Category Archives: Commitments

>Future ‘Hawks Featured on NHL Watch List

>Future RedHawks Curtis McKenzie, Max Cook, Cody Murphy, Steve Spinell and Reilly Smith have been listed on the NHL Central Scouting “Watch List” for the 2009 NHL Draft.

McKenzie and Cook are “B-Rating” players while Murphy, Spinell, and Smith are “C-Rating” players.

Just what do these ratings mean you ask?

A Rating: A must see player who is predicted to be a potential First or Second Round Draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

B Rating: A player to note if you are in the area, a potential selection in the
Third to Fifth Round Draft Selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

C Rating: A player that Central Scouting is tracking, a potential late round
selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

>Updated: Hartman Commits to Miami

>Joe Hartman
6’4, 200lbs
March 29, 1989
St. Cloud, Minnesota

According to the St. Cloud Times, Indiana Ice defenseman Joe Hartman has committed to Miami University. The blog post didn’t mention when Hartman would arrive at Miami. Through five games this season, he has one goal and three assists and is a + 3.

Apparently, several WCHA schools, including St. Cloud State in his hometown were interested in him. One would have to think that Jeff Blashill put in a good word for the RedHawks as well.

Joe currently plays with “RedHawk to Be” Max Cook in Indiana.

UPDATED: Here is an article from the St. Cloud Times from this morning that confirms Joe will be joining the Miami hockey program in 2009.

>Smith Commits to Miami

>Reilly Smith
6’0, 160lbs
Mimico, Ontario

NCAA recruiting “guru” Chris Heisenberg is reporting that Reilly Smith, currently playing for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the OPJHL, has committed to Miami for the 2010-2011 season.

Smith is a forward and has scored 8 goals and added 17 assists, through 16 games.

>Murphy Commits to Miami

>News coming late tonight that Miami has landed it’s second hockey commitment this week. Forward Cody Murphy ,a 17 year old from Highwood, Illinois, has committed to play hockey at Miami beginning in the 2010 season and currently plays for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL. Here’s what some are saying about Miami’s latest catch:

From the Select 17 Camp Report:

Cody Murphy-Never really able to put things together and score like he is capable of, but is still incredibly talented. A good skater with excellent finishing ability.

From the Western College Hockey Recruiting Board:

Cody Murphy-Columbus(USHL)-Very fast with good finishing ability and a nice shot.

Murphy’s Stats from Team Illinois:

2007/2008- 24 GP, 14 G, 8 A, 24 PIM

2006/2007-26 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 32 PIM

2004/2005- 28 GP, 18 G, 19 A, 32 PIM

>McKenzie Accepts Scholarship

>According to the Penticton Western News , Penticton Vees (BCHL) forward Curtis McKenzie, has accepted a scholarship offer from Miami and apparently chose to attend college and play in the NCAA, as opposed to going to the WHL.

McKenzie will not sign a letter of intent until November, therefore the University had no official comment. The 6’1, 190 lb-seventeen year old split time last season on the third and fourth lines, and finished the 07-08 campaign with 3 goals, 7 assists and 81 penalty minutes.

Here’s what the Golden, Brtish Columbia native had to say about the University and what led to his decision to choose Miami:

“I flew down there last week and I really liked it. Nice facilities, great coaches, great teammates, great academics. They made me feel really comfortable and it’s the perfect spot for me.”

Teammates consider McKenzie “a power forward who is strong in front of the net and in the corners, but can also score goals.”

His scholarship begins in the 2009-2010 season, but an option is available for deferment until the 2010-2011 season.

>Alex Wideman Commits for 2010

>According to the St. Louis AAA Blues website, forward Alex Wideman has given a verbal commitment to suit up for the RedHawks in the Fall of 2010. Wideman will take play for the United States U-18 team in the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Breclac, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. He’ll play for Cedar Rapids of the USHL next season and is the brother of incoming RedHawk, Chris Wideman (also a Cedar Rapids alum.)

More information on Alex as it becomes available.

Here is the link.