By Madison capitols, 02/12/19, 11:30AM CST
Middleton, WI – Last Thursday, Madison Capitols forward, Chase Brand, announced his commitment to play collegiate hockey at Miami University. Brand becomes the 15th Capitol with a college commitment, and fourth of the season.
“I felt that Miami was the best spot for me to continue my career because their facilities are second to none,” says Brand. “You have unlimited resources to maximize your potential, and the coaching staff is very good. They are there for your development.”
The native of Nevis, Minnesota has played parts of the last two seasons in the USHL with two other teams, but couldn't find a landing spot until now.
“I think the reason I’ve done well this year is because Coach Suter gave me a great opportunity to play big minutes, and I took advantage of that and progressed throughout the year.” Brand says.
Coming out of Minnesota high school hockey, Brand landed in Brookings in the NAHL, playing 86 games and netting 42 points. He also saw 14 games between Sioux Falls and Omaha, posting only one goal over that time.
“Chase was one of those guys that was a borderline guy for other teams, but we had our eye on him all along” says head coach Garrett Suter. “He earned himself an invite to camp and very quickly made himself known to the entire league”.
Brand’s skill got recognized nationally earlier this year when he earned a top-five honor on Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays for a goal against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Chase isn’t the only one in the Brand family to play at high levels.
His sister, McKenna, played collegiately at Northeastern University for four years before joining the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League this season.
“It’s really cool having a sister that plays at a high level because it’s nice to talk to someone in my family who has gone through some of the same adversity I have,” explains Brand. “She has helped me immensely.”
Brand and the Capitols will be back at Bob Suter’s Capitols Ice Arena this Friday, February 15th at 7:05 pm for a matchup with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for $1 beer night.