Restocking The Cupboard: Matt Read
Posted by Dan Shrader on Monday, March 14, 2011
Forward, Bemidji State Beavers (NCAA)
5'10", 185 lbs.
Read, the senior captain of BSU, has never missed a game in his time as a Beaver; in fact is the second fastest to reach 100 points since BSU's step up to Division 1 hockey, and also one of the few players to serve as a captain in back-to-back years. Read received numerous offers to turn pro following the end of last season, but turned them down in order to return to Bemidji and finish his degree in Exercise Science. Read made the Development Camp tour the past few summers, including a stop in St. Paul.
Read is fast, and skilled, but does it all; scores goals, makes plays, kills penalties, wins faceoffs, digs pucks out of the corners. He begin his BSU career as a Right Wing, but has since moved back to Center, giving him versatility at the forward position. Scouts have shown up all season to check out Read's progress, and recently Beaver Hockey Beat Writer Eric Stromgren intimated that Read has a huge fan in former NHL Coach/Scout Andy Murray. It should also be noted that Read is a big game player; he scored some huge goals on Bemidji's magical run to the Frozen Four in 2009, and recently had three goals in the most recent WCHA playoff series on the road against Nebraska-Omaha, helping lead the Beavers to St. Paul for the Final 5 (6?)
Barring another influential playoff run (and this former BSU attendee hopes so,) we'll know Read's future plans by the end of the weekend. I'd imagine that The Brass will be in attendance.