ASU D1 Hockey Team Busy Recruiting For The 2014-15 Season

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ASU D1 Hockey Team Adding Recruits for the 2014-15 Season –

ASU DI hockey coach Greg Powers has said it since his team won the ACHA National Championship: 

 “The team has no intention of rebuilding, it plans on reloading.”

Gianni Mangone:

The Sun Devils reloaded in a big way with the recent commitment defenseman Gianni Mangone from Calgary, Alberta. 

“Gianni Mangone is a kid I have been recruiting now for two years.  He is a very dynamic player on the back end that fits in perfectly with our quick transition game.  I love (defensemen) who can move the puck and join the rush and Gianni is just that.”

Gianni Mangone played last season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Calgary Canucks and finished the season with the Whitecourt Wolverines.  His scoring line was 16 goals, 21 assists for 37 points in 48 games along with 118 penalty minutes (PIMs). 

Gianni Mangone said he prides himself on his work on the power play and he will bring his talents there to an already-lethal unit.  The Sun Devils power play clicked at a rate of 32 percent in 2013-14.

Connor Mailey:

For the second time this off-season, Arizona State hockey went to Calgary to reload its roster.  The latest Alberta native to join the Sun Devils is forward Connor Mailey, a player who has already garnered high praise from his coach.

 “He is a great all around player that literally can do it all,” coach Greg Powers said in an announcement.  He can make plays, score goals, grind it out, and most importantly is an incredible team-first guy which is the only kind of kid we will bring in.”

Connor Mailey said that he talked with Powers about joining the team last year, but chose to return to the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks for his 20 year old season.  He had his best season in the AJHL in the 2013-14 season with 17 goals, 29 assists for 46 points along with 66 PIMs 57 games.

Ed McGovern:

Ed McGovern, a Scottsdale native becomes the third blue liner of the off-season to come to the ASU Sun Devils. 

Greg Powers:

“Eddie is a leader on and off of the ice, he exemplifies what we want in our program in every way.  Eddie is the kind of kid who can take our program to the next level with the presence he brings.  He’s that good.”

McGovern played last season in the USHL.  The USHL is one of the top junior hockey leagues in the United States.

“It helps playing with a couple of the guys, knowing them, asking them their experience and everything,” McGovern said. “They kind of helped me out as well.”

McGovern spent three years with Sioux Falls Stampede, where last season he totaled eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 60 games.  Before Sioux Falls, he played with the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes and the chance to play at home was hard to resist.

Jared Morris:

Arizona State D1 hockey has spent the off-season bolstering its defence.  This announcement signals that coach Greg Powers and his staff are still retooling the forward unit as well.

The latest player to commit is Jared Morris, a 6-foot-1-inch, 201-pound forward from La Salle, Manitoba, Canada.  Morris becomes the fourth Canadian recruit of the off-season.

Greg Powers: 

“Jared is a monster pick up for our program.  He’s a big-time talent up front and gives us a pure goal scorer which we needed losing the guns that we graduated.”

Morris joins fellow Canadians Mak Barden and Connor Mailey as ASU Sun Devils forward recruits.  The Sun Devils lost four top scoring forward from last seasons ACHA Championship team. Graduated are – Kale Dolinski, Danny McAuliffe, Brian McGinty and Colin Hekle.

Jared Morris spent last season with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where he scored 18 goals and nine assists in 39 games.  His best season in 2011-12 when he was with the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL.  That season he registered 68 points in 60 games, with 29 goals and 39 assists.

Powers said Morris passed on multiple chances to play NCAA hockey in order to come to Arizona State.

“Finding kids like Jared who have tremendously high character, are great students and can score at will is tough but we’ve done that with Jared.  He is going to fit in perfect with our system and culture and will be a big piece to us defending our championship with his goal scoring ability.”

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