Mavericks sophomore defensemen Daniel Brickley had another solid season and his hard work has payed off. He has earned a spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team to compete at the 2017 IIHF Men’s Word Championship. The tournament will start on My 5 and continue till May 21 and take place in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany.
As a sophomore, this is a pretty special accomplishment for Brickley. He joins a list with fellow Mavericks such as Ryan Carter and David Backes who also played for Team U.S.A. Carter played 2010 and 2013 world championship tournaments while Backes competed in the 2007, 2008, 2009 tournaments. If Brickley continues to follow in these players paths, he will have a bright future ahead of him.
His numbers over the last two seasons speak for themselves. He was named a ACHA/CCM West Second Team All-American and this year’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year, Brickley was named All-WCHA First Team this season. He is sure an efficient player on the ice. He led the conference in scoring for defensemen during the 2016-2017 season. He ended the year with seven goals and 19 assists for a total of 26 points in 26 league games.
The accomplishments just keep adding up for Brickley. Throughout the season, he was a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. His total points for the season were eight goals and 23 assists which was third on the team in points. However, he wasn’t just an offensive defensemen. He ranked second on the team with 72 block shots while stile managing to get 70 shots on goal to lead Minnesota State defensemen.
Bricley’s effort’s helped the team to a 22-13-4 earning their fifth straight 20-win season. That is some serious success. Do you think they will make it farther in the playoffs next year? It will be fun to watch them go for six straight 20-win seasons. Can they do it?
The 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship will consist of sixteen teams and break down into two groups of eight. The format for the tournament will be a round-robin style in the preliminary round with the top four teams from each group advancing to the next round. For Team USA, they will start competition Friday, May 5 vs. Germany in Cologne.
The 2017 Men’s World Championship is below:
Team USA 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship Schedule
May 5-21 • Paris/Cologne
|Friday, May 5||Germany||8:15 p.m./2:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Sunday, May 7||Denmark||4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Monday, May 8||Sweden||8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.||Cologne|
|Wednesday, May 10||Italy||4:15 p.m./4:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Saturday, May 13||Latvia||12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Sunday, May 14||Slovakia||4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Tuesday, May 16||Russia||4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Thursday, May 18||Quarterfinals||TBD||TBD|
|Saturday, May 20||Semifinals||TBD||Cologne|
|Sunday, May 21||Bronze Medal||4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.||Cologne|
|Gold Medal||8:45 p.m./2:45 p.m.||Cologne|