Towering defenceman Sebastian Dirven, from Bainsville, is a rookie member of the hockey team at Cornell University.
He was recently showcased by the Big Red in their ‘Freshman Friday’ website feature.
Dirven is among three freshmen getting top-six minutes on defence.
Given the team’s reputation for defence first, Dirven was asked about his expectations and role coming into the season:
For sure, I think that’s [defence] something that in the last couple of years in junior hockey, I really tried to focus on and get better at. Just because I’ve always been told that good defence leads to good offence, and obviously if you’re good defensively, you’ll be given a lot of opportunity because you’ll be trusted.
Bainsville’s Sebastian Dirven is a freshman student-athlete at Cornell University where he is studying in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and playing hockey as a defenceman for the Big Red.
The 6ft. 3 in., 196 lb. blueline has suited up for all six of the team’s game, as Cornell has built a 6-0 record. Dirven has yet to register a point, though he has recorded 6 shots on goal and been credited with 3 blocked shots. He’s also taken three minor penalties.
The Glengarrian played his minor hockey in the Seaway Valley Rapids program, before devoting the 2014-15 season to the Ontario Hockey Academy, in Cornwall.
The next two seasons, he played for the CCHL Cornwall Colts, whilst a student at Char-Lan DHS, in Williamstown.
Most recently, Dirven skated with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL, playing 117 games from 2017 through 2019 and scoring 34 points to go along with 122 penalty minutes.
Cornell’s Big Red hockey team has two games on tap this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., scheduled to play Quinnipiac University tonight, November 22, and Princeton on Saturday.
The hockey-playing Dirven brothers, Sebastian and Ben, of Bainsville, will skate for new teams this fall.
Older brother Sebastian, a 21-year-old defenceman, played two seasons with the CCHL Cornwall Colts before moving stateside to join the USHL for a pair of campaigns with the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Starting this fall, he will be at Cornell University.
Ben is also a blueliner. The 18-year-old played the last two seasons in the CCHL with the Cornwall Colts, but come this fall will skate for the league rival Brockville Braves.