With the spring signing day official in the books, the Arizona State University men's hockey team have announced they have added nine new players two their 2017-18 lineup. The group includes two players from Latvia, a transfer from UMass-Lowell, a homegrown talent from Phoenix and the son of one the greatest players in National Hockey League history.
Overall the class is ranked 12th best in the nation by a hockey scouting and news website which identifies, ranks and profiles NCAA prospects from across North America. The spring class includes forwards Austin Lemieux, son of former NHLer Mario Lemieux, Dominic Garcia, Filips Buncis and Gage Hough.The four will join five recruits who signed last fall, including defensemen Patrick Kudla and Jacob Wilson and forwards Johnny Walker, Tyler Maltby and Gvido Jansons.
Buncis and Jansons are both from Latvia and offer the Sun Devils skill, size and speed, while Walker is a strong winger from Phoenix. Kudla, a Arizona Coyote draft pick and highly skilled defenseman, will join two-way defenseman Wilson. Lemieux , Maltby and Garcia are offensive weapons which will provide the Sun Devils more scoring power, while Hough will be a valuable piece of the puzzle, providing ASU with an experienced leader who is transferring from a power house program from the east coast.
Head coach Greg Powers believes the group of new recruits will not only fit in with the current roster, but will add experience, leadership and skill In addition, the group also consists of several players who have been captains on their previous teams, a quality Powers says is critical in building the tradition.
The excitement for Sun Devil hockey is building quickly in the desert southwest and with more off ice announcements to come in the near future, keep your eyes on www.icetimehockeysw.com for all the details.
It's that time of year, time for the Ice Time Hockey SW "Best of the Desert SW" year end awards.
On Thursday April 13th we will announce our award winners for Coach of the Year, Male Player of the Year, Female Player of the Year, Inspirational Player of the Year and more! The award winners below were selected for their excellence on and off the ice and measured against others within their divisions or leagues, we believe these are truly the "Best of the Desert SW!"
The Tucson Roadrunners are in the middle of the AHL playoff hunt and just maybe their captain can provide the inspiration they need to get them into a playoff position. Saturday, March 25th the team will honor the incredible recovery of their captain Craig Cunningham, who suffered a life changing medical emergency moments before the opening faceoff on November 19, 2016. Cunningham along with those who saved his life, will be honored before the game and will participate in the opening faceoff, before what is sure to be a packed house at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.
ITHSW "Best of the Desert SW" Year End Awards!
Roadrunners/Coyotes Honor Craig Cunningham!
Sun Devil's Add Nine Players to 2017-18 Roster!