MIH Roster — 2021-2022
#4 Hank Kempf … Defenseman from Wilmette, IL Selected by the New York Rangers as the 208th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Excelled as a shutdown defender in two full seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks sporting a plus-21 rating with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points over 81 career USHL games. Selected to USHL’s second all-star team following truncated 2020-21 season.
#6 Kyler Kovich … Forward from Coquitlam, BC, Canada Posted 15 points and a plus-8 rating with the USHL’s division-winning Tri-City Storm last season on five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 36 games. Two seasons prior spent with BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers, where he tallied 53 points on 25 goals and 28 assists in 99 games and served as the team’s captain in 2019-20. Selected to compete for Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge.
#7 Jimmy Rayhill … Defenseman from New Hartford, NY Joined NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes for 2020-21 season playing 37 games tallying five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. Junior A debut came with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs in 2019-20. Spent three years in New England prep ranks at The Frederick Gunn School.
#16 Dan McIntyre … Forward from Almonte, ON, Canada Spent four full seasons across three Junior A leagues most recently scoring six goals to go with four assists for 10 points in 18 games after shifting to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm. Previous two seasons spent accumulating 34 points over 90 games with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Cowichan Valley Capitals. Came up through the AAA ranks with the Ottawa Valley Titans and Kanata Lasers, eventually feeding into the Lasers’ Central Canadian Hockey League team for 61 games.
#18 Justin Ertel … Forward from Kitchener, ON, Canada Selected by the Dallas Stars in the third round with the 79th pick of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Racked up 120 points on 51 goals and 69 assists in 68 games at St. Andrew’s College after coming up through the Mississauga Senators and Toronto Red Wings AAA programs. Also competed regularly in lacrosse, serving as captain of Team Ontario squad that captured three national championships.
#19 Sullivan Mack … Forward from Anchorage, AK Ranked second in team scoring with Salmon Arm Silverbacks tallying 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points during the British Columbia Hockey League’s 20-game pod-based 2020-21 season. Had a standout career at Kimball Union Academy (Plainfield, NH), where his three-year tenure concluded with 70 points on 44 goals and 26 assists in just 34 games in 2019-20. Selected to USHS All-New England first team.
#26 Ondrej Psenicka … Forward from Praha, Czech Republic Played one season in North America posting 18 points on six goals and 12 assists with Waterloo (USHL). Competed for Czech Republic national team at various junior levels over last five seasons. Among the final considerations for the Czech Republic’s team for the prestigious 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
#27 Michael Suda … Defenseman from Cheektowaga, NY Two-year veteran of the USHL posting 10 points over 89 games with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Fargo Force. Spent the 2018-19 season at prep level with Nichols School in Buffalo also competing for three years in lacrosse.
#30 Ian Shane … Goaltender from Manhattan Beach, CA Split the 2020-21 season between the top two domestic junior leagues, leading the North American Hockey League Bismarck Bobcats into the playoffs with an 8-6-1 record, 2.60 goals against average and .914 save percentage in 16 games. Spent one-plus seasons with the Chicago Steel (USHL) achieving a 20-5-3 record to help the team win the Anderson Cup (league’s top regular-season team). Graduate of Westminster Prep (Simsbury, CT) where he was named most valuable player of a team that went undefeated en route to the 2018-19 Founders League title. Named to All-New England Team and All-Founders League Team in 2018-19.
#34 Joe Howe … Goaltender from Shanty Bay, ON, Canada Posted a 7-3 record with a 2.27 goals against average, .921 save percentage and one shutout in 10 games with the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm at the end of the 2020-21 season. Loaned to Grande Prairie after a successful rookie campaign in the BCHL, backstopping the Victoria Grizzlies for 26 games during the 2019-20 season before being shifted to the Coquitlam Express. Posted a 2.74 goals average in five games with the Express down the stretch. A two-year stalwart at Upper Canada College capturing team MVP honors during graduate year in 2019. Developed through the Toronto Jr. Canadians’ AAA program.
#8 Jack Lagerstrom … Defenseman from Edina, Minnesota. Jack ranked in the top five scoring defensemen in the BCHL during the 2018-19 season with 22 points in 57 games playing for the division winning Penticton Vees. An alum of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s hockey program, he led the team’s blueliners in scoring during his final two seasons.
#9 Jack O’Leary … Forward from St. James, New York. Jack scored 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points in 91 games over two seasons with USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
#12 Tim Rego … Defenseman from Mansfield, Massachusetts Tim delivered a stellar 2019-20 season with the Brooks Bandits in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, ranking second among the circuit’s blueliners with 61 points on 24 goals and 37 assists over 54 games. He was named to the AJHL South All-Rookie Team and the division’s All-Star Team while also taking home team awards for rookie of the year and most outstanding defenseman.
#22 Kyle Penney … Forward from Lawrenceton, Nova Scotia. Kyle was selected as most valuable player of the British Columbia Hockey League’s Chilliwack Chiefs in 2019-20. He ranked third in team scoring with 35 points on 18 goals and 17 assists over 58 games, then tied for the team lead in postseason scoring with six points over seven games. He spent three seasons with perennial New England prep-school-power Kimball Union Academy.
