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Bridgton Academy Inducts 2018 Hall of Fame Class

 

Brett Bucktooth was inducted as a member of the Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The ceremony, held Sunday, April 29, honored seven alumni and one former faculty member as the newest group of Wolverine Hall-of-Famers. Highlighted by Bucktooth, former NFL standout Victor Cruz (2005) and longtime BA faculty member Peter Gately, the event recognized Wolverines from graduating classes as far back as 1958 and as recently as 2005.

Bucktooth, Bridgton Academy Class of 2002, arrived in North Bridgton on the heels of his brother, Drew, graduating in 2001. A two-sport athlete at BA, playing hockey as well as lacrosse, Bucktooth matriculated at Syracuse University, where he captured a national championship in 2004, and was a two-time All American.

"It was an honor to be inducted into the Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame as an athlete. To be recognized along with the inductees was humbling as they were great contributors to Bridgton Academy and to their respective fields after graduation. Bridgton Academy provided the academic foundation I needed to help me graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies," said Brett.

After graduating from Syracuse, Bucktooth was a first-round draft pick in both the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) drafts, and he enjoyed an 11-year professional career. A multiple-time NLL and MLL champion, Bucktooth has also been named team captain of the Iroquois Nationals. A man whose very essence is tied into lacrosse, Bucktooth's family tradition of the sport runs throughout his blood - while playing with the Onondaga Redhawks, at one point 15 of the 25 players on the squad were related to him, including his three brothers, Drew, Grant and Wade.

Bucktooth resides in Akwesasne with his new bride and son.

The complete list of this year's inductees include: James T. Ashley (1964), Stephen D. Baldassare, Jr. (1992), Todd S. Boudreau (1988), Brett B. Bucktooth (2002), Victor Cruz (2005), Peter E. Gately (Faculty), Alexander D. Harry, Jr. (1958) (Posthumous), and David F. Nolan (1980).

Bridgton Academy's mission is to provide a program for young men in a unique, one-year postgraduate environment to prepare for the competitive rigors of college and beyond. Bridgton Academy is located in western Maine, in the town of North Bridgton. For more information, visit http://www.bridgtonacademy.org.

 

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