Brendan "Colten" Bishop has committed to Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Brendan was a huge pick up for the Knights this past October. “We needed a veteran goaltender. Brendan had gone up to Tier 2 in Canada but things didn’t work out. He became available”, said Coach Kevin St. Jacques. “At this level you win and lose games because of goaltending. It’s huge to have a veteran goaltender as big and athletic as Brendan!”
Brendan had several Division III NCAA teams looking at him as well as some AC AJ Division II schools. At the end of the day, a big decision like this comes down to academics; hockey is secondary. “I think in Brendan‘s case it had to be D3 NCAA because of how competitive he is in hockey”, said Coach Kevin. “Everyone is different and that’s something all parents and players need to realize. There are several factors that go into every decision. My job as coach is to give my parents and players guidance and insight, however the final decision belongs to the players and families.” Brendan has played with the Junior Knights for the past three years with a short stint at Tier 2 in Canada. Canada was beneficial but at the end of the day home was here with the Knights!
“My three years with Atlanta were more valuable to my development as a player and person than I ever could have imagined”, commented Brendan. “I was lucky to have coaches, teammates, and a billet family who cared enough to push me to be the best. I would not trade my time in Atlanta for the world. I'm excited for the next step and I know my time with the Knights prepared me for this.”
“As parents, we couldn't be happier with Brendan's time as a Knight” stated Brendan’s parents. “Coach Kevin genuinely cares about each and every player and their development on and off the ice. The program and the leadership of Coach Kevin have prepared Brendan for this exciting new chapter of college hockey. We're so grateful!”
“I’m very proud of Brendan. He’s come a long way. I’ve seen him grow as a player and mature as a young adult. I wish him the best in his schooling and hockey careers!”, finished Coach Kevin.