Bears Hockey announces record-breaking recruit class

    14 Western Hockey League graduates are set to join the 55-time Canada West Champion Golden Bears this season

    By Connor Hood on August 20, 2019

    The Golden Bears hockey team announced a record-breaking recruiting class on Monday, as 14 Western Hockey League graduates are set to join the Bears, the most in program history.

    The previous high of 12 WHL graduates were brought in prior to the 2016/17 season, which saw Luke Philp, Jason Fram, Tyson Baillie, Trevor Cox, and Ryan Rehill all join the program. That core helped the Bears capture three-straight Canada West championships, and the 2018 University Cup.

    With the graduation and signing of pro contracts by a large chunk of that championship core however, the Golden Bears Hockey team underwent a substantial transformation this summer, with two goalies, five defenceman and six forwards joining the 55-time conference champions.

    This year’s recruit class combined for 642 goals, 1,759 points and 137 goalie wins in 3,589 career WHL games. Nine of the 14 graduates are also from Edmonton or the surrounding communities.

    "We would like to acknowledge and thank the Western Hockey League for their fantastic scholarship program, and for developing so many players in Alberta and throughout Western Canada," said Golden Bears general manager Stan Marple. "It is a natural progression for their graduates to play U SPORTS hockey, particularly in Canada West. The scholarship program allows these athletes to continue to play hockey at a very high level, while also getting an education from a world class institution."

    Up front, the Bears brought in Chad Butcher, Matt Fonteyne, Ryan Jevne, Josh Paterson, Noah Philp, Luc Smith and Nolan Volcan. Defensively, Braydyn Chizen, Dawson Davidson, Jared Freadrich, Dalton Hamaliuk, and Joel Lakusta will also join the Bears as rookies.

    Goalies Matt Berlin and Griffen Outhouse will further the depth and talent behind returner Brendan Burke.

    Four of their recruits also had professional stints, including Noah Philp and Fonteyne in the AHL, and Freadrich and Hamaliuk in the ECHL.

    This year’s group will aim replace players such as Luke Philp, Fram, Stephane Legault, Graeme Craig and Zach Sawchenko, all of whom signed pro deals this summer, as well as Riley Kieser, Tanner Clarkson, Wil Tomchuk and Kenny Cameron who graduated from the program.

    The Golden Bears will open their season on September 6th and 7th, as they host the UBC Thunderbirds in non-conference action. Friday night’s game will be at Clare Drake Arena at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday’s contest will take place at Go Auto Arena in St. Alberta.

    Tickets for the Bears contests against UBC are available online at ualberta.ca/athletics/teams/hockey-m. Kids 12 and under get in free, as do youth aged 13-17 with a paying adult.

    The Canada West season starts on September 27th when the Bears travel to Vancouver to play the Thunderbirds. Alberta will host the Saskatchewan Huskies in the home-opener on October 11th at Clare Drake Arena.

    2019/20 Recruits

    FORWARDS 

    Name: Chad Butcher
    Position: Right Wing (5-11, 188)
    2018/19 Team: Allen Americans
    Hometown: Kamloops, BC
    Stan Marple: “Another recruit from Medicine Hat, Chad brings big offensive potential to our lineup. A 100-point scorer in the WHL in 2017, Chad is an excellent passer and playmaker who can play on both the powerplay and penalty kill.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2012-13

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    35

    2

    4

    6

    2013-14

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    63

    6

    19

    25

    2014-15

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    61

    20

    31

    51

    2015-16

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    71

    27

    47

    74

    2016-17

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    68

    27

    76

    103

    2017-18

    Wichita Thunder

    ECHL

    56

    10

    25

    35

    2018-19

    Allen Americans

    ECHL

    3

    0

    1

    1

     

    Name: Matt Fonteyne
    Position: Left Wing (5-10, 180)
    2018/19 Team: San Jose Barracuda
    Hometown: Wetaskawin, AB
    Stan Marple: “Matt had a great rookie season in the American League last season, but wasn’t able to land an entry level contract with San Jose. We are thrilled to have him join our program to continue his athletic and academic pursuits. He will re-shirt with the Bears next season, and will be eligible in 2020/21.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2013-14

