WCHA Announces 2016-17 All-League Teams
All-WCHA and All-Academic teams honored
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Five schools were represented on the 2016-17 All-WCHA First Team

EDINA, Minn. March 9, 2017 Before the league's "Battle for the Broadmoor" continues with this weekend's playoff semifinals, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is pausing to recognize the 26 student-athletes represented on its 2016-17 all-league teams, along with 143 All-Academic honorees, as announced today by WCHA President and Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson.

Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Bowling Green the four teams participating in this weekend's semifinal round of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs lead the way with a combined 18 selections, including five of six spots on the All-WCHA First Team. Minnesota State freshman forward Marc Michaelis, who enters the weekend tied for third among NCAA first-year skaters with a WCHA-best 36 points, is the first rookie to land on the All-WCHA First Team under the league's current configuration.

The 2016-17 WCHA Player, Defensive Player, Rookie, Student-Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively, will all be announced next week.



All-WCHA First Team

Michaelis is joined on the 2016-17 All-WCHA First Team forward line by Ferris State senior Gerald Mayhew and Bowling Green junior Mitch McLain. A native of Mannheim, Germany, Michaelis ranked second in the league scoring race with 28 points in 28 WCHA games, while pacing circuit rookies with 13 goals and 28 points. Mayhew was a unanimous first-team selection; the Wyandotte, Mich. native concluded an outstanding career by earning the WCHA scoring title with 30 points (15 goals and 15 assists) in 26 league games. McLain matched Mayhew with 15 goals in league play, while adding nine assists for 24 points; the Baxter, Minn. native has set career highs with 17 goals, 15 assists and 32 points overall, while he is one of seven NCAA players with multiple hat tricks this season.

The first-team defensemen are Minnesota State sophomore Daniel Brickley (Sandy, Utah) and Michigan Tech junior Matt Roy (Canton, Mich.). Despite missing six league games (and eight overall) due to injury, Brickley paced WCHA blue-liners with 19 assists, 26 points (third among all WCHA skaters) and 14 power-play points in just 22 league contests, while ranking second with 55 blocked shots. He also enters this weekend's semifinals ranked second nationally among defensemen with an average of 1.07 points per game (30, on eight goals and 22 assists, in 28 games). Roy, a Los Angeles Kings prospect, tallied 16 points (5g-11a) in 25 WCHA games, while he has helped anchor a Michigan Tech defense that allows the fewest shots per game in the country.

Hobey Baker Award candidate Michael Bitzer from Bemidji State is the unanimous choice as first-team goaltender. The junior from Moorhead, Minn. set a league record with his 1.40 goals-against average in WCHA games, while he also paced the league with a .940 save percentage, 20 wins, a .778 winning percentage (20-5-2), five shutouts (tied) and 1625:40 in net. He enters the WCHA semifinals with an NCAA-best 1.65 overall GAA and six shutouts, while he ranks fourth nationally with a .933 save percentage.

2016-17 All-WCHA First Team
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Forward
Gerald Mayhew
Sr., Ferris State
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Forward
Mitchell McLain
Jr., Bowling Green
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Forward
Marc Michaelis
Fr., Minnesota State
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Defense
Daniel Brickley
So., Minnesota State
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Defense
Matt Roy
Jr., Michigan Tech
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Goalie
Michael Bitzer
Jr., Bemidji State

All-WCHA Second Team

With a tie in voting, there is a quartet of forwards on the 2016-17 All-WCHA Second Team: Minnesota State junior C.J. Franklin (Forest Lake, Minn.), Lake Superior State sophomore Mitch Hults (Stoughton, Wis.), Bemidji State senior Phillip Marinaccio (Nobleton, Ontario) and Ferris State sophomore Corey Mackin (Philadelphia, Pa). Franklin, a Winnipeg Jets draftee, and Hults, the Lakers' top scorer, each tied for fourth in WCHA play with identical statistical lines of nine goals, 15 assists and 24 points in 28 games. After recording 10 goals and 28 points in his first three collegiate seasons, Marinaccio has scored 10 times as a senior and leads the Beavers with 28 points heading into the semifinals (he had seven goals and 14 assists in 28 WCHA contests). Mackin followed up his 2015-16 WCHA Rookie of the Year campaign with a 26-point sophomore season (13g-13a), including 21 points in league games (11g-10a).

