Brad Lindquist played for a high school hockey power house. Randolph High won three New Jersey state championships while he attended, including his senior year when he was team captain.
Now, the stay at home defenseman makes the transition from the Division Three Maryland Terrapin hockey team to the Division Two squad, where he helped carry a continual Terps Hockey tradition.
“We had a bunch of returning D-men last year, so Brad played a season with the D3 team and had an outstanding year,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “He has continued the tradition of us having an overall “program” rather than two separate teams. For the third straight year we have had freshman on the D3 team join the D2 team in their sophomore season. He also keeps our Jersey connection alive! Great hands, great hockey sense and a great addition to the locker room.”
And all of that may not have been possible if it wasn’t for his cousin, Matt Lindquist. When Lindquist started his skating lessons, he saw his cousin play hockey, and immediately wanted to follow suit.
“I started out doing 5 a.m. clinics,” Lindquist said. “It was terrible, but I enjoyed it. It was fun. Moved on to direct programs. That’s how I began.”
Now, he has moved from those dreadful 5 a.m. clinics to ice time on the University of Maryland squad. He decided to come to Maryland because he really liked the location and how the campus is close to both Washington D.C. and Baltimore. It also wasn’t too far away from his hometown in New Jersey.
Lindquist is currently an economics major, but he is trying to get into the business school. He hopes to double major in accounting and finance, and while he doesn’t know exactly what he would like to do with his career, he’s hoping to figure out what path he’d like to take next spring.
Off the ice, Lindquist enjoys the occasional comedy movie, and sometimes action movies. He’s a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in fact, he’s seen them in concert three times.
As far as this season goes, Lindquist hopes to play a role on another National caliber team. And his successful track record makes it seem likely.
“I know they went to Nationals last year,” Lindquist said. “From what I’ve heard from other players, they’ve said that we’ve only gotten better with new players that came in. So I hope to get back to where they were last year.”