2017-03-23 / Sports

UNE’s Brady Fleurent a finalist for Watson Award

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

BIDDEFORD — The University of New England’s and Biddeford native Brady Fleurent was recently named a finalist for the Sid Watson Award, given to the nation’s best Division III ice hockey player.

Fleurent, a sophomore, followed up his impressive freshman campaign with an even greater sophomore season, totaling 18 goals and 35 assists which was the most points and assists per game in the country.

Fleurent received numerous awards following the 2016-17 season, including being named the Commonwealth Coast Conference player of the year.

“It feels tremendous to be nominated for this great award. I am honored to be nominated as a finalist for player of the year in the DIII nation,” said Fleurent.

UNE’s hockey program has had its peaks and valleys in recent years. However, thanks to Fleurent and his older brother Trevor, who just signed a professional contract with the Fayetteville Fireantz, the Nor’easters have emerged as one of the nation’s top programs.

Fleurent is excited to not only get a chance to be rewarded for his hard work, but is happy to help put UNE hockey on the map.

“It would mean the world to me if I won the award. I worked very hard this year so winning the award would feel nice — to get rewarded for all of the commitment put in,” said Fleurent. “It would mean a lot to me to win this award for this program and to get our name out there, that we are a strong hockey program with a bright future.”

Fleurent was also proud of the run the Nor’easters went on in 2017-16, making it all the way to the conference finals against Endicott.

“I would sum up this year as a pretty successful season. We (broke) many records this season as a team and reached our first championship. We battled and competed all season which led to our accomplishments,” said Fleurent. “Individually, I was very excited by my accomplishments this season. Leading the league and also the nation in scoring is something I dreamt about all season long.”

The Sid Watson Award will be presented this evening at the 2017 NCAA III National Championship student-athlete banquet in Utica, N.Y., and Fleurent is excited to represent UNE as well as the Biddeford community.

“Having myself and my brother Trevor have individual accomplishments at this level shows to any Biddeford kid that if you work hard and follow your dream, you can make it come true.”

 Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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