A pair of seniors man the second-team blue line in Michigan Tech's Shane Hanna (Salmon Arm, British Columbia) and Bowling Green's Sean Walker (Keswick, Ontario). Hanna contributed five goals (two game-winners), 11 assists and 39 blocked shots in 28 league games; one of Tech's assistant captains, he is third on the team with 23 points (7g-16a) entering the semifinals. Walker, who wears the "C" for Bowling Green, led WCHA defensemen with 98 shots on goal in league games; he has contributed 24 points overall (10g-14a) heading into the semis.

The second-team goaltender is Northern Michigan sophomore Atte Tolvanen, who backstopped the Wildcats to the WCHA playoffs with a record-setting second half. The native of Vihti, Finland established the WCHA record, and matched the all-time NCAA Division I men's mark, with five-straight shutouts between Jan. 21 and Feb. 11; he also set a league standard with a 339:05 scoreless streak (the second-longest in NCAA men's history). Tolvanen ranked second nationally with a .939 save percentage after Jan. 1; he was 12th with a 2.05 goals-against average in that span, as NMU went 9-6-2 over its final 17 games.

2016-17 All-WCHA Second Team
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Forward
C.J. Franklin
Jr., Minnesota State
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Mitch Hults
So., Lake Superior State
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Forward
Phillip Marinaccio
Sr., Bemidji State
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Forward
Corey Mackin
So., Ferris State
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Defense
Shane Hanna
Sr., Michigan Tech
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Defense
Sean Walker
Sr., Bowling Green
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Goalie
Atte Tolvanen
So., Northern Michigan

All-WCHA Third Team

The forwards on the 2016-17 All-WCHA Third Team are Minnesota State's Brad McClure, a junior from Stratford, Ontario; Northern Michigan's Dominik Shine, a senior from Pinckney, Mich.; and, Bemidji State's Gerry Fitzgerald, a junior from Port Alberni, British Columbia. McClure tied for eighth in the WCHA scoring race with 22 points (11g-11a) in 28 league games, while he enters the semifinals in the top-20 nationally with 129 shots on goal to date. Shine became the first Northern Michigan skater since future NHL player Mark Olver in 2007-08 to score 20 goals in a season, hitting that number exactly to tie for 10th nationally despite missing the first six games of the year. Fitzgerald scored all 12 of his goals in WCHA games to rank seventh in the league; his league-best eight power-play goals are tied for 13th nationally heading into the semifinal weekend.

The third-team defensemen are Bowling Green junior Mark Friedman (Toronto, Ontario) and Alabama Huntsville sophomore Kurt Gosselin (Brighton, Mich.). Friedman, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, is fourth on the team in scoring with 25 points (8g-17a) heading into the Falcons' semifinal round series; he also tied for the WCHA blue-liner lead with two game-winning goals in league games. Gosselin becomes the first Charger to earn a spot on an All-WCHA First, Second or Third Team, while he joins teammate Max McHugh (2014-15 All-Rookie selection) as the two UAH league honorees. He led WCHA defensemen with nine goals in just 24 league games, while he added nine conference assists to tie for fourth with 18 points.

Ferris State freshman Justin Kapelmaster is the third-team goaltender. The native of Coral Springs, Fla. played in 16 WCHA games (14 starts), and was second in the league with a .924 save percentage and .714 winning percentage (9-3-2). His rookie season ended with a .930 overall save percentage, which currently ranks fifth nationally.

2016-17 All-WCHA Third Team
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Brad McClure
Jr., F, Minnesota State
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Dominik Shine
Sr., F, Northern Michigan
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Gerry Fitzgerald
Jr., Bemidji State
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Defense
Mark Friedman
Jr., Bowling Green
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Defense
Kurt Gosselin
So., Alabama Huntsville
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Goalie
Justin Kapelmaster
Fr., Ferris State

WCHA All-Rookie Team

Michaelis headlines the 2016-17 WCHA All-Rookie Team forwards, along with Northern Michigan's Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia) and Lake Superior State's Max Humitz (Livonia, Mich.). Craighead finished second in the WCHA freshman scoring race with 20 points in 28 league games, while he tied for the league rookie lead with 16 assists (his 18 helpers overall are currently tied for ninth among NCAA rookies). Humitz scored 13 goals overall, currently tied for 10th nationally by a freshman, including 10 in WCHA games to rank second among circuit rookies (he also added seven assists for 17 league points).

