DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team, has announced the incoming recruiting class. Dylan Maller (Parkland, Fla.), Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.), Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Collin Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.) will make up the Wildcats' freshman class for the 2013-14 season.
"We are thrilled to have these four student-athletes join the Wildcats," Umile said. "All of these players will bring a lot of skill to an already deep group of returning players. With a pair of forwards and defenders, this class will be one of the most balanced in my time at UNH. Everyone's excited to have these young men as part of the UNH hockey program."
Maller (defenseman, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds) previously played for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Before that, he played for the DC Capitals U18 team in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL). In 100 games for the Storm, Maller tallied 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. Additionally, he was named USHL Defenseman of the Week for the week of Jan. 14, 2013. Maller is eligible for the NHL Draft in June.
Cleland (D, 5-11, 185) most recently played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. During the 2010-11 season he suited up for the Colorado Thunderbirds U18 team where he compiled five goals and 26 assists for 31 points. He went on to play for the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks for 44 games contributing one goal and 11 assists for 12 points. After being traded to Omaha, he recorded nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points in 60 games. On power plays, Cleland had four goals and 17 assists. He also led the team in hits. Last summer, Clehand and the Black Hawks represented the United States in the Junior Club World Cup (JCWC) in Omsk, Russia; the defenseman paced the squad with four assists.
Kelleher (forward, 5-6, 154) comes to the 'Cats after playing for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. He led the team in scoring by totaling 23 points (12g, 11a) in 23 games. Kelleher was selected to participate in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game, where he assisted on one of the two goals scored. With the Under-17 team last year, Tyler was the team's leading scorer with 17 goals and 13 assists in 36 games. This season, the Longmeadow, Mass., native averages nearly one point per game, tallying 14 goals and 14 assists through 29 contests. Kelleher helped lead Longmeadow High School to the Division III state championship as a freshman.
Bourque, (F, 5-7, 155) a forward from Goffstown, N.H., comes to UNH from the N.E. Wolves of the American East Hockey League (AEHL). He was the leading scorer for the Wolves with 36 goals and 78 assists for 114 points in 55 games last seaon. He was effective on the power play, tallying nine goals and adding four shorthanded goals. Bourque's 36 goals ranked first on the team. Bourque helped the Wolves capture the AEHL Championship in its inaugural season of the league. The coaches of the league named Bourque Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-Star.
For more information on the UNH men's ice hockey team visit www.UNHWildcats.com.
UNH Hockey Recruiting Class 2013-14
|Dylan Maller||D||Parkland, Fla./Tri-City Storm (USHL)||6-2/195|
|Matias Cleland||D||Longmont, Colo./Omaha Lancers (USHL)||5-11/185|
|Tyler Kelleher||F||Longmeadow, Mass./USA NTDP||5-6/154|
|Collin Bourque||F||Goffstown, N.H./N.E. Wolves (AEHL)||5-7/155|