Brad Hawkinson Commits To DU In 2013

(left) When Brad Hawkinson arrives at DU in 2013 he will be the 7th former Colorado Thunderbird to don the Crimson & Gold

On Monday evening the Colorado Thunderbirds Website, the Lincoln Stars based Black & Blue Blog & the Denver Post announced that 16 year-old Bradley Hawkinson (5'10 182 lbs) has committed to attend the University of Denver in 2013. Hawkinson, born in 1994, is from the Denver suburb of Aurora. Besides playing full-time with the Thunderbirds Under-18 team, he played a few games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL this season and will most likely spend the next two seasons playing for the Stars.

Hawkinson's coach Angelo Ricci, once a high powered forward for the University of Denver (1991-95), scored 64 collegiate goals. Today he the Director of Hockey Operations for the Thunderbirds and he's developing some of the best young hockey players in North America within the confines of Denver's city limits. Three current Pioneer players are Thunderbird alums, as are at least four more future DU recruits, including Hawkinson.

"We are very proud of Brad for this exceptional recognition and we wish him all the best in the future," said Ricci. "The Thunderbird organization continues to provide a vehicle for the elite student-athlete to develop and advance to the next level. We are extremely excited for Brad, he will be a wonderful addition to the Pioneer program."

Hawkinson had been considering Boston University, Cornell, Denver, Harvard, Northeastern, and Yale. LetsGoDU profiled Hawkinson as a potential DU recruit in May, 2010.
2011 Recruiting Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-18)
F Garrett Allen (Fargo, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (U.S. Under-18)
D Joey LaLeggia (Penticton Vees, BCHL)
F Larkin Jacobson (Janesville Jets, NAHL)

2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Colorado Thunderbirds-U18)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-17)
D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls, USHL)

2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Colorado Thunderbirds-U18)


dggoddard said...

I should add that Hawkinson might also be selected for the USA Under 17 Development Program.

Hawkinson's teammate Tyler Pham, who will be coming to DU in 2012, will be playing seven games for the USHL Chicago Steel over the Xmas holidays. Then he'll play for the Steel full-time next season.

The current DU players that developed with the Colorado Thunderbirds? Nick Shore, Chris Knowlton & Justin Jones

Anonymous said...

Let's just hope George is still here in 2013

Anonymous said...

That photo is not of Brad Hawkinson.

Anonymous said...

The photo shown above the Hawkinson story is not a photo of Brad. There is a photo on the Thunderbirds web site

dggoddard said...

Thanks for the heads up. Corrected.