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Prior to a match against Mount St. Charles, one of the best under-14 hockey teams in the country, lacked head coach Chris Collins’ Rochester Selects team crew, he said. Many of his players had chosen to fit their respective high school hockey teams instead, and Collins was left with a short bench.
Anchoring his three-man defensive unit was Seamus Powell, who ended the match with about 45 minutes of ice time, according to Collins, helping the team to a 6-4 victory. And while Powell was in his final year with the team before reaching the United States Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP), the victory for Collins showed how committed Powell was to his hockey team.
“It was one of the best wins I’ve had as a coach,” Collins said. “And I did it with Seamus Powell, who really led the way.”
Powell would continue to play his next two seasons at under-17 and 18 NTDP levels, following in the footsteps of his brother Eamon, who is two years older. Eamon also spent time with Rochester as well as Powell’s former team, the Syracuse Nationals. The brothers have shared the same journey, with age limit rules for youth hockey ensuring that as soon as Eamon traveled to the next age group, Powell would immediately take his place.
Although Powell and Eamon shared the same hockey field, they often competed off the ice. At their home in Marcellus, New York, the Powell brothers competed against each other in a variety of sports, including basketball and baseball, Eamon said, where the two would never admit defeat.
In less than a year, however, Powell and Eamon’s hockey travels will finally meet, as they are poised to become teammates for the first time along the blue line for Boston College next season, a team Eamon has played for over the past two years. Powell will do so after over a hundred matches at NTDP level and several years of Tier I hockey between clubs in Syracuse and Rochester.
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Most of these teams set winning records, but next year Powell will join his brother in the defensive unit for a Boston College team that has only qualified for the NCAA Tournament once in the last four years. Collins said he believes Powell – a 6-foot-tall defender – is ready to tackle the next level.
“Seamus is a great strong boy. He’s a great skater. He makes skating look effortless and I think he’s going to be a great presence at the back end, a great skater (and) good puck mover, “He’s going to solidify the back end there,” Collins said.
The decision was unilaterally welcomed as Powell valued the program and its winning story highly. He is especially looking forward to playing under coach Jerry York, he said. Of course, Eamon was also thrilled.
“I’ve seen him play hockey since he was really young, so to finally get the chance to possibly play with him … I think it’s going to be really cool,” Eamon said.
Despite his freshman status, Powell is no stranger to influencing victories. In a four-match trip to Switzerland last November with the NTDP, Powell helped spur the U.S. U18 national team development program to a perfect sweep across European teams from Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Finland. Powell, a left-handed defender, was part of a blue-line unit that handed over just five goals during the dominant tour, with the main lines a shutout in a 7-0 victory over Switzerland.
“It was pretty special for me,” Powell said of the tournament. “It had to be No. 1 (the experience) right there.”
Boston College boasts a famous program history with five national titles, including one as recent as 2012. Despite that, Powell remains pragmatic and insists he will continue to take things day by day and examine his prospects when the time is right. inde. Through it all, though, he wants Eamon to play along with him.
“It’s special,” Powell said. “But you know, it’s like another guy on the team … but comes from the same family. We all have the same goal: to win a national championship.”
Published on April 6, 2022 at 22.28
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