ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- University of Maine men's ice hockey coach Red Gendron announced today that his program has received seven commitments for the 2014–2015 season. Malcolm Hayes (Atlanta, Georgia/Cushing Academy), Mark Hamilton (Winthrop, Massachusetts/Vernon Vipers), Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec/Sioux City Musketeers), Jack Musil (Hull, England / New England Wolves), Liam Pecararo (Canton, Massachusetts/Waterloo Blackhawks), Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina/Youngstown Phantoms) and Nolan Vesey (North Reading, Massachusetts/South Shore Kings) will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2014.
"Ben Guite and Jay Leach have done an exceptional job of addressing our relative lack of size," said Maine head coach Red Gendron. "They have landed forwards that we believe will generate offense for us while improving our ability to be more effective near the enemy net. On defense, Ben and Jay have found us size, toughness, and skill. Added to that mix is a very talented young goalkeeper and we have the makings of a very important class that will improve our team in both the short term and long term."
Hayes is a 6-2, 220 pound defenseman from Atlanta, Georgia. He played for Cushing Academy last season, scoring six goals and adding eight assists for 14 points. "Malcolm Hayes provides our team tremendous size, explosive power, and a significant offensive upside," said Gendron.
Hamilton is a 6-3, 220 pound defenseman from Winthrop, Massachusetts . He played last season for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In 24 games, he tallied three goals and added a pair of assists from the blueline. "Mark Hamilton brings to our defense corps size, strength, and an enormous compete level," said Gendron. "His game is efficient if not flashy."
Lacroix is a 6-1, 180 pound forward from Shefford, Quebec. He played for the Sioux City Musketeers last season where he tallied eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 54 games. "Cedric Lacroix is big, physical, and plays with an edge," said Gendron. "He will not be pleasant to play against."
Musil is a 6-1, 180 pound forward from Hull, England. He scored an impressive 101 points on 47 goals and 54 assists last season in 51 games with the New England Wolves. "Jack Musil's greatest attributes are stick skill and hockey sense," said Gendron. "He combines this with a burning desire to become a great player."
Pecararo is a 5-11, 164 pound forward from Canton, Massachusetts. He notched 20 goals and added 41 assists for 61 points last season for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL. "Liam Pecararo was one of the top forwards in the USHL last season," said Gendron. "He has exceptional speed to go along with very good play making ability and the ability to finish."
Romeo is a 6-1, 165 pound goalie from Cary, North Carolina. He played for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL last season. He posted a 3.42 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in 30 games. "Sean Romeo is very athletic and has enjoyed good success in the USHL," said Gendron. "He will compete with Matt Morris and Nik Nugnes for the number one starter's spot on our team."
Vesey is a 6-2, 210 pound forward who was recently drafted in the sixth round, 158th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of North Reading, Massachusetts, he scored 26 goals and added 40 assists for 66 points last season for the South Shore Kings. "Nolan Vesey combines good size along with excellent sense and scoring ability," said Gendron. "He has shown himself to be very good around the net."
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.