PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence College men’s hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman announced the complete class of seven student-athletes that will join the defending national champion Friars for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The incoming class of freshmen includes goaltender Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.), defensemen Vincent Desharnais (Laval, Quebec) and Steven Ruggiero (Kings Park, N.Y.) and forwards Garrett Gamez (Chino Hills, Calif.), Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.), Bryan Lemos (East Providence, R.I.) and Ryan Tait (Santa Clara, Calif.).
Hawkey is a 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound goaltender who has spent the last two seasons with the Omaha Lancers (USHL). In 2014-15, Hawkey played in 15 games before sustaining a season-ending injury. In 2013-14, Hawkey played in 33 games for the Lancers, posting an 1.99 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage and three shutouts to go along with a 22-6-3 record. He led the league in both save percentage and goals-against average and became the first goaltender in the USHL Tier I era (since 2002) to post a sub-2.00 GAA. He was named the USHL Goaltender of the Year and a First Team All-Star (May 9, 2014). He was also selected to the USHL All-Rookie Team (May 14, 2014). Hawkey was selected in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens (June 28, 2014).
Desharnais is a 6-foot-6 inch, 210-pound defenseman who played the 2014-15 season with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 54 regular-season games, he scored a goal and added four assists for five points and he recorded 52 penalty minutes. Then in 13 playoff games, he scored a goal and notched seven assists as the Chiefs advanced to the semifinals. Prior to Chilliwack, Desharnais played with the Northwood School (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 2013-14, when he was teammates with current Friar Robbie Hennessey (Garnet Valley, Pa.). With Northwood, Desharnais played in 37 games and scored five goals and added 16 assists for 21 points.
Ruggiero is a 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound defenseman who played the 2014-15 season with the U.S. National Under-18 Team of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In 66 games, he scored a goal and added 14 assists for 15 points and recorded 42 penalty minutes. He was also a member of Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2014 Four Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden, notching an assist in four tournament games. Ruggiero played the 2013-14 season with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL). In 41 games he scored a goal and added four assists.
Gamez is a 6-foot, 188-pound forward who played with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) for the past three seasons. In 2014-15, he played in 44 games for the Storm, netting 15 goals and 29 assists for a career-high 44 points. His 44 points and 29 assists both ranked second on the team. In 2013-14, he played in 57 games, notching six goals and 28 assists for a team-high 34 points. In 2012-13, his first season with Tri-City, he scored eight goals and added 10 assist for 18 points in 46 games and was a teammate of current Friar Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.). Gamez served as a Tri-City team captain and he was named the 2014 Curt Hammer Award Winner, which recognizes the USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination.
Foley is a 5-foot-11-inch, 185-pound forward who played the 2014-15 season for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL). He appeared in 55 games, netting 27 goals and adding 27 assists to lead the RoughRiders in scoring with 54 points. His 27 goals tied for 10th in the league, while his 54 points ranked 15th and he was selected to the USHL All-Rookie First Team. He had six multi-goal games and also netted five game-winning goals. Foley also was a member of the 2014 USA Ivan Hlinka Team, which placed third in Piestany, Slovakia (Aug. 9-16, 2014). Foley joined the RoughRiders for the end of the 2013-14 season, playing in one regular-season game before appearing in two playoff contests. Prior to joining the RoughRiders, Foley played at Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.). Recently, he was invited to U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, which is slated to take place from Aug. 1-8, in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lemos is a 5-foot-10 inch, 180-pound forward who played the 2014-15 season with Youngstown and Waterloo of the USHL. Playing in 46 games for the Phantoms, he scored 12 goals and added 18 assists for 30 points. He then closed out the season playing in 13 games for the Black Hawks, netting four goals and adding five assists for nine points. Combined, he skated in 59 USHL games in 2014-15 (16-23-39). Prior to Youngstown, Lemos played with the Boston Jr. Bruins for two seasons as well as for La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) for one season.
Tait is a 5-foot-10 inch, 180-pound forward who played the 2014-15 season with the Omaha Lancers and Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He played the first 10 games with the Lancers, notching a pair of assists. Then with the Gamblers, he played 52 games, scoring 14 goals and adding 14 assists for 28 points. His 30 points on the season marked a career-high total. Tait also played the 2012-13 (56 GP, 3-15-18) and 2013-14 (59 GP, 16-13-29) seasons with the Lancers. Prior to joining the Omaha, Tait skated with Shattuck St. Mary’s.