Even before Brian Nelson joined the Hun School boys’ hockey program, he had visions of taking a leading role in a run to the Mercer County Tournament championship.
“I was in 7th grade and I went to the title game and I remember seeing that crowd,” recalled Nelson, who attended William Penn Middle School before coming to Hun in the fall of 2015. “I can’t wait to be that guy.”
Nelson had to be patient, though, playing a supporting role in his first three seasons with the program as standouts like Kyle Mandleur and Blake Brown led the Raiders to MCT titles.
Coming into the 2018-19 campaign, Nelson was ready to assume a starring role.
In discussing his Hun School ice hockey team, coach Ian McNally smiles when thinking about how physically imposing the Raiders have gotten this year. “In general we’re kind of bigger and older than we’ve been, and it’s nice,” McNally said. “Usually you’re looking at the other team going out for warm-ups and thinking, ‘We’re in a little bit of trouble,’ when you see their size. But I imagine there’s some teams watching us going through warm-ups this year and they’re saying ‘Uh oh,’ and he’s a big reason why.”
"DC couldn't come at a better time," Hun coach Ian McNally said. “Morale was low after the four losses. but everyone showed up in the mood to win and it was one of those tournaments where each game played out different, different heroes, different adversities and found different ways to win. This will be a good example of what we are capable of when similar scenarios come up over the next month of games."
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.