August 25, 2005

Holy Cross
Sr. | F | Bathurst, New Brunswick

Napert-Frenette and Mercyhurst's Scott Champagne are the top returning scorers in Atlantic Hockey this season.


Key Statistics: Napert-Frenette finished second on the team in goals (13) and assists (25) last season, and his 38 points were unsurpassed. Three of his tallies were game-winners. He needs just seven points to reach No. 100 in his career. Was named to the All-Atlantic Hockey second team after finishing tied for third in the league in scoring.

What He Does: Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl swears that Napert-Frenette has one of the best wrist shots in the country. From 25 feet and in, it’s pretty much just a matter of whether he hits the net. The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder’s list of attributes also includes being a leader (he’s a co-captain this year), superb student (double-majoring in math and economics), the team’s most-trusted faceoff man and a fine defensive center. Pearl says that Napert-Frenette is never the primary playmaker or finisher on a line – but he does both well enough to be the line’s best player.

The Bigger Picture: With Quinnipiac out of the league, there’s one less obstacle between Holy Cross and its second Atlantic Hockey title in three years. The Crusaders have a veteran team built to win in the present, and Napert-Frenette is the guy who will have the biggest say in whether that happens. Pearl will be happy if his bilingual star continues to set proper examples on and off the ice – and, for good measure, approaches the 40-point plateau again. Napert-Frenette will be on the ice a lot this season, double-shifted late in games when necessary, so there won’t be any shortage of opportunities.

Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl on Napert-Frenette: “He’s exactly what you hope for when you recruit a player. He’ll graduate as one of the better players to ever have played here. He’s able to mesh onto any line and use his linemates well, and he’s outstanding at faceoffs. (Greg) Kealey was No. 1 because he was just ridiculous, but Naps is a close second on faceoffs.”

— James Jahnke

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