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Former Hawks, RoadRunners defenseman French signs pro contract

January 7, 2022

The Sheridan Hawks and Texas RoadRunners of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that former defenseman Brice French has signed a contract to play professional hockey, joining the Danbury Hat Tricks in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. 

The 6'2/190 lbs native of Fairbanks, AK, garnered 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 14 regular season games with the Hawks last season.  French also contributed 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 8 post season games, helping the Hawks win the Frontier Division championship and go to the Fraser Cup semi-final round.

Prior to playing in Sheridan, French appeared in 32 games for the Texas RoadRunners, recording eight points, where he also committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Northland College.

"Brice came down to visit the week before our Blaine trip this year and skated with us.  After practice he stopped and asked me if I could help turning pro versus returning to school.  Although I was not in favor as we had placed him at Northland College NCAA D3 and we felt that was the best fit for his hockey and academic needs.  I did agree to help and reached out to a friend, Dave Macisaac Head Coach of the Danbury Hat Tricks to see if he would give Brice an opportunity.  Dave agreed and next I knew, Brice called me from the bus on the way back from North Carolina where he had just played his first three games with the Hat Tricks," said RoadRunners head coach Mike Beavis. "It's always a good feeling when you help guys reach their goals and I knew that Brice may be a good fit for Danbury. Dave MacIsaac was the same type of player as French and I told Dave that when we originally talked about the opportunity. His response was "Sounds like someone we need.  Let's get through Christmas and we can touch base after." 

French added one point in his first three games in the FPHL and skated a regular shift back on D for the Hat Tricks during that time. After his commitment Coach Beavis asked French and netminder Christian Wong-Ramos if they would like to gain an opportunity to compete for the Fraser Cup Championship as they both had interest from the Sheridan Hawks.  Both players agreed and finished their junior careers with Sheridan.

French called Coach Beavis after his first three games to thank him for helping once again in advancing his career.

"Playing Hockey is a dream come true and I couldn't have done it without the support of the RoadRunners," stated French.

Prior to playing in the NA3HL, French spent three seasons in the NAPHL with the Colorado Springs Tigers and Everett Jr. Silvertios.

Congratulations to Brice French on taking the next step in his hockey career.

 
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