College Hockey:
Early Departures

Running list of Division I men’s players who have left school before graduating, since the end of the 2002-03 season. “Yr.” indicates the player’s most recent season.

School       Player      Yr.  Status
Boston University  Justin Maiser  So.  left for major junior
Clarkson      Randy Jones   So.  signed with Philadelphia (NHL)
Colorado College  Peter Sejna   Jr.  signed with St. Louis (NHL)
Cornell       Dave LeNeveu   So.  signed with Phoenix (NHL)
Maine        Francis Nault  Jr.  lost final year of eligibility
Mass.-Lowell    Dominic Smart  Fr.  left school
Michigan      Danny Richmond  Fr.  left for major junior
Minnesota      Paul Martin   Jr.  signed with New Jersey (NHL)
Minnesota      Travis Weber   So.  left school
Minnesota State   Grant Stevenson So.  signed with San Jose (NHL)
Nebraska-Omaha   Dan Ellis    Jr.  signed with Dallas (NHL)
North Dakota    David Hale    Jr.  signed with New Jersey (NHL)
Northern Michigan  Juha Alen    Fr.  signed with Anaheim (NHL)
Notre Dame     Yan Stastny   So.  rookie camp with Boston (NHL)
Ohio State     Ryan Kesler   Fr.  signed with Vancouver (NHL)
Ohio State     R.J. Umberger  Jr.  negotiating with Vancouver (NHL)
Princeton      James Fitzpatrick So.  left team
St. Cloud State   Jonathan Lehun  Fr.  left for major junior
St. Cloud State   Brian Schuster  Jr.  left school
St. Cloud State   Jeff Finger   Jr.  left school
Wisconsin      Alex Leavitt   So.  left for major junior
Yale        Chris Higgins  So.  signed with Montreal (NHL)

Players to Watch

Prominent underclassmen USCHO is keeping an eye on to see if they turn pro. Year listed is one just completed.

School       Player      Yr.  Status
Boston University  Ryan Whitney   So.  Drafted -- Pittsburgh, 1st (5th), 2002


Players who have transferred this offseason, and will therefore be eligible in Sept. 2004 (does not include
Fairfield and Iona players who are immediately eligible due to those schools dropping their program).

Name            To          From
Ben Lovejoy, D       Dartmouth      Boston College
Paul Lynch, D        Massachusetts    Maine
Carson Strang, F      Union        Air Force
Justin Tobe, G       Harvard       Michigan State

Coaching Changes

School       New Coach      Old Coach       Reason for Departure
Clarkson      George Roll     Fred Parker      Interim
Findlay      Pat Ford      Craig Barnett     Left for Lake Forest Academy (prep)
Michigan Tech   Jamie Russell    Mike Sertich     Retired
Union       Nate Leaman     Kevin Sneddon     Left for Vermont
Vermont      Kevin Sneddon    Mike Gilligan     Retired

Connecticut Coll. Jim Ward      Doug Roberts     Retired
Framingham State  TBA         Bob Lavin       Left for Natick HS
Johnson & Wales  Eric Noack     Lou Izzi       Resigned
Middlebury     Bill Beaney     Neil Sinclair     Interim
Oswego State    Ed Gosek      George Roll      Left for Clarkson
Plymouth State   Brett Tryder    Chris Hudon      Resigned
Wesleyan      Buddy Powers    Dave Snyder      Retired

Amherst      Jim Plumer     Kay Cowperthwait   Resigned
Boston College   Tom Mutch      Tom Babson      Retired
Bowdoin      Kevin McGonagle   Michele Amidon    One year leave of absence
Dartmouth     Mark Hudak     Judy Parish Oberting Resigned
Elmira       Paul Nemetz-Carlson Jamie Wood      Took position in Canada
Plattsburgh    Kevin Houle     Scott Dockett     Resigned
Sacred Heart    Tom O'Malley    Ed Bourget      Resigned
Wayne State    Jim Fetter     Tom O'Malley     Contract not renewed
Williams      Neil Sinclair    Joseph Milan     Resigned
Wis.-Superior   Dan Laughlin    Dean Reed       Relocating to Canada

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