Five future Tigers, including the first NHL draft pick recruited under Colorado College coach Mike Haviland, have signed to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.
Three -- forwards Troy Conzo and Nick Olczyk and goalie Alec Calvaruso -- will join the program this September while the other two -- Columbus pick and defenseman Robbie Stucker and winger Keyvan Mokhtari -- are scheduled for the following season.
Calvaruso replaces the graduated Derek Shatzer and will be called upon to push incumbent sophomore starter Alex Leclerc. Now entering his fourth season at the helm, this is the first time Haviland has an experienced, healthy starter returning in net.
“Alec is a big, athletic goalie who competes each and every night," Haviland said in a release. "He will be a great addition to our program."
Forward Troy Conzo finished 10th in the British Columbia Hockey League in scoring (68 points, 49 assists) thanks to his speed and vision.
"Troy is a very skilled center with a great hockey IQ," Haviland said.
Olczyk is the son of former NHL player and coach Eddie Olczyk, who now works as an NBC Sports analyst, and it shows in his knowledge of the game.
"He is always thinking on the ice," Haviland said. "His offensive ability, including faceoffs, will give us some depth on our forward lines.”
The two later additions bring considerable skill with Mokhtari, nicknamed "The Roadrunner," bringing considerable speed into the mix.
“Keyvan has a ton of speed," Haviland said. "His nickname ‘The Roadrunner’ is very appropriate. He has great hockey sense and we are excited to get his speed and skill set in the program.”
Stucker has good size, skill and hockey IQ, which is why Columbus took a chance on him in the seventh round.
"Robbie is a big defenseman with outstanding offensive abilities," Haviland of the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder. "He is a smart player and very mobile and will help us in all situations, including the power play and penalty kill.”
In addition to the most recent signees, forwards Jack Gates and Christiano Versich and defenseman Zach Berzolla will join the Tigers this fall after signing their NLIs earlier.
“We are excited to have these players join our program,” Haviland said. “We believe all of them are vital pieces we need to be successful in the future.”
CC will announce its full roster for next season and its new assistant hire replacing the departed Gene Reilly later this summer.