STORRS, Conn. - UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh announced the addition of Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) to the men's hockey program. Masonius has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Huskies for the 2015-16 season.
Masonius will join classmates 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.) in making up this year's recruiting class.
Joseph Masonius - Fr., Defenseman, 6-0/180, Spring Lake, N.J./U.S. National U18 (NTDP)
Masonius was a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program the past two seasons. A native of Spring Lake, N.J., Masonius played in 65 games last year with the U.S. National U18 team, skating along side Thompson. He scored six goals with 23 assists for 29 points. In 24 games competing in the USHL, he dished out 10 assists. He helped lead the U.S. team to the gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Switzerland.
He also helped lead his team to the title at the 2014 Four Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden, picking up an assist in four games. He notched three assists in four games while the team took second at the U18 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. He also participated in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game.
In 2013-14, Masonius skated with the U.S. National U17 team picking up eight assists over 39 games. He was a member of the team that won the 2014 Five Nations Tournament in Sweden, the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia and the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in Slovakia. Prior to joining the U.S. Development Program, Masonius played with the New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL.
Masonius is the son of T.J. and Ellen Masonius. His mom Ellen played collegiate basketball at Saint Joseph’s University and was an assistant women’s basketball coach at UConn and Iona.