No self-respecting college hockey program can call itself a winner without having players from a land that worships the sport, from Baffin Island to Windsor and Vancouver to St. John’s. Our northern neighbors in Canada have given this 2012-13 Boston College hockey team several players, the most tenured of whom is Isaac MacLeod, a junior from Nelson, British Columbia.
MacLeod, 20, doesn’t have much of a visible record from his high school days, except to say that he played for Nelson in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. That team, of course, won a championship during his time there, and MacLeod was heralded as both a good student and a talented multi-sport athlete. He then moved up to the British Columbia Hockey League and Penticton, which was the team for which be played immediately before heading southeast to Boston.
Isaac MacLeod has something in common with many of his teammates: he was picked in the NHL Entry Draft. His draft moment was in 2010 when the San Jose Sharks selected him in the fifth round.
As a freshman defenseman, the 6-5 MacLeod got into over half of the Eagles’ games at 24, notching three assists. Last season, he played in all 44 games on the national champions’ blue line and helped the team on defense, but also doubled his point total to six on the year. He is still waiting for that elusive first goal, and who knows: it may happen in 2012-13.
MacLeod is a solid hockey player, but it seems unlikely at this point in time that he would be a flight risk for the pros, but you never know. None of us know what his plans are, but for now he’s here, and he is more than capable of playing his part and helping the Eagles win.