Denver Hockey finalizes and announces 2020-2021 recruiting class

If there is a 2020-2021 NCAA Men’s Hockey season, the Denver Pioneers now know exactly who will be taking the ice at Magness Arena. This morning, the program announced that it has finalized its nine-player incoming class comprised of seven incoming freshmen and two graduate transfers. Among them, there are four forwards, four defensemen, and one goalie.

The large nature of the class comes on the heels of losing four seniors – forwards Tyson McLellan and Liam Finlay and defensemen Erich Fear and Michael Davies – to graduation, Tyler Ward (to New Hampshire) and Michael Corson via transfer, and Ian Mitchell and Emilio Pettersen to the NHL. While the Pios have an elite core of upperclassmen returning to the program, they still had significant holes to fill. With this class, head coach David Carle will have plenty of great options to replace the production of the players that departed DU after the 2019-2020 season was canceled in mid-March.

To date, we have written about a few members of the class here and here. We will also publish a full preview of the incoming class as the season draws closer and we get more clarity on what the season will look like. So for now, see a summary of the incoming class and their 2019-2020 stats below:

The 2020 Class


Carter Savoie – St. Albert, Alberta
Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL): 53 G, 46 A, 99 P

McKade Webster – St. Louis, Missouri
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL): 7 G, 16 A, 23 P

Connor Caponi – Nashville, Tennessee
Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL): 12 G, 9 A, 21 P

Steven Jandric – Prince George, BC (Graduate Transfer)
University of Alaska Fairbanks (NCAA): 13 G, 20 A, 33 P


Antti Tuomisto – Pori, Finland
Ässät (U20 SM-sarja): 15 G, 34 A, 49 P

Mike Benning – St. Albert, Alberta
Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL): 12G, 63 A, 75 P

Reid Irwin – Victoria, BC
Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL): 8 G, 27 A, 35 P

Bo Hanson – Boise, Idaho (Graduate Transfer)
St. Lawrence University (NCAA): 5 G, 14 A, 19 P


Jack Caruso – St. Louis, Missouri
Johnstown Tomahawks & Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL): 2.90 GAA, .891 SV%

There are no updates on the status of the 2020-2021 hockey season yet as the NCAA’s focus has primarily been on deciding how to handle Fall sports for the moment. Winter sports have not yet been contemplated by the powers that be, but it would be safe to expect this season, if there is one, to look like nothing we have ever seen before. Normalcy flew out the window in March and it won’t find its way back to us for quite some time.

Credit for photo of DU celebrating a goal at the 2019 Frozen Four: Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

3 thoughts on “Denver Hockey finalizes and announces 2020-2021 recruiting class”

  1. Good article Nick. A few of the new players get lots of penalty minutes. Tougher team. Hopefully a plan is announced soon. Otherwise Stapley, Guttman, and Brink will sign NHL contracts. Dunker makes us favorite to win NC if we can only play games.

  2. Hockey East announced today that it is “prioritizing” league play this season that starts up likely in mid November, with new schedule scenarios that may have up to 30 league games, and prioritization of local same day travel.

    I would imagine that means DU’s scheduled games at BC and Providence in October probably won’t happen, at least as currently scheduled. They didn’t say non-league games were cancelled, but it looks like only can be fit in if there is open dates after November…

    I am also hearing that that all six leagues are talking to each other as the season approaches….

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