#19 Brian Hawkinson
F | 5'10" | 175 lbs. | Jan. 10, 1998 | Miami University
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Commitment: Miami University
USHL Draft: 2014, Phase I, 2nd round, 29th overall by the Tri-City Storm.
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- Committed to blocking shots and delivering heavy hits, Hawkinson was a key piece during the Storm's Clark Cup championship and has played in 106 games through two seasons. Served as Assistant Captain for part of the 2016-17 season. Estimates he blocks four shots a game.
- “Anybody that has the chance to watch Brian Hawkinson play can see he puts the team before anything he does individually. He’s just a shining light and is willing to do all the things that aren’t the easiest – blocking shots and killing penalties. He embraces that and does those things and does them with such passion, enthusiasm and attention to detail. His teammates recognize that.” - Bill Muckalt
With the Storm:
- 2016-17: In 51 games, scored three goals and six points ... Missed the first nine games of the season with an upper-body injury ... Had an assist in season debut at FGO (10/28) ... Scored first goal at LIN in fourth game of the season, a short-handed tally (11/11) ... Went 35 games without a goal and snapped stretch on 3/3 vs. FGO ... Scored the last goal of the Storm's season during campaign finale in a 5-1 loss at DM (4/8).
- 2015-16: Competed in all 11 Storm postseason games and contributed with two assists. Scored one goal and four points in 55 regular season games. Estimated he blocked "three to four" shots per game during the regular season and playoffs. Scored his first USHL goal on a spin-o-rama in the regular season finale vs. Omaha.
- During the 2015-16 preseason, played on "The Bonehead Line" with Monte Graham and Austen Long. The trio scored more than half of Tri-City's preseason goals.
Before the Storm:
- Played for the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 of the T1EHL U16 league in two seasons (2012-14), tallying 20 goals and 21 assists.
- Quote from Angelo Ricci, Thunderbirds U16 Head Coach:
- “Brian is the epitome of a what a hockey player should be. He competes each shift like it’s his last and attacks the hard areas of the ice. Hawk never backs down from the physical part of the game. He is quite possibly the best penalty killing and shot blocking forward our program has ever seen. He has very good offensive skills and is extremely dangerous around the net. We rely on Brian to play in all situations for our hockey club."
- Brother, Brad, is a redshirt senior forward for the University of Denver Men's Hockey team and a former USHL player with the Lincoln Stars.
- Brad lived with Kevin Roy while the duo played in Lincoln. Roy scored 54 goals in 2011-12 for the Stars, a franchise record.
- Moved from Aurora, Colorado to Kailua, Hawaii in the 2016 offseason.
- Parents are Linda and Chris. Chris is a retired Air Force fighter pilot and is currently a pilot for Southwest Airlines.
- Who is your hero? My brother, Brad, who played for the University of Denver's hockey team and won the 2017 NCAA Hockey National Championship.
- Why did you start playing hockey? I was four and followed in my brother's footsteps. Brad was born in 1994.
- What makes you unique? I have a scar right between my eyes.
- Who is the best athlete you've played against? Matt Duchene, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche.