One of two goalies brought into the Academy who will fight for playing time behind No. 1 incumbent starter Brad Roberts ... excellent size ... will spend first season in college behind one of the best goaltenders in Atlantic Hockey in Brad Roberts ... hails from same hometown as graduated senior David Andros ... left-handed glove ... size gives him nice advantage in playing the angles ... experience will be a great benefit in his development ... will battle with fellow freshman goalie A.J. Drago for ice time behind Roberts.
Prior to West Point: Appeared in 37 games for Bozeman Ice Dogs of the NAHL last winter ... registered two shutouts ... posted 3.20 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage ... finished 12th in the conference in minutes played with more than 2,000 ... ranked 14th in the league in wins with 14 ... tied for 14th in the league in save percentage ... teammate of fellow freshmen Zach McKelvie and Bill Leahy on the Bozeman Ice Dogs last winter ... earned team "Rookie of the Year" award last season.
Personal: Joshua Benjamin Kassel ... born Sept. 3, 1985, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... son of Sheila and Barry Kassel ... has one sister, Jessica (16) ... major is undeclared.