The University of Maine men’s hockey team is adding seven players for the upcoming season that Coach Red Gendron hopes will provide more bulk in his second season at the helm.

Topping the list is forward Nolan Vesey of North Reading, Massachusetts, recently selected in the sixth round of the NHL draft by the Maple Leafs. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Vesey scored 26 goals with 40 assists last season for the South Shore Kings.

The other recruits:

Malcolm Hayes, a 6-2, 220-pound defenseman from Atlanta. He had six goals and eight assists last winter for Cushing Academy.

 Mark Hamilton, a 6-3, 220-pound defenseman from Winthrop, Massachusetts, who had three goals and two assists for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League.

 Cedric Lacroix, a 6-1, 180-pound forward from Quebec who had 19 points last year for the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League.

 Jack Musil, also 6-1 and 180 pounds, hailing from England. He posted 101 points last year for the New England Wolves.

 Liam Pecararo, a 5-11, 164-pound forward from Canton, Massachusetts, who had 61 points last year for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL.

 Sean Romeo, a 6-1, 165-pound goaltender from Cary, North Carolina. He had a 3.42 goals-against average and .891 save percentage for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL.

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