Seven Freshmen Set to Join Men’s Hockey Roster in 2012-13

Five different states and one Canadian province are represented in the class of 2016 (photo courtesy: Thom Kendall).

Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, announced the addition of seven freshmen to the Harvard men's hockey roster for the 2012-13 season. The class of 2016 features players from five different states (Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey) and one Canadian province (British Columbia). The group also includes two National Hockey League draftees.

The septet of freshmen will join a team coming off a run to the ECAC title game in 2012. The 2011-12 Crimson set an NCAA record for ties in a single season with 11, but translated those points into a third-place finish in the regular-season standings and a first-round playoff bye. Harvard took down Yale in the quarterfinals and topped Cornell, 6-1, in the semis before falling to Union, 3-1, in the league title game.

Here is a look at the incoming class:

Desmond Bergin - Defenseman - 5-11/190 - Natick, Mass./St. Sebastians
Before Harvard

A member of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL during the 2011-12 season … Played four years of hockey at St. Sebastians, serving as team captain during senior season … Two-time all-league player and also received All-New England accolades as a senior … Flood Shield Award recipient in 2011 and Mutch Award recipient in 2010 … Member of the National Honor Society … Enjoys playing tennis.

Kyle Criscuolo - Forward - 5-8/165 - Southampton, N.J./Choate Rosemary Hall
Before Harvard

Skated for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL during 2011-12 season and received team Rookie of the Year honors … Played two years of hockey at Choate Rosemary Hall and three at St. Joseph's Preparatory School … Served as team captain at St. Joseph's during 2008-09 season … Took home league MVP honors in final season at St. Joseph's … 2009-10 Hockey Night in Boston MVP and Choate team MVP … Received award for dedication, effort and love of the game in final season at Choate … Helped Choate to 2009-10 Martin Earl Tournament title … Principal's list all three years at St. Joseph's and dean's list every semester at Choate … Enjoys playing golf.

Greg Gozzo - Forward - 5-10/190 - Jupiter, Fla./Avon Old Farms
Before Harvard

Spent the 2011-12 season with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL … Played two years of varsity hockey and golf at Avon Old Farms … Named Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior … Helped team capture 2010 New England Prep School championship … Also attended The Bolles School before coming to Avon Old Farms and was named MVP of the hockey team as a freshman … Earned honor roll status all four years of high school. 

Brian Hart - Forward - 6-3/212 - Cumberland, Maine/Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.)
Before Harvard

Chosen in the NHL draft's second round, with the 53rd overall pick, by the Tampa Bay Lightning … Four-year letterwinner in hockey and soccer ... Attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Greely High School and Brewster Academy ... Named the Boston Globe's New England Athlete of the Year for hockey and soccer ... Earned USHR Prep Player of the Year honors in hockey and the Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year in soccer ... Holds the single-season and all-time soccer scoring records at Phillips Exeter Academy ... Team captain in both hockey and soccer as a senior … Relay for Life volunteer ... Uncle, Tom Hubbard, and cousins, David and Robby Griffin, graduated from Harvard ... Also enjoys fishing, hiking and watching movies. 

Brayden Jaw - Forward - 6-2/185 - Vancouver, B.C./St. George's
Before Harvard

Skated for the South Surrey Eagles of the BCHL during the 2011-12 season … Served as assistant captain for Canadian National Team during 2011 Russian Invitational Tournament.

Peter Traber - Goalie - 6-1/190 - Birmingham, Mich./Shattuck St. Mary's
Before Harvard

Compiled 23-9 record along with 2.26 goals-against average and .906 save percentage during 2011-12 season with Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL … Voted Roadrunners' MVP and fan favorite in 2012 … Named NAHL Goalie of the Month for December 2011 … Received back-to-back NAHL Goalie of the Week nods in 2012 … Topeka Roadrunners' record holder for consecutive shutouts (3) and consecutive scoreless minutes (218) … Helped U.S. Under-18 Tier 1 team to 2011 national championship …  Goaltender at Shattuck St. Mary's all four years … Also a two-year member of the golf team … On the honor roll all four years of high school … Aunt, Kathy Carbone and uncles Paul, Matthew and David Carbone all attended Harvard … Uncle, Jim Traber, played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1986-1989.

Jimmy Vesey - Forward - 6-1/195 - North Reading, Mass./North Reading
Before Harvard

Selected in the third round of the NHL draft, with the 66th overall pick, by the Nashville Predators … Played for the EJHL's South Shore Kings in 2011-12 and was named league Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year … Set EJHL single-season record for points and goals during 2011-12 season … Also attended Belmont Hill School and was named Independent Schools League honorable mention in 2010 and 2011 … A high honors student in high school … Member of the Chinese National Honor Society … Peer Tutoring Award recipient in 2011 … Enjoys roller hockey, wiffleball and basketball … Father, Jim, played college hockey at Merrimack and went onto play for the NHL's St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.