Icers Land Left-Winger

In an effort to finish off the 2005 recruiting class the Western Michigan hockey team sent out assistant coaches Chris Brooks and Brendan Kenny to western Canada to scout and recruit some of the top remaining players. The fruits of those labors came around this weekend as the Broncos landed a high scoring forward for next fall.

Broncos Illustrated has learned that the Bronco hockey team has landed left-winger David Krisky from Williams Lake of the BCHL. Krisky is 5'10" and 185lbs. and hails from Westbank, British Columbia.

Krisky is a 21 year old playing his final year of juniors and having a breakout season with 61 points in 48 games played. He has 31 goals and 30 assists with 13 goals on the power play and 2 shorthanded. He is also second on his team in scoring behind uncommitted league leader Les Reaney, who has 82 points in 49 games.

According to his team's official website Krisky flew down for his official visit this past weekend and signed his letter of intent during the visit. The WMU coaching staff indicated, however, that no one signed a letter of intent last weekend preventing them from giving comment.

The midseason departure of freshman Jeff Kyrzakos has hastened the need for the Broncos to finish out their class as soon as possible. "That opens up a scholarship," said Brooks. "It allows us to be able to bring in two more kids."

Before that WMU was in the hunt specifically for a left-winger but now it is simply a matter of finding the best player available. "It's so late we're just going to bring in the best player possible," said Brooks. "We said the same thing four years ago when we recruited Jeff Campbell. We wanted to bring in a right-winger and Jeff (a left-winger) worked out well for us."

More to Come?

The Broncos still have another scholarship to give and given the time and effort coaches Brooks and Kenny put into western Canada during the Broncos recent bye week it is certainly possible that player could come out the BCHL, or possibly the heavily scouted USHL.

Beyond the remaining scholarship there is room on the roster for more walk-on players as well. The possibilities include both a walk-on forward and a walk-on defenseman.

One possible walk-on is defenseman Kevin O'Connor (Omaha, USHL) who has 21 points in 34 games with a +15 rating and 53 PIM. O'Connor – a Trenton, MI native and a USHL All-Star – has reportedly visited WMU recently. He is choosing between the Broncos, Bowling Green, Mercyhurst and Ferris State.

As always, Broncos Illustrated will keep you updated as both current and future recruiting classes shape up.

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