You have likely been living under a rock if you are part of the Team Maryland family and haven’t heard of Dom Basse. For those of you just peaking your head out from underneath that rock, here are the highlights.
Basse was a three-year player for TM. While his future has always been bright, he rose to prominence after playing for the 18U team during their AYHL Playoffs as a 15-year-old. The team lost a heartbreaking championship game with seconds to play, but Basse’s performance earned him the Great American Goaltender award. During his 16U year with Team Maryland Dom was drafted in the USHL by the Youngstown Phantoms and committed to play Division I hockey at Colorado College. Last season Basse went to South Kent prep school where he won a National Championship.
That brings us to this summer. The Team Maryland family anxiously watching the 2019 NHL Draft to see if one of their own would be picked to live out their hockey dreams. And then it happened…with the 167th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft the Chicago Blackhawks selected Dominic Basse. With a few words the hard work of so many paid off. All the extra hours Dom put in. All the love, driving, picture taking, and cheering from parents Lorna and Daryl. All the practice and goalie sessions with coaches Ceransky, Grant, and Wolfe. Not to mention the support and competition he received from all his teammates here. It all came together for a beautiful moment.
“I'm so excited and grateful to be drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks. This has been a lifelong goal and dream of mine, made sweeter by the fact my Dad was born in Chicago and it's his favorite team! When I met the coaching staff and scouts, they were incredible and I'm so humbled to be a part of such a legendary organization! I’m very excited to get to work," said Basse "I’ve known all along this is a journey and I’m very grateful for the opportunity the Blackhawks have given me. So much thanks go to my Goalie Coach: Jason Wolfe and the Team Maryland organization, all my teammates whom I've played with, my coaches and most of all my parents, who encouraged me to dream big, work hard and pursue my dream. We all did it!”
Dom is not the first TM player to be drafted and won’t be the last, but with the growth of the program in recent future it is a point of legitimization in this new era for our organization.
“It was a pleasure to have Dom and the Basse’s in our little community. Was Dom a great player that I will always remember working with? Yes. But it was more than that. The Basse’s truly understood that this was a family and did a lot to help grow that culture here. So of course, we celebrate Dom for all his accomplishments, because they are well deserved, but today we all share in the excitement. We can’t wait to watch him play for another one of our family members next season, the Youngstown Phantoms.” Hockey Director Christopher Ceransky
Make sure to order your tickets for September 6th at 7:00 PM when Basse’s Youngstown Phantoms come to Piney Orchard Ice Arena to take on the Maryland Blackbears in a preseason bout.