ANN ARBOR, Mich.
-- University of Michigan head ice hockey coach Red Berenson
announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 19) that five student-athletes -- Mike Brown (Northbrook, Ill.)
, Tim Cook (Montclair, N.J.)
, Jason Dest (Fraser, Mich.)
, T.J. Hensick (Howell, Mich.)
and Matt Hunwick (Roseville, Mich.)
-- have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend and play hockey at the University next fall.
Brown, Hensick and Hunwick are all skating with the United States National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team and bring Michigan's total number of USNTDP alumni to 10. Brown, a 6-0, 198-pound forward, has notched three goals and five assists in 20 games, while Hensick (5-9, 170) leads the squad with 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points after 24 games. Hunwick (5-11, 191) has seen action in 15 games this season on the blue line and has recorded one goal and three assists for four points while accumulating a team-high 35 penalty minutes. All three players were teammates of freshman goaltender Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill.) last year on the USNTDP Under-17 Team and all three won a gold medal at the 2002 World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Cook and Dest have spent the past two seasons as members of the United States Hockey League's River City Lancers in Omaha, Neb. Cook (6-4, 190) owns 2-5-7 totals while skating in all 17 games, while Dest (6-0, 156) has tallied three assists in his 17 appearances.
Michigan will graduate five seniors -- forwards Mark Mink (Livonia, Mich.), Jed Ortmeyer (Omaha, Neb.), John Shouneyia (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and J.J. Swistak (West Bloomfield, Mich.), along with defenseman Mike Roemensky (White Lake, Mich.) -- following the 2002-03 campaign.
Q U O T E S
Head Coach Red Berenson
On the recruiting class ... "We think it will be a class that fills our needs. Certainly the three defensemen (Matt Hunwick, Tim Cook and Jason Dest) are all solid performers and will add some depth and consistency to our defense. They all move the puck well, skate well and can play good defense. They'll be good two-way defensemen and I believe they will definitely add to our defense. It's hard to replace the seniors you're losing with a player like (John) Shouneyia, for example, but we think we've got a great young prospect in T.J. Hensick, who's one of those players who could be special. He's very skilled and very creative. Mike Brown is a Jed Ortmeyer type that plays hard every night and is a good skater and a grinder who can score. We think these players certainly have the makings of a strong class."
N O T E S
With the addition of Brown, Hensick and Hunwick, Michigan will have signed 10 players with USNTDP experience. Andy Hilbert (2000-01), Mike Komisarek (2001-02), sophomores Dwight Helminen (Brighton, Mich.), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y.), Jason Ryznar (Anchorage, Alaska) and Eric Werner (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and freshman Al Montoya all skated with the USNTDP before coming to U-M.
In Michigan's 8-2 exhibition win over the USNTDP Under-18 Team on Nov. 1, Brown and Hensick participated for the Under-18 squad, while Hunwick missed the game with an injury.
Contact: Paul Thomas (734) 763-4423