Hope Leaves Buffalo State, Turns Pro

Brett Hope - Buffalo State Bengals NCAA

Brett Hope, captain of the Buffalo State College Bengals is taking the step to pro hockey – Photo from Buffalo State Athletics

Blenheim’s Brett Hope is starting a new chapter in his hockey career as the forward, who had been captaining the Buffalo State College Bengals of the NCAA has decided to step away from his team and turn pro.

“Today is a bittersweet day,” wrote Hope. “Today I told my fellow Bengals I will no longer be a Bengal with them. I am heading to Fayetteville, North Carolina to play pro hockey and join the Fayetteville FireAntz for the remainder of the season. To everyone at Buffalo State that has helped me in a positive way from coaches, teammates, teachers, advisor and fellow students. I have to thank you all for having an impact on my life.”

Fayetteville currently sits second overall in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).

In 16 games this season with Buffalo State, Hope had 2 goals and 11 points. The senior had 64 points, and 21 goals in 95 career games with Buffalo State.

“It’s been an emotional roller coaster but it’s all pretty amazing to be living out the dream I had as a kid to play pro hockey,” continued Hope.

Hope played Junior hockey for the Chatham Maroons and St. Thomas Stars after graduating from the Chatham-Kent Cyclones ‘AAA’ organization.

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