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Long road for Jean leads to D-I commitment

By Craig Peterson, 06/26/17, 5:45PM EDT


Former Brother Rice forward Conner Jean announces commitment to NCAA Holy Cross

After playing on seven different teams in three seasons following his departure from Brother Rice in 2014, Conner Jean has earned some stability with a verbal commitment to NCAA Holy Cross.

A Division-II state champion with Brother Rice, Jean scored 30 goals and 82 points in three seasons of MIHS hockey. After that, he would make stops in the NAHL, NA3HL, GOJHL and CCHL before settling in with the AJHL Brooks Bandits.

The 20-year-old was acquired by the Bandits on Jan. 10th, and scored 11 goals and 24 points in 22 games to close out the regular season. He continued that success in the playoffs, finishing fifth in the AJHL in scoring with six goals and 16 points in 13 games.

Bandits head coach and general manager Ryan Papaioannou told the team's website of Jean's impact on their playoff push.

“He became part of one of the best lines in the AJHL due to his work ethic, speed, and ability to finish plays,” Papaioannou said. “We are excited for next season with Conner, continuing to develop his game and getting him ready for his college career at Holy Cross.”

Prior to the 2016-17 season, Jean spent significant time in the GOJHL with the Waterloo Siskins, where he played 18 regular-season games scoring eight goals and 25 points. He would lead the Siskins in scoring with 25 points and take them to the GOJHL semi-finals.

This season, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward scored 11 goals and 22 points in 28 games with CCHL Pembroke before being acquired by Brooks at the trade deadline.

Jean will join a Holy Cross program that competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference and went 14-15-7 during the 2016-17 season.