Maine Hockey Journal

Francisco forgoes scholarship to Maine

Sarnia, ON– Over the weekend, the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, announced the signing of 2009 third round pick, Brandon Francisco.

“We feel Brandon is a pro-caliber player with a bright future in hockey,” says the Sting’s Head Coach and General Manager Dave MacQueen in the team’s press release. “As well, in signing this agreement should he chose an alternate route he now has an Ontario Hockey League Scholarship available to him. We look forward to developing Brandon both as a hockey player and as an individual during his time with the Sarnia Sting.”

Francisco who committed to the University of Maine in the spring of 2008 for the 2011-2012 season. With the York Simcoe Express last season, Francisco tallied 57 goals and 50 assists in 72 games.

Maine now has three recruits for the 2011 season, goalie Matt McNeely (USA NTDP), Darcy Ashley (Western Summerside Capitals MJAHL), and Stephen Gillard. Gillard could also de-commit and join the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

Bergman heads Home

Also saying thanks but no thanks is 2009 recruit Robin Bergman. The 21-year-old has decided to sign a pro contract in Sweden. Bergman spent the 2008-2009 campaign with the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders of the USHL where he tallied 22 goals and 20 assists in 55 contests. He originally started the 2007-2008 season with the University of Notre Dame before returning to Cedar Rapids.

According to Chris Heisenberg, Kyle Beattie who was scheduled to head to Orono in 2010 has been moved to the 2009 crop of recruits. The 18-year-old notched 20 goals and 40 assists with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the EJHL in 43 games last season.

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