2001-02 Newcomer bios
October 29, 2001
-Robert Anderson SO GK 5-7 165 Brooklyn Park/Park Center
Transfer from Gustavus, where he played one semester last season... Business Marketing major with 2.90 gpa... 2000 graduate of Park Center High, where he was 3X hockey letterman and 5X golf letterman, with two trips to state tournament... brother Dave played hockey for Tommies from 1997-01... born 7-8-81... son of Donna and Robert Anderson of Brooklyn Park.
--Anthony Blumer SO For 6-0 180 Eagan/St. Thomas Academy
Played Junior "A" league hockey in Dubuque last season and attended Northeastern Iowa Community College... Business major... 2000 graduate of St. Thomas Academy, where he was 3X hockey leterman and earned HM all-state and all-tourney honors for 1999 Cadet team that won state consolation championship, and also 3X football letterman and all-conference honoree... born 4-13-82... son of Paula and Paul Blumer of Eagan.
--Peter Brooks JR For 5-6 155 Osseo
Attended Wisconsin-Madion last two seasons... Undeclared major... 1998 graduate of Osseo High, where he was 2X all-conference honoree... born 6-11-80... son of Frances and Paul Brooks of Maple Grove.
--David DuBord FR For 6-2 175 Lauderdale/Roseville
Lettered in golf this fall for Tommies and made a rare double-eagle 2 on a 525-yard par-5 hole in Twin Cities Classic tourney... Undeclared major... played Junior A hockey last two seasons... 1999 graduate of Roseville High, where he was all-state in hockey and all-confernece in baseball and golf... born 11-1-80... son of Barbara and Dave DuBord of Lauderdale.
Ryan Fougner FR Def 5-11 195 International Falls
Criminal Justice major... played Junior A hockey last two seasons... 1999 graduate of International Falls High, where he was was honor student and was named all-conference in hockey and football... born 10-20-80... son of Dee Bigner and Rod Fougner of International Falls.
Attila Gabrielli SO For 6-3 210 Ciuc, Romania/Owatonna
Played junior varsity hockey in 2000-01... Marketing and Economics major with 3.82 gpa... 2000 graduate of Owatonna High, where he was all-conference and 3X letterwinner in hockey and played on Romanian team in World Junior Championships in 1998 and 1999... born 4-19-01... son of Maria and Alexandrv Garielli of Ciuc, Romania.
Kevin Hennessey FR GK 5-9 155 Shoreview/Minnehaha Academy
Business major... 2001 graduate of Minnehaha Academy, where he was honor student, 2X HM sll-state, 2X All-Metro and 4X all-conference in hockey; was 4X all-conference in golf; was all-conference in soccer; and played one season as football placekicker... played in Minnesota Great 8 hockey all-star series... born 10-19-81... son of Chris Hennessey of Shoreview and Tom Hennessey of North Oaks.
Chris Hood SO For 5-8 180 Duluth/Marshall
Played junior-varsity hockey in 2000-01... Business major... 2000 graduate of Duluth Marshall, where he was 3X letterwinner and 2X leading scorer in hockey and 5X letterman and 2X all-conference in soccer and played in Minnesota state soccer all-star game as a senior... born 10-30-81... son of Corinne and Dave Hood of Duluth.
Skylar Kangas FR Def 6-1 185 Hibbing
Biology major... 2001 graduate of Hibbing High, where he was honor student and was named to all-area teams in hockey and tennis and helped Hibbing play in four state tennis tournaments... born 8-19-83... son of Debbie Kangas and Dave Kangas of Hibbing.
Joe Krmpotich SO For 5-10 185 Eden Prairie
Elementary Education major... 1998 graduate of Eden Prairie High, where he lettered in hockey and football and played on EP's 19996 and 1997 state championship teams... born 3-10-80... son of Sue and Tom Krmpotich of Eden Prairie.
Dax Leepart SO For 5-11 195 Forest Lake
Undeclared major... transfer from Minnesota Gophers where he played one season... also played Junior A hockey... 1998 graduate of Forest Lake High, where he was all-state in hckey and 2X letterman in football and track and field... born 3-24-80... son of Julie and Richard Leepart of Forest Lake.
Patrick McConachie FR For 6-0 190 Lake Forest, Ill.
Business major... 2001 graduate of Lake Forest High, where he was 4X hockey letterman and played in Metro North all-star game... born 3-16-82... son of Fran Carroll and John McConachie.
Casey Regan SO Def 5-11 175 Hastings/Hill-Murray
Played on Toms' JV hockey team in 2000-01... Business major with 3.75 gpa... 2000 graduate of Hill-Murray High, where he was honor student and played on Pioneers' two state tournament hockey qualifiers... born 1-4-82... father, Patrick, played college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth... son of Mary and Patrick Regan of Hastings.
Tommy Simmons FR For 5-8 175 Plymouth/Breck
Undeclared major... 2000 graduate of Breck High, where he earned 12 varsity letters in four sports and was selected for hockey's Great 8 all-star tourney after helping team win 2000 Class A state tournament... was team MVP, 2X all-conference and 4X letterman in hockey, team MVP 3X all-conference and 4X letterman in soccer, helped Breck to second in state team tennis tourney, and was all-conference in golf... born 3-16-82... son of Linda and Robert Simmons of Plymouth.
Darin Strand FR For 5-9 175 Willmar
Business major... 2001 graduate of Willmar High, where he was honor student, 3X all-conference in hockey and HM all-conference in baseball, with three letters in each sport... born 9-25-82... son of Nancy and Douglas Strand of Willmar.
Bob Tallarico JR GK 5-7 180 St. Paul/Henry Sibley
Played last two seasons at Bemidji State and made CHA Rookie Team as a freshman in 1999-2000... Business major... 1998 graduate of Henry Sibley High, where he was all-state and HM all-state and helped his team reach the state hockey tournament, and also was all-conference in baseball... born 11-5-79... son of Sue and Bon Tallarico of St. Paul.
Joe Vannelli SO For 5-10 165 St. Paul/Cretin-Derham Hall
Played hockey one semester at University of Vermont last season... Finance major with 3.0 gpa... 2000 gradaute of Cretin-Derham Hall, where he was honor student, all-state and 2X all-conference in football on Raiders' state championship and state semifinal teams, 3X all-conference in hockey and all-conference on Raiders' state tourney baseball team... father Greg was two-time St. Thomeas hockey All-American and 2001 inductee into UST Athletic Hall of Fame... born 12-15-81.. son of Sue and Greg Vannelli of St. Paul.
Judson Welliver FR For 5-9 160 Grand Rapids
Played two seasons of Junior A hockey in Billings and Cedar Rapids... Business Human Resources major... 2000 graduate of Grand Rapids High, where he was all-conference in track and field and lettered twice in hockey... born 3-15-82... son of Ann and Steve Welliver of Grand Rapids.
David Woldum FR Def 6-1 205 Minneapolis/South
Undeclared major... 2001 graduate of Minneapolis South High, where he was all-conference and 4X letterman in hockey and also lettered in football... born 10-25-82... son of Kathy Drozd and Steve Woldum of Minneapolis.