NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University head men's ice hockey coach Cam Ellsworth announced that eight newcomers will be joining the Cadets for the 2018-19 season on Thursday.
The eight newcomers will join 21 returners from last year's squad that went 19-7-3 last season and won its 19th New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) regular season title in the last 20 seasons. The Cadets ended up falling 3-0 to Hobart College in the NEHC Championship game at Kreitzberg Arena.
#1 Adam Mercer
Mercer is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound goaltender from Belchertown, Mass, who played for the Junior Bruins of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) NCDC division. He split time between the South Shore Kings and the Junior Bruins last season, playing in 18 games with a 2.64 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
#4 Gabriel Chicoine
Chicoine is a 6-foot, 180-pound defenseman from St. Dominique, Quebec, who played for Les Inouk de Granby for the last three years in the Quebec Junior Hockey League. In 200 career QHJL games, he scored 22 goals and had 114 assists for 136 points. Last season, he was among the top scoring defensemen in the league with 11 goals and 47 assists for 58 points in 47 games played. In nine playoff games, he scored three goals and had four assists for seven points.
#5 Alex Monteleone
Monteleone is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman from Montreal, Quebec, who played for the Cornwall Colts of the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL) in 2017-18. In 47 games played, he scored three goals and had 10 assists for 13 points. He also had one assist in seven playoff games.
#11 Josh Vertentes
Vertentes is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward from Rehoboth, Mass., who played for the Boston Jr. Bandits of the USPHL-NCDC. Vertentes scored 23 goals and had 19 assists for 42 points in 50 games played.
#16 Sam DiBitetto
DiBitetto is a 5-foot-8, 175-pound forward from Hilton, N.Y., who played for Northwood Prep last season. In 58 games combined between the Prep and the 18U team, he scored 29 goals and had 32 for 61 points. He also had three points in three playoff games.
#19 Brett Ouderkirk
Ouderkirk is a 6-foor-0, 185-pound forward from Monkland, Ontario, who played for the Markham Royals of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). He scored 29 goals and 68 assists for 97 points 108 games in the last two seasons with the Royals. Last year, he ranked among the league leaders with 23 goals and 47 assists for 70 points.
#26 Maxime Bourdas
Bourdas is a 5-foot-9, 166-pound forward from St. Cesaire, Quebec, who played with Chicoine on Les Inouk de Granby for the last three seasons. Bourdas 73 goals and 100 assists for 173 points in 135 games played in three seasons in Granby. Last year, he registered 33 goals and 61 assists for 94 points. He also added seven more points in six playoff games.
#29 Noah Williams
Williams is a 6-foot-0, 185-pound forward from Cortland, N.Y., who played for the Cornwall Colts of the CJHL and the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). In 46 games, he scored five goals and had nine assists for 14 points. In seven playoff games with the Colts, he had three goals and an assist for four points.
Norwich opens the 2018-19 season hosting a pair of preseason exhibitions on Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. SUNY Canton at 7pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. Fitchburg State at 4pm in Kreitzberg Arena.
The Cadets open the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Endicott. Norwich plays its first home games of the 2018-19 season when it hosts Skidmore and Hobart on Nov. 2 and 3 in Kreitzberg Arena.