Men’s Hockey: Norwich adds seven in 2019-20 recruiting class

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University head men's ice hockey coach Cam Ellsworth announced his 2019-20 recruiting class on Wednesday, featuring seven incoming freshmen from four different countries.

The seven recruits will join 24 returners from last year's squad that won the 13th New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament title in program history and finished as the NCAA Division III national runner up with a 23-5-3 record.

"We're really excited about this diverse group of student-athletes coming from four different countries," Ellsworth said. "I'm thrilled to bring them into our university and our hockey program."

Norwich begins its 2019-20 season with two home exhibition games on Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Saint Anselm at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. Nichols at 7 p.m.

The regular season opener is slated for Saturday, Nov. 2 with a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinal matchup against Univ. of New England at 7 p.m. in Kreitzberg Arena.

Name: Andrew Albano 
Number: 29
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Last Team: Markham Royals (OJHL)
Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Albano is a 6-foot-0, 160-pound goaltender from Hamilton, Ontario that most recently played for the Markham Royals of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Albano helped guide Markham to the North/West Conference final in the OJHL playoffs, posting a 2.59 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 18 postseason games. Albano split time in the regular season between the Stouffville Spirit and Markham, recording a 2.98 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. In 2015-16, Albano posted the lowest goals against average in the Niagara & District Junior Hockey League (NDJCHL) with the Dundas Blues. 

Name: Braedyn Aubin 
Number: 7
Hometown: Woodstock, Ontario
Last Team: Markham Royals (OJHL)
Major: Business and Accounting 

Aubin is a 6-foot-0, 200-pound forward from Woodstock, Ontario and most recently played for the Markham Royals with Aubin in the OJHL. Aubin served as the team captain and finished second in the regular season in scoring with 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points. He added seven more goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 18 playoff games. In 2016-17, Aubin won a Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) title with the Dryden Ice Dogs. He was also named the league's most improved player and a second team all-star.


Name: John Banovetz 
Number: 2
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
Last Team: Seahawks (EHL)
Major: Nursing 

Banovetz is a 6-foot-3, 191-pound defenseman from Eagle River, Alaska, who most recently played for the Seahawks of the Eastern Hockey League. Banovetz scored 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 42 games played between the regular season and playoffs. In 2015-16, he won a NPHL Cascade Cup championship with the Wenatchee Wild. 

Name: Phil Elgstam 
Number: 22
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Team: New Jersey Hitmen (NCDC) – United States Premier Hockey League
Major: Computer Security and Information Assurance 

Elgstam is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward from Stockholm, Sweden and most recently played with the New Jersey Hitmen of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) USPHL. Elgstam led the league in scoring with 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 50 games.  He was a two-time NCDC Forward of the Month and a NCDC All-Star selection. 

Name: Callum Jones 
Number: 11
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
Last Team: Oakville Blades (OJHL)
Major: Criminal Justice 

Jones is a 6-foot-0, 180-pound defenseman from Burlington, Ontario who most recently played for the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Jones helped lead the Blades to an OJHL Buckland Cup championship. The Blades ended up winning the Dudley Hewitt Cup as well before finally finishing third in the Canadian National Junior A Championship. Jones totaled three goals and 26 assists for 29 points in 54 regular season games. He then had two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in 18 playoff games.        

Name: Niks Krollis   
Number: 23
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Last Team: New Hampshire Avalanche (EHL)
Major: Computer Security and Information Assurance 

Krollis is a 6-foot-0, 180-pound defenseman from Riga, Latvia, who most recently played for the New Hampshire Avalanche of the EHL. Krollis had 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 27 games. He also added three goals and four assists for seven points in six playoff games for the Avalanche. Krollis won back-to-back EHL titles with the Avalanche and was named the league's Best Defenseman in 2018-19 as well as a First Team All-Star. Krollis has also played for the Latvian U-20 National Team, scoring a goal and adding an assist in five games at the World Junior Division 1A Tournament last year. 

Name: Carson Scheschuk     
Number: 32
Hometown: Wadena, Saskatchewan
Last Team: Weyburn Redwings (SJHL)
Major: Physical Education 

Scheschuk is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defenseman from Wadena, Saskatchewan, who last played for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Scheschuk scored nine goals and had 15 assists for 24 points in 58 regular season games last season. He also had an assist in two playoff games.