    Everett Silvertips

    WHL

    61

    4

    5

    9

    2014-15

    Everett Silvertips

    WHL

    69

    7

    9

    16

    2015-16

    Everett Silvertips

    WHL

    72

    16

    32

    48

    2016-17

    Everett Silvertips

    WHL

    64

    20

    27

    47

    2017-18

    Everett Silvertips

    WHL

    72

    35

    53

    88

    2018-19

    San Jose Barracuda

    AHL

    41

    5

    7

    12


    Name:
    Ryan Jevne
    Position: Right Wing (5-9, 175)
    2018/19 Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    Stan Marple: “Ryan is a speedy winger with a great shot, who is very tenacious with and without the puck. He averaged over four shots per game last season in Medicine Hat, and should fit in very well with his former Tiger teammates in Steven Owre, Clayton Kirichenko, Cole Sanford, and Trevor Cox.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    65

    6

    4

    10

    2016-17

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    72

    9

    19

    28

    2017-18

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    69

    20

    27

    47

    2018-19

    Medicine Hat Tigers

    WHL

    63

    32

    36

    68


    Name:
    Josh Paterson
    Position: Centre (6-2, 205)
    2018/19 Team: Portland Winterhawks
    Hometown: Cranbrook, BC
    Stan Marple: “We are thrilled to bring Josh into our program to continue his athletic and academic careers, even though he had one year of junior eligibility left. He is a great-two way centre with desirable size, that will provide goal-scoring ability and defensive awareness.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Saskatoon Blades

    WHL

    61

    12

    4

    16

    2016-17

    Saskatoon Blades

    WHL

    72

    17

    20

    37

    2017-18

    Saskatoon Blades

    WHL

    72

    31

    22

    53

    2018-19

    Saskatoon / Portland

    WHL

    68

    24

    30

    54


    Name:
    Noah Philp
    Position: Centre (6-3, 198)
    2018/19 Team: Seattle Thunderbirds
    Hometown: Canmore, AB
    Stan Marple: “The brother of Luke, Noah had a breakout year as a 20-year old in Seattle. Each year in the WHL, his game improved significantly, as did his offensive output. We are looking forward to seeing that trend continue this season with the Bears.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Kootenay Ice

    WHL

    67

    6

    16

    22

    2016-17

    Kootenay Ice

    WHL

    65

    8

    11

    19

    2017-18

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    71

    14

    36

    50

    2018-19

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    56

    26

    49

    75


    Name: Luc Smith
    Position: Centre (6-4, 210)
    2018/19 Team: Spokane Chiefs
    Hometown: Stony Plain, AB
    Stan Marple: “Luc will start the season on the injured reserve, after suffering a knee injury during Spokane’s WHL playoff run last spring. A big power forward who can score, Luc is a great in front of the net, and will provide some offensive punch once he joins our lineup.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2014-15

    Regina Pats

    WHL

    68

    2

    5

    7

    2015-16

    Regina Pats

    WHL

    57

    4

    4

    8

    2016-17

    Regina / Kamloops

    WHL

    51

    12

    10

    22

    2017-18

    Kamloops Blazers

    WHL

    62

    21

    23

    44

    2018-19

    Kamloops / Spokane

    WHL

    64

    28

    25

    53


    Name:
    Nolan Volcan
    Position: Left Wing (5-9, 191)
    2018/19 Team: Seattle Thunderbirds
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    Stan Marple: “What Nolan may lack in height, he more than makes up for in his work ethic and passion for the game. The former captain of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Volcan is a prototypical Bear, as he will be just as valuable on the ice as he is in the locker room. His goal scoring and talent will translate well to our team. ”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2014-15

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    67

    9

    14

    23

    2015-16

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    59

    16

    15

    31

    2016-17

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    64

    16

    28

    44

    2017-18

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    70

    32

    44

    76

    2018-19

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    58

    27

    30

    58


    DEFENCE

    Name:
    Braydyn Chizen
    Position: Defence (6-9, 210)
    2018/19 Team: Brandon Wheat Kings
    Hometown: St. Albert, AB
    Stan Marple: “At 6-9 and a former draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, we aren’t the only ones who thinks Braydyn has NHL potential. Even with his big frame, Braydyn is an excellent skater, who is a force in the defensive zone.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Kelowna Rockets

    WHL

    45

    1

    1

    2

    2016-17

    Kelowna Rockets

    WHL

    65

    3

    7

    10

    2017-18

    Kelowna Rockets

    WHL

    61

    6

    13

    19

    2018-19

    Kelowna / Brandon

    WHL

    64

    3

    8

    11


    Name:
    Dawson Davidson
    Position: Defence (5-11, 181)
    2018/19 Team: Saskatoon Blades
    Hometown: Moosomin, SSK
    Stan Marple: “It’s not often a defenceman is the top scorer on their WHL team, but Dawson was for a very good Saskatoon team last season. He has great offensive instincts, can influence the game at both ends of the ice, and will make an immediate impact for us next season.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2014-15

