Clarkson Hockey announces Class of 2018
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:18 am

Casey Jones, the Leonard S. Ceglarski Endowed Chair for the Clarkson University Hockey team, has announced his third full recruiting class as the Golden Knights' Head Coach. Jones, who was named the 11th head coach in Clarkson's history in May of 2011, along with assistant coaches Phil Roy '00 and Andy Jones, has brought in six forwards and three defensemen, who will be counted upon to help the Green and Gold fill the void left by the seven graduated seniors.

Clarkson's Class of 2018 is represented by four players from Ontario, three from Quebec and one each from California and Finland. Two of the incoming Golden Knights played in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) and two come from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), while one each competed in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJHL), Quebec Collegiate Hockey League (QCHL), United States Hockey League (USHL) and in Finland Junior A. The group of nine freshmen will join a Green and Gold squad that is coming off its best season in six years.

"We are very excited to bring this class of student-athletes to Clarkson," stated Casey Jones. "We have identified these student-athletes as players who fit the needs of our team and our development model here at Clarkson Hockey. They are all high character individuals who will play vital roles in the Golden Knights' future success. They bring solid work ethic, energy and skill sets that will mesh well with our returning veterans. I want to thank Phil Roy '00 and Andy Jones for all their hard work."

Below is an alphabetical list of Clarkson's recruits

Terrence Amorosa

Defense/ Shoots: Left

HT: 6-2, WT: 190

D.O.B. 11/13/94

Hometown: Kirkland, Quebec

Previous Team: Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)

Notes: 2013, fifth-round NHL Draft choice (132) of the Philadelphia Flyers … Played in 50 games in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers in 2013-14, recording 14 points, including 12 assists, along with posting a team-high +26 plus/minus … Played in 58 games over two years (2011-13) at the Holderness School in New Hampshire, posting 41 points (18-23).

Janick Asselin

Forward/ Shoots: Right

HT: 5-6, WT: 165

D.O.B. 7/10/93

Hometown: Coaticook, Quebec

Previous Team: Sherbrooke Cougars (QJHL)

Notes: Leading offensive force for the Sherbrooke Cougars (QJHL), averaging almost two points per game with 41 goals and 49 assists for 90 points and a plus/minus of +34 through 48 games … Coming off back-to-back 80-plus point seasons … Helped the QJHL St-Louis-Lalime All-Star team win the 2013 Central Canada Cup Tournament as the all-stars' second-leading scorer with 10 points (3-7) in six games … Scored twice in the championship game victory over the OJHL SW all-Star team.

Ben Dalpe

Forward/ Shoots: Left

HT: 5-9, WT: 175

D.O.B. 3/8/94

Hometown: Paris, Ontario

Previous Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Notes: Recorded 41 points on 17 goals and 24 assists in 56 games in the BCHL with Penticton … Played alongside fellow incoming Clarkson recruit, Nic Pierog late in the season for the Vees … Younger brother of current Vancouver Canucks forward Zac Dalpe.

• 3/13/14 - Ben Dalpe just keeps getting better with age

Dylan Gareau

Forward/ Shoots: Left

HT: 6-0, WT: 195

D.O.B. 11/19/93

Hometown: Richmond, Ontario

Previous Team: Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)

Notes: Played two and a half seasons with Cedar Rapids before joining his younger brother, Landon, on the Carleton Place roster in January … Scored eight goals and seven assists in 16 regular-season games for the CCHL Champion Canadians … Tallied six points (4-2) in 12 games during the 2014 CCHL playoffs to help lead Carleton to league title … Teammate of fellow incoming Golden Knight defenseman Kelly Summers on the Canadians' roster.

Brett Gervais

Forward/ Shoots: Right

HT: 5-11, WT: 185

D.O.B. 9/23/94

Hometown: Corona, California

Previous Team: Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)

Notes: Helped Fairbanks, as a team captain, win the NAHL Robertson Cup last year, recording a team-high 25 goals to go along with 19 assists for 44 points and a +29 plus/minus rating in 60 games … Led Fairbanks with six power-play goals, five shorthanded markers and six game-winners … Played alongside current Golden Knights goaltender Steve Perry with the Ice Dogs in 2012-13 … Will be only the second California native ever to skate for Clarkson (Darryl Carlbom '83).

• 3/15/14 - Ice Dogs' Brett Gervais commits to Clarkson

Tyko Karjalainen

Defense/ Shoots: Left

HT: 6-0, WT: 185

D.O.B. 9/11/93

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Previous Team: Jokerit U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)

Notes: Skated in 48 games with Jokerit's Under-20 team this past winter, recording five goals and 28 assists … Continues the long line of Finnish players who have played for the Knights, joining countryman, sophomore goaltender Ville Runola on the 2014-15 Clarkson roster.

Nic Pierog

Forward/ Shoots: Right

HT: 6-2, WT: 210

D.O.B. 4/2/93

Hometown: Georgetown, Ontario

Previous Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Notes: Another member of Penticton who has joined the Golden Knights in recent years … Played alongside fellow incoming Clarkson recruit, Ben Dalpe for the Vees last winter …Tallied five goals to go along with six assists in 19 games late in the season for the Vees after opening the 2013-14 BCHL campaign with Surrey, scoring 26 goals and 12 assists in 39 games with the Eagles … Helped his team win the BCHL playoffs and the Western Canada Cup.

• 1/9/14 - Knighted: Pierog Commits to Clarkson

Kelly Summers

Defense/ Shoots: Right

HT: 6-2, WT: 185

D.O.B. 4/29/96

Hometown: Golden Lake, Ontario

Previous Team: Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)

Notes: 2014, seventh-round NHL Draft choice (189) of the Ottawa Senators … … Scored 17 goals and 43 assists in 56 games for Carleton Place and earned the CCHL's Top Prospect Award … Tallied 13 points (5-8) in 13 games during the 2014 CCHL playoffs to help lead Carleton to league title … Teammate of fellow incoming Golden Knight forward Dylan Gareau … Skated with Canada East at the 2013 WJAC Tournament, scoring four points (2-2) in four games … Was 2013-14 CCHL Rookie of the year with Carleton … Cousin of Clarkson Hockey alumnus, Mike Sullivan ('07)

• 6/28/14 - Ottawa Selects Kelly Summers with the 189th Pick

• 6/25/14 - 2014 NHL Draft Prospect: Clarkson recruit Kelly Summers

• 4/11/14 - NHL draft tracker: Kelly Summers, Carleton Place Canadians

Sam Vigneault

Forward/ Shoots: Left

HT: 6-4, WT: 185

D.O.B. 9/7/95

Hometown: Baie-Comeau, Quebec

Previous Team: Andre-Laurendeau Boomerang (QCHL)

Notes: Andre-Laurendeau's second leading scorer in 2013-14 ... Tallied 60 points on 28 goals and 32 assists along with a team-high +32 plus/minus rating in 37 games in the QCHL … Posted nine points (3-6) in six playoff contests.