Nov. 8, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. –
â€¢ The Series: #9/#9 Notre Dame (6-1-1/1-0-1) vs. Bowling Green (3-4-1/1-3-0) â€¢ Date/Site/Time: Fri.-Sat., Nov. 10-11 â€¢ 7:35/7:05 p.m. â€¢ Joyce Center (2,713) â€¢ Broadcast Information: Radio: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1490, South Bend's SportsCenter. Mike Lockert, "the voice of Irish hockey" will bring you all the play-by-play action. â€¢ Internet Broadcast: At the Notre Dame website - www.und.com. All games available on gametracker. â€¢ Video Streaming: Friday night's game will be available via Fighting Irish All-Access on the Notre Dame website at und.com. To view the game, the viewer will need to be using Internet Explorer 6 with Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Notre Dame hockey team returns home this weekend after playing its last seven games on the road. The Irish play host to the Bowling Green Falcons at the Joyce Center on Nov. 10-11. The Friday night contest will start at 7:35 p.m. with Saturday’s game set to drop the puck at 7:05 p.m. The ninth-ranked Irish closed their seven-game journey with a win (4-2) and a tie (1-1) at Ohio State in their CCHA opening weekend. In the seven games away from home, the Irish, 6-1-1 overall, went 5-1-1 and are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) that started on Oct. 20. Bowling Green, Notre Dame’s CCHA cluster partner, comes into the game with a 3-4-1 overall record and a 1-3-0 mark in conference play. The Falcons split last weekend at home against Lake Superior, dropping a 3-1 decision on Friday before winning 4-2 in Saturday’s contest. On Friday, Nov. 10, the video of the Notre Dame-Bowling Green game will be streamed live at the Irish website – und.com – on Fighting Irish All-Access. Remember, that you will need an IBM format computer with Internet Explorer 6 and Windows Media Player 9 or higher to view the game beginning at 7:35 p.m.
IRISH VERSUS FALCONS: Notre Dame and Bowling Green have faced off 75 times in the two programs histories with the Irish holding a 35-34-6 edge in the series. The two teams met four times last season with Notre Dame going 3-0-1 while outscoring the Falcons, 21-11. The Irish won twice at the Joyce Center (9-4, 4-2) in November and then took a 7-4 verdict and a 1-1 tie at Bowling Green in February. At the Joyce Center, Notre Dame holds a 20-12-4 edge with the last Bowling Green win coming on Jan. 29, 2005, by a 6-2 score.
FAST START: Notre Dame’s 6-1-1 start this season is the best for the Irish since starting the 1998-99 season with an identical 6-1-1 record. The 5-1-1 mark in seven consecutive games away from the Joyce Center is the best since the Irish were 6-0-1 over a seven-game span in the 1987-88 season.
OHIO STATE RECAP: Notre Dame became the final team in the CCHA to open league play last weekend as the Irish traveled to Ohio State for a pair of games with the Buckeyes. On Friday night, the Irish built a 3-0 lead early in the second period and took a 4-2 decision. Erik Condra (So., Livonia, Mich.) opened the scoring at 8:54 for Notre Dame and Christian Hanson (So., Venetia, Pa.) closed the period with his third goal in as many games for a 2-0 lead. Hanson’s goal chased OSU starting goaltender Nick Filion. Mark Van Guilder (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) welcomed new goaltender Joseph Palmer with his sixth goal of the season at 1:52 of the second period for the 3-0 lead. Ohio State battled back to cut the lead to 3-2 at the end of two periods on goals by Tommy Goebel and Andrew Schembri. In the third period, the Irish got a big insurance goal off the stick of Jason Paige (Sr., Saginaw, Mich.) to seal the 4-2 win. Senior goaltender David Brown (Stoney Creek, Ont.) made 22 saves in the win as Notre Dame out shot Ohio State by a 30-24 margin. On Saturday, in the series finale, goaltending was the key as Brown and Palmer held each team to just one goal in the game. After two scoreless periods, the Irish broke through on the power play at 5:38 when Josh Sciba (Sr., Westland, Mich.) scored off the rebound of a Wes O’Neill (Sr., Essex, Ont.) shot from the point for his second goal of the season and third point (1g, 2a) of the weekend. The Buckeyes got the equalizer at 17:38 on the power play as Goebel collected his second goal of the weekend, scoring on the deflection of a point shot by defenseman Sean Collins. In overtime Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 6-2, but could not dent Palmer. For the night, the Irish out shot OSU by a 33-25 margin. Brown finished with 24 saves while Palmer had a career-high 32 in the game. Both teams were 1-for-7 on the power play.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: For the second time this season, Notre Dame goaltender David Brown has been selected as the CCHA goaltender of the week, this time for his play in a win and tie at Ohio State. For the weekend, Brown stopped 46-of-49 (.939) in a 4-2 win and a 1-1 tie as he improved his record to 5-1-1 on the season. Brown’s 1.26 goals-against average and .950 save percentage lead both the CCHA and the nation going into this week’s games. Brown also received the honor the week of Oct. 22 for his play in wins at Boston College and Providence.