    Kamloops Blazers

    WHL

    33

    3

    6

    9

    2015-16

    Kamloops Blazers

    WHL

    59

    6

    33

    39

    2016-17

    Kamloops / Regina

    WHL

    72

    5

    20

    25

    2017-18

    Regina / Saskatoon

    WHL

    69

    10

    33

    43

    2018-19

    Saskatoon Blades

    WHL

    68

    13

    62

    75


    Name:
    Jared Freadrich
    Position: Defence (5-10, 185)
    2018/19 Team: Portland Winterhawks
    Hometown: Camrose, AB
    Stan Marple: “Jared had a great season in Portland last year, finishing with career-highs across the board. He was their primary quarterback on the powerplay under head coach Mike Johnston. He is a great two-way defender, who moves the puck incredibly well, and will be a nice addition to our program.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Regina Pats

    WHL

    58

    5

    15

    20

    2016-17

    Regina / Victoria

    WHL

    67

    6

    25

    31

    2017-18

    Victoria Royals

    WHL

    71

    12

    20

    32

    2018-19

    Portland Winterhawks

    WHL

    67

    15

    33

    48


    Name:
    Dalton Hamaliuk
    Position: Defence (6-2, 212)
    2018/19 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors
    Hometown: Leduc, AB
    Stan Marple: “Dalton is a big defender at 6-2, who excels in his own zone. He will be a great addition to our locker room, as he brings excellent character and passion to our team. He joins our program with a strong WHL career that spans five seasons, as well as a strong academic background.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Spokane Chiefs

    WHL

    69

    2

    7

    9

    2016-17

    Spokane Chiefs

    WHL

    70

    0

    11

    31

    2017-18

    Spokane Chiefs

    WHL

    71

    4

    12

    16

    2018-19

    Moose Jaw Warriors

    WHL

    66

    4

    19

    23


    Name:
    Joel Lakusta
    Position: Defence (6-2, 190)
    2018/19 Team: Prince George Cougars
    Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB
    Stan Marple: “Another local product, Joel had an exceptional career with Prince George. Not many players spend their whole career with one team, but when they do, it shots that players character and leadership abilities. Joel has some offensive spark to his game, but is also a very reliable defender with good size.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Goals

    Assists

    Points

    2015-16

    Prince George Cougars

    WHL

    44

    2

    5

    7

    2016-17

    Prince George Cougars

    WHL

    60

    1

    11

    12

    2017-18

    Prince George Cougars

    WHL

    70

    9

    33

    42

    2018-19

    Prince George Cougars

    WHL

    59

    5

    20

    25


    GOALIES

    Name: Matt Berlin
    Position: Goalie (6-3, 205)
    2018/19 Team: Sherwood Park Crusaders
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    Stan Marple: “Matt is a solid goaltender with WHL and AJHL experience, who helped lead the Sherwood Park Crusaders to a spot in the 2019 AJHL Semifinal. He is a big goalie at 6-3, who is technically strong with loads of potential.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Wins

    GAA

    Save %

    2016-17

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    13

    7

    2.82

    0.902

    2016-17

    Drayton Valley Thunder

    AJHL

    16

    5

    4.49

    0.873

    2017-18

    Seattle Thunderbirds

    WHL

    24

    12

    3.40

    0.893

    2017-18

    Kootenay Ice

    WHL

    13

    3

    3.62

    0.875

    2018-19

    Sherwood Park Crusaders

    AJHL

    38

    28

    2.57

    0.917


    Name:
    Griffen Outhouse
    Position: Goalie (6-0, 180)
    2018/19 Team: Victoria Royals
    Hometown: Likely, BC
    Stan Marple: “Another player who spent his full WHL career with one team, Griffen was outstanding for the Victoria Royals for four seasons. In my opinion, he was the best goalie in the WHL last season, and his statistical numbers show why. He is the seventh winningest goalie in WHL history, will continue the strong line of stoppers who have played for the Bears.”

    Year

    Team

    League

    GP

    Wins

    GAA

    Save %

    2015-16

    Victoria Royals

    WHL

    27

    18

    1.82

    0.937

    2016-17

    Victoria Royals

    WHL

    63

    34

    2.85

    0.915

    2017-18

    Victoria Royals

    WHL

    60

    35

    3.08

    0.914

    2018-19

    Victoria Royals

    WHL

    46

    27

    2.81

    0.913