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Brian Harrison To Join the Redbirds This Fall


Brian Harrison of the Indiana Ice (USHL)

The Redbirds advanced their recruiting class today with the committment of Brian Harrison. The former USHL Indiana Ice defensemen / forward,will take the ice for the Illinois State Redbirds this September. With the NAHL’s Anthony Orange and now the USHL’s Harrison, the Redbirds start at a recruiting class is impressive to say the least.

Brian Harrison, the 6’2”, 190 pound, defensemen / forward from the Indiana Ice will be a 20 year old freshmen as the Redbirds return to action in the ACHA next season. Brian brings several things to the Redbirds which we were looking for, relates Redbird coach Brian Corley. “As we continue to develop this program, we want to get older, bigger and more experienced.” Brian brings all of these things to the Redbirds. Brian has many years of AAA level experience with the Chicago Chill. He was drafted in the fourth round by the USHL’s Indiana Ice, skipping Tier III and Tier II Junior Hockey, going right to the top, Tier I Junior A Hockey. He has had excellent coaching and played against the best competition for years. He comes from a winning organization. The Indiana Ice finished atop the Eastern Division of the USHL last year going 39 – 15 – 6. Not only is Brian a solid defensemen, but he is also a strong winger. 

Here is what a former linemate and the Indianapolis press had to say about Harrison. The Ice received major contributions from several young forwards as DU Recruit Stepan Novotny, Will MacDonald and Brian Harrison who all shined in the victory.

The Ice jumped out on Ohio early getting a goal from Czech Republic newcomer Stepan Novotny at 7:33 into the first period. Greg Squires and Matt Smith were credited with the assists. Indy raised the lead to 2-0 at 14:36 of the period on a goal from Will MacDonald with assists going to Nick Bailen and Brian Harrison. “It took me several games to get used to the speed and talent of this league,” said Novotny. “My linemates tonight (Greg Squires and Brian Harrison) made it easy for me.” “Our line came out shining tonight,” said Squires. “Harry (Harrison) was hungry, played hard and finished his checks. Stepan found plenty of open ice and was able to bury a couple of goals.” 

With several holes to fill for next season, the Redbirds coaching staff will continue to scout and recruit through February, to finish the 2009 – 2010 recruiting class.   “We have several key players graduating this May”, said Coach Jeff Brown. “We are off to a great start in finding talented and experienced freshmen for these graduating players who have been so instrumental in building this program.  Coach Corley relates, "Lou Karrison, our Northern Illinois area scout has done an outstanding job of finding players we should work with.  After that, the program we have built sells itself to these players.  Quality players seeking a quality program is always a winning combination."  Coach Brown continues, "Both of these recruits (Harrison and Orange) are versatile, able to play forward or defense at a high level. This gives us great flexibility in who we can bring in to finish the recruiting class.  We hope to fill a few more key spots over the next month”.


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