The Brunswick hockey team wrapped up its fourth year in New England Division I play.
Led by senior co-captains Peter Khoury and Gryphon Richardson, Brunswick faced its most challenging schedule yet.
New additions included former New England champions Belmont Hill and Hotchkiss, as well as formidable opponents Kimball Union and Northwood.
By season’s end, in fact, Brunswick had laced up the skates against six of the top eight teams in the league—no small feat for a former Division II participant.
The Bruins’ true feat, though, lay in their results against these foes: a 4-0 shutout of then No. 1 ranked Belmont Hill, a 2-2 tie versus Westminster, and tight losses at the hands of Kimball Union, Dexter, Kent, and Salisbury.
In addition, Brunswick earned first-ever triumphs over Choate, Northfield-Mount Hermon, and Upper Canada College. The team also captured a second consecutive Empire Cup crown, where victories over Trinity-Pawling and Albany Academy solidified a 13-13-3 overall record.
The contributions of this team’s seven seniors should not go unrecognized.
Five-time letterman Gryphon Richardson stands at the top of that list, as the four-year starter graduates with unofficial records in all of the major goal tending statistical categories. More importantly, however, Richardson was an outspoken leader, a fiery competitor and a bleeder of Brunswick Brown and Gold.
Peter Khoury, a hard-nosed, steady presence on the blue line, provided inspirational leadership throughout the season and played a passionate brand of hockey that served as an example for all of his teammates to follow.
Fellow defenders Andre Masse and Charlie Better, both two-year lettermen, cemented the back end with their consistent work ethic and spirited effort.
Up front, Nick Viceconte, Harry Clifford and Travis Buck each unselfishly embraced a variety of roles and did so with the betterment of the group always in mind. These seven young men certainly learned from those who came before them, but they will graduate having left their own unique stamp on the Brunswick program.
With a significant number of rising seniors and underclassmen returning next season, the future looks bright for the Bruins on the ice.
Leading scorer Stephan Seeger will enter his fourth year as a letterman, joined up front by three-year veterans Sebbi Foster, Nick Jermain and Tommy Dunleavy.
On the defensive end, rising seniors Mark Esposito and Henry Hobbs, along with rising junior Michael Faulkner, will each carry three seasons of experience with them as well.