Haviland talks Tigers Class of 2024

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 00:57:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Meet the Colorado College men's hockey Class of 2024: 12 talented Tigers with a lot to prove in Colorado Springs.

"We think we got a lot of different things in this class, we got size, skill, and a lot of grit," head coach Mike Haviland said.

Haviland and his staff put together a recruiting class ranked as high as No. 2 by Neutral Zone.

"I think it's a class that checks a lot of different boxes but one of the biggest things we're going after is a lot of character and hard-working guys," Haviland said.

A deep group, the incoming talent pool features seven forwards, three defensemen, and two goalies from the USHL, AJHL and CCHL ranks.

"Right now it's business as usual, we're preparing like we're going to play until we here from the NCAA that it is changing," Haviland said.

Whether it's game one or sometime during the 2020-21 season, don't be surprised to see a significant amount of these youthful additions take the ice.

"All are going to get their opportunities, we lost a decent-sized class," Haviland said.

When it comes to players ready to contribute, the seventh-year head coach pointed out Jackson Jutting, Hunter McKown, Jack Millar, and Dominic Basse as potential impact players early on.

"You play in the best conference, that's just me, that's how I look at it, last four national champions came out of here," Haviland said. "Kids want to play in the best conference."

A dozen dandies with the goal of bringing Colorado College back into the national spotlight in the very near future.

"We call it "hard skill", we tried to go after "hard skill" guys and that's what you're going to start to see from this class as we move forward," Haviland said.