The University of Ottawa men’s hockey team is pleased to announce the addition of two more high-end recruits ahead of the program’s 2016-17 return. Joining the Gee-Gees hockey family are right-winger Quinn O’Brien, previously of the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders, and Graham Hunt of the NAHL’s Corpus Christi Rays.
“These are two players who could be difference-makers at the CIS level,” said head coach Patrick Grandmaitre. “O’Brien is a guy that everybody [has seen] in the QMJHL, and Hunt is the player I received the most recommendations on, out of anybody, this recruiting season - both will add character to our program in year one.”
O’Brien, a physical forward, brings leadership and the ability to immediately play big-time minutes to uOttawa.
“I want to win, and I expect our team to come in and surprise people, work hard and get better as a group,” said O’Brien, who also suited up for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during his major-junior career. “I played in Gatineau my whole life, [so] it’s going to be nice to be back close to home again.”
The Gatineau native took on a leadership role with Charlottetown in his injury-shortened overage season, and could play a key role with Ottawa’s reborn program.
“I was captain in Charlottetown; it was fun, but definitely came with a lot more responsibility and new challenges,” said O’Brien, who described his four years in the QMJHL as the “best he’s ever spent around hockey.”
Hunt, an American goaltender who joins the program after some glowing recommendations from junior hockey circles, is looking forward to the opportunities unique to a first-year program.
“I’m really excited for next year; Anthony [Brodeur] is a proven goaltender and having competition in net is an important thing to get guys going,” said Hunt, a native of Denver, Colorado. “I want to help the team win as many games as possible, mesh, and get as many positives out of this season as we can.”
Though he is the lone American on the team’s roster at this point, Hunt is used to playing far from home and raved about his recruiting experience with uOttawa.
“The tour was really impressive — I really liked the coach, and the city is beautiful and very clean,” said Hunt, who suited up for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the NAHL this past season. “Distance should be a non-issue for me; after Manitoba and southern Texas, Ottawa being seven hours away shouldn’t be too much.”
The Gee-Gees men’s hockey team has a number of exciting announcement in the pipeline for the coming weeks. Be sure to follow the team on social media to stay up-to-date on all things UOttawa Hockey.
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