HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Head Coach Chris Luongo and the UAH hockey program announced Thursday the signing of eight players for its 2012-13 freshman class as the squad will add four forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender for the upcoming season.
"We're very pleased with the quality of hockey players coming in," said Luongo. "They will contribute immediately – they will be in the competition. As far as student-athlete goes, the student end of it – we're very excited. As far as the character of the group goes, we're [also] very excited."
The group will join 18 returning players from last year's squad.
"With a goalie, three defensemen, and five forwards – that allows us to get our roster where we want to be with five lines, eight defensemen, and three goalies," Luongo said. "One of the things that we felt we needed last year was competition for spots, so we'll accomplish that with getting our roster to the number that we wanted."
A defenseman from Trail, British Columbia, Steven Koshey is described as an offensively-minded defenseman who excelled in all situations. He spent five seasons in juniors, splitting time with Surrey and Trail of the BCHL. During the 2011-12 season, he notched 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) with Surrey as he helped lead the Eagles to the conference final. In 221 games in the BCHL, he recorded 139 points, and he will major in business at UAH.
Anderson White hails from Caledon, Ontario, and he began his juniors career with Villanova of the OJHL before moving to Quesnel of the BCHL for two seasons where he helped guide the Millionaires to the postseason both years. In 2011-12, White spent time with Des Moines of the USHL and finished the year with Chilliwack of the BCHL. Finishing his career with 40 points, he is described as a big body with an ability to get up and down the ice with ease, and he is planning to study engineering in Huntsville.
A native of Cold Lake, Alberta, Chad Brears saw strong statistical improvement during his juniors career and is expected to continue that upward development in the Rocket City. In the 2011-12 season with Merritt of the BCHL, he scored at a point per game pace with 28 goals and 30 assists in 58 games and was strong around the net while helping the Centennials to the playoffs. In 113 games over three years he registered 80 points (32 goals, 48 assists), and Brears aims to study engineering at UAH.
Goalie Gregg Greuhl split his three-year juniors career with Pembroke of the CCHL and Amarillo of the NAHL. In 2011-12, the Mayfield Heights, Ohio, native played in 35 games registering a mark of 26-4-4 while guiding the Bulls to the regular season NAHL title and a postseason appearance. Over his three seasons, he lost just 10 times, and Greuhl is described a student of the position and will be looked upon to compete in net while bringing his winning pedigree to the team. At UAH he will major in business.
A defenseman from Detroit, Frank Misuraca played for Corpus Christi of the NAHL in 2011-12 and captained the squad to the conference semifinals. Prior to his time with Corpus Christi, he was at Lincoln in the USHL, and for his career he registered seven goals and 29 assists in 117 games. The business major will bring leadership, tenacity and a strong work ethic to the UAH blue line.
Born in the United Kingdom before moving to Michigan with hockey aspirations as a teenager, Jack Prince played for Texas of the NAHL during his juniors career. In three seasons the forward recorded 196 points (89 goals, 107 assists), and in 2011-12 he set career highs with 39 goals and 44 assists for 84 points in 68 games, leading the Tornado to the NAHL championship game. Business is the planned major for Prince.
Forward Jamie Kendra is a native of Markham, Ontario, and he played three seasons with his hometown team of Markham in the OJHL. In 154 games, the forward scored 63 times and notched 66 assists for 129 points, setting career highs with 38 assists and 65 points in 2011-12 while serving as the Waxers captain. Described as a strong, stout center that brings a combination of skill and grit to UAH, and he will major either in business or education in Huntsville.
Steven Hickey will look to play at forward after playing both forward and defense over a three-year span with Oakville of the OJHL where he played with current Charger Kyle Lysaght. In 161 games, he recorded 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 career points, and he will bring a strong work ethic and team-first attitude to the Rocket City. Hickey will major in business.