Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey Signs Four Players

Head Coach Don Cahoon signed four players to national letters of intent.

Head Coach Don Cahoon signed four players to national letters of intent.

Nov. 19, 2003

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts head hockey coach Don "Toot" Cahoon has announced that four players have signed national letters of intent to join the Minutemen in the 2004-05 season. Two of the players that have signed are local players.

"We think these players have good puck skills and hockey intelligence," said Cahoon, who recently coached his 500th career game. "These players whould really complement our team and continue our progress towards becoming a nationally-known program. We are very excited about these players we are bringing into our program, and each of these players were recruited by several school. They wanted to come to UMass and we are delighted with their decision."

Here is a look at each of the newcomers:

David Leaderer; 6-0, 185, Defenseman; Rochester, N.Y.; Boston Jr. Bruins (EJHL)
* Leaderer is a big left-shot defenseman that has scored 10 points (0 g, 10 a) in 22 games so far for the Boston Jr. Bruins... Has totaled six penalty minutes and has +15 plus-minus.

Michael Kostka; 6-3, 200, Defenseman; Ajax, Ontario; Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)
* Kostka is another big defenseman that came from the same league as current UMass freshman Kevin Jarman... Has a right-handed shot... Scored 18 points (4 g, 14 a) in 20 games with the Tigers... Has taken only two penalties for four minutes.

P.J. Fenton; 6-0, 185, Forward; Longmeadow, Mass.; New England Junior Coyotes (EJHL)
* Fenton is a local player from Longmeadow that committed last year, but made it official over the past week... Ranks third on the team with 14 points (5 g, 9 a) in only nine games on the season... Tallied two power-play netter and two shorthanded goals... Also has 12 penalty minutes and a +9 ratio.

Matt Burto; 5-9, 180, Forward; Orange, Ct.; Boston Jr. Bruins (EJHL)
* Burto also committed last year, but made it official this past week... Ranks fourth on the squad with 28 points (16 g, 12 a) and his 16 goals leads the team... Also leads team with 52 penalty minutes and four game-winning goals... Has a +23 plus-minus ratio.



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