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Men’s Hockey Announces 10 Newcomers for 2021-22 Season

VIDEO: Coach Borek Announces List of Newcomers
LINK: Full 2021-22 Roster

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s hockey team and head coach Scott Borek announced six incoming freshmen and four transfers that make up the 10 newcomers to the Warriors for the 2021-22 campaign. 

Among the list of players in the Class of 2025, there are three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie. Half of the players come abroad from Sweden, while two of the players hail from Canada and one comes locally from Massachusetts.

Included in the transfers, both forwards played the 2020-21 season with Denver, while one of the defenseman suited up for Minnesota State and the other for Bentley last winter. 


#1 Hugo Ollas | Goaltender | Linköping, Sweden | Linköping (SHL)

Appeared in 11 games in 2020-21 combined with Linköping HC J20 of J20 Nationell and Linköping HC of the Swedish Hockey League … Competed in the 2019 National Team Games with the Swedish U17 team … Drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Draft in the seventh round, 197th overall


#20 Mark Hillier | Forward | Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador | St. Andrew’s College (CISAA)
Played three seasons with St. Andrew’s College in Canada before he spent the 2020-21 season with Summerside in the Maritime Hockey League … Had a school record 213 points in 158 games in his St. Andrew’s career, including 112 points his final season … Earned a trio of CISAA championships during his time with the Saints … Was named the Team MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and St. Andrew’s College Athlete of the Year in his final year … Tallied 26 points in 18 games during the 2020-21 campaign in Summerside

#21 Matt Copponi | Forward | Mansfield, Mass. | Dexter Southfield (NEPSAC)
Played the last two seasons of his high school career at Dexter Southfield and was a captain during the 2020-21 season … Notched 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists in 30 games during the 2019-20 campaign … Was named a recipient of the 2021 Boston Bruins John Carlton Memorial Trophy, which is given to the outstanding female and male student-athletes in Massachusetts high school or junior hockey

#23 Devlin O’Brien | Forward | Toronto, Ontario | Penticton (BCHL)
Played two seasons for St. Andrew’s College in Canada before he spent the 2020-21 season with Penticton of the BCHL … Tallied nine points on four goals and five assists in 11 games during his only season with the Vees … Had 135 career points in just 111 games with the Saints, including 69 during his final year in 2019-20 … Was on a pair of CISAA and NISIC championship teams

#26 Ivan Zivlak | Defenseman | Gislaved, Sweden | Linköping (J20 Nationell)
Played the past four seasons in different levels for Linköping HC, culminating in 2020-21 with their J20 Nationell level team … Had six points on a goal and five assists in 13 games his final year in Sweden … Competed for the Swedish U16 and U17 teams in international play in 2017-18 and 2018-19

#27 Adam Arvedson | Defenseman | Karlstad, Sweden | Färjestad BK (J20 Nationell)
Played four seasons at different levels for Färjestad BK, including his final season with their J20 Nationell league team … Was an assistant captain his final season and led the team in points with 15 in just 17 games from the backend … Won a Swedish championship medal in 2018-19 with Färjestad BK U18 … Father, Magnus, played parts of seven seasons with Ottawa and Vancouver in the NHL and ended his career with 434 games played. Also played for Team Sweden in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City


#2 Christian Felton | Defenseman | Sophomore | Medina, Ohio | Vernon (BCHL) / Bentley (Atlantic)

2020-21 at Bentley: Appeared in 13 games as a freshman … Ended the season with 10 penalty minutes

Before College: Notched 15 points on five goals and 10 assists in 50 games during the 2019-20 season with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL … Spent two seasons with Kimball Union Academy and finished with 43 points in 67 games … Appeared in eight games for the Madison Capitols in 2018-19 … Was named an All-NEPSAC player during his time at Kimball Union


#4 Colby Bukes | Defenseman | Junior | Littleton, Colo. | Muskegon (USHL) / Minnesota State (WCHA)
2019-21 at Minnesota State: Suited up in five games for the Mavericks … Notched his first collegiate point with an assist Dec. 29, 2019 against Bemidji State
Before College: Played three full seasons in the USHL with the Muskegon Lumberjacks … Registered 74 points in 179 games for the Lumberjacks, which is the most in franchise history … Notched 36 points on six goals and 30 assists in 58 games during his final campaign in 2018-19

#13 Steven Jandric | Forward | Graduate Student | Prince George, British Columbia | Vernon (BCHL) / Denver (NCHC)
2017-20 at Alaska: Led the Nanooks in scoring two separate times and played 107 games with 26 goals and 54 assists for 80 points. 2020-21 at Denver: Appeared in 20 games for the Pioneers and tallied six points on a goal and five assists
Before College: Played two full seasons for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL … Had 74 points in 121 games for the Vipers and 12 points in 17 playoff games … Led the Vipers in scoring in 2016-17 with 51 points on 27 goals and 24 assists

#14 Jake Durflinger | Forward | Graduate Student | Walnut Creek, Calif. | Bloomington (USHL) / Denver (NCHC)
2017-21 at Denver: Played in 131 games with the Pioneers and notched 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists … Appeared in the 2019 Frozen Four and tallied an assist in the national semifinal against UMass
Before College: Played three full seasons in the USHL with Sioux City and Bloomington … Tallied 29 points on 12 goals and 17 assists in 51 games in his final season with Bloomington … Ended his USHL career with 80 points and 378 penalty minutes in 165 games

The 2021-22 edition of the Warriors are set to open the campaign in October with the full schedule to be announced soon. 

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