April 21, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman announced the five incoming freshmen who will join the program in the fall of 2014 and comprise the class of 2018. The Friars will welcome Alex Cromwell (McKinney, Texas), Logan Day (Seminole, Fla.), Robbie Hennessey (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) and Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario).
Cromwell is a 6'2, 207-pound forward, who recently completed his second season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). This past season, Cromwell played in 60 games, and recorded eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points. He helped the Oil Barons to a second-place finish in the North Division.
Day is a 6'1, 200-pound defenseman, who recently completed his first season with the South Shore Kings of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). He served as an assistant captain and was named to the USPHL All-Star team. He played in 48 regular-season games, notching 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points. Day also played four years of varsity high school hockey at Kents Hill School (Kents Hill, Maine). All told, the defenseman had 117 points in 109 games for Kents Hill.
Hennessey is a 5'10, 185-pound forward, who recently completed his high school hockey career at the Northwood School (Lake Placid, N.Y.). Playing for the Northwood Junior Hockey Club, where former Friar great Chris Therien also played, Hennessey served as a team co-captain in 2013-14 and led his squad to a 30-10-4 overall record.
Pinho is a 6'0, 171-pound forward, who is finishing his first season with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL). A sixth-round selection (174th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Pinho played in 59 regular-season games for the Ice. He scored 28 goals and added 28 assists for 56 points. He also posted a plus-minus rating of +29. Prior to Indiana, Pinho skated for St. John's Prep (Danvers, Mass.) and helped his team to three Super 8 tournament appearances.
Walman is a 6-1, 175-pound defenseman, who played the 2013-14 season for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). He played in 43 games, scored seven goals and added 26 assists for 33 points en route to claiming the OJHL Top Prospect Award, as selected by NHL Central Scouting (given annually to the player selected as the top-ranked, draft eligible prospect for the upcoming draft). Walman was also a member of Team Canada East at the 2013 Junior `A' Challenge (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) and he skated on the OJHL South-East All-Star team, which placed as the runner-up 2013 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge (Terrebonne, Quebec). Prior to the Jr. Canadiens, Walman played one season as a forward at the Minor Midget level in the GTHL.
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