Marshfield High School standout Pat Shea has committed to the University of Maine to play college hockey. He helped guide his team to Massachusetts Division I State Finals last season as a sophomore while scoring 11 goals and 25 assists in 27 games played.
Maine is getting an all-around, complete player, according to his high school coach, Dan Connolly. "He plays in all situations, the power play, the penalty kill, and is on the top line. He is a very responsible player, always in the right spot, and always on the defensive side of puck when his team does not have the puck."
Shea will also bring some serious offensive upside to Orono. His 36 points last season doubled his output from his first season of high school hockey. "He has great vision. He's a great passer, and he can also score. He has a very quick release on his shot," said Connolly of his star player.
Connolly believes Maine is getting a player who will always thrive to get better, and most importantly help the team win. "Pat is a very strong kid with a great work ethic. He is a great competitor and hates to lose. He is very coachable, and a kid every coach wants on his team because you know he will do the right thing."
The five-foot-ten-inch Shea also plays split-season midget hockey for the Cape Cod Whalers. He will begin playing for the Black Bears in either the fall of 2015 or, more likely, 2016.
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