Michigan Tech hockey announces incoming recruiting class

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced nine incoming players for the 2017-18 season. The class consists of forwards Justin Misiak, Greyson Reitmeier, and Marcus Russell, defensemen Seamus Donohue, Keegan Ford, Mitch Meek, Tyler Rockwell, and Cooper Watson, and goaltender Robbie Beydoun.

Forwards

Justin Misiak [Miss-ee-ak] • St. Clair Shore, Mich. • Austin Bruins (NAHL)

Misiak is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He played the last two seasons with the Austin Bruins in the NAHL. He led the Bruins, and was sixth in the NAHL, with 60 points in 60 games during the 2016-17 season on 25 goals and 35 assists. Misiak was fourth on the team with 35 points (17G-18A) in 58 games in his first season in Austin. He played major midget for Little Caesars during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Greyson Reitmeier [Right-meyer) • Nakusp, BC • Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)

Reitmeier is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Nakusp, British Columbia. He was named the SJHL Player of the Year in 2017 after racking up a league-leading 79 points (28G-51A) in 58 games for the Flin Flon Bombers. It was his third season in the SJHL after playing 2015-16 with Flin Flon as a teammate of current Husky Alex Smith and the 2014-15 season with the Melville Millionaires. Reitmeier started his junior career with the Trail Smoke Eaters in the BCHL.

Marcus Russell • Traverse City, Mich. • Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)

Russell is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound native of Traverse City, Michigan. He started the 2016-17 season in the NAHL before getting promoted to the USHL for the final 34 games. He had 25 points in 28 games with the Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL), five points in 20 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), and three points in 14 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) last year. Russell tallied 25 points (12G-13A) in 56 games in his first season in Topeka in 2015-16. He started his junior career in the BCHL for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (8 games) and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (39 games). He played for Traverse City Central High School before spending two seasons with Honeybaked U18. His father played at Michigan State.

Defensemen

Seamus [Shamus] Donohue • North Oaks, Minn. • Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

Donohue is a 6-foot, 185-pound native of North Oaks, Minnesota. He was the captain of the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL in 2016-17, tallying 32 points (4G-28A) in 45 games. He started his junior career with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, appearing in 40 games with 13 points (1G-12A). Donohue won two Minnesota State hockey titles with St. Thomas Academy, playing four years of high school hockey. He was the captain as a senior and alternate captain as a junior.

Keegan Ford • Waunakee, Wis. • Madison Capitals (USHL)

Ford is a 5-foot-9, 181-pound native of Waunakee, Wisconsin. He has played in the USHL over the past five seasons (219 games), including 22 games for the Madison Capitals in 2016-17. During the 2015-16 season, he was named a USHL Third Team All-Star after captaining the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup Finals. He had 36 points (7G-29A) in the regular season and 12 points (5G-7A) in the Clark Cup Playoffs. Ford represented the US at the World Junior A Challenge (2015-16) where he captained Team USA to a Bronze Medal and was named to the tournament’s all-star team. Ford had 17 points for the Fighting Saints in 2014-15 after starting the season as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. He appeared in 12 games for the Badgers. Ford played 43 regular season games and eight playoff games as the Fighting Saints won the 2013 Clark Cup. His father Pat played hockey at Wisconsin and his brother Jason is currently on the Badgers roster.

Mitch Meek • Victoria, BC • Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Meek is a 5-foot-10, 168-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia. He’s played five seasons (236 games) in the BCHL and won the Fred Page Cup with the Penticton Vees in 2016-17. He was the alternate captain for the Vees, appearing in 43 regular season games (19 points) and 17 playoff games (7 points). Meek had 31 points (5G-26A) for the Cowichan Valley Capitals during 2015-16. He started in the BCHL playing more than two seasons for the Victoria Grizzlies before getting traded to the Vernon Vipers six games into the 2014-15 season. He appeared in 55 career BCHL playoff games, recording 17 points (4G-13A).

Tyler Rockwell • San Jose, Calif. • Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)

Rockwell is a 5-foot-8, 174-pound native of San Jose, California. He’s played the past three seasons for the Wenatchee Wild, serving as the team captain in 2016-17. The Wild just wrapped up their second season in the BCHL winning the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy as the regular season league champions. The Wild previously played in the NAHL. Rockwell had 27 regular season points (4G-23A) in 57 games and three assists in 10 playoff games last year. Prior to junior hockey, Rockwell played four seasons in the Shattuck St. Mary’s program, winning the U18 National Championship as a senior. His father John was a goaltender for the Huskies from 1975-79, appearing in 69 career games.

Cooper Watson • Appleton, Wis. • Vernon Vipers (BCHL)

Watson is a 6-foot-3, 174-pound native of Appleton, Wisconsin. He played 2016-17 in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers, appearing in 45 regular season games (19 points) and 12 playoff games (2 goals). Prior to the Vipers, Watson played two and half seasons in the USHL. He played over 111 games for the Madison Capitals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and 23 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Watson played over four seasons for Appleton United and two seasons for Team Wisconsin before starting his junior career. He is the younger brother of Cliff Watson, Tech’s captain over the past two seasons.

Goaltender

Robbie Beydoun [Bay-dune] • Plymouth, Mich. • Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

Beydoun is a 5-foot-11, 187-pound native of Plymouth, Michigan. He was a USHL Third Team All-Star for the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2016-17. He had a 2.22 goals against average and .919 save percentage in 39 games last season, winning 24 contests. He ranked third in the USHL in goals against average and sixth in save percentage and wins. Beydoun played two seasons with the Fargo Force (2014-15, 2015-16) and started his junior career with the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL in 2013-14. He also played for Compuware.

The Huskies return 18 players (13 forwards, 4 defensemen, 1 goaltender) from their Broadmoor Trophy winning WCHA Championship team. Tech begins its 2017-18 season at the University of Wisconsin on October 1.

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