At the end of the 2022-23 men’s ice hockey season, forward Brendan West had some pretty impressive stats: 32 goals and 45 assists. Named WHAC Player of the Year, West helped the team win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament.
“I’m really proud of what we accomplished this year,” said West, a College of Business senior. “I’ve been playing since I was a kid and love it. But I know that playing hockey at this level can’t continue forever due to jobs and other responsibilities. Thinking that this season might be it for me, I played hard and appreciated the time I had on the ice.”
Then a call came from Team USA — and West went from maize and blue to red, white and blue. West was named to the 23-man Team USA roster, led by Head Coach Gary Astalos, for the 2023 World Cup of University Hockey, which took place in Romania in April.
“As kids, we dream about playing in the NHL. But representing the United States is something so big that I never could have imagined. It’s an incredible honor,” West said. “It was amazing standing on the ice with ‘USA’ on my chest. I’ll never forget the feeling of being in another country and seeing people stand for the U.S. national anthem. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”