Denver has announced it has signed four players for the 2013-14 season, including defenseman Matt Van Voorhis from Edina. They signed last month during the week-long early signing period.
“We are very excited and pleased about the addition of four quality student-athletes that will be joining the Pioneer hockey program in 2013-14,” Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky said. “Each of the incoming players will play a role that will help our program continue to compete for conference and national championships. We are looking forward to having them bring their talents to Denver next season.”
Van Voorhis, 5-7, 168, is playing his second season for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. He has three goals and nine assists in 25 games. He was a member of the U.S. national team developmental program from 2009-2011 and helped guide Team USA to a pair of gold medals at the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Cup and the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The other DU recruits:
* Will Butcher of Sun Prairie, Wis.
Butcher, a 5-10, 200-pound defenseman, is in his second year playing for the U.S. national team developmental program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He has four goals and seven assists in 24 games. He was a member of the U.S. team that captured a gold medal at the IIHF men’s World Under-18 Championship. Butcher played a majority of 2011-12 with the U.S. national U17 Team and had eight goals and 23 assists in 46 games. He is listed No. 20 on the NHL’s Central Scouting’s rankings of North American players.
* Brad Hawkinson of Aurora, Colo.
Hawkinson, a 5-11, 195-pound forward, is in his second season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. He has five goals and two assists in 20 games. Hawkinson was a member of the Colorado Thunderbirds (U-16), along with current Denver players Quentin Shore and Josiah Didier, which became the first triple-A team from the state of Colorado to win a Tier 1 National Championship in 2010.
* Trevor Moore of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Moore, a 5-10, 175-pound forward, is in his second season with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. He has 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games. He was a member of the 2012 U.S. Under-18 Select team that competed in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Moore is currently listed No. 15 on NHL’s Central Scouting’s rankings of North American players in the USHL.