Powers Completes 2022-23 Roster with Eight Freshmen
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Hockey announced their 2022 signing class, which includes eight incoming freshmen for the 2022-23 season.
The group features five forwards, two defensemen, and a goaltender, including Charlie Schoen, Teddy Lagerback, Ryan Alexander, Ryan Robinson, Cade Stibbe, Tucker Ness, Blake Dangos, and Gibson Homer.
"We are fired up for this freshman class. This group is a diverse group of players and they all bring a unique intangible to the program," said head coach Greg Powers. "Top to bottom every single one of them want nothing more than to be Sun Devils and that enthusiasm will further enhance our culture in a very positive way."
Charlie Schoen – 5'9", 154lbs
Forward ('01) – Andover, MN
|2021-22||Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)||58||26||30|
|2020-21||Janesville Jets (NAHL)||40||27||18|
Schoen arrives in the desert this fall as a champion with Sioux City. The Musketeers hoisted the Clark Cup, the USHL's playoff championship, on May 21, 2022, ending a 20-year drought for Sioux City, who last won the league in 2001-02. Schoen tallied 56 points during the 2021-22 season, just shy of a point per game. Before joining the soon-to-be champs, Schoen skated with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL. He netted 27 goals and notched 18 assists in his 40 games played. The Minnesota native has been committed to Arizona State for around four years.
Teddy Lagerback – 6'0", 187lbs
Forward ('01) – Chanhassen, MN
|2021-22||Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)||54||25||24|
|2020-21||Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)||41||5||3|
Lagerback led the stat sheet during the 2021-22 playoffs for the Smoke Eaters of the BCHL with three goals in five games. The Minnesota native finished third amongst his teammates in point scoring with 49 points for 1.06 points per game average during the regular season. He collected two game-winners and seven PPG through 54 games in his best season of juniors. Lagerback shows experience in leadership roles after wearing the captain's 'C' at Minnetonka High School. Like Schoen, Lagerback committed to Arizona State four years ago.
Ryan Alexander – 5'10", 168lbs
Forward ('02) – Toronto, ON
|2021-22||Fargo Force (USHL)||33||8||9|
|Youngstown Phantoms (UAHL)||26||10||7|
|2020-21||Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)||37||2||14|
From Toronto, Ryan Alexander comes in after a split season in the USHL with the Fargo Force and Youngstown Phantoms. In the 2021-22 season, he combined for 59 games and tallied 18 goals and 16 assists. Alexander is a hard-nosed center who is able to play effectively in all three areas of the ice. During his last season with the St. Michael's Buzzers in 2019-20 season, he was more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, notching nearly an assist a game en route to 58 points in the 45 games he played.
Couldn't be happier to announce my commitment to play hockey at Arizona State University. I'd like to thank my family, teammates, friends and coaches for helping me achieve my dream. Can't wait to see what the future holds. #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/EoOzpEtkpK
— Ryan Alexander (@ryanalex333) March 23, 2018
Ryan Robinson – 6'0", 190lbs
Forward ('01) – Plano, TX
|2021-22||Wichita Falls Warriors (NAHL)||58||20||32|
|2020-21||Wichita Falls Warriors (NAHL)||26||8||6|
Ryan Robinson will put on the Arizona State jersey after two seasons with the Wichita Falls Warriors. This past season, Robinson had his best yet, putting up 52 points in 58 games played - a massive leap from his 14 points from the season prior. A native of Plano, Texas, Robinson joins fellow Texan and current Sun Devil skater Ryan O'Reilly, who is from Southlake, just a 45-minute drive away within the Dallas Forth Worth area.
Cade Stibbe – 5'7", 161lbs
Forward ('01) – Fargo, ND
|2021-22||Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)||54||14||16|
|2020-21||Minot Minotauros (NAHL)||49||13||19|
Cade Stibbe finished the 2021-22 season ranked in the top-five of point scorers for the Wenatchee Wild. Stibbe played 54 games, more than any other Wild skater this past season. The North Dakota native wore the 'C' at Fargo Davies High in 2018-19 before joining the Minot Minotauros for two-straight seasons with a quick stint with the Fargo Force.
I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to play division 1 college hockey and further my education at Arizona State University. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point. #Bethetradition #forksup pic.twitter.com/giiPoCfJOV
— Cade Stibbe (@Cadestibbe20) August 2, 2018
Tucker Ness – 6'2", 216lbs
Defenseman ('02) – Plymouth, MN
|2021-22||Waterloo Black Hawks 'A' (USHL)||60||4||16|
|2020-21||Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)||44||1||4|
|Team MPLS Magazine (UMHSEHL)||10||3||8|
A dangerous presence at the blue line, Tucker Ness ranked second amongst Waterloo defensemen in point scoring during the 2021-22 season. He put up 20 points and even collected a game-winner and power play goal to round out his final year in juniors. Ness also ranked second in penalty minutes amongst all Black Hawks players with 139 for an average of 2.32 per game.
Thrilled to announce my commitment to play Division 1 Hockey at Arizona State University. A huge thank you to my family, friends, coaches, teammates and God for guiding me along the way. #Forksup?? pic.twitter.com/hrF5foh8Jd
— Tucker Ness (@tuckerness10) March 29, 2022
Blake Dangos – 5'10", 174lbs
Defenseman ('02) – St. Louis, MO
|2021-22||Madison Capitals (USHL)||59||2||21|
|2020-21||Janesville Jets (NAHL)||36||2||8|
Blake Dangos finished his 2021-22 season with the Madison Capitals leading all defensemen in plus/minus with +14. The mark ranked third amongst the entire Capitals roster. He racked up 102 penalty minutes in 59 games played last season. The St. Louis native skated with the St. Louis Jr. Blues for 40 games in 2018-19 before joining the Janesville Jets for two-straight seasons.
Excited to make it official! ?? ?@SunDevilHockey? pic.twitter.com/IgShcXQyEY
— Blake Dangos (@BlakeDangos) December 7, 2021
Gibson Homer – 6'5", 209lbs
Goaltender ('03) – Grand Rapids, MI
|2021-22||Chicago Steel (USHL)||33||3.15||.890|
|2020-21||USA U18 (WJC-18)||4||4.61||.838|
|USNTDP Juniors (USHL)||16||3.49||.848|
|U.S. National U18 Team (USDP)||35||2.97||.873|
The youngest of the 2022-23 incoming freshman class, Homer is certainly not the smallest. The 18-year-old stands at nearly six and a half inches and boasts experience with top-level competition in both the USHL and U.S. National Development Program. Homer most recently backstopped the Chicago Steel and will join Steel alumni Josh Doan at Arizona State. The Michigan native is eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft this summer.
Excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at Arizona State University. Huge thanks to all my coaches, friends, teammates, and especially my family for helping me get here! Forks up ?? pic.twitter.com/GzoL1SLd8S
— Gibson Homer (@GibsonHomer1) October 28, 2021