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Men’s Hockey Well Represented at NHL Development Camps

Brian Hart took home the 3-on-3 tournament title at Tampa Bay's prospect camp (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Both current and former Harvard men’s hockey players have been busy this summer with a number of players participating in NHL player development camps. In all, the Crimson had seven players attend prospect camps for various NHL teams.

Sophomore Jimmy Vesey, a 2012 third-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, had a successful camp with the Predators July 9-13 at the Centennial Sports Complex. Vesey was tied for the team lead with 11 goals last season for the Crimson and received Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Click here for a feature interview with Vesey following the completion of camp.

Classmate Brian Hart, a second-round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning, spent July 6-9 at the Lightning development camp. A strong four days of work at the camp paid dividends for Hart, as the sophomore helped Team Stamkos capture the annual 3-on-3 tournament title on the final day of action. For a video interview with Hart following the 3-on-3 tournament win, click here

Goalie Steve Michalek was one of four goalies on the roster for the Minnesota Wild’s camp July 11-13. Michalek was a 2011 selection of the Wild in the NHL entry draft and was the only goalie on the camp roster from the United States. Check out Michalek in action at the Wild camp scrimmage here. A strong 2012-13 campaign saw Tommy O’Regan garner attention from NHL clubs, and the junior attended the San Jose Sharks’ summer scrimmage on a tryout basis.

Two members of the class of 2017 spent time this summer with the teams that own their respective rights. Alexander Kerfoot, a freshman forward taken in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, was in attendance for the New jersey Devils’ training camp the third week of July. Kerfoot was featured in a “getting to know” video by the Devils following his stay at camp. Classmate Sean Malone spent July 10-12 at the Buffalo Sabres’ camp and was also the subject of a video profile.

2012-13 senior captain Danny Biega was in camp with the Carolina Hurricanes towards the end of July. Biega was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and upon completion of his collegiate tenure, signed a three-year contract with Carolina and was added to the Charlotte Checkers’ roster at the end of the 2012-13 season. To check out Biega’s prospect profile, click here.