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    Monday, April 22, 2024

    BA Grads Behrens and Devine National Champs / Perreault Runner-Up

    Devine is 1st Team All-American,

    Behrens named to All-Tournament Team,

    Perreault is 2nd Team All-American!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale grads Jack Devine and Sean Behrens are now 2-time NCAA D1 National Champions, having won it all in two of the last three years. It was DU's 10th hockey national championship overall, the most all time by any college.

    This time around the Pioneers had to beat #1 ranked Boston College, led by Bridgedale grad Gabe Perreault. And they did so in a 2-0 thriller to capture the title. 

    Jack and Sean join Bridgedale grad Tanner Hartman as recent 2-time national champions, Tanner and his Hobart Statesmen teammates having repeated as D3 champs

    As if winning their second title in three years wasn't enough, Jack and Sean also earned some eye-popping individual honors.

    For his play during the season and playoffs, Jack's honors include:

    • 1st Team All-American (Team West)
    • 1st Team NCHC All-Conference Team
    • Nominated NCHC Forward of the Year
    • Nominated NCHC Player of the Year
    • Named to NCHC Academic All-Conference Team



    For his play during the season and playoffs, Sean's honors include:

    • Named to NCAA D1 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
    • Voted NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year
    • Honorable Mention NCHC All-Conference Team
    • Signed NHL contract w/ Colorado Avalanche



    And although Gabe was only a freshman (a "true" freshman) at BC in this season, he too earned some sterling individual honors, including:

    • 2nd Team All-American (Team East)
    • 2nd Team All-Conference Hockey East 
    • Tied for 4th in the nation in D1 Scoring


    All in all, some pretty amazing accomplishments by some pretty amazing young men.

    Congratulations to Jack (and parents Ted and Val), Sean (and parents Kyle and Karyn) and Gabe (and parents Yanic and July) on their outstanding accomplishments.

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    Monday, March 25, 2024

    Bridgedale Grad Hartman Takes Home the Hardware

    Hobart Standout is 1st Team All-American,

    Elite-90 Winner and National Champion!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy grad Tanner Hartman has just wrapped up a truly amazing 2023-24 NCAA D3 college hockey season. 

    The star sophomore's list of individual and team awards is truly astounding. 

    Tanner and his Hobart teammates repeated as NCAA National Champions, defeating Trinity College and Bridgedale grad Jakob Karpa in a 2-0 thriller. (Trinity had defeated Adrian College and Bridgedale grad Anton Sorensen in the semis.)

    The Statesmen also repeated as New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) league and playoff champions.

    Along the way Tanner led his team in goals (20), assists (25), points (45), game winning goals (6) and plus/minus (+42). He also scored the team's lone short-handed goal.

    For his play during the season and playoffs, Tanner was named:

    • NEHC 1st Team All-Conference
    • NEHC All-Tournament Team
    • AHCA 1st Team All-American
    • NCAA Elite 90 Award
    • NCAA All-Tournament Team

    The NCAA Elite 90 Award went to Tanner as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at this year's D3 college hockey championships. The NCAA presents only one Elite 90 Award per year for each of the NCAA's 90 National Championships.

    Tanner, the consummate student-athlete, carries a 4.0 GPA at Hobart.

    All in all, one very amazing college hockey season.

    Congratulations to Tanner (and parents Craig and Kim) on his outstanding accomplishments.

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    Saturday, March 23, 2024

    Bridgedale Grad Behrens NCHC Defensive Defenseman of Year

    Denver U defender stands out!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy grad Sean Behrens has been named the 2024 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Defensive Defensemen of the Year. The DU standout also brings high-end offensive production to the table, tallying 29 points (4G - 25A) in 38 games for the Pioneers. 

    Despite virtually always being matched up against the opposing team's top forwards, as well as being called on to anchor DU's top penalty killing unit, Sean ended the regular season with an impressive plus/minus of +23. 

    Sean, now a junior, was a key member of DU's 2022 NCAA D1 National Championship team. He won that honor along with Pioneer teammate and Bridgedale grad Jack Devine.

    Sean is also an NHL draftee, selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2021 draft (61st overall).

    Congratulations to Sean (and parents Kyle and Karyn) on his being named NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year.

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    Friday, March 22, 2024

    Bridgedale Grad Devine named Hobey Baker Finalist

    Denver U forward having stellar year!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy grad Jack Devine has been named a finalist for the 2024 Hobey Baker Award. Jack joins nine other NCAA Division 1 standouts recently so honored. 

