December 1, 2003

'Cats Ink Recruits

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MARQUETTE, Mich. - Walt Kyle the head hockeycoach at Northern Michigan University and Dave Shyiak the associate head coach and recruiting coordinatorfor the Wildcats have announced that the following student-athletes have signeda National Letter of Intent to attend NMU and play hockey for the 'Cats.  A total of four signed, but only three willsuit up next year for NMU.  The threeplayers who will join the 'Cats next year are all currently playing in theBritish Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Matt Siddallfrom North Vancouver, B.C., Mike Santorellifrom Burnaby, B.C. and Derek Janzenfrom Abbotsford, B.C. will join the team for the 2004-05 season.Stephen Balint from Grosselle, Mich. will join the 'Cats forthe 2005-06 campaign.

Siddall (F, 6-1, 208, 9-26-84) is currently playing for the Victoria Salsa after he started theseason with the Langley Hornets.  After14 games in the 2003-04 season he currently has 13-11-24.  "We went looking for ascorer and we think that we found one in Matt," Shyiaksaid.  "He is a big strong kid whoplays with an edge.  He reminds me of aformer player we had in J.P. Vigier."

Santorelli (RW, 6-0, 195, 12-14-85) currently playing for the Vernon Vipers and has appeared in 30 gamesas he is 21-31-52.  "Mike is more ofa finesse player," Shyiak said.  "He has a very good shooting ability andis a natural goal scorer."

Janzen (G, 5-11, 170, 6-12-86) is currently playing for the ChilliwackChiefs as he is 4-2-0 with a 4.38 GAA and a.880 save percentage.  "He is one ofthe better 17-year-olds in Western Canada," Shyiak said. "He moves well and is very technically sound.  Janzen will help usin the goaltending area with the loss of Craig Kowalski."

Balint (F, 5-11, 163, 8-18-86) is on the roster of the River City Lancers of the United State HockeyLeague (USHL) as he is 2-2-4 after 12 games.  "Stephen is a very talented offensiveplayer who needs another year of juniors before playing for the 'Cats in2005," Shyiak said.

 

 



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