Congratulations to Notre Dame Hound, Tim Gould’17, on committing to the University of Maine in the NCAA. “We are excited about Tim’s commitment to the University of Maine Black Bears (Hockey East). Tim has worked very hard, on and off the ice, to make this happen. He has taken advantage of his opportunities and has quickly established himself as a top young defenseman. We look forward to seeing Tim continue his hockey and academic career as a Black Bear under the strong coaching staff at Maine.”
The Maine Black Bears men’s ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college icehockey program that represents the University of Maine. The Black Bears are a member of Hockey East. They play at the Harold Alfond Sports Arena—commonly known as Alfond Arena or “The Alfond”—in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears have appeared in eleven Frozen Fours, have a 28–18 record in NCAA Tournament games, and have won two national championships—in 1993 and 1999.
Gould a six-foot defenseman from Moncton, New Brunswick is a force on the blue line. “I am very excited to be joining the University of Maine Black Bears. I had been talking to a few schools but after going out to Maine for a visit, I felt it was the best place for me to develop as a hockey player and a student. Maine plays in hockey East so the competition level is very high and they travel schedule is a little lighter as all the teams are located very close together. Everyone out there including the coaches, staff, and professors made me feel like a part of the Maine family right away. It also didn’t hurt that it’s close to home for me so I’m sure my family will be happy with that. With me being away for the past 5 years, I’m sure they will be excited to see me play more often.”
Gould knows he could not have reached his success this season without his teammates, “We have a great team this year and one of the things that make it so good are the players on this team. We are a very tight group of friends both on and off the ice. I’ve been playing hockey for a long time and I have to admit this is the closest groups of guys that I’ve played with.There are no egos in the dressing room, we just all show up ready to work hard every night and support each other”
Gould would like to thank Coach Mylymok for his commitment to the Notre Dame Program, “Clint has been great this year and helped me a lot. Before coming out to camp in August I was at the Gatineau Olympique camp and they wanted me to sign in Gatineau but I had a great conversation with Coach Mylymok and he convinced me to come back. He told me he believed in me and that he thought someday I would be a D1 hockey Player. Everything he told me he was going to do, he’s followed through on which I am very thankful for. He devotes a lot of time and energy to his players and his program.”
On Developing at Notre Dame:
“Being at ND has made me a better hockey player. ND gives us all the tools and equipment to get better. It’s a personal choice, you can either sit in your room or walk over the gym/training center to work on your skills. If you are willing to put in the hard work, they give us everything we need to get better…we have a full gym, rapid shot machine, shooting lanes, stickhandling area… I started here 3 years ago and played 2 season of Midget AAA and then joined the Jr A team this year. The first year was a little rough but it was a great learning experience. That spring and summer I spent all my free time in the gym getting stronger and the ice working on skills. The following year I came back and made the Hounds. Although I had another year of Midget eligibility left, I graduated a year early so my only option to come back to ND was with the Jr A team. I knew that if I wanted to make the Jr A team this year I needed to get stronger and faster. Just like the summer before I made some personal sacrifices and sent the whole summer in the ice training and on the ice working on my skating. When I arrived at camp I think I surprised a few people but I don’t like to take anything for granted. So far this season it’s been a very successful one but I don’t believe in taking anything for granted and I like to go out every night and play my hardest.”