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IN LIKE FLYNN

Rookie Brian Flynn is already making his mark in Rochester

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 3:05 PM / Features
By Madison Brown  - Digital Media Intern
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IN LIKE FLYNN
Amerks rookie Brian Flynn has carried his collegiate success with him to the Amerks this season. Flynn\u2019s eight goals and 16 points currently rank third on the team behind Marcus Foligno and T.J. Brennan. After a slow start to the season that saw him collect just one goal in seven October contests, Flynn rattled off a nine-game point streak from Nov. 2-28 where he scored seven goals and chipped in eight assists.
Flynn (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)

Rochester Americans rookie Brian Flynn grew up in Lynnfield, Mass., right around the corner from collegiate hockey powerhouses Boston University and Boston College and, of course, the NHL’s Boston Bruins. His father used to take him to watch these teams as a child, but Flynn began playing before he can even remember. His family of hockey players sparked his interest in the sport and he hasn’t looked back since.

Flynn played several sports through prep school but chose to focus on hockey because that’s what he loved the most. He aspired to play college hockey and hoped it would lead to a career in the NHL.

“Hockey was by far, definitely my passion and the sport I was best at for sure,” said the 24-year-old Flynn. “I always knew I wanted to play hockey.”

His impact on the hockey program at the University of Maine was felt right away. Flynn finished his freshman season second on the team with 25 points (12+13) and had continued success through the next three seasons.

BRIAN FLYNN'S CAREER BIO

As a senior, Flynn served as a team captain and displayed his best performance as a Black Bear. He finished with 48 points (18+30), second on the team to Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Spencer Abbott. The co-captain led his team to the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals where they ultimately lost 5-2 to Minnesota Duluth.

“The whole experience was a responsibility, and being a leader will help you in everything in life,” Flynn said. “I learned a lot from it; I think it made me a better player.”

At the completion of his senior season in Maine, Flynn played five games with the Amerks while on an Amateur Tryout Offer (ATO), before signing a one-year entry-level contract with the Sabres. After picking up just one assist during the five-game ATO, Flynn has carried his collegiate success with him to the Amerks this season.

My parents always stressed education is the most important thing...You can’t play hockey forever so you need to get a job when you’re done playing. - Brian Flynn

Flynn’s eight goals and 16 points currently rank third on the team behind Marcus Foligno and T.J. Brennan. After a slow start to the season that saw him collect just one goal in seven October contests, Flynn rattled off a nine-game point streak from Nov. 2-28 where he scored seven goals and chipped in eight assists. The streak was highlighted by his first career professional hat trick as part of a four-point game against Albany on November 23.

Despite his immediate success, Flynn is staying grounded and looking to focus on the season as a whole.

“It’s only such a small portion of the year,” explained Flynn. “You always have to keep a perspective of things. There will be ups and downs and I have to be ready for that.”

After signing with the Sabres last March, Flynn graduated two months later with a degree in financial economics. It was equally important to him as well as his parents to earn a degree while getting the chance to play hockey at Maine.

“As I was brought up, through high school and going into college, my parents always stressed education is the most important thing,” Flynn said. “Someday, if I play 10 years in the NHL, I’m still going to need that degree at some point. You can’t play hockey forever so you need to get a job when you’re done playing.”

Although he has hopes to use his degree in the long run, Flynn’s primary goal is to focus on hockey and get to the next level.

“I want to play in the NHL and have the longest career as I can possibly have and ultimately win a Stanley Cup,” Flynn said. “That’s one of the goals, playing in this league, and it’s definitely something you should work for.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82