Major Off Season Moves, Hockey Signs Five New Devils
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State men's ice hockey staff went to work this offseason, signing five top-shelf transfers who will join the roster for the 2022-23 season. The group includes four forwards and a goaltender from Boston University, Northeastern, and Bemidji State.
The forwards: Robert Mastrosimone, Lukas Sillinger, Ty Jackson, and Dylan Jackson combined for 86 total points in 2021-22. TJ Semptimphelter joins ASU's netminder group with a .937 save percentage in his rookie season at Northeastern.
"The level of talent with this transfer group is off the charts," said head coach Greg Powers. "All five of these players could have gone anywhere they wanted, so we are thrilled and honored they chose to be Sun Devils. The best thing about all of them is they each have multiple years of eligibility which most of them will take at ASU. We're looking forward to opening up our new arena with such a talented group of players."
MEET THE NEWEST SUN DEVILS
5'10" | 170 lbs
East Islip, New York
Mastrosimone played 82 games at Boston University over three seasons and arrives in Tempe with 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 total career points. Drafted No. 54 overall in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Mastrosimone finished the 2021-22 season ranked third on BU's roster in point scoring (25) and second in goals (11). Mastrosimone is skilled at generating offensive opportunities, he finished his junior campaign as a +5 plus/minus, and led the team in shots (97) while boasting 2.85 shots per game through 34 appearances. He also enjoyed two three-game point streaks - including a series against Arizona State during the second half of the 21-22 schedule. As a sophomore, the New York native appeared in 15 games and tallied eight points on three goals and five assists. During his rookie campaign, Mastrosimone was one of only seven Terrier players to appear in all 34 contests. He ranked fifth on the team in both points (17) and goals (7) while ranking second among BU forwards in blocked shots (21). In juniors, Mastrosimone played two season with the Chicago Steel (USHL).
Huge thank you to Boston University and all of my teammates for a great 3 years and all the memories made! I am very excited to transfer to Arizona State University and continue my academic and athletic career. Can't wait to get things started with @SunDevilHockey! #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/QP8nqfNxbJ
— Robert Mastrosimone (@rmastro9424) May 2, 2022
5'11" | 170 lbs
Regina, SK, Canada
Sillinger transfers to ASU with 65 games played over two seasons with the Bemidji State Beavers. During his freshman campaign in 2020-21, Silinger tallied 15 points (6G, 9A) through 28 games played. He earned WCHA All-Rookie Team honors after skating as a regular on BSU's power-play unit and proved to be a consistent top-five scorer on the team. As a sophomore he more than doubled his rookie numbers, totaling 38 total points (17G, 21A) through 37 games played - a mark that ranked third amongst Beaver skaters. His 17 goals last season tied for first on the BSU team with his older brother, Owen. In 2021-22, Sillinger finished the year as a +7 plus/minus with five power play goals and one game-winning goal. He led the team in penalty minutes in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, while his single-game high for penalty minutes was at Arizona State on Nov. 26, 2021 (17 minutes). Before entering collegiate play, Sillinger skated with the Penticton Vees (BCHL).
Thankful for my teammates & the memories made over the past 2 years at Bemidji State. Exited to join @SunDevilHockey next season as I transfer to Arizona State University. #ForksUp ?? pic.twitter.com/gZjfSbxKwp
— LukasSillinger (@lsillinger) April 13, 2022
5'8" | 161 lbs
Oakville, ON, Canada
Jackson competed in 49 games for Northeastern University and tallied 32 points as a Husky before announcing his transfer to Sun Devil Country. Jackson is joined in Tempe by his twin brother, Dylan (also transferring from NU). He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2020-21. As a rookie Jackson notched seven goals and five assists for 12 total points. This past season as a sophomore, Jackson finished the year as the team's fifth-highest point scorer with 20 (6G, 14A). Jackson played in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints for two season (18-20).
5'10" | 165 lbs
Oakville, ON, Canada
Dylan Jackson played in 29 games over a two-year span with Northeastern University. In his rookie campaign, Jackson was fifth in Hockey East freshman scoring with 14 points. Two of his more notable goals were against top-10 ranked teams, including a game-winner for his first collegiate goal against No. 9 UMass and a goal against then-No. 2 Boston College. He also tallied an assist in his first collegaite appearance during NU's 2020-21 home opener versus Merrimack. Plagued with injury this past season, Jackson appeared in eight games and notched three points. Before joining the Huskies, Jackson played with his brother for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL).
6'1" | 160 lbs
Marlton, New Jersey
Semptimphelter started in seven of the eight games that he appeared in during his rookie season. He boasted a team second-best save percentage with .934 and only 15 goals against for a 2.05 goals against average. The east coast native tallied 211 saves in his 4-3-0 record. Semptimphelter stepped in as the starter while NU's veteran netminder was abroad for the 2022 Winter Olympics during which the freshman made a career-high 41-save night and produced a three-game win streak. Before Northeastern, Semptimphelter played 30 games for the Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC) where he earned a 2.05 GAA and .933 SV percentage.
I am grateful for the opportunity I had this past year at Northeastern. Thank you to the coaching staff & my teammates for all of the memories.
I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my journey as I transfer to ASU. @sundevilhockey #forksup?? pic.twitter.com/ACDs3cYEl2
— TJ Semptimphelter (@tsemp35) April 2, 2022