STORRS, Conn. - UConn head men's hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that six student-athletes will make up the incoming class for the 2015-16 season. Freshmen Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.), Miles Gendron (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.), Marco Richter (Vienna, Austria) and Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) are set to join the Huskies this fall as the program enters its second season in Hockey East.
Here is a closer look at the newest Huskies:
Tage Thompson - Fr., Forward, Orange, Conn. / U.S. National U18 (NTDP)
Thompson skated for U.S. National U18 team as part of USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) during the 2014-15 season. He played in 64 games, recording 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists and helped lead his team to a gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Switzerland. He also recorded seven goals and seven assist over 25 USHL games last season. Thompson tallied a pair of assists as his team took silver at Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic and helped lead the team to a gold medal at 2014 Four Nations Tournament in Sweden. Thompson graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan a year early where he received the National Young Leaders Award and Presidential Academic Award. His dad Brent Thompson currently serves as head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and was formerly an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2012-14.
Miles Gendron - Fr., Defenseman, Shrewsbury, Mass. / Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Gendron, who signed a National Letter of Intent with the Huskies in 2013, was drafted in the 3rd round (70th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In 2014-15, he skated with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey Leauge (BCHL) where he played 54 games, scoring five goals with 17 assists for 22 points. Gendron helped lead his team to the Interior Division and BCHL regular season championships as well as the BCHL Fred Paige Cup Championship and Western Canada Cup Championship. He finished ranked 5th in assists (11) in the BCHL playoffs, helping Penticton skate to the RBC semi-finals. Gendron attended The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts from 2010-2014 where he tallied career totals of 98 games, 27 goals, 44 assists, and 71 points.
Max Kalter - Fr., Forward, Highland Park, Ill. / Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
Kalter finished the 2014-15 season with Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He played in all 60 games, scoring 13 goals and 17 assists, totaling 30 points while leading the Musketeers to the Western Conference Championship. Kalter began the 2014-15 season with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL, registering a goal and two assists in four games. During the 2013-14 campaign, he skated 60 games for the Jr. Blues, recording 36 points on 15 goals and 21 assists. He was named an assistant captain for Springfield. Kalter graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois.
Marco Richter - Fr., Forward, Vienna, Austria / Madison Capitols (USHL)
Richter skated with the Madison Capitols in 2014-15, scoring eight goals with five assists in 43 games. Richter made his debut for the Austrian Men's National Team in 2015, appearing in three games leading up to the IIHF World Championship. He spent three seasons with Lower Austria Stars U20 from 2011 through 2014, playing in 113 games, scoring 77 goals and 55 assists for a total of 132 points. He was awarded MVP in the 2013-14 season and served as assistant captain during that season. Richter played for Team Austria at the WJC-20 D1A during the 2014-15 season and was elected team captain. He scored six goals and had five assists in 10 games at the IIHF World Junior Championships. He was awarded player of the game at the 2015 World Junior Championships D-1A, and received the award twice during the 2014 World Junior Championships D-1A. He also played for the Austrian U18 team from 2011-13 and helped lead his team to bronze medals at the World Junior Championships D-1B in consecutive years. Richter attended the Lower Austrian International School.
Karl El-Mir - Fr., Forward, Montreal, Quebec / Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
El-Mir split the 2014-15 season between Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and the Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He scored six goals and totalled five assists for 11 points in 29 games with Salmon Arm and had five goals and four assists for nine points in 13 games for Grande Prairie. El-Mir skated with the Selects Hockey Academy 18U at South Kent School in 2013-14 and went on to set the USPHL 18U records for most assists (31) and points (48) in a season. He had 17 goals with 31 assists for 48 points in 27 games and was awarded MVP and Offensive Player of the USPHL 18U. In the playoffs, he tallied six points on four goals and two assists leading his team to the USPHL 18U Championship. He graduated from the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut where he was a High Honors student-athete.
Tanner Creel - So., Goaltender, Arlington Heights, Ill. / Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL)
Creel split the 2014-15 campaign with the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). He registered a 3.70 GAA and .887 SV% with Odessa and ranked 20th among league goaltenders with 769 saves in 29 games. Creel posted a 3.60 GAA and .921 SV% with P.A.L. In 2013-14, Creel appeared in five games for the Army Black Knights of Atlantic Hockey. Prior to enrolling at Army, he split the 2012-13 season between New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL and the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, appearing in 11 games for New Jersey and three games for the Storm. He graduated from St. Viator High School in 2012 with High Honors.