On the ice, Mitch Fossier is known as a creative playmaker. His 27 assists this season place the University of Maine men’s hockey senior in a tie for third place in the country in that category.
The Black Bears captain is equally creative off the ice where he is a singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Fossier has recorded 13 songs based on acoustic guitar that he describes as “folky, indie-based” and has produced an album that he intends to release digitally.
“He is an excellent musician and songwriter. He can play multiple instruments. He can sing, and he’s also an excellent student,” UMaine head coach Red Gendron said. “Whatever he works at, he has a commitment to excellence.”
Music and hockey provide a nice balance to Fossier’s life. He is passionate about both and said the gratification is different.
“Hockey is very much in the moment. The feeling you get scoring a goal is much different than [the feeling you get] releasing a song.
“Hockey is all about winning. Music is a little more about me, which is strange,” he added.
The two pursuits complement each other.
After a long day at the rink, Fossier enjoys going home and picking up his guitar. Other times, after recording for several hours, he likes lacing up his skates.
Fossier can also play the piano and dabbles with other instruments. He also is a fan of the violin and cello. He started getting into music when he was 13, although he had a guitar before that.