Tuesday, May 11, 2010

MSU men and women announce recruits

The Minnesota State men's hockey team finally announced the three recruits who have signed national letters of intent since the signing period began about a month ago. No surprises there, as J.P. Burkemper, John McInnis and Josh Nelson joined the five players who signed with the Mavericks during the early signing period in November.

In Tuesday's Free Press, I had a story on the women's hockey team's recruits. That team announced three recruits that, with another recruit coming, will bring next fall's freshman class to a whopping 11 players.

Coach Eric Means was hired one year ago today (May 11), and, not only were most of the current players already gone for the summer, but he was able to bring in just one new player, Lauren Smith, who ended up being the team's second-leading scorer and will be the top returner next year. Means will have a much bigger impact on building his roster this year with seven players graduating and that big recruiting class coming in.

"That's half the roster," Means said. "Half the roster will have changed in a year. We'll be young, but I really like the players we have coming in, and I like the players who are returning, too."

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