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Leaderer Added To Frozen Four Skills Challenge Team

David Leaderer

David Leaderer

April 9, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA has announced the final rosters for the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. UMass senior defenseman David Leaderer has been named to the East Team roster as one of three alternates added last week. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be televised live on ESPNU at 9 PM this Friday night.

Also added for the East team were Will Engasser of Yale and Brad Flaishans of New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Eric Ehn, Air Force, Nino Musitelli, Miami (Ohio) and Daniel Vukovic, Michigan State, were additions to the West squad.

Leaderer is one of four players on the eight-man roster. He was recently honored as the New England Hockey Writers' Joe Tomasello Unsung Hero. The senior played in 149 straight games, never missing a contest in his collegiate career, and posted 11 goals and 22 assists over his career. The Rochester, N.Y., native set the UMass program record for games played. This past season, he played in all 33 games scoring three goals and adding five assists.

For the East team, Rensselaer head coach Seth Appert and Union (N.Y.)'s Nate Leaman will serve as coaches, while Miami (Ohio)'s Enrico Blasi and Denver's George Gwozdecky will coach the West team.

The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot. Each competitor will receive a complete set of equipment and a full uniform from Nike Bauer Hockey.

Tickets for the event are $10 and are on sale at the Pepsi Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 303/830-8497. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 9 PM and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 7:30 PM, and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 8:05 PM. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge and the Hobey Baker Award will both be shown live on ESPNU.

The final rosters are:
Will Engasser, Yale
Brad Flaishans, New Hampshire
Luke Flicek, Army
David Leaderer, Massachusetts
Jake Morissette, Rensselaer
Jon Rheault, Providence
David Leggio, Clarkson
Kevin Regan, New Hampshire



Eric Ehn, Air Force
Mike Forgie, Wayne State (Mich.)
Jimmy Kilpatrick, Colorado College
Nino Musitelli, Miami (Ohio)
Andrew Thomas, Denver
Daniel Vukovic, Michigan State
Kyle Jones, St. Norbert
Peter Mannino, Denver


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