Alum Brian Kramer currently plays for the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League and is also committed to Robert Morris University.
We caught up to chat about his time in the Pens Elite program and how he has adjusted to playing in the USHL.
Photo Credit - Mitch Highman
Everything is a little bit faster, skating and puck movement. There’s less time to make decisions and plays with the puck.
Playing for Pens Elite helped me tremendously. We played against great competition, as well as practices, skills, and weights throughout the year helped me play at higher levels.
Trust yourself. Some people get down on themselves when they’re not committed or playing juniors at a young age. Keep working hard and take advantage of your opportunities when they come.
Competing at Nationals during my 16U year in Pittsburgh. We did pretty well in a tough group.
Noah Beck, we play very similar to each other, so when we’re down late, it’s fun to play with him as a D partner.
We usually have open ice/skills every morning at 9:30, then we go to workout right by the rink at 11, go and grab lunch after, come back to the rink for practice at 2, hang out with the guys or billets after for the night.
Always pasta with chicken.
Our rink in Fargo is the best, the atmosphere’s always electric and a great facility too.
Tri City. It’s a long trip for us, and we have had some problems with the ice during games. They’re a tough team to play against at home.