May 20, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame hockey coach Jeff Jackson today announced that four more players have announced their decisions to attend the University starting in the fall of 2010.
Joining the Irish are goaltenders Joe Rogers (Marysville, Mich.) and Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, Alaska), defenseman Shayne Taker (Surrey, B.C.) and forward Mike Voran (Livonia, Mich.).
They will join the nine players signed during the November early-signing period – defensemen Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.), Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Jarred Tinordi (Millersville, Md.) along with forwards Jeff Costello (Milwaukee, Wis.), David Gerths (Ankeny, Iowa), Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.), Garrett Peterson (Manhattan, Ill.), Bryan Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and T.J. Tynan (Orland Park, Ill.). The 13 players are expected to arrive at Notre Dame over the next two seasons.
The Irish graduated seven players from the 2009-10 team and junior defensemen Ian Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Teddy Ruth (Naperville, Ill.) have signed NHL contracts with St. Louis and Columbus respectively.
Rogers is a 5-11, 179-pound goaltender who spent the 2009-10 campaign playing for the Albert Lea Thunder of the North American Hockey League in Albert Lea, Minn., located in southern Minnesota. Wth the Thunder, Rogers was 13-19-2 on the year with a 3.97 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. An NAHL expansion team this past year, the Thunder finished fourth in the NAHL’s Central Division with a 19-34-5 record and advanced to the playoffs, losing in the first round. Following the season, he helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2010 Amputee Hockey World Championships held in Montreal, Que., and was named the MVP of the tournament. In 2008-09, Rogers played for the NAHL’s Motor City Machine to start the season where he was 2-7-0 with a 4.06 goals-against average and a .841 save percentage. He later joined Little Caesar’s, helping the team to the Under-19 Tier 1 national championships. He has also seen action for the Petrolia Jets of the Junior B Western Ontario Hockey League and in 2006 he helped Belle Tire to the Under-16 national championship with a 34-1-2 record.
Joe Rogers played this past season in the North American Hockey League with the Albert Lea Thunder. Previously, he led Belle Tire to an Under-16 national championship and Little Caesars to the Under-19 title in 2009.
Jackson on Rogers: “Andy Slaggert recruited Joe a couple of years ago based on his experience with him at one of the USA Hockey camps. He came back and said that this is the kind of kid we want in our locker room, not just from a talent perspective but from a character perspective. He’s overcome a lot of obstacles in his life, being born without a complete right hand, and for him to make it all the way to Division I college hockey is a testament to his attitude. He’s a tremendous kid to have as part of our program and we’re excited to see how he develops and moves forward as a player.”
Summerhays is a 6-1, 190-pound goaltender who has played the last two seasons for the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Green Bay Gamblers where he is a teammate of fellow incoming freshmen, Anders Lee and David Gerths. This season, the Anchorage, Alaska native was the USHL’s Goaltender of the Year and a first team USHL all-star has he turned in a 31-2-3 overall record to go with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He helped lead the Gamblers to the 2010 Clark Cup championship, going 9-3 in the postseason with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. His 31 wins and 2.17 goals-against average in the regular season led the league while his save percentage was second. During the 2009-10 season, Summerhays set a USHL record when he won 20 consecutive games betweek Nov. 20 and Feb. 26. He also was the starting goaltender for the East Division in the 2010 USHL all-star game. In 2008-09, Summerhays played in 23 games for the Gamblers, going 15-6-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. He left Alaska following his sophomore year in high school to play for the Belle Tire junior program in Michigan.
Jackson on Summerhays: “We identified at midseason that we needed to recruit another goaltender and Steven was still available despite the fact that he was having a career year in the USHL. He mirrors another Anchorage, Alaska native who played goal for us and wants to major in pre-med (Jordan Pearce).” He’s got a lot of natural ability but what makes him successful is his level of competitiveness and desire to help his team win. He had a great season with Green Bay (USHL)and everytime we watched him he showed us the ability to win the game for his team and that’s the kind of competitive attitude that will make us deeper in goal. Along with Mike Johnson and Joey Rogers we will have three young goaltenders who will develop within a year of each other and give us the kind of goaltending we are accustomed to at Notre Dame.”
Taker (pronounced Tacker) is a 6-3, 190-pound left-shot defenseman who played last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). A strong skating defenseman, Taker finished fourth on the Capitals in scoring with six goals and 31 assists for 37 points in 59 games. He had three power-play goals and 44 penalty minutes on the year as Cowichan Valley finished seventh in the Mainland Division of the BCHL with a 25-32-3 record. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Powell River, four games to one. Taker had one assist in five games. He also played in the 2010 BCHL all-star game.
Defenseman Shayne Taker is one of four freshmen defenseman to join the Notre Dame roster for the 2010-11 season.
