By Paul Owen, Sarnia Observer
Some things are more important than hockey.
For Dan Bremner, one of those things was keeping a promise to his mom.
Bremner, a 26-year-old Sarnia native, took the first part of this season off from his professional career with the Knoxville Ice Bears this season so he could finish his degree — something he knew his mother Judy, who died of cancer last November, would approve of.
“She just wanted me to do what I was passionate about, and she knew I put a lot of importance in education as well as hockey,” said Bremner.
“I wish I would have been done soon enough that she would have been able to see me graduate. I know that would have meant a lot to her.
“The next best alternative is to make sure I pursue my education as far as I can.”
So Bremner missed the start of his second season with the Ice Bears to head back to Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where he played three seasons of college hockey earlier in his career.
“It was always in the plans to finish it. With playing hockey, I think as time went by it would have been harder and harder to go back, so I thought it was important to take that two and a half months right at the start of this year and just get it out of the way,” Bremner said. “My parents have always put a lot of importance in education; my mom was a high school teacher.”
Bremner finished his bachelor of science degree in biology before rejoining the Ice Bears for his second season. He has played six games with the team thus far this year, registering one point.