September 18, 2006
Recruiting Trail: INCH's 2006 All-Name Team

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We've told you who in this year's freshman class will make an impact on the ice. But who, just by their name appearing in a box score, will bring a smile to our faces? Who is prepared to carry the torch previously held by the likes of Eric "The Driving Cat" Toonders, Bear Trapp and Jake "We've Got Uniforms and Everything" Taylor?

Make no mistake, a high standard has been set. But we think the members of INCH's 2006 Recruiting All-Name Team might just have the stuff to carry on that legacy. You'll find their names, with comments, below.



School, Pos.

Michael Carman

Minnesota, F

The Gophers are truly big time if they’ve upgraded from money in hats to cars. And, no, he didn't transfer from Oklahoma.

Tommy Dee

Bowling Green, F

Who hasn't seen the video he made with Pam Anderson on that houseboat?

Chris Fairbanks

Alabama-Huntsville, F

Never would have guessed that a guy named after the Nanooks’ home base would end up as far away from them as possible.

Patrick Inglis

Lake Superior State, G

Top candidate for Nickname of the Year honors if we can get his teammates to start calling him "Si habla".

Kevin Kessler/Dan Kissel

Massachusetts, F/Notre Dame F

The Minutemen and Irish tried, but at least for one more year, there won’t be another Phil Kessel.

Matt Lombardi

Boston College, F

Good luck telling this guy – during Super Bowl week, no less – that the Beanpot is the only trophy that matters.

Mike Maltese

Northern Michigan, F

Could have sworn he was headed to Bowling Green.

Martin Nolet

Massachusetts, F

We’re pretty sure we dated some girls in college by the last name of Nolet.

Luke Popko

Boston University, F

If he plays the agitator role for the Terriers, will opponents dub him "Popko the Weasel"?

Dan Ringwald


This is just an excuse for us to make a Long Duk Dong reference.

Mark Stockdale

Western Michigan, F

Forgive him if he enters Lawson one day and wonders, "Why am I here?"

Devrin Stonehouse

Canisius, D

If it worked for the three pigs against the big, bad wolf, it should be good enough for Atlantic Hockey.

Devin Timberlake

Brown, F

He’s bringing sexy back to the Bears.

Scott Van der Linden

Brown, D

And you thought David van der Gulik’s graduation would end the "Varsity Blues" references around here.

Eli Vlaisavljevich

Michigan Tech, D

In search of a change, Eli's family crafts a new surname by blindly picking tiles from the Croatian edition of Scrabble.