The University of Maine men’s hockey team has landed a 6-foot-5, 195-pound defenseman for the 2016-17 season.
Patrick Holway, who plays for coach Tim Lovell’s Boston Advantage U-18 AAA team, has verbally committed to attend Maine on a scholarship.
Holway, a native of Cohasset, Massachusetts, had eight goals and 11 assists in 34 games last season and will play for Lovell, a former Black Bear, again his winter.
“He is an offensive defenseman who skates really well for a big guy,” said Lovell. “He’s only going to get better and better. He has a huge reach and fantastic hands for a big person.
“He has a lot of pro potential because of his size and his reach and because he sees the ice well. He has a huge wingspan. He’s going to be a very good hockey player,” Lovell added.
Holway also has a hard shot and he is physical, according to Lovell.
Lovell said several other Division I schools were interested in him.
In addition to hockey, Holway is also a top-notch lacrosse player. He led Cohasset High to the Division III state championship last June.
Holway said he was sold on the atmosphere at Maine.
He was also impressed with head coach Red Gendron.
“He was very nice and I had a connection with him I haven’t had with other coaches. He was very approachable,” said Holway.
He said he is excited about coming to Maine.
“I grew up always wanting to play college hockey, especially Hockey East,” said Holway.
Holway, who said Lovell has been a major influence on his career, said he hopes to spend the 2015-16 season in the United States Hockey League or the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.
Both are amateur leagues which won’t compromise his NCAA eligibility.
“I need to get stronger and I have to tighten up in the defensive zone a little bit,” said Holway, who uses lacrosse to keep in shape.
His coming to Maine is contingent upon his admission into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.