BC High hockey junior forward Patrick Kramer emerged as one of the state's most feared goal-scorers a year ago.
This year, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Bridgewater native is still on a clip of about two points per game through the first month-plus of the season, but he's added another trait to his resume: that of playmaker. Kramer has 14 assists through nine games and is clicking on his line alongside fellow junior Jake Lemanski and sophomore Kayser Raei.
Last week, Kramer announced his verbal commitment to Merrimack College, with the intent to land with the Warriors for the 2016-17 season, or perhaps sooner.
With the Eagles jumping out of the gate to a 7-0-2 start, we caught up with Kramer after BC High's latest victory, a 5-0 blanking of No. 14 Reading:
On his decision to commit: "I got the offer and I went up on a visit last Monday. I really liked the school, it's a good fit for me. I like the coaching staff, so it felt like the right fit and I decided to commit."
On the BC High connection at Merrimack: "Coach [Mark] Dennehy's a great guy and any chance you have to play for a guy like that it's a good time. Seeing guys like Sam Marotta and all the goalies that have gone up there, there's a history. It's a good fit."
On what the coaching staff sees his role as: "They want a two-way player who finishes all their checks. They want me to keep doing what I'm doing here [at BC High], they want me to keep doing that and going forward, to bring that to their system up there."
On his high assist total this year: "The way our lines work this year is that I have two great finishers on my line [Lemanski and Raei]. I'm going to do whatever I can with the puck on my stick to make sure we're getting goals. If that's picking up apples, it doesn't matter."
On how he feels BC High has performed to this point: "We're clicking. We've got a lot of momentum going right now. We need to just keep building on that. We have good team chemistry all around and we just want to keep that going."