Ravens hockey player graduates with law degree

Ravens hockey captain Brandon MacLean, who plays for the Florida Everblades, is graduating with a degree in law. (Murray McComb Photo)

The Florida Everblades and Las Vegas Wranglers are knotted at two goals heading into overtime of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Kelly Cup finals on May 23.

The Wranglers erase what was once a two-goal deficit in the opening minute of the third period to carry all the momentum into the extra frame.

Brandon MacLean slips past their defence to find open ice in the left-wing circle. He takes a pass and fires a quick shot past the goalie just before the five-minute mark. Florida wins 3-2 and hoists its first championship.

“It was a goal I had only ever dreamt about scoring,” says MacLean, the 2011-2012 season captain of the Carleton University Ravens and a second team all-Canadian

Ravens hockey did a lot more than help MacLean become the first Raven to win a professional championship, though. He’ll receive his undergraduate degree in law on June 6.

“I knew that getting an education while continuing to develop my hockey skills would be beneficial to my future and would leave many doors open down the road,” he says, adding he first came to Ottawa from Burlington, Ont. because Carleton offered courses he was interested in taking.

Looking back, it was the right choice, he says.

“Over my four years at Carleton, I developed many new relationships and always felt a sense of community,” he says. “There was a very strong bond among the athletes. On the academic side, I would give a lot of praise to the professors and TAs, as they helped me develop a critical and analytical mind.”

A sharpened mind is a necessary tool for any successful hockey player.

With it, MacLean set an example on the ice. A winger with an eye for his teammates’ sticks, he notched 40 points in 28 contests, while averaging an assist per game to finish fifth in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) scoring.

Ravens head hockey coach Marty Johnston had an easy decision whether or not to recommend MacLean to the Everblades. He found near-instant chemistry, tallying seven points in 13 games before the playoffs, where he was second in the league in plus/minus as a plus-14.

Though MacLean hasn’t worked out a contract yet, he says he’s certain he’ll don an Everblades jersey next season.

Will there be hockey after the ECHL?

“Time will tell,” he says.


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