MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS HOST TO TOP-RANKED MIAMI FOR TWO-GAME SERIES
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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team opens the home portion of the 2009-10 regular season with a pair of games against No. 1 Miami University. The top-ranked RedHawks, who played in the national championship game a year ago, swept a pair of games against St. Cloud State in the opening weekend of the regular season. The last time these teams met, the Wildcats dropped a 2-1 decision in the 2007 NCAA Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: No. 1 Miami enters this weekend’s series with UNH a perfect 2-0-0 after capturing a pair of wins over St. Cloud State. The RedHawks, who played in the national championship game last season,won in overtime 3-2 on Friday night and shutout the Huskies, 2-0, on Saturday. Over the weekend, Miami returned to its standard goaltender rotation for the weekend, starting Cody Reichard on Friday and Connor Knapp on Saturday. Together, they stopped 42-of-44 shots (.955 save percentage) and combined for a 0.98 goals-against average. Reichard improved to 13-8-2 in his career, while Knapp now stands 13-5-3 after his third career shutout. Miami’s two goals on Saturday night came just 20 seconds apart at 5:22 and 5:42 of the third period. The school record for the fastest pair of goals is 11 seconds. The RedHawks, who led the nation in penalty-killing effi ciency last season at 89.7 percent, denied all 10 St. Cloud power-play attempts.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MIAMI: The Wildcats and RedHawks have faced each other seven times in the all-time series with UNH holding the advantage at 4-3 with the last meeting, a RedHawk win, 2-1 coming at Verizon Wireless Arena on March 24, 2007 at the NCAA Northeast Regional. UNH’s last win over MU came on Dec. 20, 2003 in the first round of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. UNH also won the previous meeting, 4-0 on Dec. 30, 2000 in the consolation game of the Dartmouth Tournament. The teams first met on Nov. 28, 1993 at the Great Western Freeze Out in Inglewood, Calif., which was a 3-2 win for Miami in overtime. Four of the seven meetings have been on neutral ice with both teams winning two games apiece.
ALL-TIME SERIES MIAMI (4-3-0)
11-28-93 (N) Miami 3 UNH 2 OT L
12-28-97 (N) Miami 4 UNH 2 L
10-24-98 (H) UNH 4 Miami 1 W
10-21-00 (H) UNH 7 Miami 2 W
12-30-00 (N) UNH 4 Miami 0 W
12-20-03 (N) UNH 3 Miami 1 W
3-24-07 (H) Miami 2 UNH 1 L
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE REDHAWKS:
Player GP G-A-P
Bobby Butler 1 0-0-0
Peter LeBlanc 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: Ryan Jones recorded a goal and an assist and Jeff Zatkoff recorded 43 saves to lead 13th-ranked Miami University to a 2-1 victory against fifth-ranked UNH in an NCAA first round game of the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena. Mike Radja’s shorthanded tally at 15:15 of the third period was the Wildcats’ lone tally.
LAST TIME OUT (10/10 AT RENSSELAER): Bobby Butler netted a power play goal, however the Wildcats dropped their season opener 3-1 at ECAC-foe Rensselaer, 3-1, on Saturday night at Houston Field House.
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (October 12)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 Miami University, 496 (24) 1 2-0-0 2
2 Boston University, 470 (9) 3 0-0-0 2
3 University of Denver, 413 2 1-1-0 2
4 University of North Dakota, 394 8 2-0-0 2
5 University of Michigan, 365 4 1-1-0 2
6 Cornell University, 298 7 0-0-0 2
7 University of Notre Dame, 294 5 1-1-0 2
8 University of Minnesota, 269 6 0-0-0 2
9 Princeton University, 213 9 0-0-0 2
10 Yale University, 204 11 0-0-0 2
11 University of Vermont, 155 15 1-1-0 2
12 Boston College, 144 (1) 12 0-0-0 2
13 Mass.-Lowell, 136 10 1-1-0 2
14 University of Wisconsin, 74 14 0-0-0 2
15 Nebraska Omaha, 36 NR 2-0-0 1
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 27; University of Alaska Anchorage, 17; University of Minnesota Duluth, 17; St. Cloud State University, 15; Quinnipiac University, 11; Union College, 9; Michigan State University, 8; University of New Hampshire, 6; Northeastern University, 3; Northern Michigan University, 3; Minnesota State University, 2; University of Massachusetts, 1.
USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men’s Poll (October 12)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Miami (28) 2-0-0 871 4
2 Boston Univ. (17) 0-0-0 859 2
3 Denver 1-1-0 772 1
4 North Dakota 2-0-0 759 6
5 Michigan 1-1-0 685 3
6 Cornell 0-0-0 608 7
7 Notre Dame 1-1-0 598 5
8 Yale 0-0-0 523 8
9 Minnesota 0-0-0 521 9
10 Princeton 0-0-0 459 10
11 Vermont 1-1-0 408 14
12 Boston College 0-0-0 395 12
13 Wisconsin 0-0-0 352 13
14 Mass.-Lowell 1-1-0 348 11
15 Bemidji State 2-0-0 183 NR
16 Nebraska-Omaha 2-0-0 154 NR
17 Alaska 2-0-0 126 NR
18 Quinnipiac 2-0-0 110 NR
19 St. Cloud State 0-2-0 109 15
20 Northeastern 1-1-0 105 20
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota-Duluth 102, New Hampshire 84, Union 55, Michigan State 53, Minnesota State 46, Northern Michigan 43, Ohio State 32, Colorado College 24, Harvard 17, Massachusetts 11, Air Force 9, Alaska-Anchorage 7, RIT 7, Colgate 5,
St. Lawrence 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3, Rensselaer 2, Canisius 1
WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date USA TODAY USCHO HE
9/28 RV N/A t-4th (pre)
10/5 N/A 16 t-4th (pre)
10/12 RV RV t-4th (pre)
THEIR NUMBER 1: Notes about playing the top team in the country.
- The last time UNH played the #1 team in the country was last year’s 2-1 loss to Boston University in the Northeast Regional Final at Verizon Wireless Arena on March 29.
- The last time UNH defeated a #1 was Nov. 12, 2006 at Maine.
- The last time a #1 team played at the Whittemore Center was Feb. 28, 2004. UNH defeated than #1 Boston College 3-2. In addition, the Wildcats also defeated #1 Maine, 6-3, on Nov. 8, 2003.
THE BUTLER DID IT: Bobby Butler scored the Wildcats’ first goal of the 2009-10 season, he was the last UNH player to score a year ago tallying in a 2-1 loss to BU in the Northeast Regional Finals. In addition, Butler scored the first goal of the 2006-07 season, his freshman year.
HOCKEY EAST/CCHA CHALLENGE: Hockey East teams will play CCHA foes 10 time in a span of 10 days, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 15 with Providence at Notre Dame and ending on Oct. 24 with Providence at Bowling Green. Both UNH/Miami games are part of this “Challenge”.
‘CATS ENJOY RECENT SUCCESSES IN HOME OPENERS: The Wildcats return home to open against national finalist Miami. New Hampshire has won back-to-back home openers with wins over Wisconsin last season and Colorado College in 2007-08.
CCHA FOE COMING TO DURHAM: This weekend’s matchup with Miami will be the first against a CCHA foe since the 2007-08 season when the Wildcats lost to Notre Dame in the 2008 NCAA’s. The last regular season match up against a CCHA foe was on Dec. 30, 2006 when the ‘Cats played Western Michigan at the Florida Classic. This will be the first time a CCHA foe comes to the Whittemore Center since Ohio State opened play in the 2004 IceBreaker on Oct. 9, 2004, a 5-1 UNH Win.
