ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – University of Alaska Anchorage head hockey coach Matt Curley announced that 11 players will join the team for the 2019-20 season.
The group includes seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.
6-1, 195 lbs.
Bedford, Nova Scotia (Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL))
Thorne tallied 99 points (23-76) during two seasons with the Carleton Place Canadians. He tallied 38 points (7-31) in 2017-18 and led the Canadians to a runner-up finish in the league. Thorne tallied 61 points (16-45) in 2018-19 and another runner-up finish in the Bogart Cup. He was named a CCHL Second Team All-Star in 2018-19.
“A mobile two-way defensemen, Brett has tremendous upside as a puck moving and playmaking D-man at the collegiate level. With his size and physicality, Brett will make an immediate impact to our backend. We are thrilled to have Brett join our team next season.”
6-2, 188 lbs.
Kingston, Ontario (Brooks Bandits (AJHL))
Hancock tallied 79 points (26-53) in 158 games during his junior career. He tallied 24 points (14-10) in 38 games for the Brooks Bandits and led the team to the Junior A National Championship in 2018-19. Hancock recorded 19 points (5-14) in 62 games for the Brockville Braves of the CCHL in 2016-17. He then spent the 2017-18 with the Syracuse Stars of the NCDC where he recorded 17 points (3-14), and then joined the Brooks Bandits where he tallied 19 points (4-15).
“Mack brings size, skill and IQ into our lineup next year. As a strong and disciplined center, he will be ready to step in next year and contribute to our team. Hailing from a club with a winning pedigree, Mack brings that mentality to our program as we continue to build our culture.”
5-9, 170 lbs.
Delta, British Columbia (Merritt Centennials (BCHL))
Wicks scored 121 points (36-85) in 177 games during his three year career with the Merritt Centennials. He tallied 13 points (6-7) in 2016-17, 47 points (12-35) in 2017-18 and 61 points (18-43) in 2018-19. Wicks served as a captain for the Centennials.
“Nick is a highly skilled, play making center who brings a unique skill set to our lineup. As a captain, he brings not only the ability to play at an elite level, but the leadership that comes along with building a winner. One of our first commits, we are proud to have Nick as a Seawolf.”
5-8, 160 lbs.
Coleraine, Minn. (Minot Minotauros (NAHL))
Lantz recorded 70 points in 117 games during his junior career. He scored 21 points (5-16) in 56 games for the Minot Minotauros in 2017-18 and followed up with 47 points (17-30) in 2018-19.
“Taylor is strong skating, crafty forward who plays with a lot of grit and jam. Despite his lack of size, he is not afraid to get into corners and “mix it up” with opposing players. He will bring depth to our group as a competitive, high energy forward and will help elevate our pace of play as a whole.”
5-9, 180 lbs.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
Camrud skated in 168 games and tallied 146 points during his three-year career with the Humboldt Broncos. His production increased every year with the Broncos from 29 points (6-23) in 2016-17, to 50 points (20-30) in 2017-18 to 67 points (31-36) in 2018-19. Camrud served as an assistant captain and had his number 26 retired by the Broncos.
“Brayden is a highly skilled, playmaking forward who possesses a knack for passing but also has the ability to finish when given the opportunity. Coming from the SJHL, his game should translate well in the highly competitive and physical nature of the WCHA. We are excited to have Brayden bring that mentality to our team this fall.”
5-11, 175 lbs.
Clarkston, Mich. (Jamestown Rebels (NAHL)
Frye tallied 133 points (66-67) in 239 games during his four-year junior career. He recorded eight points (3-5) with the Chicago Steel in 2015-16 before spending the 2016-17 season with the Topeka Roadrunners where he tallied 32 points (19-13) in 51 games. Frye skated in 14 games recording five points (2-3) to start the 2017-18 before joining the Philadelphia Rebels where he played 54 games with 28 points (10-18). He served as captain for the Rebels in 2018-19 finishing with 60 points (32-28) in 65 games.
