TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama hockey program has announced its roster for the 2017-18 season. Following the conclusion of a scrimmage between the remaining 40 players trying out for this year’s team, the coaching staff made their final roster decisions late Friday night.
Alabama saw 57 players register for tryouts this year, a significant increase from the 39 that tried out last season. Thirty players were selected to the roster, including 20 returners. This year’s squad comes from 17 different states and Canadian provinces, with Illinois having the largest representation at seven skaters. The team will also see Paul Weise from Moscow, Russia join the program.
Alabama returns four players with NCAA Division-III experience who all transferred to the program last year: Taylor Joseph (Oswego State), Jeremy Hannah (Daniel Webster), Pierre Oullette (Oswego State) and Shane Welsh (Daniel Webster). Additionally, sophomore goalie Jesse Gordichuk joins the program after playing at NCAA Division-III Wisconsin-Stevens Point and winning a national championship last season.
Alabama returns 83.6 percent of its scoring from last year (424 of 507 points), including Joseph who led in points, goals and assists and finished the year fourth in program history in both single-season points and single-season goals. Joseph also finished sixth in the nation in total points.
Junior Sam Schilling is the only returning netminder, and he finished the 2016-17 campaign with 2.12 goals against average, good for sixth in the nation and fifth-best in program history. He is the program’s current career goals against average leader entering the season (2.36).
Hannah (55), Joseph (57), Jack Rooney (72) and Dylan Teed (87) are all poised to potentially reach the 100 career points mark, a feat only eight Alabama players have accomplished. Most recently, senior Jon Lovorn (105) reached the milestone last season.
Alabama opens the season on the road on Friday, Sept. 15 at Liberty. It will be the season opener for both teams, with the puck set to drop at 6 p.m. CT. The teams split the season series a year ago, 2-2, with both teams taking one win in the other’s building.