BEATING THE BUCKS: With a win and a tie at Ohio State last weekend, the Irish have turned the tied a bit on the Buckeyes. Going into the weekend series, the Irish were just 2-13-3 in the previous 18 meetings with one of the victories coming in the final meeting of 2005-06. The Irish are now 2-0-1 in the last three games against Ohio State with all three of those games coming at Value City Arena.
SHUTOUT STREAK ENDS: Notre Dame’s shutout streak came to an end at 5:16 of the second period of the Nov. 3 game at Ohio State on Tommy Goebel’s goal that cut the Irish lead to 3-1. Prior to that, the Irish had gone just over three games (180:14) without giving up a goal following back-to-back shutouts the previous week versus Army and Air Force. The goal also snapped David Brown’s shutout streak of at 120:14, the second longest streak of his career. Sophomore Jordan Pearce has a shutout string of 80:56 that dates back to the final game of the 2005-06 season when he surrendered a goal at the 19:04 mark of the second period in the final playoff game against Alaska. Pearce recorded a 3-0 shutout on Oct. 27 versus Army in his lone appearance this season.
SLAMMING THE DOOR: Through the first eight games of the season, Notre Dame leads the nation in defense, surrendering just nine goals in the first eight games for an average of just 1.12 goals-per-game. Senior goaltender David Brown is tops in the nation in goals-against average (1.26) and save percentage (.950).
POWER OUTAGE: Notre Dame’s penalty killers had their penalty-killing streak end in the third period of the 1-1 tie with Ohio State. Tommy Goebel’s goal at 17:38 of the final stanza snapped a streak of just over five games without giving up a power-play goal. During that span, the Irish killed 24 consecutive opponent power-play chances. Before Goebel’s man-advantage goal, the last power-play goal against came 48 seconds into the third period of the Boston College game (Oct. 20). For the year, the Irish have given up just four power-play goals on 44 chances for a 90.9% success rate that is second best in the CCHA and tied for third in the nation.
POOLEY POWER: Notre Dame associate head coach Paul Pooley had his number as a player at Ohio State retired in a ceremony held on Sat., Nov. 4 when Notre Dame played at Ohio State. A 1984 graduate of Ohio State, Pooley is still the Buckeyes all-time leading scorer with 114 goals and 156 assists for 270 points. A member of the CCHA’s all-Decade Team for the 1980s, Pooley was the CCHA player of the year in 1984 and a first team All-American as he led the nation in scoring with 32 gosl and 64 assists for 96 points in 41 games.A three-time CCHA all-academic selection, Pooley was an Academic All-American in his senior year. He began his coaching career at Ohio State as an assistant before joining Jeff Jackson’s staff at Lake Superior in 1992. During his three seasons in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the Lakers went to the NCAA Tournament three times, winning the title in 1992 and 1994. Pooley became the head coach at Providence College in 1994 and was the there for 11 seasons where his teams compiled a 185-187-40 record, won one Hockey East title (1995-96) and advanced to the NCAA tournament twice (1996 and 2001). He was selected to the OSU Hall of Fame in 1994. He is the first Ohio State hockey player to have his number retired.
OH-FOR-EIGHT: Notre Dame’s opponents have been held scoreless in the first period in each of the first eight games this season. The Irish have out scored teams by an 8-0 margin in the opening period. Notre Dame has scored the first goal in each game this season and is 6-1-1 this year when they get the opening marker.
BACK IN THE RANKINGS: For the third week in a row, the Irish find themselves in the national rankings. They enter the weekend vs. Bowling Green ranked 9th in both the USA Today and USCHO.com polls. Notre Dame is ranked for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season when they finished the year ranked 12th. Notre Dame was ranked for six weeks that season, including the final four weeks of the year.
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TURN THE PAIGE: Senior center Jason Paige continued his strong play in the Ohio State series, scoring a power-play goal in the Nov. 3 win to give him three goals and three assists on the year. Last season, Paige had just four goals and one assist in 36 games. He continues to be Notre Dame’s top face-off man, winning 103-of-171 on the year for a 60.2% mark on faceoffs.
JUST JOSHING: Josh Sciba led the Notre Dame offense in the weekend series at Ohio State, scoring the lone Notre Dame goal in the 1-1 tie and adding two assists in Friday’s 4-2 win. He is currently tied for second on the team with eight points (2g, 6a) for the year. Sciba’s goal came on the power play and was the 17th power-play goal of his career.
HANSON HAS IT: Sophomore center Christian Hanson saw his streak of goals in three consecutive games snapped in the 1-1 tie with Ohio State on Nov. 4. Prior to that he had collected goals in the 4-2 win over the Buckeyes and a goal in each game of the Lightning College Hockey Classic versus Army and Air Force. At the Lightning College Hockey Classic, he was named to the all-tournament team and was the tournament MVP. He has now tripled his goal output of his freshman year when he had one goal and two assists for three points. This season, he has scored three goals with no assists.
POWER-PLAY PRODUCER: Wes O’Neill (is Notre Dame’s top scoring defensemen with five points this season on five assists. He has led Irish defensemen in scoring in each of the last three seasons. So far this season, two of his five assists have come on the power play. For his career, O’Neill has scored 10 goals and 26 points on the power play. In 120 all-time games, the veteran defenseman has 14 goals and 48 assists for 62 career points.
TOURNEY HONORS: Three members of the Irish hockey team were selected to the Lightning College Hockey Classic all-tournament team: goaltender David Brown, defenseman Brock Sheahan (Jr., Lethbridge, Alb.) and center Christian Hanson. Hanson was named the tournament’s most valuable player as he scored a goal in each game, including the game winner in the championship game versus Air Force.
200 AND COUNTING: Head coach Jeff Jackson recorded the 200th win of his Division I coaching career with Notre Dame’s 2-0 win over Air Force on Oct. 28. Now in his eighth season behind a collegiate bench, Jackson is 201-72-30 with a .713 winning percentage. He has the best winning percentage among active coaches with five or more years experience and his 201 wins rank him 22nd among active coaches. In six seasons at his previous collegiate stop – Lake Superior State (1990-96) – Jackson’s teams were 182-52-25 with two national championships, two CCHA regular-season titles and four CCHA tournament championships. Included in his 195 career wins are 36 postseason victories and a .800 winning percentage (36-9 in postseason). In CCHA postseason action at Lake Superior, Jackson’s teams were 24-2 (.923) with the two losses coming to Michigan in CCHA Championship games (`94 and `96).
MR. ZERO: Notre Dame goaltender David Brown became the Irish career leader in shutouts with his 2-0 blanking of Air Force on Oct. 28. The shutout was the seventh of Brown’s career and moved him past Morgan Cey `05 on the career shutout list. Brown also is Notre Dame’s all-time leader in goals-against average (2.62) and is tied for first with a .912 career save percentage.
