Nov. 24, 1997
Notre Dame Inks Defenseman, Center To National Letters Of Intent
Cornelius, Inman set to join Irish program for 1998-99 season
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame hockey team has signed defenseman
Sam Cornelius (Edina, Minn.) and center David Inman (Toronto,
Ont.) to national letters of intent during the fall early
signing period, head coach Dave Poulin announced today.
"Both of these players will add considerable skill to our
program and will be a great addition to what should be a strong
returning group in 1997-98." said Poulin, whose current
27-player Irish squad includes just three seniors--goaltender
Matt Eisler and centers Steve Noble and Lyle Andrusiak.
Cornelius, a former high school teammate of Notre Dame freshman
left wing Dan Carlson, should provide an added boost to an
Irish defensive unit that currently includes two juniors, five
sophomores and two freshmen. A strong skater who is noted for
his combination of physical play and offensive ability, the
6-0, 190-pound lefthander will be expected to challenge for a
spot among Notre Dame's top six defensemen.
As a junior at Edina High School, Cornelius scored the
game-winning overtime goal in the state semi-finals vs.
Hill-Murray High School (Carlson went on to score vs. current
Irish freshman goaltender Kyle Kolquist for a 1-0 win over
Duluth East in the state championship game). Cornelius was
named to the Minnesota all-state-tournament team and was
invited to the USA Hockey select-17 camp. In addition to
playing his senior season at Edina, Cornelius also is playing
junior hockey with the Twin City Vulcans.
"Sam is a very skilled defenseman who can jump up into the
offensive play," said Poulin. "He has good size and is an
extremely strong skater. To go through the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association season, you obviously need quality depth and
a player like Sam will make us even stronger on defense."
Cornelius will join Carlson as one of several former players
from Edina, Minn. who have played noteworthy roles in the
history of Notre Dame hockey, led by All-American defenseman
Bill Nyrop, who played for the Irish from 1970-74 and was the
program's first National Hockey League draft pick, by the
Montreal Canadiens in 1972. Current Notre Dame junior center
Neal Johnson also is a product of Edina High School, while
current assistant coach Tom Carroll--now in his 13th season
with the Irish--played on two state championship teams at Edina
East High School before earning a spot on the hockey team at
Wisconsin, where he played on the Badgers teams that won the
NCAA title in 1981 and '83 while finishing second in '82.
Inman will bring solid all-around skills to the Irish forward
line. Known for his smooth playmaking and vision on the ice,
the 6-1, 185-pound lefthander helped Team Ontario capture the
gold medal at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in Red Deer,
Alberta. Currently a member of the Wexford Raiders, Inman
totaled 32 goals and 56 assists in 43 games during the 1996-97
season while earning the rookie of the year and scholastic
player of the year awards for the Metro Junior A Central
"David is a very skilled playmaker who adds an important
element to our forward line, as we will have many strong wing
players returning but will be losing two senior centers who
have contributed a great deal to our offense," said Poulin.
"David just fits very well with our needs on offense and will
be an excellent complement to the forwards he skates with."
Poulin said that the Irish will continue to look for players in
anticipation of the spring signing period. "This is a period of
constant assessment," he said. "We obviously would like to
being in a goalie since we will be losing Matt Eisler and we'd
like to add someone else up front who can help make up for the
impending loss of Noble and Andrusiak."
Player Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Hometown Current team
Sam Cornelius D 11/12/79 6-0 190 Edina, MN Twin City Vulcans
David Inman C 6/13/80 6-1 185 Toronto, ONT Wexford Raiders