FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart men's hockey head coach CJ Marrotolo announced the addition of eleven players for the 2017-18 season on Thursday.
Freshmen Josh Allan, Alex Bates, Michael Gilroy, Marcel Godbout, Marc Johnstone, Marcus Joseph, Jordan Kaplan, Mel Melconian, and Matt Tugnutt make up the class of 2021. Joining them are transfers Matt Kenneally and Mike Lee. Redshirt sophomore Jason Cotton will also suit up for SHU after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Josh Allan – Defense| 5-10/200 lbs. | Orillia, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
- Allan is the third Golden Hawk on the Pioneers' roster this season. (Zach DeConcilys and Hunter Fargey).
- Recorded four goals and 20 assists in 2016-17 as he captained the Golden Hawks to an east division and North-East Conference championship. He was also a part of Trenton's 2015-16 OJHL Championship.
- In his two seasons with Trenton, Allan registered 43 points on eight goals and 35 assists.
- His playoff performance in that two-year stretch was nine goals and 16 helpers in 35 games.
Coach Marrotolo on Allan: "Josh is a heady, smart defenseman who breaks the puck out well. He will generate offense from the blue line."
Alex Bates – Defense | 5-11/175 lbs. | Parker, Colo./Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
- In his two seasons with Wenatchee, Bates recorded 50 points on six goals and 44 assists
- He skated in 54 contests for the Wild in 2016-17, picking up 37 points from the blue line.
- Bates led the Wild defensemen with 34 assists on the season. Fifteen of his assists came on the power play.
Coach Marrotolo on Bates: "Alex is a good skating two-way defenseman. He is a solid and conscientious player that is sound positionally."
Michael Gilroy – Defense | 6-3/205 lbs. | North Belmore, N.Y. /P.A.L. Junior Islanders (USPHL)
- A Blueliner from Long Island who appeared in 82 games for the P.A.L Junior Islanders over the last two years.
- Captained the team a season ago, recording six goals and 19 assists over 44 games.
- Has a strong hockey bloodline as his brothers, Kevin and Matt, won the 2009 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship at Boston University. Matt won the 2009 Hobey Baker award and played for four teams in the NHL.
Coach Marrotolo on Gilroy: "Mike is a good-skating, technically-sound defenseman. He has great size and reach in his game."
Marcel Godbout – Center | 5-8/175 lbs. | Center Line, Mich./ Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
- Godbout brings speed to the Pioneers' offensive attack
- Split his time with the Madison Capitols and Sioux City Musketeers in 2016-17.
- A veteran of the USHL, playing 207 career games with five teams. He netted 56 career goals to go along with 40 assists.
Coach Marrotolo on Godbout: "Marcel is a highly skilled player that has great speed and a shot that will create offense for us."
Marc Johnstone – Right Wing | 6-0/180 lbs. | Cranford, N.J./Chicago Steel (USHL)
- Captained the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League to the Clark Cup in 2016-17.
- Appeared in 59 games and putting up 29 points on nine goals and 29 assists with a plus nine rating.
- Recorded three goals and 12 assists in 14 games in route to the Clark Cup.
- Was teammates with fellow Pioneers Ruslan Rakhmatov and Marcel Gobout in 2015-16 with the Steel.
Coach Marrotolo on Johnstone: "Marc is an all-around 200-foot player. He is very smart, plays in all situations, and has strong leadership qualities as he captained the Chicago Steel to the Clark Cup"
Marcus Joseph – Defense | 5-8/181 lbs. | Mountain Top, Pa./Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)
- Spent time with the Youngstown Phantoms and Nanaimo Clippers in 2016-17.
- He ended the year with the Clippers, recording 11 assists in 16 games.
- Had a breakout year with the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL in 2015-16, recording 40 points on 13 goals and 27 assists.
Marrotolo on Joseph: "Marcus is a puck-moving defenseman that is not afraid to jump into the rush and join the offense. He displays a good shot and release from the offensive blue line."
Jordan Kaplan – Forward | 5-10/165 lbs. | Bridgewater, N.J./New Jersey Junior Titans (NAHL)
- A North American Hockey League All-Rookie First Team selection in 2016-17
- Played 52 games recording 56 points on 23 goals and 33 assists with a plus 19 rating.
- Played at the Salisbury School from 2014-2016, picking up 21 goals and 25 assists in 55 games.
Coach Marrotolo on Kaplan: "Jordan is an offensive playmaker. He has a good shot and understands where to be to create offense."
Matt Kenneally – Goaltender | 6-0/170 lbs. | Cranston, R.I./Becker College
- Transferred to SHU from Becker College this past January.
- Recorded a .888 save percentage at Berwick Academy.
Coach Marrotolo on Kenneally: "Matt is a hard worker who loves to compete. He has passion for the game and works at his craft."
Mike Lee – Defense | 6-0/190 lbs. | Hamden, Conn./University of Vermont
- Will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA Transfer regulations
- Comes to SHU from Vermont where he appeared in 51 games as a defenseman over the last two seasons.
- In 2014-15 Lee helped guide the Penticton Vees to the Fred Page Cup and Western Canada Cup. Led the team with 34 assists.
- The Hamden, Conn. native attended The Gunnery Prep.
Coach Marrotolo on Lee: "Mike is an offensively skilled defenseman who plays the game with great poise."
Mel Melconian – Forward | 6-0/180 | Toronto, Ontario/Aurora Tigers (OJHL)
- Earned the 2016-17 OJHL Rookie of the Year with the Aurora Tigers.
- Played in 51 games, scoring 59 points on 29 goals and 30 assists.
- Led all OJHL rookies in scoring and tallied 14 multi-point games with five multi-goal performances.
Coach Marrotolo on Melconian: "Mel is an elusive player with excellent vision and great touch around the net. He is coming of a successful development camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets."
Matt Tugnutt – Center | 5-10/181 | Peterborough, Ontario/Kemptville 73's (CCHL)
- Impressive five-year career with the 73's of the Central Canadian Hockey League, appearing in 261 games with 210 points from 83 goals and 127 assists.
- Produced his best season in 2016-17, finishing second on the team with 26 goals, 38 assists, and 64 points.
- The 2016-17 CCHL Third team selection recorded six goals and four points in 12 games in the playoffs.
Coach Marrotolo on Tugnutt: "Matt is a terrific skater, a hard worker, and a high-energy player that can finish around the net."