Purple Eagle Pride

A Dozen Added to Men’s Hockey, Basketball for 2010-11 Season

The Niagara men’s hockey team added seven new players to its roster for the 2010-11 season, enhancing the size, speed, and skill of the 28-member team. Joining the Purple Eagles as freshmen are Scott Arnold (Pointe Claire, Que.), Carsen Chubak (Prince Albert, Sask.), Patrick Divjak (Vienna, Austria), Ryan Murphy (Stratford, Ont.), Ryan Rashid (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Kevin Ryan (Eden, N.Y.), and Matt Williams (Kitchener, Ont.).

Arnold, a 6-foot-2 left winger, is coming off a career year with Brockville (CJHL), where he scored 42 goals and 33 assists for 75 points in 61 games during the 2009-10 season. He also participated in the New Jersey Devils Prospect Camp this summer.

Chubak, a 5-foot-11 netminder, spent the 2009-10 season with the Tri-City Storm (USHL), where he went 21-19-6, with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

Divjak is a 5-foot-9 forward who scored 46 goals, 69 assists and 115 points in 171 games in the USHL, split between the Sioux Falls Stampede and the Waterloo Black Hawks. He also has some international competition on his résumé, having competed for Austria in the World Junior Championships in 2008-09.

Murphy, another sizable forward at 6-foot-1, finished second on the Oakville Blades (OJHL), with 72 points (31 goals, 41 assists), while helping to lead the team to the OJAHL Championship, OJHL Junior A Championship, Dudley Hewitt Cup Championship, and a spot in the 2010 Royal Bank Cup.

Rashid is a 6-foot-2 forward who scored 11 goals, 11 assists and 22 points in 57 games with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL).

One of two new defensemen, 6-foot-2 Western New York native Kevin Ryan notched six goals, 29 assists and 35 points in 58 games last year with the Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL), including a plus-33 rating.

Williams, a 6-foot blueliner, spent the last two years with the Grande Prairie Storm of the AJHL, scoring 13 goals, 40 assists and 53 points in 120 games, including six power-play goals.

The newcomers joined their veteran teammates in making history on Oct. 29, when they picked up their first-ever Atlantic Hockey Association conference win in their first-ever AHA game, downing the visiting Mercyhurst Lakers by a 5-3 score at Dwyer Arena.

Meanwhile, Niagara men’s basketball signed five new members to the 2010-11 Purple Eagles team. The recruiting class features four backcourt players and one forward.

Skylar Jones (Alexandria, Va.), a 6-foot-3 guard, comes to Monteagle Ridge with a plethora of awards after four standout seasons at Mount Vernon High School, including Third Team All-State and National District Player of the Year. The two-time Mount Vernon Athlete of the Year averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three steals per game as senior en route to entering the 1,000-point club.

Marvin Jordan (Peoria, Ill.), a 5-foot-11 guard, helped lead Manual High School to the Class 2A Championship Game as a senior and a sophomore. He was a two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention selection and was named First Team All-State as a senior. He was also named to the Windycitybasketball.com Top 25 Class of 2010 and played AAU summer basketball for the Eric Gordon All-Stars in Indianapolis.

Malcolm Lemmons (Washington, D.C.), a 6-foot-3 guard, was a part of the Gonzaga High School teams that won four-straight DC Classics and three-straight Alhambra tournaments. He was named to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference and earned All-Met Honorable Mention during his senior season.

Antoine Mason (New Rochelle, N.Y.), a 6-foot-3 guard from New Rochelle High School, earned All-Section and All-County honors and was named his school’s Athlete of the Year. The son of former NBA All-Star Anthony Mason, Antoine also played in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, a tournament that features the top New York City area prep stars.

Joe Thomas (Miami, Fla.), a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as a senior while helping lead Dr. Michael Krop High School to the Florida Class 6A semifinals.

The Niagara men’s basketball team, which was picked eighth in the 2010-11 MAAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll on Oct. 26, started its season Nov. 17, taking on Milwaukee at the Gallagher Center.