Freeman Brings Team-First Mentality to Waldorf

Patrick Freeman is expected to make an immediate impact while providing a team-first mentality and solid all-around play as a member of the Waldorf University hockey team in the coming years.

Freeman, a 5-foot-9, 173-pound forward from Quincy, Mass. who spent this season playing junior hockey for the Dells Ducks in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) USP3 Division, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on March 15.

“Patrick is a great addition to our program,” Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. “He can play center or wing and is able to contribute effectively in different roles.”

A 2015 Quincy High School graduate, Freeman was a four-year varsity starter and letter winner and helped the Presidents reach the Division II state tournament during his junior and senior seasons. He served as a team captain for two years, was named a three-time Patriot League All-Star and earned All-Scholastic honors twice.

Following Freeman’s high school career, he moved on to the USPHL Elite Division and played for the Bay State Breakers in Kingston, Mass. He tallied 12 points with 10 goals and two assists in 41 games during the 2015-16 season.

The opportunity to compete at the next level has been an objective for Freeman since he began playing hockey. He’s eager to join his new teammates when he laces up his skates for the Warriors during the upcoming season.

“It is a huge accomplishment for me to have achieved my goal at reaching the collegiate level,” Freeman said. “I’m excited to start it up in the fall with a new group of guys.”

Freeman is the son of William and Carolyn Freeman and will pursue a business management degree at Waldorf.

The Warriors are coming off their fifth straight season with at least 20 victories. They posted a 21-11-1 record during the 2016-17 campaign, earning nine wins over regionally-ranked opponents. During Waldorf’s final year in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL), the Warriors finished with a 9-3 record to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NCHL Tournament and also secured their fourth consecutive American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region Tournament berth.

Freeman is aiming to be a factor for Waldorf’s winning tradition as the Warriors prepare to battle in the ACHA’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division next season.

“They have been a successful team in the past and I would love to be a part of continuing the success,” Freeman said.

After inking his letter of intent, Freeman becomes the third member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class as he joins fellow Dells Ducks standouts Sean Teske and Jaydn Munnelly.

With the Warriors gearing up to be one of the six founding members of the NAIA Division, the excitement continues to build and they’ll look to Freeman to help deliver in all three zones.

“Patrick is a smart player who understands how to play all three zones,” Shelanski said. “He brings a team-first mentality and has great character and work ethic. Patrick does all of the little things well that help teams win games and will help solidify our roster at the center position.”

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