Clarkson hockey's Class of 2015 looks to make an impact
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:46 am

Head Coach Casey Jones announced today the Class of 2015 for the Clarkson University Men’s Hockey team. The first incoming group of freshmen for the Golden Knights’ new head coach consists of eight promising student-athletes, comprised of five defensemen and three forwards. There are five Canadians and three Americans among the freshmen. Two players each come from the Central Junior Hockey League, the Eastern Junior Hockey League and Ontario Junior Hockey League, respectively, while one player is from the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and another from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“Our incoming class will provide several critical components to our lineup,” stated Jones. “The Class of 2015 is a hard-working group with a good balance of speed and strength, who give us depth in key areas. The freshmen will push our veterans and have the potential to make a significant contribution this season. This will be an exciting year for Clarkson hockey, and I look forward to the freshmen developing as the season progresses and playing a role in our success.”

The Golden Knights’ officially open their 90th season on October 8 with the longest trip in Clarkson Hockey history when the Green and Gold participate in the Kendall Classic at Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to the start of NCAA play, Clarkson will host the University of Ottawa in an exhibition game at Cheel Arena on October 2.

Below is an alphabetical list of Clarkson’s recruits.


JD Carrabino

Ht: 6-5, Wt: 220 
D.O.B: February 17, 1991

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Previous Team: Springfield Pics (EJHL)

Notes: Played in 32 games during the regular season … Tied for Springfield scoring lead among defenseman with 29 points, along with fellow incoming Clarkson freshman Kevin Struempfler … Posted 24 assists – the most at the blueline for the Pics … Accumulated a team-high 93 penalty minutes … Tallied two goals and three assists in five playoff games.


James Howden

Ht: 6-1, Wt: 196
D.O.B: August 24, 1991

Hometown: Edgeley, SASK

Previous Team: Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)

Notes: Team captain for Notre Dame … Skated in 57 of 58 games during the regular season … Top scoring defenseman for the Hounds and sixth in the SJHL with 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists … Was awarded the Jr Hounds Most Offensive Defenseman Award … Accumulated 51 penalty minutes … Named a SJHL second-team All-Star.


Samuel Labrecque

Ht: 5-7, Wt: 180 
D.O.B: February 20, 1992

Hometown: Granby, QUE

Previous Team: Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)

Notes: An offensive defenseman who recorded 27 points on 15 goals, including eight power-play tallies, and 12 assists through 47 games during the regular season … Tied for the Clippers’ scoring lead in the playoffs with four points (3-1) through five games.

Patrick Marsh  

Ht: 6-0, Wt: 195 
D.O.B: May 28, 1990
Hometown: Oakville, ONT
Previous Team: Burlington Cougars (OJHL)

Notes: A top offensive threat in the OJHL, scoring 98 points on 41 goals (team-high) and 57 assists through 49 games … Tallied 10 power-play goals, two shorthanded markers and tied for OJHL lead in game-winners with eight … Posted 11 points (5-6) in 10 playoff games.


Kevin Struempfler

Ht: 6-0, Wt: 185 
D.O.B: March 4, 1990

Hometown: Lincoln Univ, PA

Previous Team: Springfield Pics (EJHL)

Notes: Played in all 45 games during the regular season … Tied for the scoring lead among defensemen for the Pics, along with fellow incoming Clarkson freshman J.D. Carrabino, with 29 points, including 23 assists … Netted two game-winning goals … Recorded two assists in five playoff games. 


Kevin Tansey

Ht: 6-3, Wt: 210 
D.O.B: February 22, 1993

Hometown: Hammond, ONT

Previous Team: Cumberland Grads (CJHL)

Notes: A highly-touted prospect who was included on the NHL Central Scouting 2011 Final list of North American skaters …  An all-star defenseman in the CJHL who skated in 55 games for Cumberland this past season, posting 13 goals and 16 assists … Notched six power-play markers and two game-winners … Accumulated 65 penalty minutes … Was invited to play in the 2010 NHL Prospects event for the top 40 junior draft eligible players in Canada … Was invited to the main evaluation camp for Team Canada East in October 2010 … Was invited to attend the provincial camp for the Ontario U-17 team in June 2009.


Joe Zarbo

Ht: 6-0, Wt: 175 
D.O.B: August 10, 1991

Hometown: Grand Island, NY

Previous Team: Wellington Dukes (OJHL)

Notes: Played in all 50 games during the regular season for OJHL Champion Wellington and was the Dukes’  second-leading scorer with 62 points, including a team-high 33 goals … Netted eight power-play markers and seven game-winners (tied for second most in the OJHL) … Posted seven points (4-3) in five playoff games … Younger brother of Clarkson sophomore forward Matt Zarbo


Mitch Zion

Ht: 5-9, Wt: 160 
D.O.B: February 7, 1992

Hometown: Manotick, ONT

Previous Team: Cornwall Colts (CJHL)

Notes: Was limited to 45 games during the regular season because of an injury, but still put up good numbers as Cornwall’s fifth-leading scorer with 47 points on 18 goals and 29 assists … Tallied three power-play markers and four game-winners.