The Canisius College hockey team announced the addition of 12 players to the Golden Griffin program for the 2011-12 campaign, announced by head coach Dave Smith on Tuesday.
Forwards Doug Beck (Plymouth, Mich.), Cody Freeman (Toronto, Ontario), Matthew Grazen (East Amherst, N.Y.), Carl Larsson (Anderstorp, Sweden), Mitch McCrank (Haileybury, Ontario), Braeden Rigney (Singhampton, Ontario) and Tyler Wiseman (Burlington, Ontario), defensemen Stephen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario), Doug Jessey (Langdon, Alberta), Logan Roe (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Mackenzie Scott (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and goaltender Keegan Asmundson (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) join 14 returning letterwinners to form the 2011-12 squad.
"We have added a lot of pieces to the Ice Griff puzzle," Smith said. "Each one of the players joining our program has been selected because they do something very well.
"We have added a lot of size on the defense with players ranging from 6-2 to 6-4, making it much more difficult to play in our end. In net, we have added 6-5 Keegan Asmundson, who will have the chance to work his way into our system and learn from two other goalies. His work ethic and size will help him transition to Division I hockey. Up front, we have added seven players with a mix of speed, size and skill.
"Every player that has been added is a committed student-athlete and will enhance our program and Canisius College. I'm very excited to begin working with the newest group of Griffs."
Asmundson spent the 2010-11 campaign with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL. He posted an 18-18-2 record in 39 games with a goals against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .923.
A two-time All-Star, Beck led the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL in scoring last season. Beck posted teams highs with 64 points, 28 goals and 13 power-play tallies to go along with 36 assists, while earning NAHL All-West Division Team accolades.
After helping the Pembroke Lumber Kings to Canadian Junior A National Championship, Stephen Farrell joins the Griffs on the blue line. A member of the 2011 Royal Bank Cup Champions in addition to two CJHL titles, Farrell recorded 25 points, four goals and 21 assists in 61 games during the 2010-11 season. He also led all defensemen in the league with 13 points (2g, 11a) during the postseason.
Freeman joined Beck as an NAHL All-Star during his one season with the Amarillo Bulls. During the 2010-11 campaign, Freeman totaled 52 points, 26 goals and 26 assists.
A member of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the OJHL during the last two seasons, Grazen totaled 77 points during his tenure. The 2009-10 OJHL Rookie All-Star Team selection, Grazen recorded 47 points, 19 goals and 28 assists during the 2010-11 campaign.
Playing for the Woodstock Slammers last season, Jessey led all defenders in the MHL with 23 goals and 12 power-play tallies. He was named the league's Top Defenseman and was also a first-time all-star selection after his 60-point season.
The first player in the program's history from outside of Canada or the United States, Larsson joins the Griffs after playing for Linköping in Sweden. An assistant captain last season, he totaled 21 points, five goals and 16 assists in 41 games.
McCrank joins the Griffs after spending one season with the Stratford Cullitons of the GOJHL. McCrank earned the league's Rookie of the Year and was named a second-team all-star after posting 62 points, 16 goals and 46 assists.
A member of the Newmarket Hurricanes for the past two seasons, Rigney registered 60 points in 87 career games. He recorded 20 points, six goals and 14 assists in 39 games during the 2010-11 year.
Roe joins the Griffs from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. The 18-year old defender played three seasons with the Lions, totaling 48 points, four goals and 44 assists during his career. He was named the team's Top Defenseman as a senior after recording 23 points, four goals and 19 assists.
Playing for the Orangeville Flyers of the OJHL for the past two seasons, Scott recorded 24 points, five goals and 19 assists in 43 games during the 2010-11 campaign. The forward was also selected to play for the Team Canada Selects in the 2010 U-20 Three Nations Tournament, held in Sweden.
Wiseman spent the last two seasons with the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL. He recorded 47 points, 24 goals and 23 assists during the 2010-11 campaign in addition to 13 points, six goals and seven assists in 10 playoff games. Wiseman was named the team's Most Improved Player following the season.
The 12 newcomers join 14 returning letterwinners from the 2010-11 campaign, which featured the Griffs advancing in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament for the second-straight season.