Penn State Hockey

Penn State ice hockey: Nittany Lions add four more to recruiting class

The Penn State men’s ice hockey team has added four more names to the list of recruits for this fall’s freshman class.

The quartet will join five others already signed as the Nittany Lions prepare for their second season in Division I, the first as a member of the Big Ten and the first in their new home, Pegula Ice Arena. The regular season opens Oct. 11 against Army.

Leading the group is junior defenseman Patrick Koudys of Smithville, Ontario, who is transferring from RPI and was a 2011 fifth-round draft choice of the Washington Capitals. Koudys spent last season skating with the United States Hockey League’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

The other newcomers include forwards Ricky DeRosa of Aston, Pa., and Dylan Richard of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada; and defenseman Mike Williamson of Leduc, Alberta, Canada.

“This group will be a great addition to the incoming student-athletes we added during the early-signing period,” Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky said. “Patrick Koudys and Mike Williamson add size and strength to our blue line, while both Dylan Richard and Ricky DeRosa bring high levels of character and hockey-IQ to our forwards.”

The four will join David Goodwin, Eamon McAdam, Zach Saar, Eric Scheid and David Thompson as newcomers this fall.