April 13, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University hockey head coach Enrico Blasi has announced the signing of Ben Paulides to a National Letter-of-Intent Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period. The defenseman will join the RedHawks for the 2011-12 campaign. Miami also inked 12 newcomers during the early period in November.

Paulides, a native of Los Gatos, Calif., comes to Oxford after playing the last two years for the Youngstown Phantoms of the Tier 1 Juniors United States Hockey League (USHL). The 6-2, 214-pounder played in 117 games during his career with Youngstown. He also attended the San Jose Sharks rookie camp last fall.

"We are very excited to officially welcome Ben to the Miami family. He is another quality person that will come in with what we think will be a pretty special freshman class this fall," Blasi said. "Ben is a solid and responsible defenseman that logged a lot of minutes in Youngstown. He blocks shots, he hits, and he really takes care of his own end. When you watch him play, his physicality and toughness really stand out. He is an imposing presence on every shift. He should be a valuable asset to our defensive corps and penalty killing unit."

Paulides dished out a career-best 14 assists this past year, which was tops among defenseman on the team, and totaled 15 points in 59 games while collecting 168 penalty minutes. Last year, he scored three goals and totaled seven points in his first campaign with the Phantoms while totaling 117 penalty minutes in 58 games.

"Benny is a true professional," Phantoms head coach Curtis Carr said. "He works hard on and off the ice and he is the type of player that Miami goes after. He gives everything he has and he will be a true asset to the Miami program."

To read about Miami's 12 signees during the early period, click here.