AWARDS GALORE: Notre Dame players picked up their share of awards following the weekend of Oct. 20-21 at Boston College and Providence College. Senior defenseman Wes O’Neill was named the CCHA defensive player of the week with a pair of assists in the two games while going +4 on the weekend. Goaltender David Brown was the CCHA goaltender of the week as he stopped 48-of-50 shots in the two wins for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. Freshman center Kevin Deeth took CCHA rookie of the week honors after getting two goals and two assists while being +4 for the weekend. Junior Mark Van Guilder was named Inside College Hockey.com’s player of the week for scoring three goals (all against Boston College) and adding two assists for five points. College Hockey News.com named Notre Dame as its’ team of the week.
GOAL-SCORING MACHINE: Part of the reason for Notre Dame’s fast 6-1-1 start this season has been the Irish ability to put the puck in the net. Through the first eight games, Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a 31-9 margin (3.88 to 1.12 per game). Last year, in 36 games, Notre Dame scored just 89 goals (2.47 per game).
BACK-TO-BACK: The Irish recorded back-to-back hat tricks in the games at Boston College and Providence. In the 7-1 win on Friday night, Mark Van Guilder picked up the second, three-goal game of his career. The following night, Dan Kissel scored three times in the 6-1 win over the Friars. That marked the first time since Feb. 7-8, 1992 that Notre Dame players recorded hat tricks in back-to-back games. On Feb. 7, 1992, Lou Zadra had three versus Western Michigan in a 10-4 loss to the Broncos. The following night, Sterling Black scored three times in a 7-5 loss at Western Michigan.
FRESHMEN FIRSTS: Notre Dame’s eight-man freshman class has made major contributions early in the season. Five of them have played in games this season and through the first eight games have accounted for 11 goals and 11 assists and are a combined +18. Leading the way is center Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) who is tied for second on the team with four goals and four assists. Right wing Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.) is fifth in scoring with four goals and two assists and left wing Dan Kissel (Crestwood, Ill.) has three goals and an assist for four points. On defense, Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) and Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.) each has two assists.
CONDRA CAPERS: Sophomore right wing Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) has picked up where he left off in the scoring department as a freshman. Condra, Notre Dame’s rookie of the year and a CCHA all-rookie team selection, led the Irish with six goals and 28 assists for 34 points. In eight games this year, he has two goals and six assists for eight points. In 44 career games, Condra has eight goals and 34 assists for 42 points.
ALL TIED UP: Notre Dame’s 1-1 tie against Ohio State on Nov. 4 was the second overtime game for the Irish this season. On Oct. 14, Notre Dame dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at Minnesota State and are now 0-1-1 in extra play this year. Last season, Notre Dame was 0-0-4 in four overtime games. In 55 overtime games since the start of the 1999-2000 season, the Irish are 7-7-41 in overtime. The last overtime win for the Irish came on Dec. 10, 2004 in a 3-2 victory against Michigan State. That win snapped a 16-game winless skid (0-2-14) during the regular season that started on Jan. 25, 2002.
TWO-GOAL GAMES OR MORE: Scoring is definitely contagious. Through eight games this season, the Irish have seen players score two or more goals in a game six times. Last season, Notre Dame had a total of seven multiple-goal games, including two hat tricks. Mark Van Guilder and Dan Kissel have had hat tricks against Boston College and Providence, respectively. Freshman Ryan Thang scored twice against Boston College. Sophomore left wing Garrett Regan (Hastings, Minn.) scored twice, including the game winner in the 6-1 win win on Oct. 12. Junior center Mark Van Guilder scored twice in the same game while recording a three-point game. On Oct. 14, it was freshman Kevin Deeth’s turn as he collected a short-handed goal and a power-play tally in the 3-2 overtime loss.
MINNESOTA MAGIC: Notre Dame’s five Minnesota natives had strong weekends in the home-and-home weekend with Minnesota State. Junior Mark Van Guilder had two goals and one assist in the 6-1 win on Thursday. Sophomore Garrett Regan had two goals in the 6-1 win against the Mavericks. Freshman Ryan Thang had a goal and an assists in the season opener. Seniors Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.) was +1 on the weekend and T.J. Jindra (Faribault, Minn.) was even. An adopted son, Kevin Deeth who played two years of prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn.), also had two goals and an assist in two games versus MSU.