    Jack is a junior at Denver University and is presently fourth in the nation in scoring, with 54 points in 38 games (27 goals and 27 assists). Jack is an NCAA D1 National Champion, having won that honor in 2022 along with fellow Bridgedale grad Sean Behrens.

    Jack is also an NHL draftee, selected by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round of the 2022 draft (221st overall).

    Congratulations to Jack (and parents Ted and Val) on his recognition as a Finalist for the Hober Baker Award.

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    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Too Many Successes to be a Coincidence

    Successes at NTDP, NCAA, NHL Draft

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    How is it that one tiny school in Woodridge, Illinois can produce so many successes?

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    Friday, February 16, 2024

    Bridgedale Grads Perreault and Devine in Hobey Baker Hunt has them both as top contenders

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy grads Gabe Perreault and Jack Devine were recently featured on the website in an article about the leading contenders for the 2024 Hobey Baker Award

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    Friday, January 5, 2024

    Bridgedale Grad Gabe Perreault Wins Gold at World Jrs.

    Team USA Beats Host Sweden in Final

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Gabe Perreault and his USA Junior teammates for their Gold Medal victory at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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    Friday, June 30, 2023

    Gabe Perreault Selected in 1st Round of NHL Draft

    New York Rangers 

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    We are proud to congratulate Bridgedale Academy grad Gabe Perreault who was selected in the first round of the 2023 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. He was the 23rd player chosen in this year's draft.

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    Sunday, June 18, 2023

    Where do Bridgedale grads go to college?

    Notre Dame, Harvard, Wisconsin and more!

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Founded in 2013, Bridgedale Academy recently wrapped up its 10th school year. At our year-end graduation/academic awards ceremony, one of the Bridgedale dads asked me if I had a listing of where our grads have gone to college.

    I was a little embarrassed to say that I hadn't really given it that much thought, as I was usually more focused on which high schools our grads were attending. That tended to be the question I fielded more often from the parents of prospective students.

    Be that as it may, I decided to reach out to our college-aged alumni and it turns out that our grads go on to some very prestigious colleges and universities.

    Here, in no particular order, is what I have so far (and the number of BA grads at each):

    • University of Notre Dame (3)
    • Harvard College (1) 
    • University of Michigan (2)  
    • Arizona State University (1)
    • Bentley University (1)
    • University of Colorado - Boulder (2) 
    • Denver University (3)
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison (3)
    • Miami of Ohio (3)
    • University of Iowa (1)
    • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (1)
    • Ohio State University (2)
    • University of Massachusetts (2)
    • University of Utah (2)
    • Michigan State University (1)
    • University of Wisconsin - Stout (1)
    • Bradley University (1)
    • Minnesota State University (1)
    • Rivier University (1)
    • University of Kentucky (1)
    • Eastern Kentucky University (1)
    • Adrian College (1)
    • Liberty University (1) 
    • Wentworth Institute of Technology (1)
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering (1) 
    • Western Michigan University (1)
    • Quinnipiac (1)
    • Trinity College (1) 
    • Tufts University (1) 
    • University of Northern Colorado (1)
    • University of Nebraska (1)

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    Sunday, June 18, 2023

    Thank You Note from a Bridgedale Grad's Parents

    Note: Printed below is a note I received at our graduation ceremony from Samantha and Ryan Burns, parents of Aiden, who graduated from Bridgedale this past school year. Aiden will be attending Benet Academy in the fall. Their thoughtful, handwritten note is also pictured below. 

    Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin

    Dear Mike,

    Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined our son would be attending school in an ice rink, and in the blink of an eye, our time is ending. Such an important decision for us. 

    These past four years have been a blessing. What you and your staff have provided Aiden will never be forgotten. 

    Starting a boy, quickly growing into a young man, Aiden has proved time and again that this decision was one of the best yet. 

    Although life at Bridgedale is vastly different than other schools, it works well for those willing to embrace it. 

    It provided education, athletic training, adversity, leadership, opportunity and guidance necessary to help him grow.

    He is a better friend, teammate, student and person because of each person encountered here.

    Thank you for giving us this opportunity to join this family, to share our son, our family life, our struggle as we navigated the last four years. 

    We are forever grateful for our Bridgedale family!

    Our best,

    Ryan and Sam




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