Nov. 21, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent during the fall signing period. The signees include forwards Corbin McGuire (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Grant Besse (Plymouth, Minn.), as well as defenseman Tim Davison (De Pere, Wis.).
McGuire, a 5-9 and 175-pound forward, signs with the Badgers from the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). So far in the 2012-13 season, McGuire has two goals and eight points in nine games played. His team sits in first place in the EJHL Southern Division.
McGuire split time during the 2011-12 season, scoring four goals and six points in 11 games with the Springfield Pics of the EJHL, while also posting five goals and 17 points in 31 games with the Jersey Hitmen, the same team as current UW freshman goaltender Adam Miller.
The Ridgefield, Conn., native was drafted in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2009-10 USHL Futures Draft by the Fargo Force. The following season in 2010-11, the right-handed shot split his time between Springfield of the EJHL and Fargo. In 16 games with Springfield, he scored two goals and three points. He scored one goal in 13 games played in Fargo.
McGuire also played lacrosse and was a member of the lacrosse CONNY All-Star Team Connecticut.
Eaves on McGuire: “Corbin McGuire is one of the few kids during our tenure here that we’ve gotten from out east. He went to prep school in Connecticut, was in the USHL and is now playing in the EJHL for Jersey Hitmen. He will remind people a lot of Derek Lee. He’s a good skater, skilled and quick.”
Besse, a 5-10 and 175-pound forward, will join Wisconsin from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park, Minn. Besse has tallied 169 points (96 goals, 73 assists) in just 75 career games at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. As a junior last season, Besse recorded 93 points (52 goals, 41 assists) in just 31 games, averaging three points per game and making the Associated Press 2012 All-State First Team. Leading his team to a Minnesota state tournament Class AA championship, Besse recorded 12 goals and 18 points during the six-game tournament, including all five goals in Benilde’s 5-1 championship game victory over Hill-Murray, which set the championship game record. Three of those goals came with the Red Knights shorthanded.
Prior to his junior season, Beese scored 15 goals and 32 points in 21 games in the Upper Midwest High School Hockey Elite League, finishing third in both categories.
During the 2009-10 prep season, Besse set a BSM freshman record and paced the state’s freshmen with 30 goals. He finished the season with 50 points in 27 games. He improved his sophomore season to 33 goals and 53 points in 2010-11, which made him one of three BSM players in school history to record back-to-back 50-point seasons. Named an All-North Suburban Conference honoree his first two seasons, Besse was a St. Paul Pioneer Press honorable mention all-state selection as a sophomore.
Eaves on Besse: “Grant Besse is a little bit more high profile. He’s a preseason favorite to win Mr. Hockey in the state of Minnesota. As a junior last year, he led the state in scoring and led his team to the state championship. He is very skilled, sees the ice well, can shoot, handles the puck and has great vision. He’ll bring a lot of offensive tools to the shelf.”
Davison, a 5-10 and 169-pound defenseman, comes to Wisconsin from the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Through 10 games this season, Davison owns two goals and three points. He skated in five games last season with the Steel, scoring one goal during his stint.
He spent most of time playing hockey last season leading the Notre Dame Academy Tritons to the 2012 Wisconsin State Hockey Championship. The De Pere, Wis., native recorded 51 points during the 2011-12 season, scoring 13 goals and tallying 38 assists in 30 games played. Following his senior season, Davison was one of eight finalists named for the Mr. Hockey award, given to Wisconsin’s top senior hockey player. As a junior, Davison recorded 47 points on 19 goals and 28 assists in 28 games played.
In addition to playing for the Tritons, Davison was also a member of Team Wisconsin during the 2010 season. Davison played in 22 games and recorded two goals and 14 points playing in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.
Drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2010 USHL Futures Draft by the Youngstown Phantoms, Davison’s rights were later traded to the Chicago Steel.
In the summer of 2010, Davison got experience at the international level, helping the Team USA Select 17 team win gold at the Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland.
Eaves on Davison: “Tim Davison is a defenseman from De Pere, Wis., who played at Notre Dame Academy. He’s playing this year in the USHL. He is a good puck-handling, passing and shooting defenseman who will bring an offensive flare.”
||Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)
||Benilde-St. Margaret's High School
||De Pere, Wis.
||Chicago Steel (USHL)