Mass. College Hockey: Catching Up With BC Forward Patrick Brown

By Matt Noonan 

Last week, the Hockey East held its men’s ice hockey media day at the TD Garden in Boston, and Noontime Sports had the chance to catch up with Boston College senior forward Patrick Brown to chat about the upcoming season.

On starting a new season: “It’s great. It’s great to see what everyone did over the summer, see how they’ve improved, watch the freshmen, so yeah it’s pretty good (to be back).”

On preseason practice objectives: “We want to establish our systems, get everyone playing at a fast pace. Everyone’s been playing summer hockey, so we want everyone in game mode by the time October comes around.”

On personal goals for the season: “Definitely foot speed, I think hockey smarts, just keep my head up at all times and making better plays and then bearing down on face-offs.”

On the team’s offseason: “I think we have a lot of guys that had good summers and a lot of guys look much bigger now, more definition and that’s not all weights, but a lot of it is nutrition. Bill Arnold looks fantastic right now, he had a great summer.”

On playing with Bill Arnold: “We push each other. He does some crazy stuff on the ice and I see that and want to do that (and) maybe he’ll see me do something off the ice and go, ‘Oh that’s a good idea, I have to do that too.’”

On motivation from last year: “That feeling in the locker room when you know you’re not going to see those seniors again, you’re not always going to be in the same spot and we don’t ever want to feel that way. You feel it once and you don’t want to feel it again.”

On the team’s outlook: “I think we’re really excited. Everyone is really jumping at the bits (for our) first game. We’re going to take it one step at a time and our goals are always the same, we want to win trophies.”

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