When Niagara recently announced the addition of seven players for the 2017-18 season, two of them included Division I transfers.
Defenseman James Roll joins Niagara for his final year of collegiate eligibility as a graduate transfer after three seasons at Lake Superior State and Jared Brandt comes to Monteagle Ridge after playing the 2016-17 season for Miami and will be eligible for the 2018-19 season.
Roll, a native of nearby West Seneca, N.Y., is eligible immediately.
Last season, Roll posted a goal and an assist in 12 games and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He will pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Niagara.
“This year, we are going to lean heavily on James for his experience,” Niagara coach Jason Lammers said in a statement. “He gives us another strong presence at defense and on top of that, he is a great teammate and a gifted leader off the ice as well.”
Brandt finished his freshman year with the RedHaweks with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 28 blocked shots in 33 games played.
“After a year of college hockey at Miami, Jared is an experienced addition to our blue line,” Lammers added. “He had an impressive junior career and grew into a strong leader with Minot (Minotauros of NAHL). We expect him to grow into a solid contributor at both ends of the ice.”