DURHAM, N.H. – Brian McCloskey, sixth-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, has announced the completion of the program’s incoming class for the 2007-08 season with the addition of Carole LeBlanc (Grande-Digue, New Brunswick) as well as sisters Julia and Stefanie Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland).

“We’re thrilled by the addition of these three outstanding student-athletes to our program for the upcoming ’07-’08 season,” McCloskey said. “Stephanie and Julia Marty bring world class experience to UNH having successfully competed for Team Switzerland at last year’s World Championships. This is clearly a deep and talented class that will be joining us this fall, and we’re excited about the year ahead.”

LeBlanc, who skated for Team New Brunswick at the 2002 Canada Winter Games, has played as both a forward and defenseman on the girls ice hockey team at Brewster Academy. She was named the Team MVP following both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. With 22 goals, 32 assists and 54 points as a junior, she ranked second on the team in all three statistics. She has also been awarded the Brewster Crew Coaches’ Award (2004).

Julia and Stefanie Marty skated for their national team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games (seventh place) as well as the 2007 World Championships (fifth place).

Julia, a defenseman who has skated for the national team since 2003, recorded three assists in six games for the national team last season. Overall, Julia has skated in 50 games for the Swiss National Team with seven goals and seven assists; she was the fifth-leading defenseman scorer at the 2006 Olympic Games. Her other international experience includes competition at the World Championships in 2004 and 2005. Julia tallied 10 goals and nine assists in eight games last season for EV Zug of the CLA, which is the top Swiss league, and led that team to third place at the 2004 European Champions Cup and fourth place in that event in 2005.

Stefanie, a forward, has also competed on the national team since 2003 and played in the aforementioned international competitions with Julia. In 16 games with the national team last year, Stefanie, a 2005 nominee for Swiss Hockey Woman of the Year, recorded 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists; in 58 career international games, she has 19 goals and 24 assists. Her 43 points (24g, 19a) in 20 games last season for EV Zug ranked second in the Swiss league; she ranked among the top 10 scorers in both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons and has amassed 105 goals and 56 assists in 85 career games with EV Zug.

This triumvirate joins the previously announced incoming group of Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario), Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.), Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) and Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario).

UNH, winners of four consecutive Hockey East regular-season crowns and two straight league tournament titles, opens the 2008 season Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) at St. Lawrence University. The Wildcats’ home opener is Oct. 14 (1 p.m.) against Colgate University.
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