DICK UMILE TO BE INDUCTED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGENDS OF HOCKEY, SUNDAY: Head Coach Dick Umile was among a group of seven Hall of Fame inductees for the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey for 2009. In addition, former Wildcat assistant coach and longtime voice of the team Bob Norton will also be inducted. The ceremony will be held on Sunday morning at C.R. Sparks in Bedford, N.H.
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Bobby Butler 55th 1.00 ppg
Peter LeBlanc 55th 1.00 ppg
Mike Sislo 55th 1.00 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler 6th 1.00 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Peter LeBlanc 19th 1.00 apg
Mike Sislo 19th 1.00 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler 6th 1.00 ppgp
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 42nd 3.07 gaa
Brian Foster 38th .900
Scoring Offense 39th 1.00
Scoring Defense 21st 3.00
Scoring Margin 34th -2.00
Power Play 24th 14.3
Penalty Kill 24th 80.0
Combined Special Teams 37th 41.7
Winnning Percentage n/a
SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P Pct.
Seniors: 1-1-2 .667
Juniors: 0-1-1 .333
Sophomores: 0-0-0 .000
Freshmen: 0-0-0 .000
‘CATS SPREAD THE WEALTH IN 8-1 WIN OVER ACADIA: A total of 15 Wildcats recorded at least one point with eight skaters recording multiple points in UNH’s 8-1 win over Acadia in an exhibition game on Saturday night. Brian Foster started the game and stopped 15 of 16 shots in 48:59 of action. Matt DiGirolamo played the final 11:01 and turned aside all six shots he faced. Below is a breakdown of scoring from Acadia:
Scott Pavelski 0-3-3
Peter LeBlanc 2-0-2
Austin Block 1-1-2
Blake Kessel 1-1-2
Greg Manz 1-1-2
Mike Sislo 1-1-2
Paul Thompson 1-1-2
Phil DeSimone 0-2-2
Kevin McCarey 1-0-1
Bobby Butler 0-1-1
Matt Campanale 0-1-1
Connor Hardowa 0-1-1
Damon Kipp 0-1-1
Brett Kostolansky 0-1-1
Nick Krates 0-1-1
UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2009-10...NESN will air four games, while three will air on ESPNU, while COX-TV and WABI will each broadcast one.
DATE GAME Channel
Oct. 23 Northeastern NESN
oct. 30 at wisconsin tvw madison/wc
Oct. 31 at wisconsin wisc-tv3/wc
Nov. 6 Boston College NESN
Nov. 8 AT Mass-Lowell ESPNU
nov. 21 at boston univ. nesn
Dec. 6 at Vermont ESPNU
Dec. 11 at Providence Cox-TV
Jan. 3 Cornell ESPNU
jan. 23 at boston univ. nesn
Feb. 6 at Maine WABI-TV
Feb. 19 Vermont NESN
March 5 Boston College NESN
PROUD GRADUATE OF THE DICK UMILE HOCKEY SCHOOL: Freshman Greg Burke is finally able to fulfill a life-long dream as he suites up for the Wildcats. Burke grew up a fan of the Blue and White in neighboring Lee, N.H. In fact, Burke is the first player on Umile’s roster to attend the Dick Umile Hockey School as a youth.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: UNH sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while freshman forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. Joe and Phil are currently sidelined with injuries that are keeping them out of the lineup of their current teams.
INSIDE COLLEGE HOCKEY’S RECRUITING RANKINGS: Inside College Hockey’s ranking of the top incoming players by position featured a pair of Wildcats.
TOP 20 INCOMING DEFENSEMEN:
10. Connor Hardowa
16. Brett Kostolansky
TOP 15 FRESHMAN CLASSES: New Hampshire 15th
CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED: Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler were named the 104th and 105th captains in the history of UNH hockey for the 2009-10 season. The announcement was made on April 18 at the annual team awards banquet at the Whittemore Center. LeBlanc, ends a stellar a junior campaign with 30 points on 14 goals and 16 assists, which was good for the third best point total on the team. Of the 14 goals he put home, four of which were game-winners, a team-high. Turning it up in the second half of the season, Leblanc notched 22 of his 30 points in conference play, including 14 assists. As for Butler, he also ranked third on the Wildcat roster with 30 points, compiling the second highest assist total on the team with 21, not to mention netting nine goals, two of which were game-winners.
WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 30 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden. The Wildcats garnered 59 points in the poll, which was good enough for a fourth-place tie with Vermont. UNH was picked third, in the preseason, and finished tied with Vermont for third place in last year’s regular season standings.
2009-10 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts
1. Boston University (6) 84
2. UMass-Lowell (2) 79
3. Boston College (2) 76
4. New Hampshire 59
6. Northeastern 57
7. Massachusetts 47
8. Maine 32
9. Providence 24
10. Merrimack 23
THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 20th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award following the 2007-08 season. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. During his time spent at UNH, Umile has molded UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 15 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 19-year career in Durham. In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 19 seasons, including a current streak of 13 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 444 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on Feb. 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .652 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 444 victories ranks eighth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 10 times in his career, including New England honors four times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.Last season, Umile directed the Wildcats to a 20-13-5 mark as they captured their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Umile guided the Wildcats to 20+ wins in 13 straight years, the second longest streak in the nation and five seasons more than its closest competition; no other team in Hockey East has an active streak longer than one season. After struggling through a 1-5-2 stretch in November, New Hampshire went 14-4-2 to close out the regular season and claimed third place in the league and home-ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for a Hockey East-best 13th straight season. The crowning moment of the 2008-09 season was the Wildcats’ goal with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie and eventually win 6-5 in overtime in their NCAA Northeast Regional opening-round game against perennial power North Dakota in front of UNH faithful at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY: UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 82-year history of the program, including the nation’s second best streak at eight-straight appearances. UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances against Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003. UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979. UNH has posted 30 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 13 consecutive seasons.
NETTING RESULTS: Once again, UNH will be led from the net out in 2009-10 by senior netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.). Foster, a fifth-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2005, emerged as one of the elite goalies in all of Hockey East and when healthy was dominant in net for the Wildcats. While Foster missed a pair of games in November and struggled through an ankle injury in the first half of the season, he was pivotal in UNH’s second-half run and was one of three netminders in Hockey East to win the league’s goalie of the month honors on two occasions (October, February; Millan, Thiessen). A honorable mention Hockey East All Star selection, Foster ranked third in the conference in win percentage at .688 and fifth in save percentage at .917. In addition, his 15-league wins ranked second in Hockey East. Sophomore Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) emerged as Foster’s backup and will serve in that role once again this season. DiGirolamo picked up his first collegiate win Dec. 11 against Holy Cross as he stopped all six shots he faced in the final 26:25 en route to the victory. Fellow sophomore Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) will give the Wildcats valuable depth in the net behind Foster.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: UNH once again returns sure-handed veterans on the defense with senior Nick Krates (Palos Park, Ill.) anchoring a solid core of four returners on defense. Krates played in 37 of 38 games and set benchmarks in goals, points and plus/minus during his junior campaign. Krates is joined by three other returners on defense in junior Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) and sophomores Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, B.C.). Campanale was inserted into the Wildcat lineup a third of the way through and proved to be a valuable addition notching his first collegiate point with an assist in UNH’s 6-5 overtime win over Vermont on March 7, a win that gave UNH third place in the regular season. Kessel is the Wildcats’ top returning blueline scorer and served as a lethal weapon on the Wildcat power play. Kessel had a knack for scoring big goals as three of his six goals were game winners including late winners against Mass-Lowell and Vermont at Whittemore Center. Kipp quickly became one of UNH’s most reliable defenders playing in 27 games as a freshman. He notched two points, none bigger than his assist on a Greg Collins’ goal in NCAA Northeast Regional game against North Dakota. Junior Mike Beck (Long Beach, Calif.) is another defender with a lot of experience for New Hampshire. Beck played in 11 games and should compete for an increased role in 2009-10. Adding depth to the UNH defense are three freshmen that could compete for a spot in the Wildcat lineup right out of the gate in Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta), Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) and Ansel Ivens-Anderson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.). Hardowa 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. After a stellar career at prep school power Shattuck St. Mary’s, Kostolansky 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. Anderson 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.
