Sr. | F | Nicolet, Quebec
O'Brien is one of the elite offensive players
in the college game.
Key Statistics: O’Brien
has improved his scoring totals each season, leading
Sacred Heart the past two years. Five game-winners highlighted
his freshman campaign of 14 goals and 13 assists. He
ranked fourth in the nation with 13 power-play goals
in his second season (18-17—35). As a junior,
he ranked sixth nationally in points per game and eighth
in assists per contest – his 19 goals and 31 helpers
raised his career totals to 51 goals, 61 assists and
112 points. Among Atlantic Hockey returning veterans,
O’Brien ranks fifth in points, fourth in goals,
fifth in assists.
What He Does: O’Brien
is an all-around player who has added a physical element
to his game. He is a proven performer on special teams,
netting 20 power-play goals and four short-handed tallies.
O’Brien has earned the respect of the players
and coaches in Atlantic Hockey, voted the player with
the most accurate shot, most dangerous on a breakaway
and the smartest player. He is also highly regarded
in terms of leading a rush and finishing from the slot.
The Bigger Picture: O’Brien
said he is honored to be named captain for the coming
season, and he realizes his line, with Bear Trapp and
Alex Parent, will be counted on for production. Sacred
Heart coach Shaun Hannah felt O’Brien blossomed
as a leader last season. O’Brien is working on
his Masters degree in business administration but Hannah
believes he has a legitimate shot at a pro career.
Sacred Heart head coach Shaun
Hannah on O'Brien: “He’s a complete
player. He’s just done so well in all aspects
of the college hockey experience: academically and athletically
and in the community he is well-respected.”