ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan ice hockey program announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2019-20 academic year on Friday (Aug. 9).
The eight newcomers (five forwards and three defensemen), which include three 2019 NHL Entry Draft selections, will join 20 returners from the 2018-19 season.
“We are excited about our incoming class,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “They are an exciting group who are going to make an impact right away while improving our depth along with the 20 returners that we have coming back from last year’s team.”
No. 17 Johnny Beecher | Elmira, New York
A 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward, Beecher played the previous two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … in 2018-19, registered 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points in 63 games … also played with the bronze-medal winning U.S National U18 Team in the World Junior Championship … posted three goals and one assist in seven games played … played with fellow incoming Wolverine Cam York … in 2017-18, scored 17 goals with 24 assists for 41 points in 34 games … spent time playing for Salisbury High School in the United States High School–Prep Hockey League (USHS-Prep) … selected in the first round (30th overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
“Johnny is going to add some speed and versatility to our lineup. He’s a power forward that will help us off the rush with his speed.”
No. 9 Eric Ciccolini | Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
A 6-foot, 170-pound forward, Ciccolini spent the last two years playing for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) … in 2018-19 recorded 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points in 48 regular-season games played … earned OJHL Top Prospect Award in 2018-19 … in 2017-18, collected five goals and six assists for 11 points in 24 regular-season games played … before the Jr. Canadiens, played for the Vaughan Kings in the Greater Toronto Minor Midget AAA Hockey League (GTMMHL) from 2015-17 … selected in the seventh round (205th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
“Eric adds speed to our lineup. He’s a right shot forward that has shown an ability to score. He is a fast skater with a good shot and vision.”
No. 71 Nick Granowicz | Macomb, Michigan
A 6-foot-1, 174-pound forward, Granowicz played last season with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) where he recorded 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 points in 58 regular-season games … named team MVP and All-BCHL second team while an assistant captain … before playing with the Centennials, split the 2017-18 season between the Topeka RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) — where he served as the captain — and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … with the RoadRunners (NAHL), tallied 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 25 games … after moving to the RoughRiders, collected three goals and nine assists in 28 games played … played with the Topeka RoadRunners in 2016-17, when he scored seven goals and tallied 17 assists in 24 games … played youth hockey with Belle Tire in 2012-13 and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies from 2014-16.
“Nick had a tremendous year in the BCHL, being named his team MVP and all-league honors. He is strong on the puck and took a step forward offensively last season with his game. He is versatile and can play on the wing or down the middle.”
No. 16 Jacob Hayhurst | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
A 5-foot-8, 165-pound forward, Hayhurst played the last three seasons with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers (NCAA) … comes in as a graduate transfer and has immediate eligibility … in 2018-19, led the Engineers in points with three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 29 games … notched 23 total points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 2017-18 … in the 2016-17 season, recorded seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 37 games … before playing for the Engineers, spent the 2015-16 season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) where he totaled 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 52 games.
“We watched a lot of film on Jacob and very impressed on what we saw. He led RPI in scoring last season and expect him to come in and be a top-six forward. We really like his playmaking ability and speed.”
No. 28 Emil Öhrvall | Växjö, Sweden
A 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward, Öhrvall returned to the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season … in 59 games for the Blackhawks, produced 31 goals and 32 assists for a total of 63 points … spent the 2017-18 season playing with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers (NCAA) and future incoming Wolverine Jacob Hayhurst … registered 11 total points (two goals, nine assists) in 31 games … prior to the Engineers, played the 2016-17 season with Waterloo and recorded 13 goals and 19 assists in 32 games … spent 2015-16 with Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep of the United States High School, Preparatory League (USHS-Prep) and majority of youth (2011-2015) in Sweden with HJV17.
“Emil is a player that had a big year in the USHL last season. He has a cannon of a shot and a lethal wrist shot. He has good vision that can see the ice well and has great offensive instincts.”
No. 20 Keaton Pehrson | Lakeville, Minnesota
A 6-foot-2, 194-pound defenseman, Pehrson competed for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for both the 2018-19 and 2017-18 seasons … in 2018-19, served as the assistant captain and totaled 30 points (eight goals and 22 assists) in 62 games … in 2017-18, recorded five goals and four assists in 58 games … before the Storm, split the 2016-17 season among the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Lakeville North High of the United States High School, Minnesota League (USHS-MN) and Team Northeast of the Upper Midwest High school Elite Hockey League (UMHSEHL) … with the Bruins, played in eight games and registered two assists … as the captain of Lakeville North High, tallied four goals and 25 assists for 29 points in 25 games … totaled seven points (one goal and six assists) in 20 games with Team Northeast.
“Keaton had a real strong year last season for a talented team in Tri-City. He has good feet and can make plays. He is a versatile defenseman who can skate well and make good outlet passes on the breakout.”
No. 15 Shane Switzer | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman, Switzer attended Boston University (NCAA) from 2015-2019 … comes in as a graduate transfer and has immediate eligibility … in the 2018-19 season, recorded a rating of plus-one in 17 games … did not see action in the 2017-18 season after being redshirted … marked four points (three goals, one assist) in eight total games in 2016-17 … shared time in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) between the Brooks Bandits and the Lloydminster Bobcats … for the Brooks Bandits, played in 35 games and posted six goals and 12 assists for 18 points … after he was moved to the Lloydminster Bobcats, registered two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 17 games … contributed three goals and four assists in eight playoff games with the Bobcats … played youth hockey for Victory Honda and Country Day School.
“Shane comes from Boston University and brings collegiate experience and depth to our blue line. He is an older player that will provide leadership and we expect him to have a resurgence and have a good year for us.”
No. 4 Cam York | Anaheim, California
A 5-foot-11, 174-pound defenseman, York spent the last two years with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) competing in the United States Hockey League (USHL) … in 2018-19, skated in 28 games with the USNTDP, scored seven goals with 26 assists for 33 points and finished the year with a plus-40 rating … as a member of the U.S. National U18 team, recorded 65 points (14 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games … while competing in the World Junior Classic with the U.S National U18 Team and fellow incoming teammate John Beecher, registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games … in 2017-18, scored five goals with 20 assists for 25 points in 38 games … before the USNTDP, played for Shattuck St. Mary’s Preparatory where he tallied 27 goals and 90 assists (117 points) in 104 games over a two-year span … selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
“Cam is an excellent distributer of the puck. He is going to be a cog on our power-play unit and is a real elite defenseman. His transition to the college game will be quick and should be a dominant player for us this season.”
Michigan will kick off the 2019-20 season on Sunday, Oct. 6 with an exhibition contest against Windsor. The regular season will begin the following Friday, Oct. 11 with a two-game homestand against Clarkson. Season tickets are on sale now along with the Victors Pack; which includes two premium games, plus six additional games.