DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, has announced the eight-member incoming freshman class of 2009 Tuesday afternoon. Austin Block (Northridge, Calif.), Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta), John Henrion (Holden, Mass.), Ansel Ivens-Anderson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.), Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) and Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.) comprise the Wildcats’ freshman class for the upcoming 2009-10 season.

“Once again, we are extremely excited about this year’s group of recruits,” Umile said. “This group in particular possesses a variety of skills that will help us get better right away. I truly believe these young men will make an immediate impact on the ice, but will also have a major impact within the UNH community as a whole.”

Block (5-10, 180, 10-10-89) played two years in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and served as the team captain for 2008-09 campaign. As a second year player, he led the league in scoring with 73 points in 57 games, (29 goals and 44 assists). He followed up his successful season with 11 points in six playoff games on seven goals and four assists.

Burke (6-2, 190, 5-1-90), a member of the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League (USHL), missed most of 2008-09 with a season-ending injury. However, the highly talented forward represented his country in the World Junior A challenge just weeks before the injury. He had two points in five games as the United States won the championship for the first time. Prior to Cedar Rapids, Burke played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Burke was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Washington Capitals with the 174th overall pick.

Hardowa (6-1, 205, 11-15-88) played three years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), leading the Spruce Grove Saints to the 2008-09 regular season title. Hardowa led all defensemen in the AJHL, scoring 63 points in 61 games on 20 goals and 43 assists. He was a two-year captain and in 2008-09 was voted the league’s most outstanding defensemen.   

Henrion (6-0, 190, 1-19-91), most recently, was a first-year player with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) after playing junior hockey for the Junior Bruins of the EJHL. John played both center and wing for the NTDP accumulating 31 points in 58 games on 19 goals and 12 assists. Henrion’s schedule while at NTDP included many games against Division I colleges as well as international competition. His season culminated with his participation on the Gold Medal-winning U.S. team in the World Under-18 Championships.

Anderson (6-1, 190, 9-9-89) helped lead the Jersey Hitmen to the regular season and playoff championships in the EJHL in 2008-09. Prior to that season, he played two years for the Junior Monarchs out of Manchester, N.H. He led his team in power-play goals with 14, playing defense on the Hitmen first power play unit.  In 45 games, he scored 24 goals and added 31 assists for 55 points.

After a stellar career at prep school power Shattuck St Mary’s, Kostolansky (5-10, 175, 1-27-90) played one season for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. During the 2008-09 campaign, he amassed 18 points on a goal and 17 assists. He is a solid defender, but mostly recognized as a good player with the puck on his stick. He makes reliable decisions with the puck and makes a very good first pass out of the zone. He plays a similar style as former Wildcat Mike Lubesnick.

Pavelski (5-10, 175, 6-15-89) was a two-year player for Coach PK O’Handley’s Waterloo Blackhawks club. He followed his brother Joe (Wisconsin and now the San Jose Sharks) to Waterloo, where Joe won a championship with former Wildcats Kevin Regan, Matt Fornataro and Mike Radja. He played in all situations for the Blackhawks in his second season amassing 29 points in 57 games on 13 goals and 16 assists to go along with a  +19 rating. He was an especially effective penalty killer throughout the season.

Reid (6-3, 193, 8-25-91) played for the Westside Warriors and Victoria Salsa of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) last season. Reid quickly established himself as an offensive weapon for the Warriors. He played for Team Pacific in the Under 17’s two years ago as one of only two players not committed to the Western Hockey League to make that club. He totaled 40 points in 58 games scoring 12 goals and 28 assists in the regular season, including 17 points in 17 games after the trade to Westside.  He was second n the team in playoff points adding a line of seven points on four goals and three assists in eight games.

The Wildcats officially kick off the 2009-10 season on Saturday, Oct. 10 at ECAC foe Rensselaer at 4 p.m. at the Houston Fieldhouse in Troy, N.Y. UNH will host an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 3 against Acadia University at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m. New Hampshire’s home opener is Friday, Oct. 16 against national finalist Miami University.

UNH Hockey Recruiting Class of 2009-10
Name                             Pos.    Hometown/Previous Team (LEAGUE)             Ht./Wt.       
Austin Block                   F        Northridge, Calif./Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)    5-10/180
Greg Burke                     F       Lee, N.H./Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL)     6-2/190
Connor Hardowa            D       Edmonton, Alberta/Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) 6-1/205
John Henrion                  F       Holden, Mass./USA Hockey (NTDP)                    6-0/190
Ansel Ivens-Anderson   F/D    Pound Ridge, N.Y./Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)            6-1/190
Brett Kostolansky          D       Denver, Colo./Chicago Steel (USHL)                   5-10/175
Scott Pavelski               F        Plover, Wis./Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)          5-10/175
Cam Reid                     F         Delta, B.C./Westside Warriors (BCHL)                6-3/193 

What They're Saying About the 2009-10 Recruits:
Coach Josh Hauge on Austin Block: Austin has found a very good fit in the University of New Hampshire, he has explosive speed and he should be a dangerous threat on the Whittemore Center ice sheet. He is very good offensive player that has the willingness to play without the puck as well as with it.

Coach Mark Carlson on Greg Burke:
It was a difficult year for Burkie, he got off to a great start and made Team USA for the World Challenge and then it ended. Too bad, he would have made a big difference in our teams ending. Strong player with a great work ethic, good hockey sense, and a good physical game.

Coach Steve Hamilton on Connor Hardowa: UNH has gotten themselves a dominant player and an even more impactful person. Connor was our teams’ leader both on and off of the ice. He is an extremely strong skater who uses it physically with the puck and even more so without the puck. He was a big reason that our power play was able to lead the league.

Coach Ron Rolston on John Henrion:
John came a long way from the beginning of the season to our championship run at World’s. He arrived as more of a one dimensional offensive player, but he finished his season as a reliable player at both ends. A pro release, he can score goals from anywhere in the zone. He is a strong physical force both on and off of the puck.

Coach Toby Harris on Ansel Ivens-Anderson:
Ansel had a great year for us. He came to us trying to find a role and he quickly established himself as an important part of our offense. He is skilled, with a good stick and ability to see the ice. His most outstanding trait is his ability to puck protect. He is as good as I have ever coached at being patient, maintaining possession, and allowing time for plays to happen.   

Coach Steve Poapst on Brett Kostolansky:
It was great coaching Brett this year, he is a coach’s player. He is generally the first player on the ice and the last person off of it. He is a rink rat in that he spends hours at the rink working on his game. Brett will always find a way to impact a game, when he has the puck on his stick the next thing that happened was usually positive for our team.    

Coach PK O’Handley on Scott Pavelski:
Scott Pavelski is a winner, simple he will do what it takes to help his team win. In every game it may be different, but he will somehow positively impact the outcome for his team. A quality player, but a better person, Scotty will be a very good player for the Wildcats.   

Coach Mark Howell on Cam Reid:
Cam is an offensive threat whenever he is on the ice. He has a unique combination of size and skating that make him difficult to cover. He is still young, but clearly developing both physically and mentally. I think that he will quickly establish himself as an offensive force at UNH.   

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