Black Bears get two verbal commitments

Posted March 03, 2010, at 11:17 p.m.

Cam Brown and Brian Harris were teammates when they were seven years old for the South Shore Kings (Mass.). They are currently teammates for the Boston Advantage Tier 1 AAA Elite team.

And they will be teammates again in the fall of 2011 at the University of Maine.

Brown, a center, and Harris, a defenseman, have verbally committed to attend Maine on scholarships.

Former University of Maine standout Tim Lovell is the general manager of the Advantage and he said both will be impact players at Maine.

“Cam is real smart with the puck and a pure playmaker,” said Lovell. “He sees the ice like the pros do and makes the guys around him better. He’s extremely quick, very competitive and very tenacious on the puck. And he’s just as good defensively as he is offensively.”

The 5-foot-6, 135-pound Brown, who turns 17 on March 25, said he chose Maine over Harvard and Northeastern.

He has 20 goals and 46 assists in 59 games along with 22 penalty minutes. He is the Advantage’s second-leading scorer.

“I can’t wait to get up there,” said Brown, a native of Natick, Mass. “I loved everything about it. They have a great hockey tradition, the coaches were great and I liked the academics. I’ve heard that they had the best fans. Everything looked right for me.

“Maine knew I could play at my size and really wanted me,” added Brown, who will play in either the Eastern Junior Hockey League or the U.S. Hockey League next season.

Harris, according to Lovell, has similarities to former Bear defensemen Jeff Tory and Bret Tyler.

“He’s an offensive-minded defenseman,” said Lovell. “He also sees the ice real well and makes great passes. He’s a tough kid.”

Harris has 19 goals and 42 assists in 58 games along with 122 penalty minutes.

“I’m very excited about coming to Maine,” said the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Harris, who will turn 18 in June. “I really liked the atmosphere and they have a very good hockey team and very good coaches.”

Harris, who is from Bridgewater, Mass., also talked to coaches from Northeastern, UMass and UMass Lowell.

“Maine is a perfect fit for me,” said Harris, who will play for the Boston Junior Bruins in the EJHL next season.

The two players liked the fact they will be coming together.

“That’s pretty cool,” said Harris.

Both said they want to improve their strength and speed in preparation for coming to Maine.

Their coming to Maine is contingent on their admission to the school and meeting NCAA requirements.

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