Former Hobart College goalie Nick Broadwater ’13 and defenseman Mike White ’13 both recently signed with professional hockey teams in Europe. Broadwater will be playing for the Destil Trappers of the Eredivisie League in Tilburg, Netherlands, and White has signed with the Tours Temparts of France’s Division 2 in Tours, France.
Broadwater departs for the Netherlands at the end of August, and his season will go from September through March. He became just the third Hobart hockey player to earn first team All-American honors last year. Broadwater finished his senior season with a Statesmen record 1.66 goals against average, and a .939 save percentage. He ranks first on the Hobart career list for shutouts (11) and goals against average (2.25) and second in wins (45), saves (2,275), and save percentage (.927).
“I’m grateful for the career I had at Hobart,” said Broadwater. “I grew as a person on and off the ice and could not be more thankful to the people who helped me. I believe the hockey program is a first-class organization, where if you want to succeed it can benefit you in all areas of life.”
White began training camp last week and his season with the Remparts will begin at the end of August. He played in 18 games in his senior season at Hobart, notching five assists. He helped lead the Statesmen defense that posted a 1.83 season goals against average. White played in 85 career games and posted four goals and 35 assists.
“My time at Hobart helped me to achieve this goal,” said White. “Academically, I was able to secure a great internship last summer, which I feel allowed me to play hockey and still have a great resume for when my hockey career ends. In terms of hockey, I was able to learn from great coaches in Coach Mark Taylor, Coach Sean Flanagan and Coach Carl Michaelson. They have all played pro hockey, including overseas, so their input really helped my decision. In addition, the trip to Europe with our team over winter break last year allowed me to see how European hockey is played and how the fans look at the game, and that was an incredible and eye-opening experience.”
Over the past four seasons, Broadwater and White led Hobart to a 63-35-8 record, capturing the 2011-12 ECAC West Tournament Championship and a share of the 2013-13 ECAC West regular season title.