WATERLOO, Ont. (July 16, 2013) - Wilfrid Laurier University men's hockey head coach GREG PUHALSKI
is pleased to announce his recruiting class for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
12 new faces will join the Golden Hawks next season including eight players with major junior hockey experience.
"We are thrilled with the group we have joining us," commented Puhalski on the additions to his squad. "Character was a common theme with all of our new Hawks. We look for them to make an immediate impact with our team and to build on the team success we had in the 2nd half of the season. We feel all of our recruits will be solid Golden Hawks for years to come."
Headlining the group of players with major junior experience is former Kitchener Rangers winger Derek Schoenmakers
of Kitchener, Ont. After suiting up for three games with the Hawks last season, the 6-2, 195 lbs., right winger returns to Laurier after an impressive Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career that saw him suit up for 203 games with Mississauga, Sudbury, Windsor and the Rangers. During that time, he amassed 56 goals and 112 points with his best season coming in 2011-12 when he notched 26 goals and 24 assists.
of London, Ont., will be another familiar face to OHL fans as he played 215 games with Peterborough and Kingston over the last four years. Over his junior career, the 6-2, 200 lbs., winger recorded 20 goals, 20 assists and 112 penalty minutes.
Helping to fill the void after the departure of goaltender Ryan Daniels will be Shayne Campbell
, a Cambridge, Ont., native who played four seasons in the OHL with Sarnia and Ottawa. Last season, Campbell suited up for the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) where he posted a 22-7-7 record with a 2.39 goals against average and a 0.915 save percentage.
Campbell's teammate in Truro, Kyle Morrison
of Mississauga, Ont., will also be coming to Laurier and should provide an offensive boost to the Hawks. Morrison played one year of junior hockey with Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he scored 15 goals and 28 points in 35 games. Last season in Truro, Morrison finished as the MHL's leading scorer 35 goals and 88 points in 50 games to become the first Bearcat to win the league's scoring title.
A second pair of teammates, this time from Western Canada, will also be wearing the purple and gold next year as Greg Lamoureux
and Tanner Olstad
, both of Calgary, join Puhalski's team. Both players suited up for Okotoks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) last season where they finished third and fourth respectively in team scoring. Lamoureux recorded 45 points in 57 games while Olstad added 43 in 57 games. Prior to joining the Oilers, Lamoureux played three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with Vancouver while Olstad suited up for Tri-City and Regina over four seasons.
Rounding out the recruits with major junior experience are Mackenzie Braid
of Mississauga, Ont., and Greg Trichilo
of Schreiber, Ont. Braid, a 6-1 defenceman played 133 games with Barrie, Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor and Sudbury registering six goals and 15 assists. Trichilo, a right winger, played one season with Sudbury before playing the last two years with Kingston and Trenton of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). In 80 games with Kingston and Trenton, he recorded 32 goals and 48 assists.
MacCormack, a 6-1, 195 lbs., forward spent the last two years in the OJHL where he had 33 goals and 86 points in 96 games played with Trenton, Hamilton and Whitby. Prior to his time in the OJHL, he was a member of Elmira's Sutherland Cup-winning squad in 2010-11.
MacIntosh joins the Hawks after three years with Westside of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). The defenceman had 39 points and 169 penalty minutes in 145 games played out west.
Merante is another addition to the Laurier crease who played with the Thorold Blackhawks in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) last year. A conference all-star in the Golden Horseshoe division, Merante posted a 19-16-3 record with a 3.41 goals against average and a 0.906 save percentage in 39 games.
Woods comes to Laurier after playing for Georgetown of the OJHL last year. The 5-8 forward served as the team's captain last season and had 46 goals and 109 points over his 103 game career.