A rare three-way tie in voting gives the All-Rookie team four defensemen. Leading the way is Minnesota State's Ian Scheid; the Coon Rapids, Minn. native led all WCHA skaters with a +14 rating in league play, while his 19 conference points (7g-12a) tied for the league lead among freshmen blue-liners (tied for second overall for defensemen). Scheid's 23 points overall (7g-16a) entering the weekend is tied for third nationally by a freshman defenseman. Joining Scheid is Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser (Bismark, N.D.), who tallied 16 points (2g-14a) in WCHA games; Michigan Tech's Mitch Reinke (Stillwater, Minn.), who scored five goals with 12 assists for 17 points during league play; and, Bemidji State's Zach Whitecloud (Brandon, Manitoba), a special teams standout who led all WCHA skaters with 11 power-play assists in conference action.

Michigan Tech's Angus Redmond, who has backstopped the Huskies to this weekend's WCHA semifinals, is the all-rookie goaltender. Beginning with a shutout victory in his first start Oct. 28, the Langley, British Columbia native ranked second in the WCHA with 14 wins and a 1.94 goals-against average in 25 league games (24 starts). He enters the league semifinals ranked third nationally with an overall 1.85 GAA, while he is tied for seventh with four shutouts and tied for 10th with 19 wins.

2016-17 WCHA All-Rookie Team
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Marc Michaelis
Minnesota State
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Forward
Darien Craighead
Northern Michigan
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Max Humitz
Lake Superior State
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Defense
Ian Scheid
Minnesota State
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Defense
Alec Rauhauser
Bowling Green
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Defense
Mitch Reinke
Michigan Tech
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Defense
Zach Whitecloud
Bemidji State
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Goalie
Angus Redmond
Michigan Tech

About the 2016-17 WCHA Awards

League member team head coaches vote for the All-WCHA selections. Points for all-league teams are awarded on a five-point (First Team vote), three-point (Second Team vote), and one-point (Third Team vote) basis, while the all-rookie team is determined by total votes received.


2016-17 All-WCHA First Team

Forward: Gerald Mayhew (Sr. / Wyandotte, Mich.) - Ferris State University
Forward: Mitch McLain (Jr. / Baxter, Minn.)- Bowling Green State University
Forward: Marc Michaelis (Fr. / Mannheim, Germany) - Minnesota State University
Defense: Daniel Brickley (So. / Sandy, Utah) - Minnesota State University
Defense: Matt Roy (Jr. / Canton, Mich.) - Michigan Technological University
Goalie: Michael Bitzer (Jr. / Moorhead, Minn.) - Bemidji State University


2016-17 All-WCHA Second Team

Forward: C.J. Franklin (Jr. / Forest Lake, Minn.) - Minnesota State University
Forward: Mitch Hults (So. / Stoughton, Wis.) - Lake Superior State University
Forward: Phillip Marinaccio (Sr. / Nobleton, Ontario) - Bemidji State University
Forward: Corey Mackin (So. / Philadelphia, Pa.) - Ferris State University
Defense: Shane Hanna (Sr. / Salmon Arm, British Columbia) - Michigan Technological University
Defense: Sean Walker (Sr. / Keswick, Ontario) - Bowling Green State University
Goalie: Atte Tolvanen (So. / Vihti, Finland) - Northern Michigan University


2016-17 All-WCHA Third Team

Forward: Brad McClure (Jr. / Stratford, Ontario) - Minnesota State University
Forward: Dominik Shine (Sr. / Pinckney, Mich.) - Northern Michigan University
Forward: Gerry Fitzgerald (Jr. / Port Alberni, British Columbia) - Bemidji State University
Defense: Mark Friedman (Jr. / Toronto, Ontario) - Bowling Green State University
Defense: Kurt Gosselin (So. / Brighton, Mich.) - University of Alabama in Huntsville
Goalie: Justin Kapelmaster (Fr. / Coral Springs, Fla.) - Ferris State University


2016-17 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Forward: Marc Michaelis (Fr. / Mannheim, Germany) - Minnesota State University
Forward: Darien Craighead (Fr. / Surrey, British Columbia) - Northern Michigan University
Forward: Max Humitz (Fr. / Livonia, Mich.) - Lake Superior State University
Defense: Ian Scheid (Fr. / Coon Rapids, Minn.) - Minnesota State University
Defense: Alec Rauhauser (Fr. / Bismark, N.D.) - Bowling Green State University
Defense: Mitch Reinke (Fr. / Stillwater, Minn.) - Michigan Technological University
Defense: Zach Whitecloud (Fr. / Brandon, Manitoba) - Bemidji State University
Goalie: Angus Redmond (Fr. / Langley, British Columbia) - Michigan Technological University


2016-17 WCHA All-Academic Team

A total of 143 student-athletes, representing all 10 member institutions, have earned distinction as members of the men's 2016-17 WCHA All-Academic Team. To earn recognition as a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year, have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if overall GPA is at least 3.0 for all terms at the present institution.

