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PSU Hockey gets Commitments

Per Heisenberg (the go-to website for hockey recruiting/commitments):

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AoPLTHefMmmTdEw4QWgxUjdKLTB0MEk3VTFLdlBOaHc&gid=1

PENN STATE

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Tim Carr-G 2/28/11 NH Jr.Monarchs (EJHL) 5'10 170 4-7-91

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Jake Friedman-C 2/28/11 South Shore (EJHL) 5'10 170 4-15-90

 

In my own humble opinion, these are two great pick ups for the hockey team.  The fact that they would commit to the program without a head coach in place speaks volumes about Penn State's general reputation and its already growing cache among prospects.

The goalie plays for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, which is an annual powerhouse in the EJHL.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Jr. hockey/recruiting scene, it is perhaps the most respected jr. program outside of the USHL (the undisputed top league).  He has put up fantastic stats while splitting time with another goalie who is committed to Boston College (a perennial powerhouse in hockey).  He could develop into a potential starter for the Division-I team (although he will be certain to face stiff competition from whoever else they bring in the next few years).

Lions 247 story on the commit:

http://pennstate.247sports.com/Article/NH-goalie-to-join-PSU-hockey-16999

The second commitment is from Jacob Friedman of the South Shore Kings of the EJHL.  He has put up over 65 points and is the leading scorer on his team, which is good enough for 6th in a league known for putting players into Hockey East programs.  He should contribute immediatly to the Icers, and should be able to make the jump to D-I if he puts up this type of numbers in the EJHL.

 

It will be very interesting to see how the recruiting philosophy of this program develops.  There is the Hockey East/ECAC model which is very high on EJHL and New England Prep School players, while on the other hand there is the WCHA model which gets many a player from the BCHL (British Colombia) and many Western Canadian leagues.  Of course, both conferences go to battle for USHL players and for those cherished recruits from the USA NTDP.

With the news about Penn State seeking permission to talk to Mark Johnson (Current Wisconsin women's head coach and Miracle on Ice alumnus) it certainly has been an interesting past few days!

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