CC hockey recruiting continues apace for assistants

April 15, 2014 Updated: April 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm
photo - Colorado College assistant coaches Joe Bonnett, left, and Eric Rud have been busy with recruiting this spring.
Colorado College assistant coaches Joe Bonnett, left, and Eric Rud have been busy with recruiting this spring.  

It is a busy spring as usual on the recruiting front for Colorado College assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud.

Forward Mason Bergh, 19, and goalie Chase Perry, 18, may sign as soon as Wednesday, with the netminder scheduled to join the team this fall. Bergh will play another season of junior hockey before joining in 2015. The NCAA signing period ends Aug. 1.

"Everything's moving forward," Bonnett said. "The players are motivated and they are excited to sign."

Perry is one of six new Tigers expected this fall, replacing the seven graduating seniors, who include student assistant Dakota Eveland. He will be joined by defenseman Teemu Kivihalme, a 2013 Nashville fifth-round draft pick, blue-liners Garrett Cecere and Duggie Lagrone and forwards Jordan Berger and Daniel Labosky.

"Teemu is a smooth-skating defenseman with a lot of potential," Bonnett said. "Cecere has done a great job developing his game and adjusting to the junior level, which bodes well for the transition to college."

Berger, Labosky and Lagrone also enjoyed strong junior hockey seasons.

"We're very happy with the year a first-year forward like Labosky had," Rud said. "Things really picked up for him in the second half."

The two assistants will spend their spring hitting the road to see commits, signees and possible recruits play in the junior league playoffs and USA Hockey regional camps.

"We're doing everything we can to keep connected with the incoming freshmen and commits," Rud said. The Tigers may bring in another player later this summer.

A little more than a week ago, longtime coach Scott Owens resigned after 15 years at the helm following a seven-win season. More than 20 candidates are under consideration for the vacant position, including Bonnett and Rud.

The only certainty is that there will be games next season and Bonnett and Rud are preparing the program for it. They held annual postseason reviews with players to identify needed individual improvement, along with an offseason weight training program. The two assistants will also finalize the 2014-15 schedule, which will be announced later this month, and arrange team travel.

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