Texas forward Gagnon makes NCAA commitment
July 5, 2016
Two-year Brahmas and NA3HL player Sam Gagnon announced his commitment to NCAA Division III Westfield State University, becoming the third Brahma this offseason to announce his advancement to the next level.
Gagnon, 20, recorded 61 points in 45 games over the course of two seasons with the Brahmas and is now looking forward to his next challenge.
“It was a hard decision to make. I was talking to multiple schools and it came down what made sense financially and ultimately where it would be the best place to further my education,” the newest commit said.
The Montreal native came to the Brahmas in both of the past two seasons after beginning the year with Tier II Canadian teams. With a bolt of offense, the forward averaged over a point per game and helped steer the team into the playoffs, including a Silver Cup appearance this past spring.
"I'm very pleased to see Sam have the opportunity to play NCAA hockey, it was his stated goal when he came here and it's always satisfying as a Coach to see your players reach their goals," former Head Coach Al Rooney said. "Sam gave nothing but his full effort every day on and off the ice so it's great to see his hard work and dedication payoff with this commitment. I think Westfield is getting a real diamond in the rough player who will grow into a significant role with that team before his time is over there."
Westfield State University is located in Westfield, Massachusetts and competes in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. The school’s official nickname is the “Owls” and has a total enrollment of 5,500.
“They have a beautiful campus, plus the fact that we are a short drive from Boston doesn’t hurt. Also, I have the opportunity to play with one of my best friends from Montreal who also committed not too long ago,” continued.
Since the organization joined the NA3HL, Gagnon ranks fourth in franchise points. His biggest, perhaps came with the teams back against the wall during Round One of the 2016 NA3HL Playoffs against the Atlanta Capitals. With 2:15 remaining in the third period, Gagnon struck on the power play to force a decisive Game Three, which the Brahmas would eventually prevail and secure a spot to the organization’s first Silver Cup.
“My experience these past 2 years have been unbelievable, I am so blessed to have been able to experience it with such a great organization. Coach Al was like a second father to me and always pushed me to get better everyday. I was lucky enough to have the best billets as well, the Woogk Family. They were one of the biggets reasons that I was able to perform in Texas. Their support was unbelievable and I am so lucky to have met them.