Iovanna & Hamilton Commit To UMass for 2013

Mike McMahon reported today that UMass has received commitments from forward Mike Iovanna and defenseman Mark Hamilton for the start of the 2013 season.

Iovanna was a junior this past season at Malden Catholic where he was on a line with Brendan Collier (committed to BU) and Ryan Fitzgerald (one time UMass target committed to BC).  He had 15 goals and 27 assists for MC, but the biggest goal was his last of the season which gave the Lancers back to back Super Eight championships.  Video of the goal and his coach’s comments can be found here.  Here’s an article on the big goal.  The Herald named him a 2011-12 All Star.

A roster from early this past season has him at 5’8″ and 160lbs.  I spoke with UMass alum Jim Clark, writer of the Herald’s In The Slot blog covering Massachusetts High School hockey, and he had a lot of positive things to say about Iovanna.  He said he’s a good all around player who does well at all parts of the game.  It’s tough to project exactly what he’ll be able to do when he gets to UMass  since he’s only a junior, but he was confident that Iovanna is of Hockey East caliber.  Basically Iovanna is very talented but for the most part has been overshadowed by his linemates, both of whom are considered pretty elite prospects in the state.

Right now it looks like Iovanna will return to MC next year.  It does not appear that any USHL teams hold his rights.

Joining Iovanna in the class of 2017 is defenseman Mark Hamilton.  Hamilton is a native of Winthrop, Mass who played this past year for the Salisbury School in Connecticut.  He was not listed in the final rankings for the 2012 NHL Draft but he was listed as a player to watch earlier in the process.   He’s mentioned in this piece from NEHJ on the strength of the Salisbury defense.  Hamilton is 6’3” 215lbs and had 2 goals and 7 assists this past season.

USHR had him ranked as the 7th best junior this past year, higher than Doyle Somerby than recently picked BU over the Minutemen as well as one time UMass target Anthony Florentino.  The site touts him as being big, physical, and smart with the puck.  Like Iovanna it does not appear that Hamilton has been drafted in the USHL, it’s likely he’ll return to Salisbury where UMass has had good luck with players previously, the last being Will Ortiz.

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