BC Hockey Preview of Champions: Brendan Silk, #9


We’re about a week away from the official start of the 2012-13 Boston College hockey season, when the champs will begin their path to a repeat. As the title defense begins, one of the new faces joining the cause will be another local. This one is named Brendan Silk, a freshman forward from Wakefield.

The 18-year old started out in Reading as he attended Austin Prep. There is no data available regarding how he played there, but evidently, Silk did pretty well, because he was one of two local players to get invited to the U.S. National Team Development Program. For that, he relocated out to Ann Arbor, MI. Unfortunately, a few months after being honored in such a way, Silk tore his Achilles and missed about five or six months.

Silk spent 2011 involved in international competition. He played for both the U.S. Under-17 Select Team and Under-18 Select Team during his time in that program, like several other Eagles have been in the past. Silk and new Eagle Teddy Doherty were teammates on the U-17 squad that won the 2010 Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland.

There is little information available on Silk in terms of scouting reports, but his track record to this point speaks well of him. Being invited to join a national select team is a big deal for a young hockey player, because so few guys do it and those teams exist to identify and reward the most elite teen hockey talent in the nation. Just by logic, Silk being on those squads has to be proof that he’s a good player, or is at least considered one.

And, of course, here’s his Twitter.