The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are pleased to announce the return of their 16-and-under Tier 1 National Bound team after a one-year hiatus. The team will compete in the EHF Selects League, a division of the USPHL, and will be eligible for the Massachusetts State Tournament and the USA Hockey National Championships.
Coaching the team will be Brendan Collier, who played for the Bruins while also a star at Malden Catholic High School.
While playing at Malden Catholic, the Charlestown native helped the team take home MIAA Super Eight titles in 2011 and 2012 and served as the team’s captain his senior year. At the conclusion of his prep career, he was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round (189thoverall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
“I remember playing for the Bruins when I was younger,” he recalled. “There were 12 or 13 players who played [NCAA] Division I [hockey] and a few more who played Division III. A lot of my old teammates are still playing professionally. We went to [USA Hockey] Nationals twice and it was great, because with that and the Super 8, it was as if we had two postseasons.”
After a post-grad year with the Valley Jr. Warriors of the now-defunct Eastern Junior Hockey League, Brendan matriculated at Boston University in 2013 and transferred to Northeastern University after his freshman season.
Collier’s arrival on Huntington Avenue coincided with the resurgence of the Huskies hockey program and the team won their first Hockey East Championship since 1988 his junior year. He served as a team captain as a senior in the 2016-17 season.
Following his graduation from Northeastern, he played one season in the ECHL before retiring as a player. Among his current ventures is the Northern Mass Skills program in Revere.
“I helped out with the ’07 North Suburban Wings program last year, but this will be my first time coaching players at [the 16-and-under] age group,” he said.
“[General Manager] Pat [Bohan] had wanted to bring back the 16U team and had approached me around Christmas. I remember playing for the Bruins and the amazing teams I was a part of, and this was too good an opportunity to pass up. Playing for the GBL Bruins was great for my development and I’m excited to return as a coach.”
The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins will be holding tryouts on April 12-13 at the Canton SportsPlex in Canton,MA.