PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown University men's ice hockey coach Brendan Whittet '94 has announced the Class of 2014, his first full class as the head coach of the Bears. The Class of 2014 consists of 10 players – three defensemen, six forwards, and one goalie. They represent six different states, two different provinces, and one difference country with Massachusetts the only repeat, as two players from the class hail from the Bay State. Also represented are British Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine. Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Italy.
Goaltender Marco DeFilippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) will join the Bears after completing his high school career at the Kent School. The 6-2, 185-pound DeFilippo was named to the New England All-Star Team as well as the Kent School MVP after posting a .947 save percentage with 448 saves on the season, leading the New England Prep School League in both GAA and save %. DeFilippo also held a .910 save percentage during the 2008-09 season.
Three defensemen join the Bears this season, all three of whom are skilled at moving the puck: Marc-Antoine Carrier (Levis, QUE), Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC), and Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL). Carrier comes to Brown after completing his high school career at the Northwood School in New York. A smooth-skating defenseman, Carrier was ranked 113th on the 2010 Central Scouting draft list. In 38 games last year at Northwood, Carrier posted 19 points (6g, 13a) after earning 16 points (5g, 11a) in 39 games in 2008-09.
A big and strong defenseman at 6-0, 195 pounds, Robertson was named the Langley Chiefs co-top-defenseman in 2009-10. A contributor on the Chiefs' power play, Robertson finished his two-year career in the BCHL with 46 points (10g, 36a) and 147 penalty minutes in 108 games, after recording 34 points (9g, 25a) in 53 games during 2009-10.
Like Robertson, Wahl brings size to the defensive corps. The 6-1, 188-pound Wahl is a solid all-around defender, who is also a good skater. A Finalist for Michigan's "Mr. Hockey" while playing for Cranbook in 2008-09, Wahl spent last season with the Omaha Lancers. In 32 games with the Lancers, Wahl posted six assists as well as a +11 rating. Wahl was also twice named a Michigan High School All-Star while at Cranbrook.
Rounding out the Class of 2014 are six forwards; Mike Borge (Somerset, MA), Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA), Garnet Hathaway (Kinnebunkport, ME), Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA), Mike Juola (Lake Forest, CA), and Jimmy Siers (Mt. Prospect, IL). Borge comes to Brown after completing his third season at The Hotchkiss School. A captain for Hotchkiss in 2009-10, Borge was named Hotchkiss MVP after recording 33 points (14g, 19a) in 21 games, tying for first on the team in scoring despite missing five games during the season. Borge helped to lead Hotchkiss to a 2009 Founders League Championship, leading the team with 14 goals during 2008-09 and finishing the season with 30 points (14g, 16a) in 25 games.
A big power forward who is a goal scorer, the 6-0, 195-pound Goldberg joins Brown after spending the past three seasons at Berkshire School. A two-time New England Prep All-Star, Goldberg was Berkshire's leading goal scorers during his final two seasons, scoring a career-high 27 in 2008-09 and 25 in 2009-10. Goldberg also had a career-high 28 assists during the 2008-09 season, while averaging 24 goals and 24 assists for three straight years. Ranked 145th on the 2009 Central Scouting draft list, he left Berkshire as one of the school's all-time leaders in both goals (73) and assists (71).
Another big power forward, the 6-2, 191-pound Hathaway comes to Brown following a successful career at Philips Andover Academy. Ranked 110th by Central Scouting in 2010, Hathaway led Andover in scoring with 17 goals. Hourihan also brings size and strength to the Bears' forward line and will join the Bears following a successful career at Noble & Greenough. Ranked 142 on the 2009 Central Scouting draft list, the 6-2, 190-pound Hourihan scored 14 goals for Noble & Greenough in 2010 and had 20 points during the 2009 season.
Juola brings great skill and vision to Brown, finishing the past season ranked 2nd in the NAHL in points (77) while playing for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. A First Team All-NAHL selection in 2010, Juola finished the season with 77 points (22g, 55a) in 58 games after earning 60 points (16g, 44a) in 52 games during the 2009 season.
A hard-working & strong win, Siers comes to Brown after spending the past two seasons in the USHL. During the 2008-09 season with the Lincoln Stars, Siers posted nine points (3g, 6a) to go along with 140 penalty minutes in 50 games. Last season, Siers played in 10 games with Lincoln (1 assist, 29 penalty minutes), before closing out the year with the Waterloo Blackhawks, where he played in 33 games (5g, 6a, 11points – 80 penalty minutes).