DURHAM, N.H.-- Head Coach Richard Umile of the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey program has announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2001-2002 season. Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.), Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.), Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), Ed Caron (Hudson, N.H.), Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) have all been accepted to the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester of 2001.
"We are very excited about the incoming class, which should bring additional size, speed and skill to next year's team," said UNH head coach Richard Umile.
Aikins is a 6-0, 185-pound forward from Surrey, B.C. who skated for the Langley Hornets of the BCHL for the past three seasons. While at Langley, Aikins played in 170 games and recorded 75-120-195, including 91 points this past season. He was a BCHL All-Star and was selected to the BCHL Second-Team in 2000-2001 and was also named MVP of his Langley club. In 1998-99, Aikins played for Team BC in the Under-17 program in the Canada Winter Games recording 2-3-5 in six games en route to a bronze medal. In the final 2001 NHL Central Scouting Service draft list, Aikins ranks No. 123 among North American skaters.
"Justin is a playmaking skilled forward with explosive speed, " said Umile.
Barker is a 5-10, 215-pound defenseman from Concord, N.H. who played in the USHL this past season for the Sioux Falls Stampede. Barker played in 56 games recording 5-13-18. Prior to Sioux Falls, Barker played at Lawrence Academy, where he won two ISL Championships and was a three-sport captain while at Lawrence Academy. He was a member of the 1998 New England Select 17 Team and was deemed "Mr. Hustle" at Hockey Night in Boston in 1999.
"He is a very physical defenseman and his strength is one of his assets. He is a strong stay-at-home defenseman," said Umile.
Callander, a 5-11, 180-pound forward from Regina, Saskatchewan, skated for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in this past season registering 31-32-63 in 56 games played. He led the Stars to an Anderson Cup league Championship, was named a USHL All-Star and the garnered World Team All-Star MVP honors this past season. Callander holds Lincoln team records for points in a game (8), goals (4) and assists (5).
"He is very intelligent playmaker with a great scoring touch," said Umile.
Caron is a 6-3, 220-pound forward from Hudson, N.H. who played for Phillips Exeter Academy for the past three seasons. Caron posted 92 goals, 70 assists for 162 points in 76 games. In 1999, Caron scored a school-record 39 goals in his sophomore campaign. Caron was a New England Prep School All-Star in 2001 and guided Phillips Exeter to a New England Prep School Championship in 1999. In the final NHL CSS draft list, Caron is No. 29 among North American skaters and was ranked as the No. 3 recruit in the East by the United States Hockey Report. He shared MVP honors at HNIB All-Scholastic Tournament in April of 2000 with current UNH defenseman Mick Mounsey and was selected as "Best Pro Prospect" by HNIB in its 2000 Summer Showcase Tournament.
"Ed is a power forward with proven scoring ability," said Umile.
Collins is a 5-9, 175-pound forward who played four years at Reading High School where he tallied 129 goals and 141 assists for 270 points. Collins was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams from 1998-2001. Collins shattered the all-time league scoring record with 268 points in his career at Reading. He led Reading to its third consecutive Mass Super Eight Tournament appearance and finished his career sixth on the all-time Massachusetts scoring list. Collins was a Middlesex league All-Star for four seasons and was MVP for three seasons. In HNIB competition, Collins earned MVP honors in March 2001 and was voted MVP his sophomore season at the summer showcase tournament. Collins was chosen by USA Hockey to play in the Five Nations Tournament held in Utah in November. Collins led his midget team, the Eastern Mass. Senators, to the National Midget Tournament finals in April of 2000 where he scored a tournament-high 21 points.
"Sean is a dynamic forward with goal scoring-ability and great speed," said Umile.
Teplitsky, a 6-0, 175-pound defenseman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, played for the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. Teplistky recorded 21-35-56 in 59 games this past season with the Clippers. He was named to the Coastal Division All-Star Team and was BCHL Coastal Division runner-up for top defenseman and Rookie of the Year honors. As a midget he led the Saskatoon Contacts to the 2000 Air Canada Cup and was named MVP of the Air Canada Cup Western Regionals.
"He is an offensive-minded defenseman with great skating ability. He is very skilled and makes good decisions with the puck," said Umile.