Quebec linemates verbally commit to Maine team

Posted May 26, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.

Linemates Swann Boisvert and Dylan Gareau, the top two scorers for Stanstead College, a prep school in Quebec, have verbally committed to attend the University of Maine beginning in the fall of 2012.

The 18-year-old Boisvert had 35 goals and 41 assists in 64 games while the 17-year-old Gareau had 32 & 42 in 60 games.

Both said they were looking forward to starting their college careers in 15 months.

“And we’re pretty excited about coming in together,” said Boisvert. “It’s a great place and I really liked the coaching staff. The environment was great. That’s where I want to spend four years.”

Both will play for junior teams this coming season.

Boisvert said he will play for the defending Royal Bank Cup National Junior A champion Pembroke (Ontario) Lumber Kings in the Central Junior A Hockey League while Gareau will lace up his skates for the New Jersey Hitmen in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

“Swann is a tall, lanky kid who is very skilled,” said Stanstead coach James Rioux. “He’s very talented with the puck. He has very good hands.

“He’s also a good skater,” said Rioux.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Boisvert, a native of Blainville, Quebec, is a right winger who was also on the first power play unit.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Gareau is a “fierce competitor” according to Rioux.

“He’s a real physical player. He loves to hit and he has a laser beam for a wrist shot,” said Rioux.

Gareau, a center from Richmond, Ontario, was the team’s most valuable player according to Rioux.

“He played on the first power play unit and was one of our first two penalty-killers out there,” said Rioux.

He also said they were exceptional young men who are very coachale.

The duo should compete for playing time immediately since the Black Bears’ top five scorers this past season were either seniors or juniors.

Only Spencer Abbott and Brian Flynn, the second and third-leading point-getters, will return among that quintet. They will be seniors in the fall.

Boisvert and Gareau know they have a valuable season ahead of them as they prepare for theier college careers.

“I’ve got to step up my game,” said Boisvert. “I need to work on my speed and my strength and gain more experience. I’ve got to get used to a faster game.”

Their coming to Maine will be contingent upon being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility requirements.

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