Lasky rounds out record recruiting class

Hockey Pic Of Matt At HPU copyThe Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that F-Matthew Lasky has transferred to play at Arkansas.  The 6’0″ 195 lb. left-handed forward from Coppell, Texas, recently completed his season playing college hockey for High Point University in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League.  Playing for the Panthers, Lasky led all freshman in scoring with 13 points in 14 games.

Prior to enrolling in High Point, Lasky played 18 games for his Coppell High School team in 2014-15 when he contributed 11 goals and 20 assists while serving as the team’s captain.  One season earlier, in 2013-14, he scored 14 goals to go along with 22 assists.  Collectively, Laskly has accumulated 80 points in his last 60 games.  A long-time hockey player who began at age six, Lasky is the only two-time winner of “Cowboy Award”, as selected by his coaches, in Coppell High School hockey history as the outstanding player and teammate of the year in both his 2013-14 & 2014-15 seasons.

Said Lasky, “[t]he University of Arkansas offers a great opportunity to study at the acclaimed Walton College of Business in pursuit of undergraduate and master’s degrees in Business Administration, while at the same time playing competitive hockey for a great program with a proven track record of success under Coach Gallini.”

Lasky becomes the twenty-fourth player in a 16-17 recruiting class that has ten different states represented (Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California) and players with experience in nine different junior leagues (NA3HL, EHL, NAHL, MnJHL, SJHL, MJAHL, WSHL, GMHL, and USPHL).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
F-Chris Stovall (Springfield Express, WSHL)
F-Garrett Jackson (McKinney Northstars)
F-Alex Kueser (Eureka High School)
F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
F-Ben Koester (Rochester Ice Hawks, NA3HL)
F-Alec Morris (Marian University, NCAA)
F-Niko Ala-Kokko (Dallas Penguins, DJHA)
F-Wesley Moore (Rampart High School, COHS)
F-Christian MacMeeken (Dallas Jr. Stars, DSTHL)
F-Alexx Vil (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
F-Jack Moore (East Coast Wizards, EHL)
F-Anthony Cebell (Plano East)
F-Parker Tillson (The Woodlands)
D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL)
D-Dominic De la Guardia (Portland Jr. Pirates, USPHL)
D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL)
D-Blake Sibley (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
D-Brian Danahy (Abington Green Wave, MAHS)
D-Zach Piekarski (McKinney North Stars, DSTHL)
D-Adam Cooke (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
G-Nick Bretzger (Springfield Express, WSHL)
G-Michael Moore (Chicago Cougars, USPHL)

The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view the Division I schedule here and the Division III schedule is available here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.