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Gorham hockey star suits up for USM

The young USM men's team is building its proud program one player at a time, and that includes former Gorham Rams star Justin Broy, who is re-defining the word perseverance. (WGME)

GORHAM (WGME) – The college hockey season is well underway.

The young USM men's team is building its proud program one player at a time, and that includes former Gorham Rams star Justin Broy, who is re-defining the word perseverance.

Even though the distance is short it's still been a long road from Gorham to USM for goalie Justin Broy.

Three years ago, Broy lead the Gorham Rams into the state finals for the first time in school history. Gorham lost to Messalonskee that day, and for Broy, he thought his hockey career might be over.

"Definitely, it's always heartbreaking when you lose in the state finals and then not knowing if you could ever make a junior team, or if you can't make a junior team, the chances of you walking on and making a college team are very, very slim," Broy said.

Broy did make a junior team, but after a year and a half he started to lose the love for a game he loved so much.

"I was fortunate enough to make a junior team, but I wasn't playing, so my confidence was going down to the floor, it just wasn't there," Broy said.

So Broy ended up applying to the University of Southern Maine.

"Unfortunately, I got cut my freshman year,” Broy said. “Obviously, it's kind of hard making a team when you’re walking on but actually with a month left in the season, I got lucky with the current situation and got to join the team."

This year, he did one better. Broy made the team and no one was happier than Huskies head coach Ed Harding.

"everyone loves him, he comes here has a smile on his face, he'll stand in net for hours at a time and take shots and what player doesn't like that," Broy said.

For Broy, who grew up just a few miles from USM, playing for the Huskies is a dream come true.

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