PREMIER PUCKSTOPPER: Senior goaltender David Brown is off to a fast start in 2006-07. He is 6-1-1 on the year with a stingy 1.26 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage. Of the nine goals he has given up, only four have come at even strength. Four have come via the power play and one was short-handed. Brown stopped 36-of-37 shots he faced in the season-opening win versus Minnesota State. That marked the 13th time in Brown’s career that he has made 35 or more saves in a game. Notre Dame is 6-6-1 in those games.
CAPTAINS: Senior right wing T.J. Jindra (Faribault, Minn.) will serve as Notre Dame’s captain for the second consecutive season. Jindra becomes the first Irish player to serve as captain twice since Evan Nielsen `03 held the responsibility from 2001-03. There have been 14 players to serve as two-time captains with the Irish. Joining Jindra as alternate captains in `06-’07, are senior center Jason Paige (Saginaw, Mich.) and senior defensemen Wes O’Neill (Essex, Ont.) and Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.). Paige has served as an alternate captain since his sophomore year. O’Neill and Sawatske will be alternate captains for the first time at Notre Dame.
BY THE CLASSES: The 26-man Notre Dame hockey roster is made up of eight seniors, five juniors, five sophomore and eight freshmen. The eight seniors are the only remaining Irish players who were on the 2003-04 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.
FAMILY MATTERS: Two members of the Notre Dame hockey team – forwards Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) and Garrett Regan (Hastings, Minn.) – have family ties to the Irish hockey program. Condra’s uncle is All-American forward Kirt Bjork (`83) who played at Notre Dame from 1979-83. He scored 76 goals with 85 assists for 161 career points in 141 career games. He took All-America honors in 1983 when he had 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points. Regan’s uncle – Sean Regan – was a defenseman for the Irish from1981-83 before finishing his career at the University of Minnesota.
ROOKIE SUCCESS: Sophomore right wing Erik Condra led Notre Dame in scoring last season with six goals and 28 assists for 34 points. He became the first Notre Dame freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jamie Ling `96 led the 1992-93 team with 40 points in his first season. He would go on to lead the Irish in scoring four straight seasons. Condra was selected as Notre Dame’s rookie of the year and was selected to the CCHA’s all-rookie team. He led all CCHA freshmen in scoring and was seventh in the nation among rookie point scorers.
CCHA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Senior Jason Paige (Saginaw, Mich.) was Notre Dame’s representative on the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team for the 2005-06 season. Paige was one of 12 players (one from each school) selected to the team by the league’s faculty representatives. Paige has a 3.71 grade-point average in finance. He follows former Irish captain, Cory McLean (`05), who was selected as the CCHA’s first-ever Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winner following the 2004-05 season. McLean was a five-time Dean’s List selection and graduated with a degree in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business with a 3.592 grade-point average. To be considered for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, a player had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 through the fall term of the selection year to receive the school’s Scholar-Athlete award. The award is selected by the 12 faculty representatives, voting based on a system awarding five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote. Previously, the CCHA honored an all-Academic team that saw the Irish have at least one honoree in all but one season (2002-03) since their return to the CCHA in `92-’93. The nine first-team selections were: Curtis Janicke and Carl Picconatto (’92-’93), Garry Gruber (`95-’96), Steve Noble (`96-’97, `97-’98), Forrest Karr and Aniket Dhadphale (`98-’99), Andy Jurkowski (99′-’00), Dan Carlson (2000-01), David Inman (2001-02) and Rob Globke (2003-04). During that 12-year span, only Western Michigan (14) produced more CCHA All-Academic selections than Notre Dame’s 11.
