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Nick Kuiper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Beaconsfield, Quebec

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 211

Position:
Defenseman

Birthdate:
02/12/1982

Junior Team:
Hawkesbury Hawks (CJHL)


AS A JUNIOR IN 2002-03:
Kuiper played in 36 of the team's 37 games, including the last 28 contests... Co-winner of the team's coaches award... A stay-at-home defenseman, Kuiper scored six points (3 g, 3 a) on the season... Was on the ballot for the Hockey East's "Top Defensive Defenseman"... Netted goals in wins over Rensselaer, Northeastern (11/2) and Vermont... His goals against Northeastern and Vermont were game-winners... Tallied single assists against UMass Lowell (11/15), Merrimack (1/10) and New Hampshire (3/14) in the Hockey East semifinals... Recorded 17 penalties for 34 minutes and had a +1 plus-minus ratio.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2001-02:
Played in 32 of the team's 34 games... Led all UMass defensemen with 11 points on two goals and nine assists... Had five penalties for 10 minutes... Named to the all-tournament team following the Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Tournament... Netted his first career goal in the 4-0 victory over Niagara (12/28)... Had his first career multiple-point game with two assists against Boston University (12/7)... Scored a goal in the 4-3 overtime victory against Northeastern (1/26)... Notched single assists in the victories over Northeastern (11/3), Connecticut (11/11) and Dartmouth (11/24)... Also recorded single assists in the games against Boston University (12/9 & 2/8), Boston College (2/1) and Merrimack (3/3)... Named to the Hockey East All-Academic team and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll both semesters.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2000-01:
Played in 13 games... Joined the team prior to the Jan. 12 game at Northeastern... Recorded his first career point with an assist on Brad Nizwantowski's overtime game-winner at New Hampshire (3/2)... Named to the Hockey East All-Academic team.

BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS:
Played two seasons for the Hawkesbury Hawks in the Central Junior 'A' Hockey League in eastern Ontario... Scored seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 32 games in 2000 before enrolling at Massachusetts... Scored seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 1999-00... Named a Midget AAA first team All-Star in the CCM Division for the Lac St. Louis Lions.

THE NICK KUIPER PERSONAL FILE:
Nick Anthony Kuiper... Son of Kathy and Hans Kuiper... Born Feb. 12, 1982, in Montreal, Quebec... Majoring in marketing... Was ranked 171st in the final NHL Central Scouting Service rankings for North American skaters prior to the 2002 NHL Entry Draft... Was ranked 91st in the final NHL Central Scouting Service rankings for North American skaters prior to the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Nick Kuiper at Massachusetts

YEAR
GP
G
A
Pts.
Pen/Min
PPG
GWG
SHG
+/-
2000-01
13
0
1
1
1/2
0
0
0
-9
2001-02
32
2
9
11
5/10
0
0
0
-11
2002-03
36
3
3
6
17/34
0
2
0
+1
CAREER
81
5
13
18
23/46
0
2
0
-19

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