Brandon Cleary is the energy guy. He’s the one that grinds to the dirty areas, fights for the puck, and makes sure to get under the other team’s skin. Cleary certainly knows his role very well.
“Grinding, hitting,” Cleary said when asked what his role was.
His coach was a little more expressive.
“(His) competitive meter is off the charts,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “Flat out flies and makes things happen when he is on the ice. Last year he was one of the primary reasons for our team’s conditioning, helping drive our off the ice workout program. Guy leads by example by excelling in the classroom.”
Last season for Maryland, Cleary finished with five goals and three assists, and added 28 penalty minutes in route to Nationals in St. Louis.
Cleary first started out playing hockey when he visited his grandparents in New Hampshire and played with the local kids. He has played all over, including his senior year of high school in New Hampshire. Cleary now lives in Westminster.
Cleary is a kinesiology major, and was previously a pre-med student. He would also like to go to graduate school, although he’s not quite sure yet what he would like to study. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his team and room mates, Jake Friedland and Andrew Stewart. He is also big on working out. He loves rooting for the Washington Capitals. He enjoys listening to 90s era rock, especially Soundgarden and Nirvana. He watches Ray Donovan, Shameless and Breaking Bad.
Before each game, Cleary has a pretty unique tradition with his buddy Stewart. During the pre game prayer, Cleary and Stew exchange winks with one another. And then it’s all business from there for Cleary on the ice.
When it comes to his expectations for the team this year, he wants to return to where the team was last year.
“I want to go back to Nationals,” Cleary said.