ORONO – It was quite the Tuesday for Maine men’s hockey junior goalie, Jeremy Swayman. The Alaska native signed a pro contract with the Boston Bruins, forgoing his senior year with the Black Bears.
He was also officially announced the winner of this year’s Walter Brown Award, given to the top United States born college hockey player in New England. The news was first reported by 92.9 The Ticket on Monday. Swayman joins Mike McHugh as only the second Black Bear to ever win the award.
Swayman was sure to thank his teammates and coaches, including former UMaine goalie and national champ Alfie Michaud.
“Couldn’t have been anywhere better in my opinion I made such leaps and bounds in the right direction being guided by of course Alfie Michaud. Having him as a mentor on and off the ice I couldn’t have been more lucky,” Swayman said.
Swayman finished his final season tops in the nation with 1,099 saves including a dramatic 48-save shutout in a 1-0 win over Providence, a game that ended up being the final game of the season.
A fan favorite, Swayman was also sure to thank the Alfond faithful.
“Big thing for me was it wasn’t just playing in front of 5,000 fans at the Alfond it was playing in front of the entire state of Maine and for that the entire east coast because everywhere we went there was always Maine jerseys in the barn and it was so special to us to walk out and see those blue jerseys,” Swayman added.