Two Stanstead College Varsity Boys Hockey Spartans have committed to the University of Maine, an NCAA Division I school in Hockey East.
Swann Boisvert from Blainville, Que. will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2011, while Dylan Gareau of Richmond, Ont. has committed to 2012 or 2013. Both are in their Grade 12 year at Stanstead College, Gareau in his first year, Boisvert in his third.
“This is great news for our boys and for the Stanstead College hockey program,” said head coach James Rioux. “I am so proud of Swann’s development over the past three seasons. He’s living proof that anything is possible when talent is combined with determination.”
Rioux said Boisvert’s greatest assets are his size, speed and ability to protect the puck down low in the offensive zone. “He’s a big-bodied kid with good hands and tremendous upside,” he added.
Gareau arrived at Stanstead College this year as a top-end recruit.
“He has fulfilled that expectation in every aspect since day one,” said Rioux. “He competes each and every shift and combines exceptional speed and talent with solid physical play, while possessing perhaps the hardest wrist shot in our league. And he’s only 17 years old. There’s no telling how good this kid can be. He has all the tools and a great deal of hockey sense.”
With Sam Garneau-Lebrecque from the 2010 graduating class receiving a full scholarship to Michigan Tech University, this makes three Spartans in the last two years who have been picked up by Division I schools. “And there are likely more to come,” added Rioux.
Danny Hobbs, Class of 2006, is currently studying and playing hockey at University of Massachusetts Amherst, another D1 school.
Boisvert and Gareau are currently the top point earners on the Spartan squad. Right Wing Boisvert has 29 goals and 27 assists in 50 games, while Gareau at centre has 26 goals and 29 assists in 45 outtings. Prior to attending Stanstead College, Gareau played with the CJHL Kanata Stallions.
Outside of hockey, both students were significant contributors to this past season’s football squad, Gareau earning a Senior S Award while Boisvert won a prestigious Major S Award.
The University of Maine is located in Orono, Maine with an enrollment of 11,500. The Black Bears won the NCAA national championships in 1993 and 1999 and have won the Eastern Conference title in 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2004.