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Tigers freshman Bradley providing hope for the future

 

CC Hockey vs. Denver University, Broadmoor World Arena
Nov. 7, 2015

Over the last two seasons, it’s been clear that the rebuilding process for Colorado College was going to be a long, tough road.

The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine brighter and lately, the spotlight has been on freshman forward Trey Bradley.

Through the Tigers’ first 16 games of the year, Bradley led CC in points with nine, including five goals.

“It’s nice to come into this team this year and have an impact right away,” Bradley said. “I wasn’t really expecting it as a freshman, but with my success, I have to credit my teammates.”

Among those teammates is his older brother, Cody, who is also the active career leader in points for the Tigers. Having Cody there has been a big contributing factor to Trey both in terms of adapting to college life and his play on the ice.

“Cody has had a lot of success,” Trey said. “He’s helped me with the transition into college and told me how to play the college game. On the bench, he’ll tell me if I’m doing something wrong and we’re not afraid to tell each other if we need to pick our game up.”

The younger Bradley is also hoping that in the coming seasons, he can be a major factor in turning the Tigers back into the dominant program that it once was. Colorado College hasn’t finished with a winning record since the 2011-12 season.

“We all knew coming in it wasn’t going to be the greatest start to the season because we had a rough schedule,” Bradley said. “We’ve really made some big strides recently and if we’re already making big strides, then the future is looking really bright.”

If there’s any indication that a turnaround is in store for CC, it’s the play of the younger players. Of the Tigers’ top 13 leaders in points this season, 10 of them are either freshmen or sophomores.

And it’s Bradley who heads the pack of a group that can hopefully lead the Tigers into a new era of success.

Photo/Casey B. Gibson

— Dan Mohrmann