HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth men's hockey head coach Bob Gaudet has announced the individuals that will make up the Class of 2016 suiting up for the Big Green this fall.

Thanks to the recruiting work of associate head coach Dave Peters and assistant coach John Rose, Dartmouth will welcome in another outstanding group of freshmen this fall.

In all, 10 players will don the Big Green uniform for the first time in 2012-13, including two goaltenders, two defensemen and six forwards. They come to Hanover from five different states and two Canadian provinces and will add depth, size and skill to a team that has advanced in the ECAC Hockey Tournament each of the last two seasons.

"We would like to welcome another group of talented freshmen into the 'Dartmouth Hockey Family' as members of the class of 2016," Gaudet said. "I want to thank Dave Peters and John Rose for their tireless efforts in attracting another outstanding class of student-hockey players. I look forward to the special contributions each will make next season and throughout their careers."


Nick Bligh
Milton, Mass.
Forward - South Shore (EJHL)
6-0 - 180

The coaches think Bligh is a big-time offensive player. He was one of the top players in New England prep school hockey last season at Dexter and has outstanding hockey sense and is extremely competitive. Bligh had an outstanding season in the EJHL and was named Rookie of the Year for his efforts. He led the league in assists and was second overall in points.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 (EJHL) 43 22 63 85 53 6 3 2 5 4


Brett Patterson
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Forward - Sioux City (USHL)
6-0 - 185

Patterson played two years in the USHL and is an excellent offensive player and very reliable in the defensive zone. Last season, despite battling through various injuries that limited his games played, he averaged close to a point a game.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 (USHL) 53 8 14 22 70 3 1 0 1 0
2011-12 (USHL) 36 6 21 27 49 2 0 0 0 0
2012 (WJAC -U19) 5 1 1 2 4 - - - - -


Tim O'Brien
Winnetka, Ill.
Forward - Sioux City (USHL)
5-10 - 180

O'Brien played two seasons in the USHL and is one of the fastest players in the league and also plays with an edge. With his speed and style of play, O'Brien is capable of playing in every situation.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 (USHL) 45 13 14 27 25 3 0 0 0 2
2011-12 (USHL) 47 12 8 20 22 2 1 0 1 0


Geoff Ferguson
Hanwell, New Brunswick
Defense - Sioux City (USHL)
6-2 - 200

Ferguson is an excellent defender who plays a physical game and sacrifices his body to block shots.  He sees the ice very well and is one of the most intelligent players in junior hockey. He spent five years at the nationally-prominent Shattuck St Mary's School in Minnesota and he played two seasons of junior hockey.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 (USHL) 60 1 13 14 74 2 0 0 0 6


Jack Barre
Fairfield, Conn.
Forward - New Jersey (EJHL)
6-2 - 190

Barre had an excellent season for Salisbury last year.  He is a big, skilled player with outstanding hockey sense. He has great offensive instincts and makes his teammates better. An outstanding season in the EJHL, Jack was one of the league's top players down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 (EJHL) 35 16 25 41 0 - - - - -


Ryan Bullock
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Defense - Muskegon (USHL)
6-0 - 180

Bullock is a very talented defenseman. He is skilled, skates very well and competes at a high level. That skill set made him one of the top defensemen in Minnesota high school hockey at The Blake School as well as in junior hockey.

Season (League) GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 (USHL) 49 10 20 30 50 - - - - -


James Kruger
Minnetonka, Minn.
Goalie - Langley (BCJHL)
6-3 - 200

Kruger proved to be one of the top goalies in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. He is very athletic and plays his angles very well and was outstanding for a young Langley team this year.  He won 25 games in the North American Junior Hockey league two seasons ago after finishing his outstanding high school career.

Season Team (League) GP GAA SV% Playoff GP GAA SV%
2010-11 Alexandria (NAHL) 1 2.00 .913      
2010-11 Texas (NAHL) 39 2.36 .914 4 4.22 .868
2011-12 Langley (BCHL) 34 3.91 .894 - - -


Connor Dempsey
Winthrop, Mass.
Forward - Westside (BCJHL)
5-9 - 175

Dempsey had an excellent year for Rivers and took his talents to the BCJHL.  He has excellent speed and hockey sense and is a versatile forward that can play in all situations.  Connor was his team's leading scorer and most reliable player in key situations.

Season GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 (BCHL) 56 24 34 58 28 - - - - -


Charles Grant
Berwick, Nova Scotia
Goalie - Yarmouth (MJHL)
6-2 - 190

Grant is one of the top goalies in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.  He has excellent quickness for a bigger goalie and had an outstanding junior career, including leading his team into the league finals with a shutout win in Game 7 of the semifinals.

Season Team (League) GP GAA SV% Playoff GP GAA SV%
2009-10 Yarmouth (MJAHL) 18 3.91 .889      
2010-11 Yarmouth (MJAHL) 35 3.24 .905 12 3.06 .905
2011-12 Yarmouth (MJAHL) 36 2.54 .907 18 2.21 .930


Brad Schierhorn
Anchorage, Alaska

Forward - Tri City (USHL)
6- 3 - 200

Schierhorn is an excellent offensive player and very reliable in the defensive zone. He is a smart player who can play both center and wing. This season, he played the point on the power play and has the ability to step in and file roles in all situations on the ice.

Season GP G A Pts PIM Playoff GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 (USHL) 57 12 9 21 19 - - - - -
2011-12 (USHL) 59 6 28 34 32 2 0 0 0 0