June 4, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Men’s hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman announced that four more players will be joining the Friar hockey program in the fall of 2013. Forwards Conor MacPhee, Trevor Mingoia and Niko Rufo, as well as defenseman Josh Monk will join Providence’s previous signees, including defensemen Anthony Florentino and Kyle McKenzie and goaltender Nick Ellis.
MacPhee is a 6’4, 210-pound forward from Windham, N.H., who played for the Middlesex Islanders of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) during the 2012-13 season. MacPhee helped the Islanders to a second-place finish in the Northern Division and he then led the Islanders in playoff scoring, netting five goals and adding six assists for 11 points in seven playoff games. In the regular season, he scored 15 goals and added 20 assists for 35 points in 43 games. He had six multi-goal games on the season and recorded three game-winning goals. Before joining the Islanders, MacPhee played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (EJHL). During the 2011-12 season, he totaled 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 42 games. He was teammates with current Friar defenseman Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) during that 2011-12 season.
Mingoia is a 5’10, 180-pound forward from Fairport, N.Y., who played for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season. He played in 43 games for the Storm, netting 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points. Twelve of his points (2G-10A) came on the power play and he also had one game-winning goal. Prior to joining Tri-City, Mingoia played the 2011-12 season with Union College, where he notched three goals and three assists for six points in 18 games. Before playing for Union, Mingoia went to the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., and graduated in 2011. He earned the Berkshire Hockey Trophy as team MVP and the Mary Gardner Taylor Memorial Hockey Trophy as the team's high scorer, while serving as team captain in 2010-11. He will join the Friars as a red shirt sophomore.
Rufo is a 6’0, 185-pound forward from Stoneham, Mass., who last played for Kimball Union of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA). During his senior season, Rufo tallied 17 goals and added 34 assists for 51 points in 30 games. Rufo also won the 2012-13 U-18 USA Hockey National Championship, playing for the Neponset Valley River Rats (Tier 1 Elite AAA). In 2010-11, Rufo played for the Boston Junior Bruins, where he scored 18 goals and had 20 assists for 38 points in 40 games. Prior to that, Rufo played for Arlington Catholic (Arlington, Mass.), where he helped his team to the MIAA Division 1 State Championship during the 2009-10 season as a sophomore.
Monk is a 5’11, 186-pound defenseman from Langley, B.C., who played for West Kelowna of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) last season. Monk was named a 2012-13 BCHL Second Team All-Star after scoring nine goals and totaling 46 points to finish fourth in the league in scoring among defensemen. In four seasons in the BCHL, which also included stints with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, the Surrey Eagles, the Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Westside Warriors, Monk played 177 career games, totaling 25 goals and 78 assists for 103 points.
Florentino is a 6’2, 205-pound defenseman from West Roxbury, Mass., who last played for the South Kent School of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA). Recently, he was ranked 75th among North American skaters in the final set of rankings from the NHL Central Scouting Service (April 24, 2013). He served as a team captain at South Kent this past season and scored 20 goals and added 30 assists for 50 points in 58 games. Florentino was selected for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that took part in the Vlad Dzurilla Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia on Feb. 7-13, 2012.
McKenzie is a 6’0, 190-pound defenseman from Aston, Pa., who last played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL). McKenzie helped Dubuque to first place in the East Division in 2012-13, posting two goals and six assists in 57 regular-season games. He was also +23 on the year and had 105 penalty minutes. After finishing atop the East Division, McKenzie and the Saints won their quarterfinal and semifinal series and then swept the Fargo Force to win the Clark Cup as Champions of the USHL. In 11 playoff games, McKenzie chipped in with a goal and an assist. In 2011-12, McKenzie played in 55 games for the Fighting Saints and recorded seven assists and a +8 plus-minus rating. He debuted for Dubuque in 2010-11, playing in four games.
Ellis, a 6’0, 170-pound goalie, played the 2012-13 season for the Des Moines Buccaneers, also of the USHL. He appeared in 37 games, posting a 12-12-4 record and a 3.41 goals against average. He made 1,065 saves on the year and recorded a .909 save percentage. His GAA, save percentage and save total led the Buccaneers. Prior to Des Moines, Ellis, a native of Millersville, Md., played for the Pomfret School in Connecticut, which also plays in the NEPSIHA.