UConn men’s hockey has a new addition to its latest recruiting class, announcing forward Chase Bradley as one of the team’s 2021 signees. He previously committed to Northeastern in 2017.
Listed at 6 feet, 190 pounds with a left-handed shot, Bradley was selected in the seventh round (203 overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Draft.
UConn’s coaching staff is extremely high on Bradley, according to a program source. They view him as an instant-impact player who can become a potential leader for the team. The source described Bradley as a “big, strong, powerfully, gritty player with a goal-scoring touch” that “won’t fear any player and be able to contribute.” They also think he will play at the next level once he leaves Storrs.
He’s also an extremely competitive player, so much so that in high school, he sometimes needed to be separated from his older brother Connor during practice because the two would get at each other.
Bradley is a native of St. Louis and currently plays for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL with fellow UConn commit Tabor Heaslip. Bradley has three assists in three games this season but racked up seven goals and 12 assists in 34 games for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers last year.
The Huskies have officially signed three players in their class of 2021: Bradley and Hanley for forwards as well as goaltender Logan Terness. The two forwards both flipped from Northeastern.
Ryan Tverberg was originally supposed to be part of the 2021 class as well but will instead join UConn after the holiday break this saeson.
The Huskies have fourth other commits that are projected to come to Storrs as part of the 2021 class: Forwards Mark D’Agostino, Heaslip and Brandon Santa Juana and defenseman Jack Pascucci.
Here’s a list of UConn’s future commitments. Those in italics have officially signed a letter of intent.
2021: Forwards Chase Bradley, Mark D’Agostino, Nate Hanley, Tabor Heaslip, Brandon Santa Juana; defenseman Jack Pascucci; goaltender Logan Terness
2022: Forwards Ignat Belov, Sean Donaldson, Oliver Flynn
2023: Forward Mike Murtagh
Unclassified: Forward Drew Elser