike Ayers’ school record of 58 wins and he currently holds the school record for career save percentage. Regan ranked first in the league in save percentage and his GAA was third best among conference goalies.
Backing up Regan once again will be sophomore netminder Brian Foster. Foster played in seven games allowing just 11 goals in over 298 minutes of action. He posted a 2.11 GAA, .933 save percentage and was 2-2-0 overall. Prior to coming to UNH, Foster was in net for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. 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. Foster was a fifth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2005 NHL Draft.

THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY:  UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17 times in the 80-year history of the program...UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances vs. Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003...UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007...The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979....UNH has posted 28 seasons with 20+ wins, including the last 11 consecutive seasons.

UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 20 games broadcast live on TV in 2007-08...NHPTV will once again provide the 10-game package, while NESN will air three games, CSTV and WABI will broadcast two, while ESPNU, COX-TV, CN8 and WMUR-TV will broadcast one game.

DATE    GAME    Channel
Nov. 17    @ Providence    cox-tv
DEC. 16    MAINE (4 P.M.)    ESPNU
JAN. 6    ST. LAWRENCE (2 P.M.)    NHPTV
JAN. 11    @ MASSACHUSETTS (7:30)    NESN
FEB. 1    @ VERMONT (8 P.M.)    CSTV
Feb. 8    @ Maine     WABI
Feb. 9    @ Maine    WABI
FEB. 22    @ BOSTON COLLEGE (7:30)    NESN
March 7    VERMONT (8 p.m.)    CSTV

‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Seven UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Joe Charlebois (Chicago), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Peter LeBlanc (Chicago), Kevin Regan (Boston), Craig Switzer (Nashville) and James vanRiemsdyk (Philadelphia) have all been taken.

PHIL DESIMONE SELECTED IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE NHL DRAFT BY THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Phil DeSimone was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 84th pick in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. DeSimone (6-1, 195) is a three-year veteran of the USHL playing with the Sioux City Musketeers. 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.

vanRIEMSDYK SELECTED SECOND OVERALL BY THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: James vanRiemsdyk was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2007 National Hockey League draft. He became the highest Wildcat player ever chosen in the 44-year history of the NHL Entry Draft as the 81st draftee in the program’s 80-year history. The previous highest Wildcat draftee was Norm Lacombe with the 10th pick in the 1983 draft by the Buffalo Sabres. vanRiemsdyk becomes the fifth player in team history drafted by the Flyers; Bruce Crowder (1977), Andy Brickley (1980), Steve Morrow (1987) and Bruce MacDonald (1987).

‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins:  Munich EHC (2.G Bun)
Derek Bekar:  Jesenice (Aust)
Eric Boguniecki:  Ingolstadt ERC (DEL)
Preston Callander:  Wolfsburg EHC (2.GBun)
Sean Collins:  Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Ty Conklin: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Lanny Gare:  Lausitzer Foxes (2.GBun)
Darren Haydar: Atlanta (NHL)
Colin Hemingway: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Jason Krog: Chicago (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Bryan Muir: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Eric Nickulas: Hannover (DEL)
Steve Saviano:Tappara Tampere (FNL); Vajxo (SEL)
Tyler Scott: Bakersfield (ECHL)
Garrett Stafford: Worcester (AHL)
Kevin Truelson: Bakersfield (ECHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix (NHL)
Brian Yandle: Worcester (AHL)

DARREN HAYDAR SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL: Former UNH men’s hockey standout Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), who was recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Thursday, scored his first-career NHL goal at 2:21 of the first period in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to New Jersey. Haydar added one assist to give him a two-point night in his second game with the Thrashers this season. Haydar was one of the “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists in 2002, the first year the field was narrowed to three players. 

UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: UNH men’s hockey action this season can be heard live on the UNH Sports Network...In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. In 2001-2002, WTSN AM 1270 was introduced as the flagship station with the signal carried on several stations through New Hampshire. The network also consists of WTPL 107.7FM in Concord; WNTK 99.7 FM in New London; and WUVR-1490AM in Lebanon, NH. WNTK offers streaming audio of network broadcasts at
Games also can be heard on “Yahoo! Broadcast” by going to, the official website for UNH athletics. Dan Parkhurst will be handling the majority of the play-by-play, while Pete Webster will once again be doingthe color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 14 years since the 1993-1994 season.

THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON WTSN RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile with host D. Ellis  is broadcast on Mondays live from 6:30 to 7:30 on WTSN-1270 AM (Dover, N.H.) from Mike Libby’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Durham...The show will start the Monday following the end of the UNH football season...The Coaches Show features coach Umile as well as a selected student-athlete each week from the men’s ice hockey team.

GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Brian Foster (Pembroke), Paul Thompson (Derry) and Alan Thompson (Gilford) all hailing from the Granite State.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: Yahoo Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey at the Whittemore Center, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey Yahoo Broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at

WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE ***ALL NEW*** UNHWILDCATS.TV: The UNH athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-08 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. The premium content includes a behind the scenes look at UNH athletics through player and coaches interviews, highlights, podcasts, select post-game interviews and an in-depth archive section of all video available on UNHwildcats.TV. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
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