Junior Brett Sterling (ATL) enjoyed an outstanding season with Colorado College this year, helping to lead the Tigers to a share of the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA Regular Season Champions as a trip to the Frozen Four. The Pasadena, CA native led the nation in goals (34) and power play goals (18) coming into the Frozen Four. His seven game-winning goals was tied for first in the nation in that category. He was named a finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award and recently named to the CCM 2004-05 All-American First West Team.
Hockey’s Future caught up with Brett Sterling just after the Hobey Baker press conference at Nationwide Arena on Friday to briefly get his thoughts on the Tigers season and teammate Marty Sertich’s receipt of this year’s Hobey Baker Award.
HF: When you were first nominated and then you found out that Marty (Sertich) was nominated, what was your first reaction?
BS: It was unbelievable. To be able to share it with Marty has just been a great experience. We’ve played together for the past two years and we had an unbelievable season together. I wouldn’t want it any other way than to share it with him.
HF: Obviously you guys had a disappointing ending to your season. Being here and knowing that Marty had won the Hobey Baker, does that make taking the disappointment a little easier?
BS: You know, it doesn’t make the loss any easier but it does make the trip easier knowing that Marty won the Hobey. That’s such an unbelievable award and he deserves it. Everything that he’s put up this year and the kind of play he’s had. He’s just a great person and really deserved this award today.
HF: Knowing how close you guys got this year, does that make you guys that much more determined to win it all next year?
BS: I definitely think so. The group of guys we had in the locker room were so distraught after the loss (to Denver). Losing these seniors is going to hurt, but we’re going to be bringing in some great guys and we’ve got a great core coming back. I think we’re going to go home and work so hard over the summer, and then come back next year with a vengeance. We’ll be ready to attack the league.
HF: Colorado College loses very few seniors, so almost the entire team will be returning next year. Do you think that there won’t be much to change but rather improving on the little things?
BS: I definitely think so, but we can’t take it easy. Minnesota-Duluth lost very few guys besides Junior Lessard and they struggled this year. We’re definitely going to have to come back and work our butts off this summer to get ready for next year. It just doesn’t get handed to you.
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