Forward Brady Berard of the South Shore Kings, proud member of the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) and United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), announced on Friday his commitment to playing his collegiate career at Providence College, an NCAA Division I program.
2004 Brady Berard to the Friars. Big frame to protect & distribute. Pushes pace in the NZ & has a great 1st step. Quick release & shoots to score. Keeps his feet moving & is not afraid to play in dirty areas. Graded well in upcoming U14 Natty report.— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) April 27, 2019
Brady, the son of Holy Cross head coach David Berard, experienced several championship opportunities during the 2018-19 season, winning four regular season and postseason titles with South Shore and Bishop Hendricken High School.
As a member of the Kings, Berard assisted his teammates to a regular season title in the EHF Elite U14 Division (18-3-0). South Shore then cruised through the league's postseason tournament, outscoring their opponents 16-5 to capture the EHF Playoff Championship.
Along with accomplishments in the EHF, South Shore won the Massachusetts Hockey State Championship on March 10; defeating the Neponset Valley River Rats, 3-2, to capture the 14U Tier 1 - National Bound title and an automatic bid to the 2019 USA Hockey National Championships.
Berard's most notable accomplishment of the season came with Bishop Hendricken on March 16, when he tallied a hat-trick in Game 2 of the RIIL Division I Championship – including the game-winner in overtime – to guide the Hawks to their sixth state title in program history. Berard, a freshman, was named Tournament MVP for his efforts.
With his commitment to Providence, Berard would become the third member of his family to play for the program, joining his father David (1988-1992), and his brother Brett (Class of 2020 Commitment).
The Friars, ranked fourth in the nation by USCHO.com to end the 2018-19 season, collected a 24-12-6 overall record, including a 14-7-3 record in Hockey East. Of the 27 players on their roster, five players were recruited straight from, and/or spent significant time in, the USPHL’s Premier, Elite, 18U, and 16U Divisions.
After suffering an upset to Boston College in the first round of the conference tournament, Providence was awarded an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament; marking their sixth-consecutive appearance and 15th overall.
In their first-round match up with the East Region's top ranked team, Minnesota State, Providence rallied from a three-goal deficit with six unanswered goals to knock off the Mavericks, 6-3. After a 4-0 shutout of Cornell to claim the regional title, the Friars advanced to their fifth Frozen Four appearance in program history. In the national semifinal, PC would fall to the eventual national champion, Minnesota Duluth, 4-1.