June 18, 2014

Men’s Hockey Announces Nine-Member Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's hockey head coach Brendan Whittet is pleased to announce the addition of nine incoming student-athletes, set to join the program in the fall of 2014. The talented group features five forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, representing four states as well as Ontario. The class of 2018 consists of Tyler Bird (Andover, Mass.), Dane Cooper (Chicago, Ill.), Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.), Tim Lappin (St. Charles, Ill.), Connor Maher (Marshfield, Mass.), Josh McArdle (Roscoe, Ill.), Braeden Russell (Oakville, Ontario), Ben Tegtmeyer (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.).

"I am excited to welcome a group of nine to Brown University and our hockey program," said Whittet. "They are all tremendous people and elite-level players with outstanding academic records and fierce competitive drives. I know that this incoming group will mesh seamlessly with our returning student-athletes and allow us to realistically pursue championships. These nine individuals represent the best of the best and we welcome them to our Brown Hockey Family.

"I would like to publicly recognize the tremendous effort and time that both Mark White and Mike Levine put forth in recruiting such a premier group of student-athletes."

Tyler Bird
Forward
6-3/200
Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts
Previous Team: Kimball Union Academy (NE Prep) 

The Bird File: Spent the past season playing for Kimball Union Academy in New England prep hockey … key cog in KUA's drive to the Piatelli/Simmons prep championship … elite level ability … power forward … makes his living in the gritty areas of the ice … heavy shot … pro release … high compete level … makes plays … responsible at both ends of the rink … nose for the net … specialty teams ability … leadership ability … selected as captain of the 2013-14 Kimball Union squad … Bird's 33 goals placed him second in New England prep hockey in that category … his 60 total points placed him fourth overall in scoring … drafted in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft by the Tri-City Storm … invited and participated at 2014 NHL Central Scouting Combine … final 2014 NHL Central Scout Ranking of 117, projecting him as a potential top four round NHL draft choice.

Dane Cooper
Defenseman
6-0/200
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Previous Team: Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) 

The Cooper File: Spent the past season playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the United States Hockey League (USHL) … powerful skater … shut-down defender … bruising physical player … very tough … high work ethic … fierce competitor … named an assistant captain this past season in Waterloo … awarded Waterloo's Fans' Choice Player of the Year for both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons … before Waterloo spent the 2011-12 season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL … recorded 162 games played in over three seasons in the USHL, adding 33 total points and 299 penalty minutes.

Charlie Corcoran
Forward
5-10/170
Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut
Previous Team: Berkshire School (NE Prep) 

The Corcoran File: Spent the past season playing for the Berkshire School in New England prep hockey … point producer … high hockey IQ … great skater … elite passing ability … crafty … sees the ice very well … can create offense … specialty teams ability … has totaled 38 goals and 73 assists for 111 total points over the past three seasons at Berkshire … named 2014 Berkshire School team MVP… drafted by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

Tim Lappin
Forward
6-1/180
Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois
Previous Team: Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) 

The Lappin File: Spent the past season playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the United States Hockey League (USHL) … tremendous two-way player … plays a gritty style of hockey … antagonist … great work ethic … good stick around the net … big strong player … physical … named captain of the Blackhawks this past season … helped Waterloo to the USHL regular season championship and a runner-up finish in the USHL Clark Cup playoff championships … named to the 2011 United States Under-18 Select Team that competed in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament … recorded totals of 171 games played with 57 total points and 202 penalty minutes in over three seasons in the USHL … originally drafted in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft by the Tri-City Storm … cousin Nick Lappin is a rising junior on the Brown hockey team.

Connor Maher
Goalie
6-0/190
Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts
Previous Team: South Shore Kings (USPL) 

The Maher File: Spent the past season playing for the South Shore Kings in the United States Premier Hockey League … athletic … competitor … great work ethic … makes saves … appeared in 19 games for the Kings, posting a 2.93 goals against average and a .908 save percentage … previously played for Noble & Greenough … named team captain as a senior at Nobles … excelled for the Cape Cod Whalers U-18 Team in the 2011-12 season, compiling a 1.76 goals against average.

Josh McArdle
Defenseman
6-1/195
Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois
Previous Team: Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) 

The McArdle File: Spent the past season playing for the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … powerful skater … intelligent decision maker … shut-down defender … bruising physical player … nasty disposition … high work ethic … fierce competitor … strong-willed … valuable penalty killer … awarded Nanaimo's Most Inspirational Player … prior to Nanaimo, spent the previous two seasons playing for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … drafted in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft by the Tri-City Storm.

Braeden Russell
Forward
6-3/210
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Previous Team: Surrey Eagles (BCHL) 

The Russell File: Spent the past season playing for the Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … power forward … big, strong player … goal scorer … can snap a puck off … gritty … tremendous creating down low offense … very good getting to the net … physical player … played for the Oakville Blades in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) from 2009-2012, recording 43 goals and 62 assists for 105 total points coupled with 120 penalty minutes in 118 games played … named to Team Canada East in 2011 and competed in the World Junior A Challenge.  

Ben Tegtmeyer
Defenseman
6-2/200
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Previous Team: West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) 

The Tegtmeyer File: Spent the past season playing for the West Kelowna Warriors in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … strong skater … good stick … smart decision maker … big shot from the point … specialty teams ability … was a two-time all-conference selection at the Breck School in Minnesota, leading that team to a pair of Minnesota High School Sectional Championships.

Max Willman
Forward
6-0/190
Hometown: Barnstable, Massachusetts
Previous Team: Williston Northampton School (NE Prep) 

The Willman File: Spent the past season playing for Williston Northampton in New England prep school hockey … crafty offensive player … powerful skater … great speed and acceleration … slippery with the puck … creates offense … high hockey IQ … good shot … quick release … specialty teams ability … named to the 2013-14 Prep All-New England Team following his season at Williston … final 2014 NHL Central Scout Ranking of 116, projecting him as a potential top four round NHL draft choice.