April 13, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University hockey team has signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2000-2001 season.
The newest recruits are forwards Jeff Campbell (Hensall, Ont.) and Dana Lattery (Cochrane, Alta.) along with defenseman Mike Jarmuth (Monkton, Ont.). They join forward Paul Davies (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and defenseman Brian Pasko (Lisle, Ill.), who committed to WMU in November during the early signing period.
Last year, WMU's recruiting efforts focused on experienced junior players with championship credentials, resulting in a solid freshmen class. This year, head coach Jim Culhane put a premium on goal scoring and competitiveness.
"The kids we're bringing in all work very hard and fit well into our system of aggressive forechecking and puck pursuit," Culhane said. "The offensive numbers of these recruits are impressive, but they're solid two-way players as well. We have also added depth to our blueline."
Below are updated capsules of the future hockey Broncos:
Jeff Campbell, center, 5-10, 160, age 18, Strathroy
Rockets, Western Junior B
1999-00 Statistics: 54 games, 62 goals, 55 assists, 117 points, 20 penalty minutes
1999-00 Honors: Received Hugh McLean Award as the leading scorer in the Western Junior B league (117 points
in 54 games). Won scoring title by 21 points. Recorded 10 short-handed goals and six game-winners. All-WJBHL First Team and Rookie of the Year. Competed in all-star game. Named league's player of the week three times.
Scoring Report: Campbell is a gifted offensive player who is willing to pay the price to score goals. Works well in front of the net and gets most of his goals from five feet in. Sees the ice well and has a knack for finding open teammates.
Paul Davies, center, 5-10, 170, age 18, Cambridge Winter
Hawks, Mid-Western Junior B
1999-00 Statistics: 48 games, 21 goals, 35 assists, 56 points, 72 penalty minutes
1999-00 Honors: Voted league's top defensive forward. Named to all-star team. Team captain.
Scoring Report: Davies is a natural leader and a committed team player. A strong skater with good ice vision and passing skills, Davies doesn't shy away from contact.
Mike Jarmuth, defenseman, 6-0, 180, age 18, Stratford
Cullitons, Mid-Western Junior B
1999-00 Statistics: 47 games, 17 goals, 30 assists, 47 points, 20 penalty minutes
1999-00 Honors: Named league's top defenseman. Member of all-star team.
Scoring Report: Jarmuth brings stability to the blueline. Solid in his own end and jumps into the play well. Passes the puck well and has an excellent shot from the point.
Dana Lattery, center, 5-11, 205, age 20, Olds Grizzlys,
Alberta Junior Hockey League
1999-00 Statistics: 61 games, 64 goals, 44 assists, 108 points, 112 penalty minutes
1999-00 Honors: Led all of Canadian Junior A hockey with 64 goals in 61 games. Broke team record for goals in a season. Recorded 10 game-winning goals. Chosen Star of the Game 27 times. AJHL South Division All-Star. Won the league's Source for Sports Cup (for three star award balloting). Played for AJHL Selects at the international Viking Cup tournament.
Scoring Report: Lattery is a veteran player who has proven he can score goals at every level. Brings good size and can play physical. Has a quick release and great puck protection skills when cycling in the corners.
Brian Pasko, defenseman, 6-1, 190, age 19, Chicago Freeze,
North American Hockey League
1999-00 Statistics: 31 games, 3 goals, 17 assists, 20 points, 105 penalty minutes
1999-00 Honors: Chosen most valuable player for the West Division team at the NAHL All-Star Game, assisting on two goals. Leading defensemen scorer for the Freeze. Team captain.
Scoring Report: Pasko's greatest attribute is his physical play. A solid skater who enjoys taking the body, Pasko is a leader on and off the ice and has the ability to get shots off quickly. Started playing organized hockey at age 12.
In addition to the three signees, coach Culhane welcomes back forward Chad Kline, who played for the Broncos from 1998 to 1999 before taking a year off for personal reasons. Kline, a native of Everett, Wash., compiled eight goals and 20 points in 61 games as a freshman and sophomore.
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