Clarkson's list of incoming players for next season has grown to at least 10 with the addition of goalie Andrew Hunt on Wednesday.
Hunt, a native of Surrey, B.C., plays for the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Hunt, who is 19 and 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, has a 25-15-1 record with a 2.76 goals against average and a .919 save percentage this season.
"I would like to thank the Surrey Eagles organization, head coach Matt Erhart, goaltender coach Rob Fuchs, for giving me the opportunity in the BCHL and helping me achieve my goal of playing NCAA Division I hockey," Hunt said in a statement on the Eagles website.
Said Erhart on the same site, "Andrew is very deserving of the scholarship and recognition he is receiving this season. He has worked very hard to improve his game and Clarkson is lucky to get a student-athlete of Andrew's caliber."
Here is some footage of Hunt (No. 1 in the white jersey):
Clarkson has one other goalie coming in next year. Gabe Antoni started the year with Dubuque of the U.S. Hockey League and now is with Springfield of the North American Hockey League. Antoni, who is 20, is 6-1-1 with Springfield with a 2.73 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
The top forward coming in figures to be Christian Finch, who plays for Stouffville of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Finch, who is 20 and 6-0, 190 pounds, led the OJHL in scoring the during the regular season with 37 goals and 67 assists in 48 games. Here's some footage of him from a recent game (No. 13 in the dark jersey). Watch for his shorthanded goal at the 2:44 mark:
David Ferriera, who was recruited by former coach George Roll, plays for the Brockville Braves and has 17 goals and 24 assists in 45 games. He was recently interviewed for the Braves website:
Other forwards coming next year include:
T.J. Moore (Dubuque, USHL) 40 games 11 goals-19 assists 30 points
Audio interview with T.J. Moor and a teammate:
Simon Bessette (Wellington, OJHL) 46 11-23 34
Jeff DiNall (Newmarket, OJHL) 38 14-24 38
Patrick Megannety (Georgetown, OJHL) 41 26-20 46
Clarkson has at least two defenders joining the squad next year.
Paul Geiger (6-3, 200) is a teammate of Finch with the Stouffville Spirit and has 13 goals and 41 assists in 43 games.
Kevin Kirisits (6-4, 220) is a teammate of Ferriera's in Brockville. He has scored two goals with seven assists in 48 games.
Another potential player for next year is 17-year-old James De Haas with Toronto Lakeshore of the OJHL. De Haas, who has scored 10 goals with 19 assists in 45 games, may wait one more season.