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Penn State Men’s Hockey Rounds Out 2022 Recruiting Class With Three Defensemen

Guy Gadowsky’s busy offseason continued Wednesday when Penn State men’s hockey released its complete 2022-23 recruiting class.

After announcing the additions of three forwards and a goaltender via social media Tuesday, Penn State announced that three defensemen will join the team. In total, Gadowsky added three forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender to the squad.

Defenseman Jarod Crespo verbally committed to Penn State as a 14-year-old and originally planned to join the team before the 2021-22 season. However, he put it off one year while he played with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. In Wisconsin, the Easthampton, New Jersey native scored 11 goals with 36 points in 95 career games. He also served as the Gamblers’ captain for the 2021-22 season.

Signing his letter of intent in 2020, defenseman Dylan Gratton, the younger brother of Penn State forward Tyler Gratton, will also add to the depth at the Nittany Lions’ blue line. He’ll arrive in Hockey Valley after spending three seasons in the USHL with three separate teams. The 6’0″ defenseman spent his most recent campaign with the Sioux City Musketeers, recording three goals and 15 assists in 60 games played.

The last blueliner to join the Nittany Lions is Carter Schade, a 5’11” defenseman from Mars, Pennsylvania. As a promising young talent that was selected No. 1 overall in the 2019 USHL Draft, Schade spent his last three seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he registered 50 points in 112 games played. He had a career year in his most recent campaign, as he recorded four goals, 27 assists, and a +21 rating in 55 games.

Gadowsky believes these three defensemen will serve as much-needed additions to Penn State’s blue line, a point that he mentioned in his end-of-season media availability in March.

“We have three defensemen coming in to play not only fast, but play a little more physical in areas that we think that we need to be stronger,” he said. “All of us and the coaching staff are really excited about the three defensemen that we have coming in terms of what it’s going to do.”

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