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Hamilton College Mens Hockey’s Solid Recruit Class

Russell Sage Rink, the home of the Hamilton College Continentals. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Preparations for a new season are underway for the Hamilton College Men’s Hockey Team, and it looks like the 2023-24 Continentals will have a lot of new faces.

By Scott Kinville/CNY Hockey Report.

“I like it, I really like this class,” Hamilton College Head Coach Rob Haberbusch said when asked how he felt about the Continental’s recruits coming in this season. “There’s a good mix of players”.

The 2022-23 edition of the team finished their season with an overall record of 13-10-2. They suffered only one defeat in their regular season’s final eight games and posted a respectable record of 11-5-2 in the NESCAC. The thirty-six points they compiled within the conference were good for a solid fourth-place regular season finish in the NESCAC.

This Continentals team featured eight seniors (five forwards and three defensemen). Included in this group were team-leading goal scorer Fred Allaire as well as Nick Hawkins – who tied for second on the team in points. Allaire and Hawkins were also a part of Hamilton’s Captains group.

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Although the Continentals will say goodbye to eight veterans, twelve new players will call Russell Sage Rink home for the next four seasons starting this fall. Coach Haberbusch and his staff have brought in recruits from all over Canada and the United States (including one who grew up twenty miles down the road). All told, Haberbusch has brought in ten forwards and two defensemen.

What was Coach Haberbusch looking for in his recruits?

“We didn’t have a full complement of forwards last season so that’s what we concentrated on this offseason,” Haberbusch said of the forward-heavy recruiting class. The position wasn’t the only criterion the Continentals were looking for though, as the Hamilton bench boss was also seeking intangibles in his new players.

“The big thing we look for is character people that compete – that’s number one for us and we think we did that” he explained about the twelve new faces in his lineup. Haberbusch knows he has brought in a lot of talent, but now the work is to begin up on College Hill not only for the players but for himself and his staff as well.

“It’s a big jump for them (the players), but now it’s our job to get the guys up to speed,” he remarked about preparations for the 2023-24 season. In talking with him, it was obvious that Coach Haberbusch is eager to start.

The leagues the recruits have come from with the number from each break down as follows:

  • Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL): 5
  • USPHL – NCDC: 3
  • British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL): 2
  • North American Hockey League: 1
  • Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL): 1

The provinces/states they hail from and the number from each area:

  • Quebec: 3
  • Ontario: 2
  • New Jersey: 2
  • California: 2
  • New York: 1
  • Connecticut: 1
  • Massachusetts: 1

All Statistics in this article are courtesy of https://eliteprospects.com, https://nahl.com, and https://cchl.ca.

The Prospects

Brad Holcomb

  • Position: LW
  • Height: 5′ 10″ / Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Hamilton, NY
  • 2022-23 Team: Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL)
  • 2022-23 Statistics: 2 GP / 0G + 0A / 2 PIM
  • Notes: Holcomb played in the Syracuse Nationals program from 2018 through 2020. He was the captain of the Milton Academy team (USHS-Prep) in 2021-22.

Thomas Beaudoin

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 5′ 11″ / Weight: 187 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Lévis, Quebec.
  • 2022-23 Team: Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season 51GP / 7G + 10A = 17Pts / 26 PIM. Playoffs 2GP / 0G + 0A = 0Pts / 4 PIM.
  • Notes: Beaudoin played two seasons for the Hill School (USHS-Prep) before playing for Hawkesbury last season. he is known for being a defensive-minded player.

Jacob Ierfino

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 5′ 9″ / Weight: 181 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Cháteauguay, Quebec.
  • 2022-23 Team: Northeast Generals (NAHL) + Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Northeast Generals: 5GP / 0G + 0A / 0 PIM. Carleton Place Canadians: 14GP / 0G + 4A = 4Pts / 10 PIM.
  • Notes: Ierfino had a big year in 2021-22 with the Portsmouth Abbey School (USHS-Prep) when in 26 games played, he had 24 goals and 19 assists for 43 points and served as the team captain.

Justin Biraben

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 5′ 10″ / Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Kingston, Ontario.
  • 2022-23 Team: Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: 56GP / 14G + 27A = 41Pts / 62 PIM.
  • Notes: Per Olivia Olsen of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Biraben had a hat trick against the Springfield Junior Blues on January 6th, 2023. He finished fourth on the Ice Dogs in goals, assists, and points in 2022-23.

