It would seem that championships and individual success are becoming the norm for Boston College freshman and former Monarch defenseman Brian Dumoulin. This past Saturday Dumoulin and his Boston College teammates captured the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship defeating the Wisconsin University Badgers by a score of 5-0. Dumoulin was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team recording an outstanding +10 in BC’s four games and notching 3 assists. The NCAA Championship is the high point in a 4-year run of championships for Brian. He was a member of back-to-back Maine state champion teams while starring at Biddeford High School, and last year while playing with the Monarchs, he helped the team earn their 4th straight EJHL Regular Season crown, and their 3rd straight National Title.
The 2nd round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes has been a key factor in all 4 of those championships. Dumoulin earned Player of the Year honors in Maine his junior year, and led the state in scoring as a defenseman. That following summer he was selected to the US National Under 18 team that competed overseas in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Slovakia.
Dumoulin made an immediate impact with the Monarchs. His size and tremendous skill were a major factor in the 2008-2009 team’s overall success, and it also earned him Defensive Player of the Year honors in the league. In June, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Dumoulin 51st overall in the NHL Entry Draft, capping off a season of incredible accomplishments for the young defenseman.
This past fall Brian arrived on the campus of Boston College as a true freshman. Just two years earlier he had been a sophomore at a public high school in Maine. Brian was the first native Mainer to ever be recruited to play hockey at BC. Just as he had adjusted his game to better fit the junior level, Brian quickly adapted to the pace of play at the collegiate level, and similar to what he did as a Monarch, Brian then began to excel. He finished the season with an astonishing +40 rating, was a previously mentioned +10 in 4 NCAA Tournament games, and was a +3 in 8 of the 42 games he played. With stats like that it’s no wonder Brian was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team, College Hockey News All –Rookie team, and was also a runner up for Hockey East Rookie of the Year. The Beanpot Final on February 8thagainst archrival Boston University, a game in which the Eagles won, was the last game Dumoulin had a minus rating. He went the final 16 games of the Eagles’ season playing even or better.
So in his first season as a Boston College Eagle, Brian added a few more of things to his list of career highlights. Dumoulin and his Boston College teammates claimed the Beanpot Championship, Hockey East Tournament, and the NCAA Frozen Four Championship, and Brian himself earned a spot on his league’s All-Rookie team, a national All-Rookie team, the National Championship’s All-Tournament team, and was runner up for his league’s Rookie of the Year. Not bad for a kid from Biddeford, ME, but it would seem that these sorts of things are what Dumoulin was born to do.