The Bemidji State men’s hockey program announced Tuesday the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Beavers next season.
Mitch Cain, Danny Mattson, Sean Rudy and Andrew Walsh all signed NLIs during the signing period that began April 13.
“We are excited to welcome these four players to Bemidji State University and our hockey program,” BSU Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Ted Belisle said in a press release. “As a class these players along with our early signees, Matt Prapavessis and Sam Windle, bring a good balance of size and talent to our lineup.”
Cain is a forward out of Fort Frances, Ontario and is listed at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He played last season with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League and ranked second in team goals (19) and fifth in scoring with 27 points.
Cain scored 28 goals and 48 points in a two year, 116-game USHL career. Prior to the USHL he played for the Fort Frances Jr. Sabres and was named the SIJHL’s Best Defensive Forward.
“He has a lot of physical talent to add to our hockey program,” Belisle said. “He is a big, powerful forward with tremendous speed. We look for Mitch to add grit and determination to our forward group next season.”
Mattson is a forward listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds and played high school hockey at Holy Angels in Richfield.
He spent the last two seasons in the USHL playing for Omaha, Chicago and Youngstown. He scored nine goals and 29 points playing for Chicago and Youngstown this season after scoring 15 goals and 29 points with Omaha and Chicago the previous season.
Mattson, who previously made a verbal commitment to North Dakota, was a 2009 Mr. Hockey finalist in Minnesota when he led Class AA in scoring with 21 goals and 76 points. His 89 career high school goals is a Holy Angels school record.
Mattson’s father, Terry Mattson, was an All-American for Bemidji State and played for the Beavers from 1985-88 with current BSU head coach Tom Serratore.
“Danny is a talented forward who has the potential to chip in offensively,” Belisle said. “He is a cerebral player and has the ability to play on the power play. We are excited to work with Danny’s talent next season.”
Rudy is a forward listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds out of Long Sault, Ontario. He has scored 48 goals and 127 points over the last two seasons with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
He is Wellington’s leading scorer this season with 22 goals and 73 points this season. He scored a point in 47 of 58 regular season games. Wellington won the OHJL’s East Division and is currently playing for the Central Canadian Championship in the playoffs.
“He is a very reliable player with a strong work ethic and possesses a lot of the intangibles that help you win,” Belisle said. “He is a hard player to play against and will add some height to our lineup. We are excited to have him part of our program.”
Walsh is a goalie listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and is a native of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
He played in 32 of 58 games with Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League last season and let the team in minutes played (1,800) and saves (1,027). He had a goals against average 3.70 and a .902 save percentage. He had at least 30 saves in 19 of the games he appeared in.
Walsh played three seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League prior to Dawson Creek.
“Andrew is a big, talented goalie that has seen a lot of rubber during his time in junior hockey,” Belisle said. “We like the fact that he brings some height in our net. He is also a very good first save goalie and controls his rebounds very well. We look forward to working with his talent as a goaltender.”
Walsh, Rudy, Mattson and Cain join defensemen Prapavessis and Windle as junior hockey players to sign NLIs to play for Bemidji State next season.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Bemidji State recently completed its first season in the WCHA and finished with a 15-8-5 overall record. BSU finished 10th in league play with an 8-15-5 overall record and reached the WCHA Final Five semifinals in the postseason.
Bemidji State will open the 2011-12 season on the road against Miami Oct. 7-8. The home-opening series at the Sanford Center is scheduled for Oct. 21-22 against Michigan Tech.
Rudy, Tosunian playing in Canadian national junior playoff regional
Sean Rudy is competing for the Dudley-Hewitt Cup this week with the Wellington Dukes in Huntsville, Ontario. The winner of the round-robin tournament is the Central Canadian Junior A Hockey Champion and earns a berth in the Royal Bank Cup (April 30-May 8).
Tyler Tosunian, a BSU verbal commitment, is playing for the Fred Page Cup with the Pembroke Lumber Kings this week. The winner of that round robin tournament is the Eastern Canadian Junior A Hockey Champion and earns a berth in the Royal Bank Cup.
The winner of the Royal Bank Cup is the Canadian Junior Hockey Champion.
Bob Kinne commits
Cretin-Derham Hall senior Bob Kinne has made a verbal commitment to Bemidji State according to a report this week from Loren Nelson at minnesotahockey.org.
Kinne scored 22 goals and had 31 assists for 53 points with the Raiders last season.
Kinne is the brother of current BSU player Ben Kinne, who took a medical redshirt last season and did not play in a game with the Beavers in 2010-11. Ben had a stroke during an offseason workout last summer in St. Paul but returned to campus and practiced with the Beavers this winter. Ben will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and there is a possibility he could eventually play with Bob.
“I’ll be pushing hard to get there (to play with Ben), but if not, it’s alright with me,” Bob Kinne told minnesotahockey.org
Petrash to play for Telus Cup with Winnipeg
Corey Petrash, a 16-year-old who could join the Beavers as soon as 2013, will play with his Winnipeg Thrashers AAA Midget team for the Telus Cup.
The Telus Cup is the Canadian national midget championship and six teams are vying for the trophy in St. John’s, Newfoundland this week.
Petrash tore a knee ligament and missed 14 games to start the season, but returned to lead the team in goals (25) and ranked second in team points (45). Winnipeg finished the regular season 37-5-2.
BSU Recruiting List
Here is a glance at BSU’s known recruits via Chris Heisenberg’s NCAA recruiting site.
-Matt Prapavessis (D, Lincoln, USHL), Signed National Letter of Intent
-Sam Windle (D, Chicago, USHL), Signed National Letter of Intent.
-Sean Rudy (F, Wellington, OHJL), Signed National Letter of Intent.
-Andrew Walsh (G, Dawson Creek, NAHL), Signed National Letter of Intent.
-Danny Mattson (F, Omaha, USHL), Signed National Letter of Intent.
-Mitch Cain (F, Des Moines, USHL), Signed National Letter of Intent.
-Tyler Tosunian (F, Pembroke CJHL), verbal commitment.
-Brad Robbins (F, Sioux City, USHL), verbal commitment.
-David Boehm (transfer).