Every hockey player dreams of playing in the NHL from the very first time they lace up their skates. We all have pretended to play in game seven of the Stanley cup while in our driveway. But, for most of us, playing Division 1 college hockey is a close second. The allure of playing for a big-time university in front the entire student body. With 32% percent of NHL players having NCAA backgrounds, college hockey has also become one of the best routes to achieving your NHL dreams. For one fortunate Team Maryland player, that dream is coming true. U16 goaltender Dominic Basse, has officially committed to play Division 1 hockey for the Colorado College Tigers. The commitment ended a very exciting time including recruiting calls and campus visits.
“I'm really excited to commit to Colorado College,” commented Dom, “It was great to meet the coaches at all of the schools I visited at but in the end, I felt that CC was the best fit for me as a student and an athlete. The NCHC is a very challenging conference, there are no easy games and I like a challenge. The coaches were just great and they are leading the team to be a solid NCAA contender and I look forward to being a part of it.”
The NCHC is thought of as one of if not the top conference in college hockey. The conference includes St. Cloud State, North Dakota, Western Michigan, Denver (the defending National Champions), Miami, Minnesota Duluth, and Omaha. Seven players from the NCHC have been named to the preliminary U.S. National Junior Team roster. Colorado College has also proven to be a launching pad to a pro career, with nearly 40 former Tigers having played in the NHL.
The road to committing hasn’t been an easy one and never is. Like his former Team Maryland teammate, Connor Tait (Quinnipiac commit), Dom has had to put in a lot of work on and off the ice to get to where he is. “I don't think for a moment I could do what he does daily: manage his classes and a pretty nice GPA, playing TM and Gonzaga hockey. Then add his training and goalie lessons...I'm amazed,” said Dom’s father Daryl Basse. The road is long and hard but the rewards are well worth the effort.
“What mom doesn't get emotional seeing their child accomplish something they have worked so hard for? I'm just so happy for him,” added Dom’s mother Lorna Basse, “His path hasn't been easy for sure, if anything people have thrown up roadblocks and he has just been so focused, he worked through them. Dom's had his goals written on a mirror in his bedroom for years and this is one that he can check off. This is just another step towards his bigger goal.”
Dom has long been a standout here at TM, but just recently blazed onto the national radar. Things started to heat up after having to fill in for the U18 goaltenders at the AYHL playoffs last season while he was only 15. Dom lead the team to the championship game on the back of his outstanding performance. “It was incredible to see him come in and rise to the occasion,” Coach Ceransky stated, “It’s a big-time situation for a kid his age to have to deal with, but he handled it with grace. Coaching Dominick again this year, I’m beginning to see why success seems to follow him…humble hard work.” The summer after that game, Basse was invited to Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp which is a select camp made up of the top goaltenders in each age group eligible for international play. He was also selected to attend the U15 National Camp and made the All-Star game.
Even after all his recent accomplishments, Basse remains humble and asked us to help him thank everyone who has aided in his success along the way.
“I'm thankful to Team Maryland as an organization along with their coaches and my fellow players. Together, we have pushed each other so we can all advance, develop and move on to the next level. I'm very fortunate to have such an amazing goalie partner in (Andrew) Tackas. Our partnership has allowed us both to grow, compete and elevate our game and the most fun I've had playing the game has been alongside him. I know we will be playing against each other one of these days in college. I'm grateful to my goalie coach Jason Wolfe (Wolfe Hockey) for helping my family and I put together a plan and for all his time on the ice with me to get on the path to my dream of playing D1 hockey and beyond. Finally, I have the most supporting family. They have done so much for me. The have driven countless hours to and from rinks. I would not have been able to have the opportunities I have today without them, and I know they would do it all over again if they had to.”
On behalf of all members of the TM family. Congratulation Dominic. Your success is well deserved and we wish you the best of luck. #TMProud