On Wednesday, September 16th, the Newfoundland Growlers announced the signing of American forward Brendan Soucie. The two sides have agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. For the rookie forward, it will be his first season of professional hockey.
Soucie, from South Dennis, Massachusetts, spent his last four seasons with the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. He is not the first Soucie to play for the team, as his father, Chris, also spent four seasons there, spanning from 1987 to 1992. His father would serve his final year as team captain.
Brendan, 25-years-old, recorded 33 goals along with 28 assists which made for a total of 61 points. He did so through 111 games. Standing at 5’10 and weighing 190 pounds, the lefty stayed out of the penalty box during the 2019-20 campaign. This of course was cut short due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. During the shortened season, Soucie appeared in a total of 10 games.
During the 2016-17 season, Soucie won the NCAA Rookie of the Week award for the AHA Conference on three separate occasions. This award is gifted on the basis of outstanding play. That year, he scored 15 goals along with six assists for 21 points. He did so in 35 games.
Signing on for the upcoming season, Soucie joins James Melindy, Todd Skirving, Mark Tremaine, Garrett Johnston and Miles Gendron. The 2020-21 season is set to begin on the fourth of December.