Brock Bradford is a Canadian-born player who played in the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express prior to coming to Omaha. The immensely gifted forward from North Vancouver enjoyed a stellar season with the Lancers where he finished third on the team in scoring with 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) in 60 appearances. One of the highlights of Bradford’s season came at the USHL Prospects/All-Star game back in February in Grand Forks, ND. His game-winning goal at the 12:31 mark of the third period propelled Team World to a 5-3 victory over Team USHL and earned him the Ron Woodey Award for Most Valuable Player. In 2004, Bradford was also a member of the silver-medal winning Team Pacific squad at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he earned the team’s MVP honor.
7th round (217th overall), 2005 by BOS
2005-06: Bradford was inconsistent offensively as he acquainted himself with the college game in his freshman season with the BC Eagles. In 40 games he posted 17 points (6g, 11a) and 8 penalty minutes.
2006-07: Bradford is quietly developing into a top-level talent in Hockey East. He was one of five Eagles to surpass the 40-point mark this season, and with a total 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 40 games, he’s more than doubled his freshman point totals. He tied for fourth in scoring among all players in Hockey East and was second overall in Hockey East with a total of five game-winning goals. While the Eagles once again fell short in the NCAA finals, Bradford is opening eyes at the college level.
2007-08: As a junior, Bradford broke his arm at the start of the season and missed the majority of games. Once he recovered from injury, he returned for a handful of games, only to suffer another break in his arm. Despite missing most of the season, he remained an active part of the team off the ice.
Read HF’s March 2007 article on Bradford here. Read HF’s 2004 Q & A with Bradford here.
Bradford is a focused and dedicated athlete who sees the rink well and has excellent hockey sense. He generally makes good decisions both with and without the puck. He has natural talent as both a goal scorer and a playmaker; Bradford also possesses excellent stick and puck carrying skills and is difficult to knock from the puck. He’s a quick skater, and his first two or three steps getting to various areas of the ice are one of his greatest strengths. Not an overly physical player, but will not avoid contact- he tends to be smart about when to get involved physically and also plays a very disciplined game. Overall, he's a player that doesn’t have many weaknesses, however he will need to continue to grow and mature physically.