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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Derek Topatigh

Derek TopatighDerek Topatigh joins the Tigers after two seasons in the OJHL. The lone defenseman of the class, Topatigh proved he could score while playing for the Orangeville Flyers. Over 113 games, Topatigh netted 67 points. Last season the Ontario native recorded 39 points, a career high. Topatigh represented Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge and scored two points in five games. The defenseman was also named to the CJHL Prospects Game.

Eye On The Tigers spoke with Topatigh to see what the incoming freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I come from a family that has always been focused and mindful of academics, so as soon as the chance of coming to a school with a renowned academic history like Princeton and play hockey at the same time became an option, it was a very easy decision for me.

What are you most looking forward to?

To me, the game of hockey has always created the strongest bonds of my life so I am most looking forward to just meeting the rest of the guys on the team and having the chance to work alongside them to have the best possible season this team can have.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I got into hockey at age three and grew up around the game. My first memory was trying to keep up with my two brothers on the local rink and just being ecstatic that I finally had the chance to go on the ice myself.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

Growing up in the Toronto area, I have always been a big Maple Leafs fan. Even though the team has been mediocre in my lifetime, I have always found the idea of an entire city getting behind the home team extremely fun and exciting.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

Being a defenseman on the shorter side, one thing you get a lot is that your size will prevent you from getting to the next level. To me, I have never found any truth to this argument but it is still something that definitely has been frustrating to hear.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

The most shocking thing to me is always when the glass shatters, as it is just so unexpected. I played in two games throughout my career to date in which someone [got] hit through the glass, and it definitely is not something you get used to seeing.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

My father has been the biggest influence on my hockey career, just with the support he has given me without wavering over the years. He has constantly been willing to help me get better and improve myself and will hop on the ice or the driveway without a second thought.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

This season I had the chance to represent my native country of Canada in the World Junior A Championships, and putting on the maple leaf was most definitely an experience that I will never forget in my life.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I am planning on majoring in economics, and while I know I am interested in the finance and business side of things, I am keeping an open mind and not narrowing down my options too much.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

With a few consecutive losing seasons, I think my biggest aspiration is that our freshman class helps to complete the turnaround of the team and give us a chance to contend for a top spot in the ECAC.

Previous Q&A: Jordan Fogarty

See also: Princeton announces 2016-17 incoming freshmen

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Princeton Announces 2016-17 Incoming Freshman Class

Princeton announced its freshman class for the incoming season on June 27. The class of 2020 consists of five forwards and a defenseman.

The class will replace five graduating seniors, which included four forwards and a defenseman. The Tigers are adding an extra forward this season, but they lost two forwards last offseason in Josh Melnick and Connor McLaren.

Joining Princeton this season are forwards Jackson Cressey, Jordan Fogarty, Joey Fallon, Liam Grande and Jeremy Germain. Derek Topatigh is the lone defenseman of the class.

After initially joining the Coquitlam Express for 10 games in 2012-13, Cressey spent the next three full seasons with the Express. He totaled 125 points over 160 games and netted a career-high 70 points over 52 games last season and was named the team’s MVP.

Germain also played in the BCHL, skating for the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2015-16. HE finished the season with 38 points over 56 games. Fogarty spent the last three seasons with the Sarnia Legionnaires of the GOJHL, netting 107 points in 134 games.

Fallon played for the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL last season, recording 22 points in 51 games. In 2014-15, Fallon played for the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL where he skated with current Tigers Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner. Fallon registered 58 points in 61 games that season.

Grande and Topatigh both played in the OJHL. Grande played for Cobourg, the former team of current Tiger Alex Riche, for three full seasons. Over 117 games, Grande netted 103 points. Topatigh, the only defenseman of the incoming class, represented Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge last season. In 2014-15, Toaptigh was named the Ontario Hockey Association’s Top Prospect Defenseman. Through two seasons with the Orangeville Flyers, Topatigh recorded 60 points in 103 games.

Princeton Recruits Named To CJHL Prospects Game

Princeton hockey recruits Matthew Thom, Derek Topatigh and Luke Keenan were named to the CJHL Prospects game.

All three players will dress for Team East during the Jan. 26 game, which will take place in Surrey, B.C.

Both Thom and Topatigh are defensemen. Thom has nine points for Georgetown. Topatigh is Orangeville’s leading defenseman, with 23 points in 35 games. Keenan, a recent recruit, has 24 points in 27 games.

Recruit Roundup

There’s been a lot of news since the last recruit roundup. The Tigers received several new commits, one from Jeremy Germain and another from Corey Andonovski. Jackson Cressey, Matt Thom and Colin Tonge were also named to Canada’s WJAC selection camp rosters.

Here’s Princeton hockey recruit roundup:

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BCHL:

Jackson Cressey returned from his injury on Nov. 18 against Penticton. He recorded his first point after his return when Coquitlam beat Wenatchee 4-1 on Nov. 20. Cressey has a hat trick on Nov. 27 against Prince Geroge. He added a goal the night after and is currently second on the team with 34 points.

Jeremy Germain, who committed to Princeton in November, has 15 points this season.

CISSA:

Reid Yochim finished November with nine points (2g, 7a). St. Andrew’s College also strung together a four-game winning streak in the month. His teammate, Corey Andonovski, has

NAHL:

Jake Paganelli had an assist in a Nov. 13 win over Bismark and another on Nov. 20. The next night, Paganelli scored a goal against Bismark. He’s currently on a two-game point streak after recording an assist and then a goal and an assist in a two-game set against Minot.

