July 31, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University men's ice hockey coach Roger Grillo has announced the Class of 2012, consisting of 10 players, including Kevin Koopman (Hope, BC), a 2006 draft selection of the Ottawa Senators (6th round, 181st overall). Included in the 10-member class are four defensemen, five forwards, and one goalie. They represent four different states and three different provinces with three hailing from Massachusetts and two coming from Alberta. New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia are also represented along with British Columbia and Ontario.
Goaltender Michael Clemente (Great Falls, VA) will join the Bears after two seasons with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program. The 6-2, 200 pound Clemente played in 23 games last year, posting a 3.19 GAA and an .889 save percentage in 16 games with the Under-17 Team and a 2.88 GAA and an .879 save percentage in seven games with the Under-18 Team. He was also recognized as the NAHL North Division Player of the Week in late February while playing with the Under-18 Team. During the 2006-2007 season, Clemente played in 29 games, including 28 with the Under-17 Team. He finished the year with an .879 save percentage and won his only start with the Under-18 Team.
Four defensemen join the Bears this season including Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ), Riley LaForge (Edmonton, ALB), and Michael Wolff (Walpole, MA), in addition to Koopman. Buvinow joins the Bears after completing his education and high school hockey career at The Gunnery in Washington, CT, where he played for the past two seasons. A NEPSHIA West First Team selection in 2008, Buvinow also earned Honorable Mention All-New England after finishing 2nd in defenseman scoring in all of New England with 36 points (6g, 30a). A team captain and MVP at The Gunnery, Buvinow also earned NEPSHIA West All-Rookie Team honors in 2007, finishing with 20 points (12g, 8a).
Koopman joins the Bears after splitting last season between the Vernon Vipers, Trail Smoke Eaters, and Merritt Centennials, all of the BCHL. A member of the Vipers during the 2007 season, where he played in 45 games, Koopman started the 2008 season with the Vipers, appearing in nine games, before moving to the Centennials, where he was named a team captain. In 28 games, the 6-3, 205 pound Koopman picked up 14 points (7g, 7a) and 53 penalty minutes, before closing out the season with the Trail Smoke Eaters. In 20 games, Koopman had six points (4g, 2a) and 26 penalty minutes. In two seasons in the BCHL, Koopman compiled 30 points (12g, 18a) and 204 penalty minutes in 102 games.
LaForge comes to Brown from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he spent the last three seasons with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. Last season, LaForge posted a career-high 36 points (7g, 29a) in 60 games and was the top scoring defenseman for the Oil Barons. In 148 career games with the Oil Barons, LaForge totaled 64 points (13g, 51a) and 78 penalty minutes, helping to lead the team to the AJHL Championship in 2006 and the North Division Championship in 2008.
Wolff joins the Bears after playing junior hockey with the Bridgewater Bandits of the EJHL. A three-year starter at BC High from 2005-2007, Wolff helped to lead BC High to back-to-back Massachusetts Super 8 Hockey State Championships (2006, 2007), before finishing out with the Bandits last season. An EJHL All-Star in 2008, Wolff played in 39 games last year and totaled 10 points (3g, 7a).
Rounding out the Class of 2012 are five forwards, Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA), Michael Griffin (Hingham, MA), Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB), Garrett Noiles (Carlisle, ONT), and Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH). Farnham joins the Bears, already with strong family ties to the University and the athletic department, as his father, Bob, and two uncles, Mark and Paul, were members of the Brown football team in the late 70s and early 80s. In addition, his cousin Buddy is a rising junior at Brown and an All-American football player for the Bears. Farnham finished his high school hockey career at Phillips Andover, after two years at the Brooks School. A co-captain last year, Farnham finished the season with 51 points (21g, 30a), earning First Team All-New England Prep and Lawrence Eagle Tribune First Team All-Star honors, helping to lead Andover to the New England Prep Playoffs. In four seasons, Farnham finished his high school career with 173 points (89g, 84a).
Griffin joins the Bears from Noble and Greenough, where he was a captain last year. A two-sport athlete in high school, Griffin played both ice hockey and lacrosse at Thayer (two years), before transferring to Nobles, where he played both sports for three seasons. An All-ISL selection in both ice hockey and lacrosse, Griffin helped to lead Nobles to two ISL Championships in both ice hockey and lacrosse.
Maclellan was a teammate of LaForge last year with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, after spending the 2006-2007 season with the Calgary Canucks, also of the AJHL. The leading scorer on the team during the regular season and through the playoffs, Maclellan finished the year with 93 points (37g, 56a), including 78 points (29g, 49a) during the regular season. An AJHL All-Star, Maclellan was also named the Oil Barons' playoff MVP. During the 2006-2007 season with the Canucks, Maclellan led all rookies on the team in scoring with 44 points, earning Rookie of the Year honors.
Noiles comes to Brown, having finished out last season with the Port Hope Predators of the OPJHL. In 28 games with the Predators, Noiles tallied 30 points, distributed evenly between goals and assists, including six power play goals. The 6-3 Noiles started the year with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, where he was a linemate of Maclellan on the Oil Barons' top line.
Smith joins the Bears, after spending last season with the Bridgewater Bandits, of the EJHL. A 2008 EJHL All-Star, Smith was second on the team in scoring with 50 points, while leading the team with 25 goals and 11 power play goals as an assistant captain. In his first season with the Bandits in 2006-2007, Smith finished with 40 points (20g, 20a). Played hockey at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, OH prior to joining the Bandits, where he was the team's and the league's (MPHL) leading scorer as a senior, earning team MVP honors and First Team All-League.