On Monday, UConn Men’s Hockey announced its incoming freshman class for the 2017-18 season. The Huskies will welcome five fresh faces to the organization, hailing from three different states, as well as England.
There will be a new goaltender, one defenseman and three forwards, for a smaller class than the seven Mike Cavanaugh welcomed in 2016.
Adam Karashik is the lone in-state commitment for the class of 2017, hailing from Ridgefield. He is also the lone blueliner. Karashik played the 2016-17 season for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, grabbing nine points (2-7—9) with a +14 plus/minus in a championship season for the Steel. Standing at six feet, 197 pounds, he is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Brian Rigali comes to the Huskies from Libertyville, Illinois by way of the Sioux City Musketeers, also of the USHL. The Musketeers lost to the Steel in the Clark Cup finals. In 59 regular season games in 2016-17, he had 30 points (10-20—30) and had four more (3-1—4) in 13 playoff games.
Zac Robbins is also an Illinoian, from Glenview, and played for Cedar Rapids of the USHL for the past two seasons. As an alternate captain in 2016-17, he posted 23 points (10-13—23), good for second on the team. He is listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds.
Bradley Stone is a goaltender from across the pond in London. He came to the United States in 2012-13 and spent two seasons playing for the Northwood School in upstate New York before playing in the USPHL, most recently for the Boston Jr. Bruins. He posted a 1.97 GAA and a .938 save percentage in four games.
Evan Wisocky, originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, is a forward who played for Youngstown of the USHL in 2016-17. He is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and scored 22 points (10-12—22) for the Phantoms. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds.