By Craig Stein
Hounds Sending Another To the Division I Ranks
17-year-old Notre Dame Hounds’ defenseman Tim Gould tends to do things a little ahead of the curve. Despite being a 2000-born player, Gould graduated high school a year early, and now he’s playing Junior ‘A’ hockey a year sooner than most, and just for good measure, he’s already signed with a Division I NCAA School.
Gould committed to the University of Maine Black Bears earlier this month.
“This summer I went to a hockey school in PEI, and a group of us went down to a Showcase down in Maine and I started talking to them there. Talks got a lot more serious at the Showcase in Saskatoon at the start of this season, and then at the Regina Showcase was when I arranged my visit down there and I made the decision right after that.”
The Riverview, New Brunswick product who spent the last few years (Midget and Junior) across the country from his family, will be about a four hour drive from home when he suits up for Maine. The scholarship will take effect when he’s 19, so not next season but the one after. He notes that plans for next year aren’t set in stone but feels there’s a good chance he’ll be back in Notre Dame. His younger brother Kevin is in Grade 10 and also in Wilcox as part of the Hounds’ Midget program.
“The Hounds have a really good reputation down east. I knew guys who’d played or coached here like Ethan Crossman and Carson McManaman. Devan Praught coached me in PEI a few summers and highly recommended it. To me it’s a better education and a higher level of hockey. I’m a smaller guy to play against these bigger stronger farm boys has helped my development a lot.”
Hounds’ Coach & GM Clint Mylymok says Gould is a prime example of how a player can develop when they buy into the template at Notre Dame.
“His development has been fun to watch and his drive and determination are a big part of it. His upside is huge and he’s far from done in terms of growth as a player. Maine got themselves a real good player and an even better person.”
Gould has 13-goals and 31-points, more than any other rookie defenseman in the SJHL this season.