Watson-Brawn secures NCAA future

Just 22 games into the 2017-18 season, Liam Watson-Brawn is already closing in on his point totals from last season. Even better, he’s just locked up his NCAA future as well.

The 6-foot, 180-pound defenceman has committed to Colgate University but is currently scheduled to play another full BCHL season after this one before heading to school for the 2019-20 season. Watson-Brawn has 3-8-11 so far this season after posting 2-10-13 last year.

His development has been obvious to his head coach.

“We are very excited for Liam and his commitment to Colgate University,” said Spruce Kings bench boss Adam Maglio. “Liam is a dedicated student of the game and has developed into a very good 200-foot defensemen who competes extremely hard every night. Liam has a high ceiling and we look forward to tracking his progress in NCAA Division 1 hockey and beyond.”

The Spruce Kings organization is well aware of Watson-Brawn’s talent and believe they offer the right environment to prepare him for college.

“He has been a very dependable player for us since joining our team to start last season,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes. “He will continue to work hard to develop his game with us to prepare himself for NCAA hockey with a great program at Colgate.”

Colgate competes in the NCAA’s ECAC Hockey conference along with Harvard, Quinnipiac, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Union and RPI.

BCHL alums on the Raiders roster this season are Paul McAvoy, Ken Citron, Paul Meyer, Henry Marshall and Trevor Cosgrove.