May 6, 2005

Crusaders Announce 2005-06 Freshmen Class

May 6, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Head Coach Paul Pearl has announced next year's additions to the Crusader hockey program. Holy Cross will welcome six incoming freshmen, Marty Dams (Manotick, Ont.), Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.), Kai Magnussen (Okotoks, Alta.), Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ont.), Rob Rassey (Shelby Township, Mich.) and Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.), to the 2005-06 squad.

Next season's freshmen class consists of three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. The group is evenly balanced with three Canadians and three Americans, including Thomson, who resides in Massachusetts.

The younger sibling of Jeff Dams `04, a former Crusader standout, Marty comes to Holy Cross after playing for the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Junior Hockey League. This past season the defenseman saw action in 52 games, scoring six goals and adding 21 assists for a total of 27 points.

"Marty is a smart, stay at home defenseman," Head Coach Paul Pearl said, "with a heavy shot from the point and a great knack for making the initial breakout pass. We expect him to follow in his brother Jeff's footsteps and have a great career here."

Lockwood (6'0", 185 lbs.) joins the Crusaders after spending a year with the Bridgewater Bandits of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. The netminder made 21 appearances for the Bandits, recording a 3.91 goals against average and an 89.4 save percentage for a record of 7-11-2.

"Charlie is a butterfly goaltender who is very good technically," said Pearl. "He had a great career at the Northwood School before playing well this year in Bridgewater. We think he has the potential to be a good college goaltender and will compete with Tony Quesada (South Freeport Maine) and Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) for minutes."

As the Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) leading scorer, Magnussen (5'10", 190 lbs.) netted 19 goals and added 35 helpers over 50 games. His 54 points this season is 14 more than the team's second leading scorer. The forward has had a hand, either by scoring or assisting, in over a third of the Weyburn's 146 goals this season. Magnussen also led the team with eight power play goals.

"Kai has a knack for scoring goals and has scored a lot of them in his junior career," said Pearl. "He will add both grit and a good scoring touch to our forward group. Kai's strength and tenacity should enable him to fit in right away next season.

McAdam (6'0", 200 lbs.) comes to Holy Cross from the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League where he played in 46 games. The right handed blue liner ended the season tied for second in assists (27) and added three goals for a total of 30 points to be the second highest defenseman on the team.

"Shane is a skilled defenseman," said Pearl, "who should be a great asset on our power play. He has spent the past two seasons with Hamilton in the OPJHL, a team we also recruited Jonas Tomiuck (Wainfleet, Ont.) and Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) from. Shane's puck savvy and skating ability will allow him to fit right in at this level.

Rassey ends his junior hockey experience as the Youngstown Phantoms' all-time leader in scoring and assists. Over his two seasons with Youngstown, Rassey has scored 128 points (48 goals and 77 assists) over 111 games. The 5'10", 183 lbs. forward posted 72 points this past season, to finish fifth overall in the North American Hockey League, while his 43 assists put him at third in the NAHL overall. The Phantoms' 2004-05 co-captain, Rassey was named to the All-NAHL second-team.

"Rob was one of the top forwards in the North American Hockey League," said Pearl. "He sees the ice very well and plays hard in all three zones. He has a good stick and we look for him to get a lot of minutes at center for us next season."

A forward from St. Paul's School, Thomson earned All-ISL this past season after scoring 13 goals and assisting with eight others over 22 games. In addition, he was the recipient of the Flood Shield Award, which best exemplifies the spirit of the ISL.

"Dewey had an excellent prep career at St. Paul's," said Pearl. "He is strong, has a good shot and is an outstanding skater. Dewey won the Flood Shield in the ISL this year, one of the top honors a prep player can receive."

The Crusaders will host the Royal Military College of Canada in an exhibition game on Friday, Oct. 14, before traveling to Amherst, Mass. for its first regular-season game to take on Hockey East member Massachusetts on Friday, Oct. 21. Holy Cross' home-opening weekend is slated for Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, when it takes on Atlantic Hockey rival Army at the Hart Center Ice Rink.