Michigan has received National Letters of Intent from a pair of players who will join the Maize and Blue for the 2006-07 season in forward Trevor Lewis (Murray, Utah) and goaltender Steve Jakiel (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
The pair will join three other players already committed to U-M in the early signing period to bring Michigan's 2006 recruiting class up to five players.
Lewis, a forward on the United States Hockey League's Des Moines Buccaneers, tallied 35 goals and 40 assists for a team-best 75 points in 56 games. The 19-year-old also led his team in goals and assists in the regular season, while his 75 points put him second in league scoring. The 6-1, 200-pound forward was second on his team with a +25 rating during his 2005-06 campaign. In six playoff contests for the Buccaneers, Lewis has also racked up two goals and nine assists. After sweeping both its divisional semifinal and final opponents, Des Moines is in the USHL Clark Cup Finals. The five-game series against Sioux Falls commences on April 22.
In addition to leading his Buccaneers in scoring, Lewis was named the recipient of both the Let's Play Hockey Player of the Year and the CCM Forward of the Year awards. He was honored as the winner of the Curt Hammer award, a tribute given to the player who distinguishes himself as the most gentlemanly player both on and off the ice while demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination. Lewis was also named to the RBK All-USHL first team.
Lewis spent the 2004-05 season with Des Moines as well. He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games.
A 6-4, 190-pound goaltender, Jakiel (pictured above) played for the Lincoln Stars before being traded to the Indiana Ice midway through the season. In 21 regular-season games for the Ice, Jakiel had two shutouts en route to an 11-5-2 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. His playoff line was 2-3-0 with a 3.49 GAA and a .914 save percentage. In 18 games for Lincoln he posted a 10-6-2 record with 3.38 GAA and a .887 save percentage. Jakiel was named the USHL Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Jakiel played the entire 2004-05 campaign for Lincoln. He was 15-7-2 in the regular season with a 2.55 GAA and a .916 save percentage. In three playoff contests he went 1-2-0 with a 4.75 GAA and a .833 save percentage.
Michigan will graduate three players from its roster at the end of the 2005-06 campaign -- forward Andrew Ebbett, forward Brandon Kaleniecki and goalie Noah Ruden.
Updates on U-M Fall Signees
Steve Kampfer's season with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) came to an end four weeks ago as the team missed out on the playoffs. In 56 games, the defenseman tallied six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. He also accumulated 99 penalty minutes. In his first season with Sioux City in 2004-05 he played in 47 games, earning a 6-13-19 line with 91 penalty minutes.
Forward Brian Lebler's season came to an end earlier this week when his Penticton Vees (BCHL) lost to the Burnaby Express in the BCHL finals. The Vees swept the BCHL Interior Division regular-season and postseason titles. Lebler played in 69 games, including 15 playoff contests, recording 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points. He had 12 power-play goals and 130 penalty minutes. In his first season with the Vees in 2004-05, Lebler produced 23 goals, 12 on the power play, and 13 assists in 66 total games.
Defenseman Chris Summers of the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team is currently overseas in Angelholm, Sweden, competing at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Team USA went 4-0-0 in the preliminary round and defeated the Czech Republic in the semifinals to advance to the gold medal game against Finland on April 22.. Summers does not have a point in five games, but he has earned a +4 plus/minus rating. On the season, Summers has a 5-11-16 line in 57 games played. He has 93 penalty minutes. With the U.S. NTDP Under 17-Team in 2004-05 he played in 51 games, tallying five goals and seven assists with 30 penalty minutes.
Photo by Robert Meyer.