By Eric Coburn ’18 and Kelley McLellan ‘17
Junior Brett Seney is a member of the Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team. This London, Ontario native is studying Sports Management. Seney had an outstanding rookie season where he led the team in scoring 11 goals and had 15 assists. After his first season with the Warriors, in the Summer of 2015 he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He continued to work hard and in his sophomore year, he led the team for the second straight year for scoring. This season, Seney currently has nine goals and 18 assists in the books. He is also a 2017 Hobey Baker Nominee, the award for the NCAA’s top hockey player. The Beacon sat down with Seney to get to know him more off of the ice.
How did you get involved in hockey?
I started playing hockey when I was two. My two older brothers played. My dad introduced me to it and right away I fell in love with it.
When did you realize you had the potential to get drafted into the NHL?
My last year in juniors I started getting looked at. It’s always in the back of your mind but you don’t want to let it consume you.
What did it feel like to get drafted into the NHL?
I was down in Florida with my brother. I expected to get drafted but didn’t want to put too much pressure in case it didn’t happen so we were golfing. I blacked out in the moment when it happened but it’s definitely one of the cooler things that has happened to me.
With your teammates at Merrimack being from all over the world, how do their playing styles compliment each other?
I think that’s what is cool about Merrimack is the different styles and skills. Right now I’m playing with a Swedish and Finnish kid. We all grew up with different hockey styles but you build chemistry and learn tendencies. It gets easier the more you play with each other.
Why was playing college hockey a better route than playing junior hockey for you?
I was always set on the Ontario Hockey League as a kid. We used to go to Michigan vs. Michigan State games growing up and I experienced how the students were involved in the whole thing I liked that. I also realized that there is life after hockey and school is really important so I wanted to make sure I got an education.
What is the most frustrated hockey has made you feel?
My first year of junior hockey was the most frustrating time. I was 16 years old and moving away from home to a new city was hard. Everyone on the team was also older than me. They had different aspirations than me outside the rink. But as challenges go they made me stronger and I did a lot of growing up that year.
Who is someone that has helped you the most with getting you to where you are today?
My dad for sure. He introduced me to hockey. He has done so much for me. I don’t even want to know how much he has spent on me over the years with camps and stuff like that. He has season tickets to my games and lives 9 hours away. He loves hockey more than anyone I know.
What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Never be content. Be confident but never think you’re too good because then you will never get better. Just stay focused whether you’re in the weight room or rink or in everyday life.
If you could star in a TV show or Movie which would it be?
The TV show Suits. They live a pretty cool life style with some swagger so I’d like to be on that.
If you were stranded on an island what three things would you bring with you?
My mom, cell phone, and an axe.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel or the ability to stop and pause time. Either to rewind and go back even on the ice to stop time and move a goalie’s glove.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Experienced. I’ve had a lot of life experiences not just within hockey. I used to be a lot shyer in hockey. I’ve been able to understand people better and surround myself with the right people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully playing hockey if not I want to be stable in what I’m doing and being happy with what I’m doing.