FORWARD THINKING: Offensively, the Wildcats return three players with over 30 points a year ago and five everyday players led by senior co-captains Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass. ) and Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario). Butler (9g, 21a) and LeBlanc (14g, 16a) each had 30 points a year ago. Butler is the program’s active leader in points (68), goals (32) and assists (36). LeBlanc emerged as one of the Wildcats’ top scoring threat down the stretch and netted a pivotal overtime goal against North Dakota to give UNH a 6-5 win in the NCAA Northeast Regional. New Hampshire returns the most firepower from its junior class, which accounted for 40 percent of the scoring a year ago. The group is anchored by leading returning goal scorer Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.). Sislo, who had just three goals his freshman season, erupted for 19 goals and 12 assists and was Hockey East’s Player of the Month in December. Classmates Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.), Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) and Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.) will be called upon to provide offensive firepower for the ‘Cats in 2009-10. DeSimone played in all 38 games and set benchmarks in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18). Thompson played in 27 games a year ago with four goals and five assists, tallying eight of his nine points in Hockey East play. Manz played in six games including both games at the NCAA Northeast Regional. He will compete for an everyday spot in the lineup. Three sophomores who gained valuable experience a year ago and are expected to contribute in 2009-10 are Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass), Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) and Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.). Moses played in 33-of-38 games recording 13 points (5g, 8a). He potted game-winners against Providence (2/14) and Maine (2/6) and is one of six returners with double-figure points a year ago. Borisenok appeared in 11 games notching a goal and an assist despite missing several games late in the season due to illness. McCarey played in eight games as a freshman and could see additional time this season. Five newcomers will look to crack the UNH lineup right of the gate for Umile’s Wildcats. Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), John Henrion (Holden, Mass.), Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) comprise the freshman forward class. Block 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). Burke 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. Burke was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Washington Capitals with the 174th overall pick. Henrion 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. Pavelski, whose brother Joe plays for the San Jose Sharks, was a two-year player for the Waterloo Blackhawks. 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. Speelman played one year for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and registered 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 57 games and was a +30.
‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Five current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) have all been taken.
‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins: Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Amarillo Gorillas (CHL)
Joe Charlebois: Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Sean Collins: Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Houston Aeros (AHL)
Jamie Fritsch: Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Lanny Gare: Bad Nauheim EC (GerObL)
Darren Haydar: Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Nathan Martz: Alleghe HC (Italy)
Jacob Micflikier: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss NL)
Jerry Pollastrone: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Mike Radja: TPS Turku (FNL)
Kevin Regan: Reading Royals (ECHL)
Steve Saviano: Vaxjo Lakers (SEL)
Tyler Scott- Allen Americans (CHL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Texas Stars (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events.
Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
These three aforementioned stations -- along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men’s hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches’ shows, a select number of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s hockey broadcasts, as well as “Wildcat Sports Today”, a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics.
The game can also be heard on the internet at www.UNHWildcats.com through a service from Stretch Internet. Stretch has also partnered with UNH to develop a podcast page for UNH fans to listen to archived broadcasts.
Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the third straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 16 years since the 1993-94 season.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: UNHWildcats.com via Stretch Internet Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.
THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile and hosted by Mike Murphy begins its 10th season in 2009-10. The Coach’s Show is broadcast Mondays on the Wildcat Sports Network from various locations around the seacoast and features Coach Umile, as well as a student-athlete from the men’s ice hockey team. In front of a live audience, Murphy and his guests talk about the latest news and notes regarding UNH hockey.
GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) Brian Foster (Pembroke) and Paul Thompson (Derry) all hailing from the Granite State.
WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV: UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2009-10 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.