GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota Head Men's Hockey Coach Dave Hakstol announced today the addition of six newcomers for the 2012-13 season.
The incoming class includes National Letter of Intent signees Drake Caggiula, Bryn Chyzyk, Zane Gothberg, Coltyn Sanderson and Jordan Schmaltz, as well as Alabama-Huntsville transfer Clarke Saunders. The position breakdown includes three forwards, two goalies and one defensemen.
"This incoming class of young men will bring solid skill packages into our program at the forward, defense, and goaltending positions for the 2012-13 season," said Hakstol. "Adding this group to an extremely solid core of returning veterans creates a roster with ability and depth at all three positions."
National Letter of Intent Signees:
Name: Drake Caggiula Ht: 5-10 Wt: 161 Pos: F Hometown: Pickering, Ontario
Spent the past two seasons with the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) ... Scored 10 goals and 24 assists 25 in games in 2011-12 ... Led Stouffville to OJHL regular season and playoff titles and a berth in the Dudley Hewitt Central Canada Junior A Championship final ... Was named most valuable player of the OJHL playoffs after racking up a league-leading 17 goals and 37 points in 23 games ... Named OJHL 1st Team All-Prospect for the second straight season ... Won a silver medal playing for Team Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge ... Began the season with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and had one goal and one assist in four games ... Played in 48 games with Stouffville in 2010-11 and collected 22 goals and 23 assists ... Added two goals and six assists in eight playoff games ... Draft eligible in 2012 ... Ranked 185th among North American skaters in the final 2012 NHL Central Scouting Bureau draft rankings ... Last name is pronounced Ka-ZHEW-la.
Name: Bryn Chyzyk Ht: 5-11 Wt: 181 Pos: F Hometown: Virden, Manitoba
Spent the 2011-12 season with the Fargo Force of the USHL ... Collected 28 goals and 21 assists in 57 games ... Tied for the team lead in goals and tied for eighth in the USHL goal-scoring race ... Was a teammate of fellow UND recruit Zane Gothberg ... Spent the 2010-11 season with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and was named the league's rookie of the year ... Scored 22 goals and 49 assists in 62 games and earned MJHL All-Rookie Team honors ... Played in the 2011 MJHL All-Star Game and notched three assists ... Added a goal and six assists in 13 playoff games ... Last name is pronounced CHIZ-ick.
Name: Zane Gothberg Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190 Pos: G Hometown: Thief River Falls, Minn.
Spent the past two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... Named co-recipient of USHL's 2011-12 Goaltender of the Year award ... Went 26-14-4 and led the USHL in save percentage (.921) and shutouts (7), while ranking second in
goals against average (2.22) ... Set franchise records in all four categories and was named Fargo's Most Valuable Player ... Was a teammate of fellow UND recruit Bryn Chyzyk ... Went 14-8-0 with a 2.23 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, along with two shutouts, in 2010-11 ... Won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, posting a 0.50 GAA and .979 SV% in two games ... Won gold with the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, recording a 2.05 GAA and .929 SV% in four games ... Spent the 2009-10 season with Thief River Falls High School and won the Frank Brimsek Award as the top senior goaltender in the state of Minnesota ... Also earned first-team all-state honors after posting a 1.81 GAA, .925 SV% and three shutouts in 27 games ... Was an all-state honorable mention as a junior ... Selected by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Name: Coltyn Sanderson Ht: 6-1 Wt: 185 Pos: F Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Spent the past two seasons with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) ... Served as team captain in 2011-12 and amassed 81 points (32 goals, 49 assists) in 57 games ... Finished fourth in the SJHL scoring race ... Added nine goals and nine assists in 17 playoff games and led Weyburn to the Sherwood Conference championship ... Weyburn's nominee for SJHL Player of the Year ... Received four team honors: Barber Motors Award (Most Valuable Forward), NSWB Community Service Award, Marcel Labelle Memorial Award (Red Wing Displaying Dedication) and the President's Ring ... Played in 57 games in 2010-11 and had 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points ... Spent the 2009-10 season with the Assiniboia Southern Rebels of the Prairie Junior Hockey League and collected 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 37 games.
Name: Jordan Schmaltz Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175 Pos: D Hometown: Verona, Wis.
Tied for second among USHL defensemen in 2011-12 with 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games ... Spent the majority of the season with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, collecting seven goals and 28 assists in 46 games ... Led the Gamblers to the USHL's Anderson Cup with a 47-9-4 record ... Added two goals and five assists in 11 playoff games ... Began the season with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, where he scored three goals and three assists in nine games ... Participated in the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game ... Spent the 2010-11 season with Sioux City and led USHL defensemen in points (44), goals (11) and assists (31) in 53 games ... Earned USHL First All-Star Team and USHL All-Rookie Team honors ... Was a five-time USHL Defenseman of the Week as a rookie ... Won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge ... Won gold with the U.S. at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge ... Draft eligible in 2012 ... Ranked 34th among North American skaters in the final 2012 NHL Central Scouting Bureau draft rankings ... Father, Mike, lettered in football at UND from 1988 to 1990 ... Uncles, Marc Schmaltz (1988-91) and Monte Schmaltz (1992-93), also lettered in football at UND.
Name: Clarke Saunders Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200 Pos: G Hometown: Brockville, Ontario
Spent the previous two seasons at the University of Alabama-Huntsville ... Posted a .903 save percentage in 46 career games for a UAH team that went 6-54-3 over the past two years ... Appeared in 27 games (26 starts) in 2011-12 and averaged an NCAA-leading 34 saves per game ... Posted a .906 save percentage for a UAH team that went 2-28-1 ... Appeared in 19 games as a freshman in 2010-11 and went 4-14-0 with a 3.80 goals against average and an .898 save percentage ... Spent the previous four seasons with the Brockville Braves of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) ... Set a Brockville team record for wins in two of his last three seasons with the club ... Went 31-7-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .915 SV% in 2009-10, ranking second in the CCHL in wins and GAA.
The Fighting Sioux (26-13-3, 16-11-1 WCHA) won their league-record third straight Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Final Five champions and earned the No. 1 seed for the NCAA West Region Tournament, where UND advanced to its sixth regional championship game in eight years under Hakstol.