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Six Players Make Up the Incoming Class of 2018 for Men's Hockey

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 05/14/2014
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HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth men’s hockey head coach Bob Gaudet and his staff has announced the addition of six incoming players for the 2014-15 season. A group of three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender is set to join the mix of a team that was one of the hottest in the nation down the stretch last year.

“I want to once again commend associate head coach Dave Peters and assistant coach John Rose on the great job they did bringing in another talented group of players,” Gaudet said. “I have immense trust in their ability to recognize individuals who will be a good fit at Dartmouth both on and off the ice. This is another fine class of young players who fit that description and we are very excited to have coming to Hanover this fall.”

A complete breakdown of the Class of 2018 is as follows:

Devin Buffalo
6-1 / 185

Goalie / Catches: Left
Flin Flon (SJHL) & Drumheller Dragons (AJHL)
DOB - 9/1/93
Wetaskiwin, Alberta

After two and a half seasons and 105 games with the Flin Flon Bombers in Saskatchewan, Buffalo was traded to Drumheller in Alberta for the stretch run this past season. In that time with Drumheller, he posted a 2.03 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in 11 regular season games. As a first-year player in 2011-12, he was tabbed as the SJHL Rookie of the Year, posting a 3.37 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Although impressive numbers as a rookie, Buffalo would improve on every major statistic in each of his three seasons of juniors.

What the Coaches Say: “Devin is one of the top goalies in Western Canada. He is extremely quick and athletic for his size and is considered by many to be one of the top if not the top goalie coming into college hockey next season.”

Carl Hesler
5-11 / 185

Forward / Shoots: Left
West Kelowna (BCHL)
DOB - 6/17/94
Boxborough, Mass.

Hesler played one season with West Kelona of the BCHL, finishing third on the team in scoring with 58 points. He finished his one season of juniors with 21 goals and 37 assists — the second-best mark on the team — and excelled in the postseason, leading the Warriors with seven points (2-5-7) in six games. A left-handed shot, Hesler can play either center or left wing.

What the Coaches Say: “Carl is an excellent two-way hockey player.  He is strong in all three zones, extremely smart and competitive.  He played for Belmont Hill before going out to British Columbia. Carl can play in any situation and will be a great addition to our forward group.”

Corey Kalk
5-11 / 165

Forward / Shoots: Right
North York (OJHL)
DOB - 8/10/94
Thornhill, Ontario

A true centerman, Kalk carries the expectations of a player who recorded 155 points in three seasons with the North York Rangers of the OJHL. In the 2012-13 season, Kalk finished second on the team and seventh in the league in scoring with 76 points on 31 goals and 45 assists in 52 games. During his team’s run to the conference final, Kalk added 30 points as he found the back of the net 16 more times and added 14 helpers in the 18-game postseason. This past winter, he finished with 48 points (20-28-48), while also chipping in with four goals and seven points in eight playoff contests.

What the Coaches Say: “Corey is one of the top players in Ontario, a quick forward who has the ability to score goals and generate offense. He was one of the league’s leading scorers in 2012-13 and followed it up this year with another outstanding season. He has tremendous offensive instincts and is projected to be a prolific offensive player in college.”

Kevin Neiley
5-11 / 185

Forward / Shoots: Right
Exeter Academy (Prep)
DOB - 3/8/95
Warminster, Pa.

The younger brother of Dartmouth’s 2013-14 leading scorer Eric, Kevin follows his older sibling’s footsteps to Hanover. This past year, while attending Exeter Academy as a postgraduate, Kevin had 58 points in 39 games and was one of the top scorers in prep hockey. Prior to his season in Exeter, he was one of the leading scorers in midget hockey with 16 goals and 44 points with Team Comcast U18 during 2012-13.

What the Coaches Say: “Kevin is a physical forward who has the ability to score goals and generate offense. He is ready to make an immediate impact at the college level.”

River Rymsha
6-2 / 195

Defense / Shoots: Left
Wenatchee (NAHL)
DOB - 8/11/96
Huntington Woods, Mich.

Coming to Hanover via Wenatchee, Rymsha is another big defenseman on the Big Green blueline. His one season in the NAHL produced 16 points on four goals and 12 assists in 45 games. Rymsha wasn’t afraid to play a physical brand of hockey in junior either, posting 60 PIM in his one year there. In 2012-13, he suited up for both Little Caesars U18 (HPHL) and the Fargo Force (USHL) before finding his way to the Northwest as Josh Hartley’s replacement on the Wild’s backend.

What the Coaches Say: “River is an excellent two-way defenseman as he is a very good defender with the ability to contribute to the offense. He is a good skater who can move the puck out of the zone and will add size and depth on the Blue Line.

Timothy Shoup
6-0 / 185

Defense / Shoots: Left
Indiana Ice (USHL)
DOB- 6/29/95
Upper St. Claire, Pa.

Another big body to add to the team’s blueline, Shoup finds himself in the Upper Valley following one season in Indiana and the USHL. As a defenseman in 52 games, Shoup notched 16 points (5-11-16) and was a +17 in his rookie campaign. He made the jump to the Ice after 40 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U18 team in 2012-13 in which he registered 22 points (7-15-22).

What the Coaches Say: “Tim is an excellent offensive player with great sense and the ability to make players around him better.  He was one of the top defensemen in midget hockey last season playing for the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins. This year he had an outstanding season in the USHL for the Indiana Ice and will be an outstanding player at the college level.”

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