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Penn State Hockey: Yanis Transfer, Offseason Team Notes

by on May 21, 2014 1:15 PM

Penn State defenseman Mark Yanis won't be returning to the Penn State hockey program head coach Guy Gadowsky confirmed to StateCollege.com on Tuesday afternoon.

"He's a great guy and had a great experience here," Gadowksy said. "But we respect that because he's a young guy who really has got to play and I think he has a great potential in pro hockey and you're going to realize his full value when he gets into pro hockey. But I think he looked at our situation here and wanted to go some place where he'd have a chance to play every night and we respect that. He's a great guy and we loved having him and we wish him the very best."

Yanis played two seasons for Penn State seeing action in 23 games this past year and accounting for three assists over that span. Known for his physical style of play, Yanis battled for playing time following a few ill-advised penalties in close games and the emergence of other defenseman on Penn State's roster.

The departure of Yanis will means that Penn State will have one less experienced defenseman in the rotation. Extra personnel was valuable over the past two seasons as the Nittany Lion defense corps has battled injuries. While things may not have worked out between Yanis and Penn State it certainly wasn't a simple departure for either side.

"He really has to play," Gadowksy said. "And I think he realized that he could go somewhere else and have the opportunity to play night in and night out and that's really what it's about. He loves Penn State, he had a great experience here and the team really likes him and he was a really great teammate and we really enjoyed him. This is just a decision that's really what's best for his development."

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On a similar note, despite somewhat unsourced speculation, goaltender PJ Musico will be returning to the team next season. A beloved teammate by all in the program and a talented netminder in his own right, Musico will continue his journey from Icers to Division I hockey in 2014.

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While Gadowsky can't oversee the sessions himself according to NCAA rules, a large number of Nittany Lions can be found working together at the Pegula Ice Arena community rink on a regular basis. While coaches can't run practices, captain's practices are a big part of the offseason schedule.

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Incoming freshman Scott Conway helped lead his team to the USHL Clark Cup title earlier this month.  Incoming freshman Erik Autio also helped his team win a league title earlier this year as well.

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Social media watchers may have seen several players wish goaltender Eamon McAdam luck as he underwent surgery this offseason. According to sources the surgery was neither serious for the long term nor injury related.

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While the series has yet to be announced, Penn State is slated to play a weekend series in Alaska this upcoming season with stops in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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