Jackson on Taker: “Shayne was a player that flew under the radar for some people because he was an unknown but give Andy Slaggert credit for identifying a kid with good size, good skating ability, who makes good decisions with the puck. He has the potential to be good offensively. He needs to continue to fill out physically and improve some aspects of his defensive game. We like the potential that he has to make plays with the puck. He’s an exciting player for us to develop because he is just coming into his own as a player at this point in his career.”
Voran is a 5-11, 193-pound right-handed forward who played this past season in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede where he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 51 assists for 74 points in 60 games. Among his goals were four power-play tallies, one-shorthanded goal and three game winners. He was +11 on the year and had 90 minutes in penalties and played in the 2010 USHL Top Prospects game. In three playoff games he scored two goals. Sioux Falls finished third in the USHL’s West Division with a 33-15-12 record and lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Fargo. A native of Livonia, Mich., Voran finished fourth in the league in scoring with 74 points while his 51 assists were second to fellow Irish recruit, T.J. Tynan’s, league-leading 55 helpers. Voran was a first round selection by Sioux Falls in the 2009 USHL Entry Draft, sixth overall after spending the 2008-09 season with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Wenatchee Wild where he led the Wild in scoring with 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points, including nine power-play goals, two short-handed markers and six game winners. He added nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 13 playoff games as Wenatchee lost to St. Louis in the Robertson Cup championship game.
Right wing Mike Voran was fourth in the USHL in scoring for the Sioux Falls Stampede with 74 points on 23 goals and 51 assists.
Jackson on Voran: “Michael is an extremely smart player who has great instincts and makes good decisions on the ice. He draws comparisons with Erik Condra as a competitive kid who’s not a great skater but has the same tendencies as Erik as far as his mind for the game and his hands. He had a very good year offensively for Sioux Falls and we’re expecting Mike to come in and make an immediate impact with his ability to make plays.”
Class of 2010-11 Updates:
Five members of the incoming freshman class have been ranked by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings prior to the June Entry Draft. The five join current Irish freshman Riley Sheahan (St. Catharine’s, Ont.) who was ranked 22nd overall. He was followed by Stephen Johns (35th), Jarred Tinordi (38th), Bryan Rust (80th), Kevin Lind (139th) and T.J. Tynan (210th) … two members of the group – Jeff Costello and Anders Lee were drafted last June; Costello (Ottawa Senators, 5th round, 146 overall) and Lee (New York Islanders, 6th round, 152nd overall) … Lee was selected as the USHL rookie of the year after scoring 35 goals with 31 assists for 66 points ..,. in the postseason, he had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 12 games to lead the USHL in playoff scoring and was named most valuable player of the tournament that was won by Green Bay … he also was named to the 2010 USHL all-rookie team along with Tynan … Lee joined Summerhays as first team all-USHL selections … three members of the class finished in the USHL’s top 10 in scoring … Voran was fourth with 74 points (23-51-74)…Tynan tied for fifth (17-55-72) and Lee (35-31-66) tied for 10th … Lee tied for the USHL lead in goals with 35 while Tynan led the league with 55 assists … Costello tied for sixth in goals with 29 on the year … the three members of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program – Stephen Johns, Bryan Rust and Jarred Tinordi – won the gold medal at the World Under-18 Championships held in Minsk, Belarus …
Class of 2010-11
Player Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. S/C Hometown/2009-10 TeamJeff Costello LW 11/2/90 5-11 202 L Milwaukee, Wis./Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)David Gerths RW 9/27/90 6-0 195 R Ankeny, Iowa/Lincoln Stars/Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)Stephen Johns D 4/18/92 6-3 215 R Wampum, Pa./USA Under-18 TeamAnders Lee C 7/3/90 6-2 216 L Edina, Minn./Green Bay GamblersKevin Lind D 3/31/92 6-3 198 L Homer Glen, Ill./Chicago Steel (USHL)Garrett Peterson RW 9/13/91 5-11 185 R Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln Stars (USHL)Joe Rogers G 2/27/90 5-11 175 R Marysville, Mich./Albert Lea (NAHL)Bryan Rust C 5/11/92 5-11 191 R Bloomfield Hills, Mich../USA Under-18 TeamSteven Summerhays G 8/29/90 6-1 190 L Anchorage, Alaska/Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)Shayne Taker D 2/12/90 6-3 190 L Surrey, B.C./Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)Jarred Tinordi D 2/20/92 6-5 202 L Millersville, Md./USA Under-18 TeamT.J. Tynan C 2/25/92 5-9 170 R Orland Park, Ill./Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)Michael Voran RW 3/27/90 5-11 193 R Livonia, Mich./Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)