Lucas Constantine

  • Position: Defense.
  • Height: 6′ 1″ / Weight: 201 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Los Angeles, California.
  • 2022-23 Team: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (USPHL – NCDC).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 49GP / 1G + 10A = 11Pts / 4 PIM. Playoffs: 3GP / 0G + 1A / 0 PIM.
  • Notes: Constantine played seven seasons at various levels for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. He was the captain of the 2020-21 Kimball Union Academy team (USHS-Prep).

Devon de Vries

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 5′ 10″ / Weight: 181 lbs.
  • Age: 21 / Hometown: Saint-Lazare, Quebec.
  • 2022-23 Team: Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 54GP / 7G + 16A = 23Pts / 30 PIM. Playoffs: 4GP / 1G + 1A = 2Pts / 4 PIM.
  • Notes: de Vries played three seasons for the Grizzlies and served as alternate captain in 2022-23. He had a three-point game (one goal and two assists) in a February 3rd, 2023 game against the Powell River Kings.

Noah Leibl

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 6′ 1″ / Weight: 172 lbs.
  • Age: 21 / Hometown: Del Mar, California.
  • 2022-23 Team: Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 45GP / 7G + 10A = 17Pts / 35 PIM. Playoffs: 4GP / 0G + 0A / 2 PIM.
  • Notes: Leibl played for the Grizzlies for one and a half seasons. He posted a four-point night (one goal and three assists) in February 3rd, 2023 game against the Powell River Kings.

Nick Donaldson

  • Position: Defense.
  • Height: 6′ 0″ / Weight: 194 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut.
  • 2022-23 Team: Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics; 43GP / 0G + 6A = 6Pts / 8 PIM.
  • Notes: Donaldson shoots right-handed and is known as a “stay-at-home” defenseman.

Vinny Gould

  • Position: Right Wing.
  • Height: 6′ 2″ / Weight: 201 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts.
  • 2022-23 Team: Jersey Hitmen (USPHL – NCDC).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 50GP / 21G + 24A = 45 Pts / 37 PIM. Playoffs: 2GP / 1G + 0A = 1Pt / 2PIM.
  • Notes: Gould played the last two seasons for the Hitmen and served as the team’s alternate captain last season. He had five power-play goals in 2022-23.

Ryan Sordillo

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 6′ 0″ / Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey.
  • 2022-23 Team: Northern Cyclones (USPHL – NCDC).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 50GP / 14G + 16A = 30Pts / 18 PIM. Playoffs: 3GP / 0G + 1A = 1Pt / 4 PIM.
  • Notes: Sordillo finished fourth on the Cyclones in goals and points in 2022-23 including four power-play goals and one shorthanded goal.

Brendan Waivada

  • Position: Forward.
  • Height: 5′ 11″ / Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Age: 19 / Hometown: Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.
  • 2022-23 Teams: Renfrew Wolves (CCHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Regular Season: 48GP / 11G + 17A = 28Pts / 16 PIM. Playoffs: 10GP / 2G + 1A = 3Pts / 2 PIM.
  • Notes: Waivada had two three-point games for Renfrew in 2022-23. He was mentioned in an article published on nhl.com in March of 2011 called “Fortunate Sons”.

Luke Tchor

  • Position: Left Wing.
  • Height: 5′ 11″ / Weight: 179 lbs.
  • Age: 20 / Hometown: Toronto, Ontario.
  • 2022-23 Teams: Brockville Braves (CCHL) and Collingwood Blues (OJHL).
  • 2022-23 Statistics: Brockville: 22GP / 15G + 15A = 30Pts / 18 PIM. Collingwood: Regular Season: 25GP / 9G + 15A = 24Pts / 20 PIM. Playoffs: 18GP / 10G + 7A = 17Pts / 4 PIM.
  • Notes: Tchor had one four-point game and five three-point games for Brockville in 2022. He had ten goals in the playoffs to help lead Collinwood to the 2022-23 Ontario Junior Hockey League championship.

More information about Hamilton College Hockey

The start date for the 2023-24 Hamilton College Continentals Men’s Hockey season has yet to be announced. For more information about Hamilton College hockey, visit https://athletics.hamilton.edu.

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