Commitment Q&A: UConn's Ben Freeman
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
Connecticut secured a big - in more ways than one - part of their future on Monday when the Huskies received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4 power forward Ben Freeman. The '96-born winger, who plays for Northfield Mount Hermon Prep, caught up with CHN to talk about his commitment.
CHN: What made Uconn the right place for you?
Freeman: "UConn is the right place for me for many reasons. It is going to be Hockey East, which I grew up watching and I really like all three coaches. I like that they have other good sports and have amazing facilities. Also I like their great diverse academics, and the academic buildings I saw."
CHN: How would you describe your style? Is there an NHL player you try to model your game after?
Freeman: "I try to play like Joe Thornton, or wish I could. He has been my favorite player from day one."
CHN: Had you taken visits at any other schools?
Freeman: "I had visited Maine, Union, and Umass Lowell."
CHN: It has to be exciting knowing you're going into a program like UConn which will be trying to shape an identity in Hockey East and you'll be a big part of that. Being from Maine im sure you followed the league growing up.
Freeman: "I have always wanted to play college hockey. Playing in Hockey East has always been a goal, even when I was playing Maine high school hockey."