Leafs TV's Class of 2005 is a special edition show featuring the top recruits from the GTA heading to D-1 hockey programs south of the border. We selected three forwards, two defencemen, and a goaltender who are all-stars and team leaders, in the locker room and on the ice.
The group is comprised of athletes with superior hockey knowledge and outstanding statistical numbers. Each individual is expected to contribute immediately to their university's hockey program upon arrival next fall. This special edition 'Class of 2005' is the first of its kind in Toronto and will set the standard for years to come as more and more hockey players will be awarded spots on Leafs TV's future 'Head of the Class' television features.
Last spring Leafs TV invited these talented players to a closed door camp at the Toronto Maple Leafs' practice facility. They displayed their dazzling puck-handling expertise on the ice through several skills competitions while off the ice they spoke with our cameras and revealed their goals and dreams for the upcoming season.
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Andrew Cogliano LC St. Mike's Buzzers ' On of the top recruited players in the North America. The 2004 OPJHA Rookie of the Year and a member of the 2004 Canadian Under 18 team, Cogliano netted 36 Goals and 66 Assists this past year for the St.Mike's Buzzers.- UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Nick Sucharski C Wexford Raiders - Coach Rick Comley feels he is one of the top players in Ontario and was an early signee to the Spartans program. At 6'1 he displayed dazzling moves in a tough spring playoff series loss to the St.Mike's Buzzers and will certainly be a big time scorer in NCAA hockey. - MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Colin Greening LW Upper Canada College - The only high-school player to receive a spot on LeafsTV's Class of 2005, Greening is headed to Ithaca and Cornell. At 6'2 and 200 pounds he is another hot commodity coming out of Upper Canada College who plays skillfully while laying punishing hits on opposing players. ' CORNELL BIG RED (Playing in the BCHL next season)
Kevin Schmidt LD St. Mike's Buzzers - Standing at 6'1 Schmidt is not an overwhelming physical force at the blue line. However he has tremendous puck handling skills and plays a very smart defensive game. The folks in Ohio will enjoy watching his game develop over the next four years. - BOWLING GREEN
Daniel Goulding G Bowmanville - A small Goalie at 5'10 with lightning quick reflexes Goulding's 1.94 GAA and four shutouts are even more impressive considering the team he played on. Obviously he must be a smart young man as he heads to the Ivy League where he'll shine next year in the ECAC. - DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Ryan Angelow C Oakville Blades ' The quick centre scored 46 goals this season and was named the MVP of the West division of the OPJHL. The Mississauga native is headed to the CCHA where he'll play for Western Michigan - MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY
Brayden Irwin F St. Mike's Majors ' Standing at 6-5 at the young age of 17 Irwin has received as much attention from D-1 schools as anyone else in the league. Drawing comparisons to big 6'7' Kingsw 1st rounder Bryan Boyle, Irwin is headed to Hockey East where he'll skate for Vermont in the Fall of 2006.
Jason Walters F Pembroke Lumber Kings ' As the captain of the youngest team in the CJHL playoffs Walters has received a number of scholarship offers from schools all over the Northeast United States. After leading his league in scoring (99 points in 57 games) Walters plans on returning this season before deciding which major D-1 program he'll suit up for next season. Walters will be one of the most sought after recruit in Ontario next season.
Matt Price- F Milton Ice Hawks - At 5'10 has all ready signed a letter of intent to play with Boston College for Fall of 2006. With tremendous puck-handling skills and as smooth a skating ability as anyone in Ontario, Price has drawn similar comparisons to NHL MVP Martin St.Louis.
Justin Vaive USNDTP - Son of 50 goal scorer Rick Vaive, Justin stands at 6'4 and has plenty of skills that should attract major interest from every D-1 hockey program. This year he will be skating for he USNDTP U-17 team in Ann Arbor Michigan. Vaive has received plenty of interest from the top programs in NCAA hockey and although he was selected in last year's OHL draft his plan is to play NCAA hockey upon graduating from high school