#2 Peter Muzyka … Defenseman from Toronto, ON, Canada Regarded as a defensive stalwart, he had three assists in 39 games during 2018-19 season with BCHL’s Penticton Vees while enduring a lengthy mid-season absence due to injury. Only season out west came after two strong seasons with the OJHL’s North York Rangers, where he was a key defenseman on a team that yielded a league-low 110 goals in 2017-18. He played in the Eastern Canada Cup tournament that year and was selected to play in 2018 CJHL Prospects Game.
#5 Sebastian Dirven … Defenseman from Bainsville, ON, Canada. Dirven competed in the top-tier USHL for each of the last two seasons with Central Illinois. He ranked second among the team’s blue-liners last year in scoring with six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 61 games, and his plus-11 rating was tied for the team lead. In his first season with the Flying Aces, he competed alongside sophomore Max Andreev. Originally from the eastern reaches of Ontario, Dirven helped Canada East win silver at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge. He played two full seasons with the CCHL’s Cornwall Colts before his tenure in Central Illinois, earning CCHL third-team all-star honors in 2017.
#10 Travis Mitchell … Defenseman from South Lyon, MI. Mitchell has spent the last three seasons in the top tier of juniors in the USHL, first with the Muskegon Lumberjacks before competing most of the last two years with Omaha. He nearly doubled his point total in his second season with the Lancers and led the team’s blue-liners with 29 points on three goals and team-high 26 assists. He was selected to play in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospect Game, and he helped the U.S. win gold at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge (where he was a teammate of classmate Jack Malone). A product of HoneyBaked Hockey Club, Mitchell helped the U16 team reach the national tournament in 2016.
#13 Jack Malone … Forward from Madison, NJ. Malone was recently selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks after breaking through during his second full season in the USHL. He racked up 59 points on 19 goals and 40 assists in 57 games, more than quadrupling his point total from his rookie campaign with Youngstown. He attended the USA Hockey Select 15, 16 and 17 Camps, and he helped the U.S. win gold at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge (where he was a teammate of classmate Travis Mitchell). Malone also helped Delbarton School win consecutive New Jersey state titles in 2016 and 2017.
#14 Ben Tupker … Forward from Collingwood, ON, Canada. Ben Tupker was named to the 2019 CCHL Third All-Star Team with 56 points on a team-high 24 goals and 32 assists in 59 games last season with Carleton Place. He also won a bronze medal with the CCHL All-Star team at the 2018-19 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia. In 2017-18, Ben Tupker was invited to Team Canada East training camp for the World Junior A Challenge, and he was selected to play in the the CJHL Top Prospect Game. In his first of three seasons with Carleton Place, he helped the Canadians win the league title and advance to the Fred Page Cup finals. His twin brother, Zach, is also a part of the incoming class for Cornell men’s hockey.
#20 Matt Stienburg … Forward from Halifax, NS, Canada. Stienburg was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft last month with the 63th overall pick. It was the highest selection of a Cornell player since Riley Nash was picked in the first round in 2007. Stienburg joins the Big Red after racking up 71 goals and 89 assists for 160 points in 113 games over two seasons with St. Andrew’s College in Ontario – following in the footsteps of new teammates Morgan Barron and Matthew Galajda. He helped the Saints win the Canadian prep school national title, earning national and team MVP honors.
#21 Zach Tupker … Forward from Collingwood, ON, Canada. Zach Tupker was named to the 2019 CCHL First All-Star Team with a team-best 65 points on 24 goals and 41 assists in 65 games last season with Carleton Place. He also won a bronze medal with the CCHL All-Star team at the 2018-19 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia. In 2017, Zach competed with Team Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge, and he was selected to play in the the CJHL Top Prospect Game. In his first of three seasons with Carleton Place, he helped the Canadians win the league title and advance to the Fred Page Cup finals. Zach’s twin brother, Ben, is also a part of the incoming class for Cornell men’s hockey.
#24 Sam Malinski … Defenseman from Lakeville, MN. Malinski was named the NAHL Central Division Defenseman of the Year and was placed on the NAHL Second All-Star Team after posting 45 points on 14 goals and 31 assists and a plus-20 rating in 59 games with Bismarck. Prior to splitting the 2017-18 season between the Bobcats and the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Malinski helped Lakeville South HS win the Section 1AA title and a fourth-place finish in Minnesota state.
#29 Ben Berard … Forward from Duncan, BC, Canada. Berard arrives after an injury-truncated third season in Powell River, though he did score 11 times in just 15 games while serving as team captain. He accumulated 115 career points in 135 games for his BCHL career, including 53 goals and 62 assists. Berard marks the fifth player to come to Cornell via Powell River in the last three years, reuniting with juniors Kyle Betts, Matt Cairns, Cam Donaldson and Tristan Mullin – all of whom were teammates with Berard during the 2016-17 season.