Former Bowling Green forward Brandon Hawkins announced via Twitter on Thursday that he will transfer to Northeastern for his final two years of eligibility:
I'm excited to announce that I have committed to play hockey at @GoNUmhockey thank you everyone that has helped me along the way #GoHuskies— Brandon Hawkins (@B_Hawkins17) October 28, 2016
Hawkins is an interesting case. He was excellent in his first two seasons at Bowling Green. He led the Falcons in scoring as a freshman and was a WCHA All-Rookie team selection, then finished second on team scoring in his sophomore season, totaling 58 points in 80 career games played.
Hawkins was expected to make a big impact for the Falcons as a junior, earning preseason All-WCHA recognition, and receiving a preseason player of the year vote from one of the league’s coaches. But the day before the official start of the season and Bowling Green’s first exhibition game, Bowling Green announced that Hawkins was no longer a member of their program.
Whatever the issue, it apparently won’t prevent Hawkins from skating for the Huskies after sitting out a season as a transfer. Hawkins is a proven capable scorer at the college level and should be able to make an instant impact in the Northeastern line-up. Perhaps it is a bit of transfer for Northeastern, who lost a talented scorer of their own two years ago, when one of their top forwards, Mike Szmatula, left the program to transfer to Minnesota.