August 4, 2005

New Hampshire
Jr. | F | Atco, N.J.

Josh Ciocco ranked third among UNH skaters with a plus/minus rating of +15.


Key Statistics: Ciocco found the back of the net nine times last year for the third-ranked scoring offense, good for seventh on the Wildcats. He added 11 assists, and his 20 points tied him for ninth on the squad. Perhaps more notable was that he played in each of UNH’s 42 games last year, compared to just 17 appearances during his freshman campaign.

What He Does: The first thing that sticks out about Ciocco (pronounced sea-AH-koh) is his speed, a priceless asset for a player on the large ice sheet at the Whittemore Center. He matches that speed with aggressiveness and his tenacious forecheck is a big reason why the coaching staff didn’t hesitate to put him on the ice in shorthanded situations. He was paired with freshmen Matt Fornataro and Mike Radja on UNH's third line last season, but still compiled the third-best plus/minus ratio on the Wildcats at +15.

The Bigger Picture: Sean Collins and Preston Callander combined for 44 goals and 110 points last season, but the two anchors of the offense that dominated Lake Whitt last year will test the waters in professional arenas this season. Returnees Jacob Micflikier, Brett Hemingway and Daniel Winnik can obviously still score goals at a high rate, but if the Wildcats are to duplicate the level of success they've enjoyed over the last six years, Ciocco must grow into a player capable of keeping offensive pressure on opposing netminders.

UNH coach Richard Umile on Ciocco: “His role is going to expand this year. We’re going to need to replace the goal production, and I think he is one of the players who can do that for us. One thing that stands out to me is the fact that he can score goals...he is someone who can get the crowd going with his aggressiveness in forechecking. He can change the direction of the game.”

— Jeff Howe

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