Following, by member institution, are the men's 2016-17 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees:

University of Alabama in Huntsville
Hunter Anderson (So., F, Savage, Minn.); Richard Buri (Jr., D, Nitra, Slovakia); Cody Champagne (Jr., D, Brookfield, Conn.); Madison Dunn (So., F, Calgary, Alberta); Brent Fletcher (Sr., F, New Westminster, British Columbia); Hans Gorowsky (So., F, Lino Lakes, Minn.); Kurt Gosselin (So., D, Brighton, Mich.); Jetlan Houcher (So., F, Paradise Valley, Alberta); Josh Kestner (Jr., F, Huntsville, Ala.); Cam Knight (So., D, North Reading, Mass.); Matt Larose (Sr., G, Nanaimo, British Columbia); Max McHugh (Jr., F, Seattle, Wash.); Brandon Parker (Jr., D, Fairbault, Minn.); Brandon Salerno (Fr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Matt Salhany (Sr., F, Warwick, R.I.); Regan Soquila (Sr., F, Maple Ridge, British Columbia); John Teets (So., D, Fairbanks, Alaska); Jordan Uhelski (Jr., G, Flint, Mich.); Adam Wilcox (So., F, Alpharetta, Ga.)

University of Alaska Anchorage
Cam Amantea (So., F, Calgary, Alberta); Matt Anholt (Jr., F, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan); Austin Azurdia (Jr., F, Wenatchee, Wash.); Jarrett Brown (Jr., D, Beaumount, Alberta); Brad Duwe (Sr., F, Soldotna, Alaska); Nicolas Erb-Ekholm (So., F, Malmo, Sweden); Dylan Hubbs (Sr. F, Beaumont, Alberta); Alex Jackstadt (So., F, Anchorage, Alaska); Tad Kozun (Jr., F, Nipawin, Saskatchewan); Olivier Mantha (Jr., G, La Turque, Quebec); Mason Mitchell (So., F, Calgary, Alberta); Jonah Renouf (So., F, Mississauga, Ontario); Nathan Renouf (So., F, Mississauga, Ontario); Eric Roberts (So., D, Abbotsford, British Columbia); Chase Van Allen (Sr., D, Anchorage, Alaska)

University of Alaska
Jordan Burns (So., D, Vernon, British Columbia); Josh Erickson (Sr., F, Roseau, Minn.); Zach Frye (So., D, Spokane, Wash.); Nick Hinz (Jr., D, Oakdale, Minn.); Davis Jones (Sr., G, St. Albert, Alberta); Nikolas Koberstein (So., D, Barrhead, Alberta); Ryker Leer (So., F, Red Deer, Alberta); Brandon Morley (Sr., F, Burnaby, British Columbia); John Mullally (So., F, Timberlea, Nova Scotia); Tayler Munson (Jr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska); Chad Staley (So., F, Kennewick, Wash.); Jack Weiss (So., D, Bloomington, Minn.)

Bemidji State University
Nate Arentz (Sr., F, Lakeville, Minn.); Justin Baudry (So., D, LaBroquerie, Manitoba); Kyle Bauman (Jr., F, Apopka, Fla.); Brett Beauvais (Jr., D, Summerside, Prince Edward Island); Dan Billett (So., D, Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Michael Bitzer (Jr., G, Moorhead, Minn.); Dillon Eichstadt (So., D, Bemidji, Minn.); Gerry Fitzgerald (Jr., F, Port Alberni, British Columbia); Leo Fitzgerald (Jr., F, Port Alberni, British Columbia); Myles Fitzgerald (Jr., F, Port Alberni, British Columbia); Brendan Harms (Sr., F, Steinbach, Manitoba); Jordan Heller (Jr., F, Bemidji, Minn.); Ian Janco (So., D, Bloomington, Minn.); Adam Lovick (So., F, Lino Lakes, Minn.); Reid Mimmack (Sr., G, Brainerd, Minn.); Charlie O'Connor (Sr., F, Elk Grove Village, Ill.); Taylor Roo (So., F, Champlin, Minn.); Michael Soucier (So., F, Caledon, Ontario); Carter Struthers (Sr., D, Weyburn, Saskatchewan); Jesse Wilkins (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta)

