RMU player getting on-ice internship with Penguins
Brandon Denham, a Milton, Ontario native, is no stranger to ice time at the professional level.
Enrolled at Robert Morris, Denham, a right-wing forward, has made his way to Pittsburgh hoping to catch the eyes of some of Penguins scouts as he goes into his senior year.
“For me, it's an opportunity to show myself to the Penguins,” Denham said. “At this level, there are so many knowledgeable people, and they have so much advice they can give on tradition, and workouts on the ice.
“I just want to be like a sponge and absorb it all in.”
Denham was in Winnipeg last week at the Jets' professional developmental camp. And last year he was at the Calgary Flames' professional developmental camp.
Denham was invited to the Penguins' camp as an unsigned/undrafted prospect. This being his third camp in two years, he and his coach, Derek Schooley, know this is an awesome opportunity for him.
“It's good he's getting noticed,” Schooley said. “He's a good kid with great character, and other organizations are going to see (that).”
Schooley added it's also good Denham is getting familiar with these professional programs. With his size and improved skating skills, making numerous camp appearances could lead Denham to a job at the highest level.
Until then, Schooley looks forward to having him on the ice in the fall.
Schooley found Denham at the perfect time.
Schooley said he was looking for a bigger player to add to his roster and his scouts mentioned Denham. After attending one of Denham's games, Schooley was sold and able to get Denham to join his program.
In the 2014-15 season, Denham produced 27 points (nine goals and 18 assists) in 37 games.
Denham also recognizes the importance of having an education, which is why he chose the collegiate route versus staying with Oakville in the Ontario Junior Hockey League in Canada.
He is majoring in accounting and finance at Robert Morris.
He also has collected the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic honor his first two years.
“It was a chance for me to get (some) extra years and an education,” Denham said.
At 23, Denham may be a little older and behind others who started playing earlier than him, but that will not set him back as he still has his eye on playing at the highest professional level.
“It's been a dream since I was 3 years old,” he said, “so hopefully one day.”