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Brendan Hofmann ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • West Catholic High School
  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI
  • Men's Ice Hockey
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Brendan Hofmann's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
Club:
Skipjacks Academy
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
180
Age:
17
Prim. Position:
LW
Sec. Position:
C
Team Level
AAA (Tier 1)

Personal Statement

When I was 13 years old, I had an opportunity to try out for a high-level local hockey team. I had just finished a very successful first year of travel hockey where I lead the team in assists and was second in goals for a team that was runner-up in the state tournament. I should have made that team and advanced my development, practicing with and playing against better players. But I didn’t make the team because I never gave myself the chance. After the first day of tryouts I decided to return to my home rink team and dominate against weaker players – and slow my development.  

Three years later I was faced with the possibility that my high school team would no longer have enough players for a team. There was no easy solution. 

Having the goal of playing hockey after high school, I needed to make a team that would push me to new levels and provide me with opportunities to show scouts my creativity and ability to facilitate offense. I decided to try out for our local AAA team. I am a fast player, but my high school season did nothing to prepare me for the speed and puck movement of the AAA players. I worked hard just to keep up. With each drill I got a little quicker, a little better at anticipating the play, and gained confidence that I not only could keep up, but I could carry the puck and make plays. I ended the week by making the spring team. While I didn’t make the team for the following AAA season, during the spring, I continued to develop my skating, my speed and playmaking. I also developed my confidence that I could compete at a high level – I just have to continue to risk the disappointment of not making a team to put myself in position to play with and against the best and push my own development. 


This past fall, I made a team of U16 select high school players.  I got to play with a high speed, high skill group of players. I came in an unknown player and slowly worked my way to the first line powerplay and penalty kill. I ended the fall season with over 20 points on a team that finished state runner-up. 


Each of these experiences are little steps toward a 3-5-year goal of playing hockey for a Division 1 school that can challenge me at a high level academically and can appreciate my creativity and ability to facilitate the offense. There are likely to be disappointments along the way, but I understand that it is better to challenge myself and be disappointed than to regret never challenging myself. I also understand that there are opportunities to improve even through disappointments – if you don’t let the disappointments define you.
 

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #8
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #8
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #8

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 1 seasons
  • 2020 Skipjacks Academy (18U AAA)
  • Notes: The Skipjacks Academy fields Independent U16 and U18 teams and a Junior Premier team competing in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). The USPHL consists of the top Midget and Junior programs on the East Coast and provides the highest level of competition and exposure to Junior A and NCAA programs. In addition to our USPHL games, our teams play in some of the top Showcases in the country.
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Strength
  • Dave Heinz
  • High School Head Coach
  • Shawn Zimmerman
  • High School Head Coach
  • Mike Maas

Academics

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High School Information

High School:
West Catholic High School
State:
MICHIGAN
Enrollment:
507

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes.
AP Classes:
Yes. AP Environmental science (2019-2020)
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

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