Bemidji State men's hockey program signs two forwards
The Bemidji State University men's ice hockey program today announced the signing of forwards Radoslav Illo (Bystrica, Slovakia) and Jeff Jubinville (Edmonton, Alberta) to National Letters of Intent. Both inked with the Beavers during the fall early signing period and will join the Bemidji State program for the 2010-11 campaign--the team's first as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Illo, a fifth round 2009 entry draft pick of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Anaheim Ducks (136th overall), currently plays for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL), while Jubinville is with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
"Both of the players in this year's early signing class have the skills and abilities help us to transition to the WCHA, while maintaining the same unique characteristics that are Beaver Hockey," said BSU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ted Belisle.
* Radoslav Illo (F, 6-0, 188; 1/21/1990; Bystrica, Slovakia) is in his second year with Tri-City and through 14 games, he leads the team in goals (9) and game winning goals (2), while he ranks second on the team and 20th in the USHL in scoring with 9-4-13 points.
Illo has recorded a goal in eight, and posted a point in nine of the Storm's 14 games in 2009-10, assembling a four-game scoring streak that stretched from Oct. 23-Nov. 3, which included a pair of game-winners that contributed to a five-game winning streak by Tri-City. The Storm is currently 7-6-1 to sit third in the USHL's Western Division.
In his first year with the Storm, Illo led the team with 21 goals and was second in points with 21-12=33. His eight goals on the power-play matched a team high, while he also led the club with a pair of game-winning goals.
As a fifth-round pick in the 2009 entry draft, Illo will stand as the fifth BSU player that has been drafted into the NHL joining the likes of current Beaver Chris Peluso (seventh round - Pittsburgh - 194th) and BSU greats like Andrew Murray (eighth round - Columbus - 242nd), Gary Sargent (third round - Los Angeles - 48th) and Dale Smedsmo (seventh round - Toronto - 93rd).
Illo, marks the first native Slovakian to join the BSU program and will accompany Emil Billberg (Jr., F, Stockholm, Sweden) as the only European-born players on the Beavers' 2010-11 roster.
"We are all really excited for Radoslav and his commitment to Bemidji State," commented Tri-City Head Coach Drew Schoneck. "Bemidji is a great program and they're headed in the right direction."
"Rado's skills and abilities as a hockey player and a person will be a nice addition to Beaver Hockey," said Belisle. "He has a dynamic shot, he is a goal scorer and his potential was noticed by the NHL and Anaheim. We are very excited about adding a player with good size that can get up and down the ice and score goals."
* Jeff Jubinville (F, 5-10, 166; 2/1/1989; Edmonton, Alberta) is in his first season with Wenatchee and leads his team in goals (10), points (23) and game-winning goals (3) in 25 games played. His 10-13=23 points seat him sixth in the league in scoring, while he third among all NAHL skaters with three game-winners.
Jubinville has been a valuable asset to the Wild power-play unit already in 2009-10. He is second on the roster in goals (4), assists (7) and points (11) on the man advantage.
The Edmonton, Alberta native has posted six multi-point outings this season, which includes a hat trick that propelled Wenatchee to a 5-1 victory over the U.S. National Development Team (9/18/09). In addition, he has constructed scoring streaks of five and, most recently, eight games.
Prior to joining the NAHL, Jubinville played two seasons with the St. Albert Steel of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL), where he put up 37-59=96 points in 119 games.
Jubinville currently plays for former BSU graduate assistant coach Ryan McKelvie and follows fellow Wenatchee alumnus Mathieu Dugas (Fr., G, L'Assomption, Quebec) to the Bemidji State roster.
"Jeff Jubinville is a very skilled player. He is one of the fastest skaters in our league, has excellent hands and shoots the puck well. He's got good hockey sense, finishes all of his checks, and is not afraid to go to the tough areas," commented McKelvie. "He should fit in well with the up-tempo style of play at Bemidji."
"Jubbie is a dynamic skater who brings talent to our forward group in every situation," Belisle added, "He is reliable defensively, while offensively he has skills to produce. The fans will really get excited about his speed and the way he can get around the rink."
Illo and Jubinville are the 17th and 18th early-period signees at Bemidji State since the program made the jump to Division I in 1999. That group includes seniors Tyler Lehrke (F, Park Rapids, Minn.) and Chris Peluso (D, Wadena, Minn.) along with junior Matt Read (F, Ilderton, Ontario), sophomore Darcy Findlay (F., Bristol, Quebec) and freshman Jordan George (F, Madison, Wis.), Matt Hartmann (F, Hugo, Minn.) and Aaron McLeod (F, Ottawa, Ontario).
The Beavers (8-1-1; 4-0-0) jump back into College Hockey America play this weekend as they host the University of Alabama-Huntsville (3-7-0; 0-2-0 CHA) for the Charger's only trip to Bemidji this season. The series is set to begin Friday at 7:35 p.m. with the finale scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. opening face off Saturday