The next class for the Penn State men’s hockey team has begun to take shape.
Five young men signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, and three have ties to Pennsylvania.
The group includes forwards Chase Berger, Alec Marsh, Matt Mendelson and Denis Smirnov, and defenseman Kevin Kerr.
Kerr is from Bensalem, near Philadelphia, and has nine assists through 15 games this season with the USHL’s Tri-City.
Berger, a native of St. Louis, is a teammate of Kerr’s for Tri-City and is an alternate captain for the Storm with three goals and five assists. He had 14 goals and 15 assists in 57 games last season.
Marsh, from Bridgewater, N.J., is in his third season with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where he was a teammate of current Nittany Lion David Goodwin. He has 24 goals and 28 assists in 111 career games with the RoughRiders.
Mendelson, from Upper St. Clair in Pittsburgh, has 39 career points over two-plus seasons in the USHL, including three goals and four assists in 11 games this season with Bloomington. Mendelson will be the fourth generation from his family to attend Penn State.
Smirnov now hails from Dunmore, near Scranton, but is originally from Yaroslavl, Russia. He has one goal and 11 assists this season for Fargo of the USHL, after spending last season netting 15 goals and 26 assists with the Indiana Ice, where he was a teammate of current Nittany Lion Scott Conway.