Maine Hockey Journal

2009 Recruiting Class

Orono, ME – University of Maine men’s ice hockey coach Tim Whitehead has announced that his program has received eight commitments for the 2009-10 season. Defensemen Nick Pryor (Woodbury, Minn.), forwards Robin Bergman (Stockholm, Sweden), Kelen Corkum (Newburyport, Mass.), Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.), Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden), Matt Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) and Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) along with goalie Shawn Sirman (Sudbury, Ontario) will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2009.

“We are very pleased with this recruiting class,” said Whitehead. “We believe they will make an immediate positive impact on our team.”

This class joins the 2008-09 class which led Hockey East in scoring with 36 goals and 58 assists for 94 points. Gustav Nyquist earned a spot on the 2009 Hockey East All-Rookie squad after leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.

Pryor is a 5-10, 185 pound defenseman who has played for Waterloo and Des Moines of the USHL this past season. He combined to score seven goals and dish out 17 assists for 24 points. Pryor played the 2006-07 season for the US National Under-18 Team.

Bergman is a 6-0, 195 pound transfer from Notre Dame University. He played this past season for Cedar Rapids of the USHL. He scored 22 goals and added 20 assists for 42 points in 55 games for the RoughRiders.

Corkum is a 6-2, 200 pound forward who played this past season for the New Hampshire Monarchs of the EJHL. He registered a point a game for the Monarchs last season despite being injured most of the year. Corkum has also played for the US National Development Program.

Diamond is a 5-7, 165 pound forward who played for the Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL last season. He scored 42 goals and added 34 assists for 76 points in 45 games during the regular season.

Leidermark is a 5-8, 185 pound forward who scored 22 goals and added 22 assists for 44 points for the Brynas J20 Super Elite Team. He led the team in scoring in the playoffs with 17 points in seven games and scored the overtime game-winner in the Swedish Championship.

Mangene is a 5-11, 185 pound forward who played last season for the New Hampshire Monarchs. He scored 37 points on 12 goals and 25 assists last season in 43 games.

Shemansky is a 5-8, 165 pound forward who tallied 56 points on 18 goals and 38 assists for the New Hampshire Monarchs. He scored five power play goals and added four game-winners.

Sirman is a 6-0, 185 pound goalie who played this past season for the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Conference of the OJHL. He played in 29 games in the regular season and recorded 21 wins with a 2.36 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He saw action in 25 playoffs games where he led his team to the Ontario Conference Championship. He finished with 19 wins in the playoffs with a 2.41 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.

The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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