Five Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Three Forwards and Two Defensemen will Join Pioneers
Nov. 21, 2017
Five (5) student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to join the University of Denver men’s hockey team for the 2018-2019 season, the University of Denver announced on Tuesday.
Brendan Budy, Slava Demin, Cole Guttman, Will MacKinnon and Brett Stapley comprise a group of three (3) forwards and two (2) defensemen set to join the Pioneers as freshmen next season.
“We are really excited about this group of student-athletes,” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “We believe this group will add to the storied tradition of Denver hockey as good representatives of our program on the ice and in the classroom.”
Budy, a 5’11,” 180-pound forward, has recorded 76 points (26-50-76) through 83 career games with the Langley Rivermen (BCHL). The Langley, British Columbia native has 31 points (11-20-31) through 27 games with the Rivermen during the 2017-2018 season. He is listed as a C-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List, indicating he is a projected fourth/fifth/sixth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
“As a 17-year old captain in the BCHL, Budy is a natural leader,” Pioneers assistant coach Tavis MacMillan said. “He is a complete player with the ability to make plays in all situations.”
Demin, a 6’1,” 185-pound defenseman, has posted 41 points (8-33-41) through 76 games with the Wenatchee Wild (BCHL). The Cypress, Calif. native has logged 14 points (3-11-14) through 23 games with the Wild during the 2017-2018 season. Demin participated in the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and represented the United States at the 2017 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He is listed as a B-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List, indicating he is a projected second/third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
“Demin is a great skater who uses his strengths to his advantage,” MacMillan said. “His ability to take away time and space will add to the tradition of great Denver defensemen.”
Guttman, a 5’10” 171-pound forward, has logged 64 points (31-33-64) through 70 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL). The Los Angeles, Calif. native has nine (9) points (4-5-9) through 12 games this season. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 6th Round of the 2017 NHL Draft.
“Guttman has elite speed,
MacKinnon, a 5’11,” 202-pound defenseman, recorded four (4) points (1-3-4) through 56 games with the United States National Development Team Program (USNTDP) last season and has posted two (2) points (1-1-2) through 12 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) during the 2017-2018 season. The Port Clinton, Ohio native recently represented the United States at the 2017 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He is listed as a C-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List.
“MacKinnon is an ultra-competitive player who embraces challenges,” MacMillan said. “He is a strong defenseman who will make life difficult on opposing players”
Stapley, 5’10,” 170-pound forward, has posted 91 points (34-62-96) through 128 games in the BCHL. The Campbell River, British Columbia native has played the majority of his junior hockey career with the Vernon Vipers, with whom he has logged 34 points (14-20-34) through 26 games during the 2017-2018 season. He is listed as a C-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List.
“Brett is a cerebral playmaker with a nose for the net,” Carle said. “He is a complete player who we are excited to add to our lineup.”
The group of five (5) student-athletes will join previously signed Adam Goodsir as members of the 2018-2019 freshmen class.
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