The University of Maine men’s hockey team has landed the second-leading scorer in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
Jon Swavely, who has 25 goals and 41 assists in 42 games for the defending two-time champion Jersey Hitmen, has verbally committed to attend Maine next fall.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Reading, Pa., is a right-hand shot who can play center or wing. He chose Maine over Clarkson and Vermont and will receive a full scholarship.
“I’m very excited. Maine has a great program and it’s strong, academically, too,” said the 20-year-old Swavely. “The coaches were very upbeat about having me and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. It was a no-brainer for me.
“I also had a distant family member who went to Maine and they said they loved it,” added Swavely.
Hitmen general manager and coach Toby Harris said Swavely is a “complete player.”
“He plays both ends of the ice equally as well. He sees the ice tremendously. He’s cut from the [current Black Bear] Adam Shemansky mold, only he’s a little bigger and will shoot more than Adam,” said Harris. “He’s a real puck hound. He’s aggressive, and even though he’s 5-9, 170 pounds, he’s tough to knock off the puck. He’s a real good puck protector.”
Swavely has six power-play goals and three shorthanded goals. He plays in all situations.
“He has a great shot and he’s very accurate with it,” added Harris.
He considers Swavely an impact player who is capable of tallying more than 20 points next season.
Swavely said he intends to work on his strength and speed in preparation for next season.
His coming to Maine is contingent on his being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA requirements.
Bradford a second-teamer
Husson University women’s basketball senior Shelby Bradford has been named a ESPN Second Team Academic All-American.
She is one of five student-athletes in the country to receive the honor and is the first in the history of Husson’s women’s basketball program.
Bradford carries a 3.83 grade point average and will graduate in May with a BS in Psychology and an MS in Occupational Therapy.
The three-sport athlete leads Husson in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.4 points and 11.9 boards per contest, while she’s also tops on the team in steals (3.4) and shooting percentage (53.2).