Branwen Pollett ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • Mount Lebanon High School
  • PITTSBURGH, PA
  • Men's Ice Hockey
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Branwen Pollett's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
Club:
Pittsburgh Predators
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
170
Age:
18
Prim. Position:
RD
Sec. Position:
LD
Team Level
AAA (Tier 1)

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Personal Statement

I have always had a profound love for hockey. Every chance I have, I work on my hockey skills and game. My goal is to play in college while obtaining a degree in Global Studies, and eventually play professionally. Although I also played soccer since age 4 and ran cross country for my middle school, hockey was always my true passion, and over the past couple of years I turned my focus to that.

What really reinforced my love for hockey was playing in the Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. That was my first taste of playing in front of such a huge crowd, and that feeling, that excitement motivated me to skate like never before. It was an amazing experience and made me realize that hockey was what I wanted to do for a living. Years later, I attended a D1 college hockey game. The atmosphere was electric and further inspired me to play in front of fans like that at the collegiate level someday. Since that moment, my life has been primarily hockey, academics, and music. Hockey drives me to do well in school and achieve high marks that will help me continue my education in a good college. I am a member of my school student council, as well as the National Honor Society. I play multiple musical instruments and love to produce music. In addition to balancing these activities, I always find time to practice hockey on and off the ice.

Playing many years of AAA hockey has taught me how to be a leader. I have been an alternate captain on two of my teams. It also has taught me how to win. For the last two years my team won the MidAm District Playoffs and placed third in the 2017 AAA National Championships and eighth at Nationals the year before. At the time, I considered these competitions to be the highlight of my career. However, I since realized that the peak of my game had not happened yet. But that would not come without some hardship. Unfortunately, this season I did not make my first choice of teams. Changing clubs really affected me and caused me to doubt if I could progress in hockey. But after the initial shock, I decided to work harder on and off the ice to become an even better player. During the off-season, I played in the College Open Division of the Senior Chowder Cup and attended a Junior Combine. From these experiences, I developed an absolute love of playing with older, faster, bigger kids. My speed and physicality allowed me to easily transition to their game, and I learned the differences between amateur and junior play.     

Since then I have looked at the positive - that I could lead a less-experienced team, use my extreme speed to heighten my game and perfect my skills, and have the flexibility to play for my high school, an experience that I am truly enjoying. Currently I am an alternate captain of my AAA U16 team, play up with the club’s U18 AAA team whenever possible, and play on the top line of my high school varsity team. A past coach described me as “an offensive defenseman with strong skating abilities that can play effectively in both ends and has a little edge to him.” I have adopted this and taken it to heart, and added a leader on and off the ice to that description.

Through the lowest times in my career, I gained a stronger work ethic and decided never to give up on my goals. There is nothing that I won’t do to be able to play on a collegiate hockey team and obtain my degree at the same time. As a highly skilled and passionate hockey player, excellent student, musician, bilingual speaker, and two-time team captain, I know that I can make an impact on your team.

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #6
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #6
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2018 Pittsburgh Predators (U18 AAA)
  • 2017 Pittsburgh Predators (U16 AAA)
  • Notes: NJPHL: https://www.nationaljuniorprospects.com/
  • 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (U15 AAA)
  • Notes: MidAm Champs, Placed 3rd at Nationals
  • 2015 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (U14 AAA)
  • Notes: MidAm Champs, Placed 8th at Nationals
  • 2014 Pittsburgh Stealth (Bantam Minor AAA )
  • 2013 Pittsburgh Stealth (Pee Wee Major AAA)
  • 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (Pee Wee Minor AAA)
  • 2011 Pittsburgh Hornets (Squirt Major AAA)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Gary Klapkowski
  • Club Coach
  • Gary Klapkowski
  • Private Coach
  • Bob Gergerich
  • Private Coach
  • Marianne Watkins
  • Private Coach
  • Gentry Zollars

Academics

Grades

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Test Scores

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High School Information

High School:
Mount Lebanon High School
State:
PENNSYLVANIA
Enrollment:
1937
Phone:
412-344-2003

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Business Calculus Honors Chemistry Honors Biology Honors Algebra 2 Honors Geometry Honors Pre-calculus Honors French 4 and 5 Honors Wind Ensemble
AP Classes:
Yes. Environmental Geoscience
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Yes

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Member of National Honor Society
  • Award
    • Honor or high honor roll throughout middle and high school
  • Award
    • Selected for District Band Festival
  • Award
    • Music for All National Festival 2017
  • Award
    • and PMEA State Music Conference 2018
  • Award
    • Varsity letter
  • Activity
    • Student Council
  • Activity
    • Music production
  • Activity
    • Play Alto Saxophone
  • Activity
    • Bassoon and Guitar
  • Activity
    • Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (PYPO)
  • Activity
    • Community service - instructor/assistant coach for Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey and Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey

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Contact Information

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Mailing Address

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Statistics

Statistic 2018 Varsity Te 2018 Pittsburgh 2017 Varsity Te 2017 Pittsburgh
Assists 13 19 4 14
Goals 1 3 2 3
Points 14 22 6 15
Games Played 18 44 15 43
Game Winning Goals 1
 

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