by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Dave Smith
2006-07 Record: 9-23-3 (9-16-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Key Returnees: Greg Brown F SR., David Kasch F SR., Joel Kitchen F SR., Kyle Bushee D SR., Scott Follett D SR., Spencer Churchill F JR., Andrew Loewen G SO., Carl Hudson D SO., David Cianfrini D SO., Jason Weeks F SO., Josh Heidinger F SO., Chris Forsman F SO.
Key Losses: Billy Irish-Baker, Joey Coccimiglio, Bret Norris, Michael Cohen, Jaymie Harrington
The 2006-07 Canisius Golden Griffins could not find consistency throughout the year. The team did not win a game out of conference, but, granted, it played teams like Miami (twice), Colgate, Niagara and Dartmouth.
"It was another growing year," Smith said. "We took a positive step forward and the players are put in a good position for this upcoming year."
A lot more will be said in 2007-08 as Canisius returns a good group of sophomores and some depth with the freshmen class.
About the class, Smith said "I really like it. We added depth and speed. We got some skilled players and I think there will be some surprises."
This year, the Golden Griffins have nine players in the class of 2011. These freshmen could see some playing time with only nine upperclassmen on the roster (six seniors, three juniors) (CQ).
Canisius captains this year will be from the senior class. Greg Brown will lead the Golden Griffins while Dave Kasch and Kyle Bushee will serve as the assistant captains.
"Greg (Brown) is like having another coach, while Kasch and Bushee are more vocal," Smith said.
A player who slips under the radar nationally, but is huge for Canisius, is goaltender Andrew Loewen. Last season, Loewen was fifth in the conference in both goals against average (2.87) and save percentage (.912).
"He (Loewen) is a terrific kid," Said Smith. "He is a 3.9 (GPA) student. He is a big part of the team after taking over the number one spot. He is committed to succeeding.
"The league will continue to improve. The league continues to bring better players. Anyone can win on any given night."