Joey Fallon recorded an assist in an overtime loss to Corpus Christi on Nov. 19. He’s currently on a seven-game scoreless streak.

OJHL:

Liam Grande returned to action at the end of Novemeber, playing in a 5-3 win over Toronto. He netted an assist the next night, and had a three-point game (1g, 2a) against Goergetown and fellow Princeton recruit Matt Thom on Nov. 28. Grande also had an assist on Nov. 30.

Derek Topatigh had a three-game point streak in November, where he scored a goal, a goal and an assist, and another goal over the stretch. He’s on a four-game point streak currently. After a goal and an assist in a win over Mississauga, Topatigh has recorded an assist in three-straight games. He’s Orangeville’s highest-scoring defenseman.

USHL

Jack Adams recorded a goal on Nov. 11. He’s currently on a three-game point streak after scoring a goal against Sioux Falls, an assist against Madison on Saturday and a goal against Madison on Sunday.

U18:

Doug Connor started two of the past four games – both last weekend – and now has four wins on the season. He backstopped the P.A.L. Junior Islanders to a 5-1 win on Dec. 5, making 22 saves. He made 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime win on Dec. 6

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Several Princeton Recruits Named To Canada’s WJAC Selection Camp Roster

Princeton hockey recruits Jackson Cressey, Matt Thom, Derek Topatigh and Colin Tonge were named to Canada’s World Junior A Challenge selection camp rosters.

Cressey, a member of the BCHL, was named to the Canada West camp roster. Thom, Topatigh and Tonge were all named to Canada East’s roster.

The World Junior A Challenge will take place in Cobourg, Ontario from Dec. 13 to Dec. 19.

Recruit Roundup

Princeton received two commitments in the past few weeks – one from the BCHL’s Jackson Cressey and the other from Christian O’Neill. Several Princeton recruits were also named to the CCHL All-Star Cup Challenge.

Here’s more on how Princeton’s recruits fared last week:

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BCHL:

Jackson Cressey is tied for Coquitlam’s scoring lead but didn’t play last week.

CISAA:

Reid Yochim  recorded a goal in St. Andrew’s season-opening win

OJHL:

Liam Grande has not played since Sept. 29. Matt Thom recorded an assist against Milton on Oct. 30 and added two assists in an Oct. 31 win over Burlington. Colin Tonge scored a goal in a Nov. 5 loss to Stouffville. Derek Topatigh has three goals in his last three games, including a two-goal night against the Toronto J. Canadiens. The trio were named to the CCHL All-Star Cup Challenge.

NAHL: 

Joey Fallon had an assist in the Oct. 30 win over Amarillo and a goal in the Oct. 31 win over the Bulls. Jake Paganelli had a goal and an assist in  Nov. 7 win over Coulee Region.

TI18U:

Christian O’Neill had a goal on Nov. 8.

USHL:

Jack Adams recorded an assist in each of Fargo’s last two games against Des Moines.

USPHL: 

Doug Connor played in two games over the last three weeks, playing both games last weekend against the Skipjacks Hockey Club. On Saturday Connor made 32 saves in a 7-3 loss and added 42 saves in Saturday’s 5-3 loss.

Here are the recruit stats:

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Recruits Coin Tonge, Matt Thom and Derek Topatigh Named To CCHL All-Star Cup Challenge

Princeton hockey recruits Colin Tonge, Matt Thom and Derek Topatigh were named to the CCHL Eastern Canada All Star Cup Challenge rosters.

Tonge will play for  OJHL Hawerchuk, Thom for OJHL Nieuwendyk and Derek Topatigh for OJHL Oates. Topatigh is committed for the 2016-17 season, while Thom and Tonge are committed for 2017-18.

Recruit Roundup

Liam Grande committed to Princeton for the 2016-17 season, giving the Tigers four commits in the OJHL.

Here’s how Princeton’s recruits fared this week:

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OJHL:

New commit Liam Grande hasn’t played since Sept. 29. He has nine points (6g, 3a) this season. Derek Topatigh scored a goal against North York on Saturday. Colin Tonge has not played since Oc. 15.

NAHL:

Joey Fallon has not played since Oct. 9, and Jake Paganelli did not play this past weekend.

USPHL:

Doug Connor made 40 saves on 47 shots in his team’s 7-3 loss on Saturday.

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Recruit Roundup

Here’s this week’s recruit roundup:

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NAHL:

Joey Fallon is on a three-game point streak. He added an assist in a 6-1 win and two points (1g, 1a) in a 7-2 win as Lone Star swept Amarillo. Fellow recruit Jake Paganelli is also on a three-game point streak. He recorded an assist against the Wilderness last weekend and added an assist against Minot on Friday and a goal on Saturday.

OJHL:

Colin Tonge recorded two points (1g, 1a) in a 3-2 win over Aurora on Oct. 8. Derek Topatigh is Orangeville’s highest-scoring defenseman. He has four assists in his last four games. Topatigh netted an assist against Trenton on Oct. 10, added an assist on Oct. 17 and recorded two assists on Oct. 18.

USHL:

Jack Adams netted his first USHL goal on Oct. 9. He finished with three points over the last two weeks, adding an assist against Cedar Rapids and Bloomington.

USPHL:

Doug Connor played twice two weekends ago. On Oct. 10, he made 30 saves in a 7-2 loss to the Rochester Junior Americans. He followed with a 30-save performance in a 2-1 loss to the Junior Bruins U18. They were Connor’s first losses of the season.

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