Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the September 13 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan native Andrew Bellant is an incoming-freshman forward for the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team. As one of 11 newcomers, Bellant looks to fill the void left behind by the graduation of five forwards from last season's WCHA playoff championship team.
Self-described as a high-energy forward, Bellant will bring a physical presence to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. He will fill a role the Huskies have been looking for.
"I'm more of a gritty player (who) likes to get down on the corners," he said. "I work hard and I'm a (guy with) high energy.
"I am there to do whatever the team needs me to do. If goals and points happen, then they happen, but that's not really what I'm here for. I'm here to help the team win (and) be successful throughout the year."
Hockey has been a part of the 5-foot-9, 165 pound Bellant's identity his entire life. Playing three years of North American Hockey League (NAHL) with four teams, Bellant has both scored points and picked up penalty minutes. He notched 56 goals and 127 points in 165 games while accumulating 498 minutes in penalties.