Jason Lammers, the first-year Niagara University hockey coach, announced the addition of three freshmen and one transfer to the team for the 2017-18 season. They are forwards Eric Cooley and Justin Kendall, defenseman Jack Zielinski and goaltender David Krejcik. The Purple Eagles will have 11 newcomers on their roster to join 19 returning players.
Cooley, who is from Pittsburgh, played with the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League last season under current Niagara assistant coach Matt Nichols, scoring 14 goals and 20 assists in 51 games.
Kendall is from Holmen, Wis., and played for the Coulee Region Chill in the NAHL last season. He had 30 goals and 20 assists in 65 games over two seasons.
Krejcik a native of the Czech Republic, is a transfer from Williston State College, a two-year school in North Dakota. He helped his team secure the top seed in the West Region for the 2017 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II championships. In 2014, he was Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year for the Traverse City (Mich.) Hounds of the Midwest Junior League, compling a 20-4-2 record and a 1.93 goals-against average. He led Traverse City to Midwest League Veteran's Memorial Cup championships in 2014 and 2015.
Zielinski, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman from Richmond, Va., has experience with the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL and played 43 games in 2015-16 with the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Hockey league. With Kingston, he scored 10 goals with 24 assists and added another 12 points in the playoffs.
Niagara will open its season on Sept. 30 at Colgate Raiders. The home opener comes on Alumni Weekend against Robert Morris on Oct. 6.