Skills Challenge Finalists Announced
CHN Staff Report
The NCAA has announced the participants for the third annual Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The competition will be conducted in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.
The East squad is comprised of:
G — Kevin Regan (New Hampshire)
G — David Leggio (Clarkson)
D — Mike Brennan (Boston College)
F — Luke Flicek (Army)
F — Pete MacArthut (Boston University)
F — Jesse Winchester (Colgate)
F — Jon Rheault (Providence)
F — Jake Morissette (Rensselaer)
The female skaters on the East team are Hayley Moore (Brown), Jaclyn Hawkins (Connecticut), Martine Garland (New Hampshire), Jennifer Hitchcock (New Hampshire), Marykate Oakley (Princeton), and Sabrina Harbec (St. Lawrence). The female goaltenders will be Sarah Perry (Sacred Heart) and Meghan Guckian (St. Lawrence).
The West squad is comprised of:
G — Kyle Jones (St. Norbet — D-III)
G — Peter Mannino (Denver)
D — Andrew Thomas (Denver)
F — Kevin Porter (Michigan)
F — Jimmy Kilpatrick (Colorado College)
F — Bryan Lerg (Michigan State)
F — Tommy Goebel (Ohio State)
F — Mike Forgie (Wayne State)
The female skaters on the West team are Tessa Bonhomme (Ohio State), Courtney DeHoey (Lake Forest), Karine Demeule (Minnesota Duluth), Bobbi Ross (Minnesota), Shannon Moulson (Niagara) and Laura Fast (St. Cloud). The two female goaltenders will be Laura Hosier (Mercyhurst) and Britni Kehler (Minnesota State-Mankato).
To be eligible, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Menís Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff.
The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
"The Frozen Four Skills Challenge has really taken off as an event," said Joel Maturi, chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and director of athletics at the University of Minnesota. "Each year the caliber of the student-athletes in this competition has gotten stronger and stronger, and we feel this year is no different. The Skills Challenge will once again be a showcase of the nationís best senior student-athletes."
The Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Award ceremony, will be televised live on ESPNU.