Hometown: Foam Lake, SK [STATS]
Education: Yale University, B.A. in Economics
Hockey Experience: College of Notre Dame Junior “A” Hounds, SJHL (2003-05); Yale University (2005-08); Rockford IceHogs, AHL (2008); Fresno Falcons, ECHL (2008-09); Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL (2008-09); Rockford IceHogs, AHL (2008-09); Elmira Jackals, ECHL (2009-11); Dundee Stars, EIHL (2011-12)
Community Involvement: Brennan has a long history of community service efforts. In Elmira, New York, he makes weekly appearances at schools to talk to kids about the importance of reading and getting a good education. He also volunteers twice a week in a second grade classroom at one school, helping with daily tasks—from completing art projects to helping the children develop their reading and writing skills.
Brennan has been instrumental throughout the spring/summer of 2010 as a volunteer coordinator for the “Be Mandi’s Hero” initiative, focused on recruiting bone marrow and cord blood donors for a Yale women’s hockey player who is battling leukemia. To learn more about Brennan’s involvement, click here.
“As professional athletes, it’s quite obvious the influence we have on young children. At Notre Dame, I became involved in the group ‘Hounds for Humanity,’ where the philosophy of serving others was deeply instilled in me. Throughout college, I participated in the Yale Youth Hockey Association and tutored at New Haven-area schools. This year, I’ve assisted in community book drives and reading functions at various schools in the Elmira area. With help from our team’s community relations coordinator, I’m trying to set up a ‘Reading for Tickets’ promotion where students can get tickets to games if they read a certain amount of books or pages in a book. We’re still working out the details, but I’m very excited about it.”