DURHAM, N.H. – Dick Umile, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team, announced the eight-member incoming recruiting class Thursday morning. Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia), Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.), Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.), Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.), Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.), Harry Quast (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Jamie Regan (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) make up New Hampshire's freshman class for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Correale, (F, 5-10, 185) a native of British Columbia, appeared in 149 games between two teams in juniors. He played the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. During that span he appeared in 120 games, recorded 109 points on 35 goals and 74 assists. Most recently, Correale played with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League. He registered 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists in 29 games with the team and was named the squad's most exciting player.
Prior to UNH, Gaudreault (F, 6-0, 190) played with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. Over the past two seasons, Gaudreault earned 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists over 105 games. He also scored three shorthanded goals and added six game winners. In 2011-12, he helped return the team to the playoffs. Maxim was named an assistant captain in the 2011-12 campaign.
Hill (F, 5-9, 175) played three seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. Hill recorded 83 total points over his 165 regular season games with the team. He scored 33 goals and dished out 52 assists during the regular season in his time with Waterloo. His best year was this past season when he registered 10 goals and 26 assists. A fixture on the power play, he handed out 10 of his 26 assists on the power play. He is currently tied for fourth in playoff scoring with 11 points in 12 games.
MacDonald (F, 6-2, 200) a forward from West Milford, New Jersey comes to UNH following a stellar season with the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. MacDonald played 45 regular season games with the Hitmen, where he scored 27 goals and earned 18 assists. He also appeared in six playoff games, recording three points on two goals and an assist. MacDonald, an EJHL All-Star, scored seven power-play goals on the season and added five game winners for the Hitmen.
Quast (D, 6-4, 215) comes to New Hampshire following two seasons with the Bay State Breakers of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Quast is a solid defensemen, having played 87 games over the past two seasons with the Breakers. He had a breakout year last season collecting 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists in 45 games. The EJHL All-Star led the team in plus/minus with a +32 rating and was the top defensive scorer on the Breakers. Quast was a USA Hockey Select 16 & 17 participant.
Regan (G, 6-2, 180) enters UNH after two seasons with the Philadelphia Revolution of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He registered a .904 and .903 save percentage in his two years with the Revolution. An EJHL All-Star, he also appeared in two playoff games in his time with the Revolution earning a .924 save percentage. As a senior at University School (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Regan was named the News-Herald's Player of the Year.
Smith (F, 6-1, 185) comes to UNH looking to add to the Wildcat offense. Before his arrival in Durham, Smith played three seasons with the Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He appeared in 136 games with the Junior Bruins, recording 153 points on 53 goals and 100 assists. Last season, Smith scored 24 goals and dished out 38 assists. A captain in 2011-12, Smith helped guide the Bruins to the league's regular season championship and was a two-time All-Star.
The Wildcats officially kick off the 2012-13 season Friday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) when they play host to WCHA foe St. Cloud State. UNH will host an exhibition game Saturday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.) against the University of St. Francis Xavier.
UNH Hockey Recruiting Class of 2012-13
Name Pos. Hometown/Previous Team Ht./Wt.
Dan Correale F Prince George, B.C./Grand Prairie (AJHL) 5-10/185
Maxim Gaudreault F Annapolis, Md./Sioux City (USHL) 6-0/190
Jamie Hill F Glassboro, N.J/Waterloo (USHL) 5-9/175
Collin MacDonald F West Milford, N.J./Jersey (EJHL) 6-2/200
Brett Pesce D Tarrytown, N.Y./Jersey (EJHL) 6-3/175
Harry Quast D Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Bay State (EJHL) 6-4/215
Jamie Regan G Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Philadelphia (EJHL) 6-2/180
Kyle Smith F Lumberton, N.J./Junior Bruins (EJHL) 6-1/185