TURNAROUND YEAR: A year ago, the Notre Dame hockey team turned in a 13-19-4 record in Jeff Jackson’s first season behind the bench. A closer look at the mark shows vast improvement for the Irish. Through the first 13 games of the season, Notre Dame was 3-9-1. Over the remaining 23 contests, the Irish were 10-10-3. In CCHA play, Notre Dame went from 3-20-5 in `04-’05 to 11-13-4 in `05-’06, a 15-point improvement from one season to the next. Only Miami’s 16-point improvement in the standings was better than Notre Dame’s 15-point turnaround.
OLD-TIME DEFENSE: Notre Dame’s defense is made up of three seniors, three juniors and two freshmen this season. The three seniors – Noah Babin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Wes O’Neill and Tom Sawatske will team with junior Brock Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alb.) to form the team’s top four. The final two spots will be a battle between juniors Dan VeNard and Brian D’Arcy (Western Springs, Ill.) and freshmen Kyle Lawson and Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.). O’Neill comes into his final year as a candidate for all-CCHA and All-America honors.
NHL DRAFTEES: The Irish have four players on the 2006-07 roster who have been selected in the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft. Last June, sophomore right wing Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) was selected in the seventh round, 211th overall by the Ottawa Senators. He is joined by freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) who was selected in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round, 198th overall. Condra and Lawson are joined by senior defenseman Wes O’Neill (Essex, Ont.) who was chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, 115th overall by the New York Islanders. Also selected in 2004 was senior goaltender David Brown (Stony Creek, Ont.) who went in the eighth round, 228th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
IRON MAN: Graduated right wing Tim Wallace (Anchorage, Alaska) finished his Notre Dame career in 2005-06 as the Notre Dame’s all-time `Iron Man.” Wallace played in every game of his career, 153 in all. He finished third on the all-time games played list for his four seasons with the Irish. Junior center Mark Van Guilder (Roseville, Minn.) is next in line as he now has played in every game in his first two-plus seasons for a total of 82 consecutive games.
PLAYING IN THE NHL: At times during the 2005-06 season, Notre Dame had five former players in the NHL at the same time. The five were: Ben Simon `00 (Columbus), Rob Globke `04 (Florida), Brett Lebda `04 (Detroit), Mark Eaton (Nashville) and Yan Stastny (Edmonton-Boston). Only one other time, have the Irish had five players in the NHL in one season. That came during the 1982-83 campaign when the Irish had five players see time, in the NHL. That group included: Jim Brown `82 (three games with Los Angeles), Jack Brownschidle `77 (72 games with St. Louis), Jeff Brownschidle `81 (four games with Hartford), Don Jackson `78 (71 games with Edmonton) and Dave Poulin `82 (two games with Philadelphia). As of Oct. 17, Eaton (Pittsburgh), Lebda (Detroit) and Stastny (Boston) were skating with NHL teams.
PUTTING ON THE FOIL: Notre Dame sophomore Christian Hanson (Venetia, Pa.) is the sixth Irish player whose father played in the National Hockey League. His father, Dave Hanson, played 10 years of professional hockey between 1974-75 and 1983-84, including stints with the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota North Stars and the World Hockey Association’s (WHA) Minnesota Fighting Saints and the New England Whalers. Fans might also be familiar with Dave Hanson, as one of the famed Hanson Brothers, made famous in the hockey movie – Slapshot. Hanson currently is the director of the Island Sports Center, home of Robert Morris University’s hockey team, in suburban Pittsburgh.
THE IRISH AND THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM: Notre Dame’s current roster includes six players who have past experience with USA Hockey, as members of the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Since the program began, the Irish have had a total of 16 NTDP alums grace their roster. The current contingent includes seniors Noah Babin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Michael Bartlett (Morton Grove, Ill.), Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.) and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich.). The lone sophomore is goaltender Jordan Pearce (Anchorage, Alaska) while defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) represents the freshman class. Other former NTDP players who played at Notre Dame and their years in the national program include: Brett Henning (1997-98), Michael Chin (1997-98), Connor Dunlop (1997-99), Paul Harris (1997-99), John Wroblewski (1997-99), Neil Komadoski (1998-2000), Brett Lebda (1998-2000), Rob Globke (1998-2000), Derek Smith (2000-01) and Tim Wallace (2002-06).