This recruiting class has brought some big-time hockey talent to ASU, but it's possible the biggest name came Sunday afternoon when goalie Joey Daccord announced his commitment via Twitter.
I am very proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at Arizona State University! Thank you to all those who have helped me #GoSunDevils— Joey Daccord (@JDac35) January 25, 2015
All the players that coach Greg Powers has recruited came from juniors, but Daccord is still in high school, playing his senior season at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. Daccord's commitment is for the 2016-17 season, and similar to fellow recruit Brett Gruber, will play one season of junior hockey next year before joining the Sun Devils.
His juniors rights are owned by the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, one of three junior leagues in Canada that make up the CHL.
Because a major junior player is ineligible for NCAA hockey, he will play next season in Sioux City.
Daccord projects as a future star for the Sun Devils. He is ranked as the No. 29 North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting, and the No. 4 prep goalie in the US. Last season in high school he put up a 2.58 goals allowed average and .923 save percentage. This season's statistics are unavailable on eliteprospects.com or hockeydb.com.
Joey's father Brian was a Division I goaltender at Merrimack and a former consultant with the Boston Bruins, according to SBN College Hockey. Be sure to check out SBN College Hockey for a full scouting report.
Keep up to date on all of ASU's recruits for the NCAA season here.
(correction: Daccord rights are owned by the Sioux City Musketeers, not the Omaha Lancers. The story has been updated to reflect this change)