Recruit Update

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2012
14 GP / 2 G / 3 A / 5 Pts / 23 PIM / +2
Gillespie has been out with an injury since Thanksgiving.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL/EmpJHL) – 2014
EJHL: 12 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 Pts / 9 PIM
Empire: 19 GP / 6 G / 18 A / 24 Pts / 20 PIM
Smith did very well in the three Empire games he played recently, scoring a goal and picking up four assists.

Shane Walsh – LW – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) – 2012
20 GP / 5 G / 6 A / 11 Pts / 0 PIM / -6
It appears that Walsh is also injured and wasn’t able to play before the USHL went on Christmas break.  The league will return to action at the end of next week.

Other than that there’s not to much going on.  The team is spread out around North America spending Christmas with their families and are due back in Amherst for a December 26th practice.

Elsewhere around college hockey things are pretty quiet as well.  BU hasn’t even lost any players this week.  There were rumors that Adam Clendening could be joining Charlie Coyle and Corey Trivino on the Green Line out of town, but he says he’s not going anywhere.

Here are a couple more stories to pass along.

UConn has hired a consultant to evaluate its hockey program.  This is most likely due to the fact that Hockey East is eventually going to add another team and, geographically speaking at least, UConn would be a good fit.  For a number of other reasons though, namely that they built a hockey facility that is horrid by Hockey East standards and would have to figure out a way to go from zero scholarships to the full allotment, the Huskies are probably a longshot.  Here’s my post from earlier in the season weighing the pros and cons of UConn and what I think are some more deserving candidates to join Hockey East.

USA Hockey has named who will be representing the red, white, and blue in the upcoming World Junior Championships.  The tournament starts on Monday.

Lastly, just want to wish the Jewish members of the UMass hockey community a happy Hanukkah.  UMass has had a number of Jewish players make significant contributions to the program, including Gabe Winer who is second all-time for wins and Matt Burto who represented the USA in the 2007 World Jewish Ice Hockey Championships.