Brendon McCormick ’17 started his PHS ice hockey career fast on his skates. He made the varsity team in his freshman year and scored 14 seconds into his very first game.
McCormick, the team’s star center, plays a position similar to a midfielder; it’s a two-way position requiring the offensive and defensive capabilities he has. His teammates can only describe him as fast, in both decision-making and skating. However, McCormick had to work to gain the versatility and skill he uses to lead the team today.“When I started [playing ice hockey], I was so bad. Then, when I was little, I did a lot of skating brother my Patrick [McCormick ’14]. I remember when we used to go play in the garage, stickhandling around, and just having some fun,” McCormick said.
McCormick admits that he isn’t the most vocal leader. Instead, he plays his hardest on the ice and shows the younger students on the team that you have to give everything both on and off the ice.
“As a captain, I think his abilities are transferred over. He worked with everyone and included everyone, he made the right decision at all times, and that’s what truly amazed me about him,” said Maximilian Garlock ’18, a defenseman.
Last year the Little Tigers had a leadership void with only four returning seniors, prompting McCormick to step up to team captain as a junior. He managed to hit a career high of 52 points that season as Princeton’s lead scorer.
“No matter how many goals he scored each game, he would always make sure that we won. He wasn’t worried about whether or not he scored or how many assists he had, he just wanted to win.” Garlock said.
McCormick considers his greatest moments on the team to be scoring a goal in overtime in last year’s Mercer County Tournament and making it to the second round of states his freshman year. This season, McCormick has a grudge to settle—in the past three years that he’s been on the team, it has never beaten Notre Dame High School. With 14 returning upperclassmen, he’s confident in the team’s skill this year.
Outside of PHS boys ice hockey, McCormick plays for the Princeton Youth Ice Hockey Association during the fall. He used to play for boys lacrosse during the spring, but he tried his hand at golf instead last year.
McCormick hopes to continue playing club ice hockey in college, and while he considers playing for his school’s team, he intends to focus on his academics.