“It’s the best of both worlds for Tyler,” said Hanson, whose team has won eight straight games and is 13-2 overall. “First off you’ve got to be pretty smart to get into Brown, and Tyler is certainly that. And he’ll be getting to play Division 1 hockey, which is also what he wanted. It’s a great choice for him; I think Tyler will fit in well there.
“Tyler loved Brown from Day 1. It’s always smart to keep all of your options open, but even after exploring some of those Brown was still his No. 1 choice.”
The Andover resident said it’s likely he’ll spend a year in Junior hockey upon his graduation from St. John’s Prep in the spring of 2014, but that nothing is set in stone.
The eldest of three sons, Bird said his parents, Rita and Frank, were not only instrumental throughout the college process, but also for helping him get to where he is now as both a player and a person.
“I just know it’s nice that the pressure (of selecting a college) is taken off now, and I can focus on helping our (SJP) team in any way possible,” said Bird. “I’m just happy I’m going to a school that really wanted me.”
Hanson, who said he’s first and foremost thrilled that Bird will be getting an Ivy League education, said Bird came to the Eagles as a freshman with good size, and since then has developed into much more of a complete player.
“Tyler’s really aggresive on the forecheck, he can be physical, he’s good in both the defensive and offensive ends, and he brings energy to the ice every time out there,” said Hanson. “He’s come a long way in terms of confidence and his puck handling.”