The third-year Amerk is willing to do whatever it takes, even playing an unfamiliar position
Nov 22, 2022
By Suzie Cool
Rochester Americans forward Brendan Warren quite literally laughed when asked, “When was the last time you centered a game?”
“I think I played a few games at center in my sophomore year of college, but before that…maybe 15, 16 years old. So, not for a while.”
Now, the best part of this story isn’t the fact that Warren hadn’t played center in a while. Instead, the best part about Warren taking on center, despite not knowing how well he could play the position, was how he took on the challenge without a second thought just to stay in the lineup.
“Initially, I was like, ‘I don’t even know if I could play center,’ but then I figured it can’t be too hard,” said Warren when asked what his reaction was to finding out he’d be centering a line with captain Michael Mersch and forward Brett Murray. “I knew playing with Mersch and Murray was going to be a lot of help with how good those guys are physically, how they talk a lot. They helped me out and made the job a lot easier, but then I realize how hard center actually is.”
Warren continued with what made playing center so challenging with, “The extra skating and the extra responsibility. In the D zone you’re not just kind of watching the plays develop you’re engaged and in the corners and battling. You’re constantly doing something.”
So, why did Amerks head coach Seth Appert make the switch for Warren this weekend? It’s simple, really. Appert trusts Warren after the work the forward has put in over his last three years in Rochester.
“We give more responsibility to the players we trust,” stated Appert prior to Friday’s home game against the Utica Comets. “Brendan, over the last three years, has earned a lot of trust from us. I think we always talk about the development of the young prospects, but there’s development in our older players that we’re very proud of as well. Brennan Warren is a player that just continues to grow his game at this level, and he’s been extremely effective for us.”
Over the last three seasons in Rochester, Warren has gone on to appear in 69 games with the Amerks, racking up 11 goals and five assists for 16 points along the way.
Normally a left wing, Warren spent the last two games centering lines that consisted of Mersch and…