Utah’s Deeth Balances College, Hockey

By Maggie Thach
The Salt Lake Tribune

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – When Brian Deeth received the news he would be going to the Utah Grizzlies, he didn’t pack much.

He grabbed his hockey gear, one bag of clothes, and oh, of course, his back pack filled with homework.

“I kept it light,” Deeth said. “I’m used to traveling a lot.”

Deeth is still in his senior year at Northeastern University in Boston. He was in the process of finishing up his business degree when Utah Grizzlies coach Jason Christie contacted Northeastern’s hockey coach.

Christie liked what he saw in Deeth and wanted to make him a part of the team.

“In practice, I like how he handles the puck. He’s just smooth,” Christie said. “We need a little offense and he’s a guy who will be able to step in and be a power-play guy.”

But Christie isn’t expecting to have a complete turnaround just by acquiring Deeth.

“We know he’s not going to come in and change everything,” Christie said. “We just want him to be ready to compete hard.”

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