“Alex comes in after a long and tested junior career, bringing a wealth of experience and leadership to our team. An all-around player, he is both responsible on the defensive side of the puck while possessing the ability to make plays on the offensive side. An extremely hard worker, he is the type of player we are excited to have in our locker room.”
Rylee St. Onge
5-10, 195 lbs.
St. Catharines, Ontario (Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL))
St. Onge skated in 297 games during his junior career and finished with 230 points (124-106). He spent his first three seasons in the OJHL, first with the Hamilton Red Wings where he recorded 35 points (22-13) in 50 games. St. Onge then spent the next two seasons with the Markham Royals scoring 42 points (21-21) in 63 games in 2015-16 and 60 points (32-28) in 57 games in 2016-17. He finished with 54 points (23-31) in 55 games for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays in 2017-18 and then played in 72 games for the Des Moines Buccaneers where he tallied 39 points (26-13) in 2018-19.
“A player who has truly risen through the junior ranks, Rylee comes to us having experience and success at all levels of junior hockey. A prolific goal scorer, he has demonstrated his ability to finish wherever he has played and looks to continue his success in the WCHA. As a veteran player, Rylee will be looked upon to help lead our incoming class.”
6-2, 200 lbs.
Kelowna, British Columbia (Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL))
Mitchell tallied 120 points (54-66) in 198 games during his four-year career in the BCHL. He started his career with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks scoring 22 points (10-12) in 57 games in 2015-16 and 28 points (10-18) in 50 games in 2016-17. He started the 2017-18 season with the Silverbacks recording 12 points in 19 games before finishing the season with the Penticton Vees tallying 10 points (4-6) in 24 games. He averaged a point a game with the Nanaimo Clippers scoring 48 points (22-26) in 48 games and served as captain with the Clippers.
“Marcus is a prototypical power forward, a player who is a big, strong, physical presence on the ice. Not afraid to battle in the corners or at the net front, he will be looked upon to help create offense through his heavy play. A former captain for his junior club, Marcus will be another strong addition to our locker room.”
6-0, 175 lbs.
Woodbridge, Ontario (North York Rangers (OJHL))
Fantauzzi recorded 32 points (9-23) in 122 games over the last three seasons with the North York Rangers. He played in 55 games and recorded 14 points (3-11) in 2017-18 and appeared in 53 games with 17 points (5-12) in 2018-19.
“Dante is a big, strong, two-way defenseman that will look continue to develop his talents with us over the coming years. As someone who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, Dante has tremendous upside as a player that is second only to his character as a person. He will be a big part of our culture moving forward both on and off the ice.”
6-3, 205 lbs.
Coquitlam, British Columbia (Coquitlam Express (BCHL))
Robillard tallied 47 points (7-40) in 169 games over a four-year span for the Coquitlam Express. He recorded seven points (1-6) during his first two years before improving to 40 points (6-34) over his final two. Robillard served as captain of the Express.
“Troy is big, mobile defenseman who brings four years of junior hockey experience to our team. A tried and true player on the backend, Troy is a prototypical stay at home defenseman who takes pride in playing a smart, heavy simple game. Hard to play against, he will add another element of grit to our backend, making life tough for our opponents.”
5-11, 175 lbs.
Hauppauge, New York (New Jersey Titans (NAHL))
Perrone appeared in 100 games for the New Jersey Titans of the NAHL. He finished with a 46-39-2 record, a 2.91 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Perrone was named the NAHL Community Service Award recipient.
“The Community Service award winner of the NAHL in 2019, Brandon exemplifies the type of person our program is about. Despite being a goaltender, Brandon was a captain for his team this past season, demonstrating the respect of his character by both teammates and coaches alike. A highly competitive goalie, he will add further depth to our goaltending trio.”
Alaska Anchorage will open the 2019-20 season at Maine on Oct. 11-12. UAA will host Alaska Fairbanks in the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup Oct. 25-26.