Whittet Announces Eight-Member Class of 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI – Head men's hockey coach Brendan Whittet '94 has announced his fourth recruiting class as the Bears' head coach. This talented group of eight players (four forwards, two defensemen, and two goalies) is set to join the Bears this fall as part of the Class of 2017. They represent the United States (Massachusetts and Michigan), Canada (British Columbia and Ontario) and Finland.

"I would like to welcome to the Brown Hockey family a tremendous group of eight student-athletes," said Whittet. "This is a diverse group with players coming from three different countries and also spread out amongst positions.  At Brown we pride ourselves on work and competition.  All eight incoming players, while possessing different strengths, embody that Brown Hockey trademark work ethic and compete level that I demand out of every player who puts on our jersey.  This class is a direct result of the tireless recruiting efforts put forth by Associate Head Coach Mark White and former Assistant Coach Mike Souza." 

FORWARDS
Andrew Doane
5-10/188
Hometown:
Holliston, Massachusetts
Previous Team: South Shore Kings
High School: Noble & Greenough

  • Registered 43 points (23g, 20a) in 42 games with the South Shore Kings in 2012-13, finishing as the team's third-leading scorer
  • Selected to play in the EJHL All-Star Game
  • Four-year member of the team at Noble & Greenough
  • Named All-ISL in both 2010-11 and 2011-12
  • Was a two-time captain of the hockey team at Noble & Greenough
  • Also played lacrosse for three years at Nobles
  • Recipient of the Noble & Greenough Athletic Shield Award
  • Class officer all four years of high school and recipient of the Senior Sportsmanship Award

Kyle Kramer
5-9/180
Hometown:
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Previous Team: Nanaimo Clippers
High School: Ballenas Secondary School

  • Played for the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL for the past four seasons
  • Finished the 2012-13 season as the Clippers' second-leading scorer with 57 points (30g, 27a), while leading the team in goals
  • Also led the team with 10 power play goals and scored four game-winning goals
  • Increased his point total in each of his four years with the Clippers, scoring 21 points in 2010, 42 in 2011, and 56 in 2012
  • Honorable Mention student in high school at Bellenas Secondary School

Davey Middleton
6-3/200
Hometown:
Novi, Michigan
Previous Team: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
High School: Detroit Catholic Central

  • Played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders from 2011-13
  • Finished the 2012-13 season with 30 points (13g, 17a) in 60 games, scoring two power play goals, three short-handed goals, and one game-winner
  • Recorded 15-13-28 totals in 38 games during the 2011-12 season, earning a +15 rating
  • Spent part of 2011-12 with the Tri-City Storm, where he also played in 2010-11
  • Was a four-year member of the hockey team at Detroit Catholic Central, helping the team win the Division I State Championship in both 2009 and 2010
  • Named 2010 First Team All-State, All-League and Academic All-State
  • National Honor Society member while at Detroit Catholic Central

Zack Pryzbek
6-4/205
Hometown:
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Previous Team: Coquitlam Express
High School: Salisbury School

  • Played for the Coquitlam Express in the BCHL during the 2012-13 season
  • Finished the year with 24 points (12g, 12a) and 73 PIM
  • Played for Team Canada West at the World Junior Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, helping the team advance to the Finals
  • Also played hockey at the Hill Academy in Toronto, Ontario and then at Salisbury School
  • Compiled 17 points (7g, 10a) and 53 PIM in 23 games during the 2011-12 season at Salisbury
  • Helped to lead Salisbury to the Founders League Championship and a #1 ranking in New England Prep School hockey
  • Recipient of the Mills Award for Top All-Around player
  • Honor Roll student all four years of high school
  • Graduated from Salisbury in 2012 with First Honors and honors in English and Anatomy, earning the Anatomy Award

DEFENSEMEN
Aleksi Rossi
6-3/199
Hometown:
Kuopio, Finland
Previous Team: KalPa/Waterloo Black Hawks
High School: Kuopion Vassillien Lukio

  • Spent part of the 2012-13 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL and part with the KalPa U20 Team in Finland
  • Tallied three assists in 20 games with the Black Hawks and three assists in 14 games with KalPa
  • Was an assistant captain for the KalPa U20team in 2011-12, earning 17 points (3g, 14a) in 45 games
  • Captained the KalPa U18 team in 2010-11, posting 15 points (4g, 11a) in 10 games
  • Attended Kuopion Vassillinen Lukio for high school

Tyler Wood
6-3/205
Hometown:
Manchester, Massachusetts
Previous Team: Noble & Greenough
High School: Noble & Greenough

  • Played at Noble & Greenough for the past two seasons
  • Recipient of the Athletic Shield Award, given to the best male athlete at Noble & Greenough, in 2013
  • Earned All-ISL honors in both hockey and lacrosse as a senior
  • Finished the 2012-13 season ranked third on the team in scoring with 27 points (12g, 15a) in 27 games
  • Played at Governor's prior to attending Noble & Greenough
  • Ranked 206 on the final 2013 Central Scouting Draft rankings
  • Father, Randy, played in the NHL for 11 years (741 games)

GOALIES
Tim Ernst
6-1/180
Hometown:
Pickering, Ontario
Previous Team: Berkshire School
High School: Berkshire School

  • Recipient of 2013 Berkshire Hockey Trophy as the team MVP
  • Named USHR Runner-Up for New England Prep School Goalie of the Year (2013)
  • Played 1261 minutes in 2012-13, recording 610 saves and a .930 save percentage, fifth in New England Prep School hockey
  • Helped Berkshire go on a 20-game unbeaten streak during the season
  • Played two seasons at Salisbury prior to transferring to Berkshire
  • Honor Roll student throughout high school and member of Honor Committee
  • Earned highest GPA as a sophomore at Salisbury

Tyler Steel
6-2/190
Hometown:
Merritt, British Columbia
Previous Team: Merritt Centennials
High School: Vernon Secondary School

  • Played for three seasons with the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL
  • Appeared in 46 games during the 2012-13 regular season, posting a 2.56 GAA and a .911 save percentage
  • Earned a 26-18-2 record, including five shutouts and also tallied four assists
  • Named First Team BCHL Interior Conference
  • Played in 29 games during the 2011-12 season, earning a 2.60 GAA and a .916 save percentage
  • Honor Roll student while at Vernon Secondary School