Friedmann has career highs on and off the ice
A gold medalist with Canada’s open men’s hockey team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, Friedmann became the eighth player in Robert Morris University (RMU) hockey history to record 100 career points on Mar. 18, in the team’s Atlantic Hockey (AHC) semifinal victory.
His senior year, featuring a career-high 42 points in 39 games was good for third in team scoring and a pro contract with the Fort Wayne Komets – the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche – signed shortly after the Colonials lost the AHC final. Just two year ago, the Toronto native was a key piece in helping the school capture its first AHC tournament championship.
“It was a huge win and opportunity to get our school on the national stage,” said Friedmann, who scored his first pro goal for the Komets on Mar. 26 and was named to the AHC all-tournament team this season. “It set up the program for further future success.”
But it’s off the ice that Friedmann has shown he is just as valuable to his community. In January, he was one of 18 NCAA players nominated for the 2016 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award – recognizing contributions made by an athlete to their team and community through volunteerism. Friedmann earned recognition for his work with CCChampions, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh that allows kids with cancer to form year-long friendships with mentors.
“It’s just something I love doing,” said Friedmann, when asked about the program. “Helping those around you is something I love doing and will always do.”
Derek Schooley, head coach of Colonials, pointed to Friedmann’s development and desire to be a difference maker, by the time he left as a member of the most-decorated senior class in team history.
“David has grown as a player and as a person over his four years,” said Schooley. “He has been a great ambassador for our program with his volunteer work and the giving of his time…His game has (also) gotten better year after year and you can see that (in) his production.”
Friedmann also took on a leadership role in the Jewish community on campus, serving as the vice president of RMU Hillel. His Maccabi roots date back to the summer of 2009, when he represented Canada Red as a junior player at the World Jewish Hockey Championship in Metula. Among his favourite memories were pulling off a miraculous 4-3 shootout victory over the rival Americans. Being part of the senior team though, was an even greater experience.
“Opening ceremonies was a huge thing,” said Friedmann, reflecting on the 2013 Maccabiah, where he was one of the youngest members of the team. “You’re there with 10,000 other athletes in a stadium with 40,000 people. It’s just crazy to think about how you’re there competing against so many other Jews from all over the world.
“Playing with players who also share the same faith as you, makes you proud of who you are and where you come from.”
Friedmann’s pro season continues with the Komets in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs.