As you'll read in The Gazette on Wednesday, CC secured letters of intent from Tim Hall, Andrew Hamburg and Rylan Schwartz. Those are in addition to the letters of intent from Nick Dineen and David Civitarese, signed last fall and earlier this year, respectively.
The recruits that are definitely coming in 2008, barring injury or some unforeseen circumstance, are Dineen, Hall, Civitarese and Joe Marciano. Possible additions to that class--resulting from early departures and other roster changes--include Hamburg and Schwartz. If either of those two makes a rapid skill development this season, then that would also earn them consideration for 2008 matriculation.
Coach Scott Owens discusses some of the players below:
F Nick Dineen, Omaha, Neb.
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
5-foot-9, 190 pounds, 2/28/89
Fun fact: Dineen played for the AAA Pikes Peak Miners in 2004-05 and attended Liberty
Owens: "Dineen is really excelling right now. He's in his third year in the league. He's a tremendous locker-room guy. He's a great leader. He can play gritty, he can score. He's really having a great year. He was one of their top three guys in that (World Junior A) tournament up at Trail (B.C.). He's all about team. ...We knew that he had tremendous character. In midgets he scored a fair amount. His first two years in the USHL, he just scored OK, but now he's settling down and he's still pretty young."
C Tim Hall, Sewickley, Pa.
Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (USHL)
5-foot-8, 160 pounds, 2/2/90
Fun fact: Hall is the second player from the Pittsburgh area in CC history. John Mooney, who played for CC from 1989-91.
Owens: "Tim Hall had 17 goals and 14 assists as a '90 (birthdate) last year in the USHL. He's off to a little bit of a slow start this year, but he played well overseas this summer and he also really played well up at Trail (at the World Junior A tournament). He's a tenacious, hard-working left-handed forward with some scoring touch. He's a smart hockey player and he'll be an asset to us. He needs to get things rolling a little bit now, but no matter what we're bringing him in next year."
2008 or 2009
C Rylan Schwartz, Wilcox, Saskatchewan
Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League)
5-foot-10, 180 pounds, 1/8/1990
Fun fact: Plays for the same team that produced sophomore defenseman Kris Fredheim and assistant coach Norm Bazin.
"He's been doing well. He's only played two, three months of junior hockey. He did very well in midgets. Our original discussion on him was for '09. We just wanted him to mature and that's where we thought he'd fit in nicely for us."
RW Andrew Hamburg, Phoenix
St. Louis Bandits (North American Hockey League)
6-foot-2, 175 pounds, 6/17/1989
Fun fact: Nicknamed "Hammer"
Hamburg landed with the Bandits after a two-game stint with the NAHL's Texas Tornado. Originally thought would be playing for Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, but was one of the final cuts.
"He was a late cut. It's tough for high school. It's a learning experience. He ended up in St. Louis, which has a very good North American team and he's doing pretty well."
I'll catch Owens about Civitarese and Marciano later this week.