UMD Bulldogs Sign Eight To 2005-06 Men's Hockey Recruiting Class

Nov. 19, 2004

With a school-record 11 seniors (eight forwards and three defensemen) on its current roster, the University of Minnesota Duluth coaching staff has obviously had to spend plenty of time on the recruiting trail. The end result is eight standouts from the junior and Minnesota High School ranks have all signed national letters of intent to attend and play hockey for UMD in 2005-06.

The group includes six forwards -- Andrew Carroll of the United States Hockey League's Sioux Falls Stampede, Michael Gergen, a senior at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., Nick Kemp (Sioux City of the USHL), Mitch Kerns (Omaha of the USHL) and Mason Raymond and MacGregor Sharp, both of whom are currently skating for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Camrose Kodiaks -- as well as defensemen Jason Garrison (Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League) and Matt Niskanen, who is beginning his final season with the cooperative Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl high school hockey program.

The 2005-06 UMD hockey recruiting class is as follows:

PlayerPosHgtWgtBirthdateHometownCurrent Team/League
Andrew CarrollF6-01895/7/85Shoreview, MNSioux Falls Stampede/USHL
Jason GarrisonD6-220511/13/84White Rock, BCNanaimo Clippers/BCHL
Michael GergenF6-21952/17/87Hastings, MNShattuck-St. Mary's School (MN)
Nick KempF6-01851/5/86Hermantown, MNSioux City Musketeers/USHL
Mitch KernsF6-018012/24/85Stoughton, WIOmaha Lancers/USHL
Matt NiskanenD6-118512/6/86Mountain Iron, MNVirginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl HS
Mason RaymondF6-01859/17/85Cochrane, ALTACamrose Kodiaks/AJHL
MacGregor SharpF6-118010/1/85Red Deer, ALTACamrose Kodiaks/AJHL

UMD, which is 5-3-2 overall and 4-2-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this season, will host Brown University this weekend in a pair of non-conference engagements.


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