PROVIDENCE, RI – Head men's hockey coach Brendan Whittet '94 has announced his third recruiting class as the Bears' head coach. This talented group of five players (three forwards and two defensemen) is set to join the Bears this fall as part of the Class of 2016. They represent three different states and one province. Illinois (two players) leads the way, while British Columbia, Connecticut and Massachusetts are also represented in this year's class.
"This elite group represents all that Brown Hockey looks for in a potential student-athlete," 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 five 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 Associate Head Coach Mark White and Assistant Coach Mike Souza put forth in recruiting such a premier group of student-athletes."
Nick Lappin (Geneva, Illinois)
2011-12 Team: Tri-City Storm (USHL)
The Lappin File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … great skater … rangy offensive prospect … elite level ability … high compete level … makes plays … fierce … responsible at both ends of the rink … nose for the net … specialty teams ability … high hockey IQ … good vision … leadership ability … selected as captain of the 2011-12 Tri-City Storm … Lappin's 27 goals were among the top 10 in the USHL … overall point total of 46 was among the top 25 in the USHL … had 184 shots, which was 8th in the USHL … recorded 82 points (41g, 41a) in 142 career games played in the USHL over three seasons … played initial USHL season in Cedar Rapids before a trade sent him to Tri-City for the past two years … Eligible for 2012 NHL Draft.
Mark Naclerio (Milford, Connecticut)
2011-12 Team: Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
The Naclerio File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … key cog in Waterloo's drive to the USHL Finals … powerful skater … versatile … high hockey IQ … good shot … quick release … responsible at both ends of the rink … good vision … specialty teams ability … had 28 assists during the regular season and ranked in the top 25 in the USHL … totaled 8 points during the playoffs to rank in the top 10 in playoff scoring … played at Avon Old Farms from 2008-11 … recorded 94 points (36g, 58a) in 81 career games played at Avon … captain of the 2010-11 Avon squad … helped Avon win the 2010 New England Prep School Championship.
Joe Prescott (Norwell, Massachusetts)
2011-12 Team: South Shore Kings
The Prescott File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) … big, strong player … pure goal scorer … can snap a puck off … gritty … tremendous creating down low offense … very good getting to the net … physical player … Prescott's point totals played him among the top 15 scorers in the EJHL … his 21 goals were in the top 20 … also had 35 assists … Named to the 2012 EJHL All-Star Game … 2011 selection as a member of the EJHL squad that represented USA Hockey at the Junior World Cup in Omsk, Russia … 2011 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft ranking of 191 … played at St. Sebastian's from 2008-11 … recorded 84 points (35 goals, 49a) in 93 career games played at St. Sebastian's.
Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia)
2011-12 Team: Merritt Centennials
The Pfeil File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … fluid skater … good stride … big shot from the point … big and lanky … great at making an effective first outlet pass … intelligent with the puck … hard worker … provides offense from the blue line … power play ability … good hockey sense … helped to lead Merritt to one of their best seasons in recent team history … recorded 56 points (18g, 38a) in 123 games played in two seasons for Merritt.
Nathan Widman (Naperville, Illinois)
2011-12 Team: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
The Widman File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … traded to Cedar Rapids by Omaha … powerful skater … intelligent decision maker … shut-down defender … bruising physical player … nasty disposition … high work ethic … fierce competitor … strong-willed … valuable penalty killer … recorded 14 points (3g, 11a) and 88 pims in 111 career games played the past two seasons in the USHL.