Bowling Green State University
Shane Bednard (So., F, Macomb, Mich.); Kevin Dufour (Sr., F, Quebec City, Quebec); Mitch McLain (Jr., F, Baxter, Minn.); Joe McKeown (So., F, Campbellford, Ontario); Pierre-Luc Marcier (Sr. F, Montreal, Quebec); Chris Pohlkamp (So., D, Baxter, Minn.); Matt Pohlkamp (Sr., F, Baxter, Minn.); Jakob Reichert (Jr., F, Langley, British Columbia); John Schilling (So., F, Oswego, Ill.); Tomas Sholl (Sr., G, Hermosa Beach, Calif.); Adam Smith (So., D, Sharon, Ontario); Tyler Spezia (Jr., F, Clinton Township, Mich.); Sean Walker (Sr., D, Keswick, Ontario)

Ferris State University
Tyler Andrew (Jr., F, Bethel Park, Pa.); Andrew Dorantes (Jr., F, Waterford, Mich.); Tyler Dorantes (Jr., F, Waterford, Mich.); Jacob Hetz (So., F, Glenshaw, Pa.); Ryker Killins (So., D, Wawa, Ontario); Ryan Lowney (Sr., D, Redford, Mich.); Mitch Maloney (Jr., F, Macomb, Mich.); Andrew Mayer (Jr., F, Troy, Mich.); Chad McDonald (Sr., F, Battle Creek, Mich.); Craig Pefley (Fr., F, St. Clair, Mich.); Trace Pennock (Jr., G, Big Rapids, Mich.); Trevor Recktenwald (So., F, Venetia, Pa.); Darren Smith (So., G, Barrie, Ontario); Zach Szanjer (Jr., F, White Lake, Mich.); Zac Tierney (So., D, London, Ontario); Jared VanWormer (Sr., F, Traverse City, Mich.)

Lake Superior State University
Kyle Chatham (Jr., D, Belleville, Ill.); Gus Correale (Sr., F, Prince George, British Columbia); Diego Cuglietta (So., F, Kamloops, British Columbia); Gordon Defiel (Jr., G, Stillwater, Minn.); Christopher Hayes (So., F, Margate, Fla.); Mitch Hults (So., F, Stoughton, Wis.); Nick Kossoff (So., G, West Des Moines, Iowa); Brendan McKay (Fr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Ryan Renz (Jr., D, Castlegar, British Columbia); James Roll (Jr., D, West Seneca, N.Y.); Gage Torrel (So., F, Monticello, Minn.); Aidan Wright (Jr., D, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

Michigan Technological University
Brent Baltus (Sr., F, Nanaimo, British Columbia); Thomas Beretta (Fr., F, Orangeville, Ontario); Devin Kero (So., G, Hancock, Mich.); Chris Leibinger (Sr., D, Saginaw, Mich.); Dylan Steman (Jr., F, Hanover, Minn.); Reid Sturos (Sr., F, Brighton, Mich.); Cliff Watson (Sr., D, Appleton, Wis.); Matt Wintjes (Sr., G, Holland Landing, Ontario)

Minnesota State University
Daniel Brickley (So., D, Sandy, Utah); Max Coatta (So., F, Minnetonka, Minn.); Steen Cooper (So., F, Duncan, British Columbia); Sean Flanagan (Sr., D, Kindersly, Saskatchewan); Carter Foguth (Sr., D, Fenton, Mich.); Cole Huggins (Sr., G, Centennial, Colo.); Chandler Madry (So., F, Bakersfield, Calif.); Aaron Nelson (Jr., G, Bismark, N.D.); Jordan Nelson (Sr., F, Williston, N.D.); Jason Pawloski (So., G, Omaha, Neb.); Ryan Schwalbe (So. F, Anchorage, Alaska); Zach Stepan (Sr., F, Hastings, Minn.) Alec Vanko (So., D, Oregon, Wis.)

Northern Michigan University
Ryan Black (So., D, Stillwater, Minn.); Mathias Israelsson (So., G, Ytterby, Sweden); Zach Diamantoni (Jr., F, Boca Raton, Fla.); Gerard Hanson (Sr., F, Lidingo, Sweden); Brendan Jacques (So., F, Calumet, Mich.); Jesse Juntilla (So., D, Calumet, Mich.); Jordan Klimek (Jr., D, Langley, British Columbia); Brock Maschmeyer (Sr., D, Bruederheim, Alberta); Anthony Paskaruk (So., F, Airdrie, Alberta); Robbie Payne (Jr., F, Gaylord, Mich.); Denver Pierce (So., F, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.); Sami Salminen (Sr., F, Helsinki, Finland); Filip Starzynski (Jr., F, Warsaw, Poland); Atte Tolvanen (So., G, Vihti, Finland); James Vermeulen (So., D, Stony Plain, Alberta)