CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ted Donato, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Hockey, announced that seven recruits will comprise the Class of 2018. Three forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender make up this year's recruiting class. For the second straight year, two members of the incoming class have already been drafted in the NHL Entry Draft.
The seven freshmen will look to help the Crimson build on its 10-17-4 overall and 6-12-4 ECAC campaign from a season ago. Harvard opens the 2014-15 season with a home game against conference foe Dartmouth at the renovated Bright-Landry Hockey Center, before hitting the road for four of its next six games. Harvard and Yale will also continue the Rivalry on Ice at Madison Square Garden on January 10.
Incoming freshmen Willy Sherman and Merrick Madsen were each selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, joining sophomore Sean Malone as Crimson draft picks from that year. Sherman was a fifth round choice of the Boston Bruins, while Madsen went in the sixth round to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Here's a look at the Harvard men's hockey class of 2017:
Ryan Begoon – Defenseman – 6-0/190 – New Canaan, Conn. – The Hotchkiss School
Before Harvard: Split high school career at New Canann High School and The Hotchkiss School … Three-year starter at New Canaan High School, finishing his high school career at the Hotchkiss School … Was presented the Hotchkiss School Edward III and Phelps H. Swift Award for Leadership … Won two FCIAC Championships with New Canaan, going undefeated in the 2010-11 season … Skated with the New Canaan Winter Club and Connecticut Yankees club teams … Also played and captained the lacrosse team at Hotchkiss … An AP National Scholar with Distinction, he was also a member of the New Canaan National Honor Society and the New Canaan Service League of Boys … His father, Jeffrey, played hockey at RIT.
Eddie Ellis – Forward – 6-2/205 – Burlington, Mass. – Phillips Academy
Before Harvard: Four-year letterwinner at forward for Phillips Academy … Was named to the Flood Marr All-Tournament team in 2011 and the Hockey Night in Boston Tournament MVP … Skated one season at forward for the Islanders Hockey Club.
Joseph Caffrey – Forward – 5-11/183 – Ramsey, N.J. – Choate Rosemary Hall
Before Harvard: A three-year starter at Ramsey High School and Choate Rosemary Hall … At the club level he skated for the New Jersey Avalanche, West Chester Express and Quebec Pee Wee Rangers … Led the Quebec Pee Wee rangers to a bronze medal finish at the USA Nationals … Was an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Jake Horton – Defenseman - 5-11/187 – Lake Elmo, Minn. – West Waterloo
Before Harvard: Spent four seasons with the USHL's Waterloo Blackhawks, totaling 18 goals and 31 assists … Helped the Blackhawks win the 2014 Anderson Cup Championship and to a silver medal finish at the 2013 Junior World Club Cup … Played two seasons with the NAHL's Janesville Jets scoring 11 goals and tallying 29 assists … He also played one season for the Tartan Titans … Played his high school for Joseph A. Craig and West Waterloo high schools … In the classroom he finished Valedictorian of his class, was named the 2013 USHL Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and the 2013 Leading Scholar Award. His uncle Jeff played football for Wisconsin-River Falls and in the European Football League and his cousin Gustavus currently plays hockey for Adolphus University.
Seb Lloyd – Forward – 5-10/190 – Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Secondary
Before Harvard: Skated with the West Kelowna Warriors for three seasons as a forward … Led West Kelowna in scoring and assists his final two seasons with the Warriors, leading them to a BCHL Interior Conference first-place finish … Skated with Team Canada West for the 2012-13 season helping the team win bronze at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge … Finished on the Principal's List every year at Prince George Secondary School, earning the BCHL Scholastic Scholarship.
Merrick Madsen – Goaltender – 6-5/190 – Acton, N.J. – Proctor Academy
2013 Draft Pick (Sixth Round) of the Philadelphia Flyers
Before Harvard: Spent last season with the Minot Minotaur's, finishing with a 10-16 record and 680 saves … Two-year starter in goal for Proctor Academy … Awarded the Spencer V. Wright Award for Athletic Achievement and Sportsmanship and was named to the NEPSIHA All-New England team as a senior … Skated for the West Valley Wolves and California Heat club teams … Was a member of the National Honors Society at Proctor Academy also earning the Lee Carvalho Award for Excellence in Mathematics … In the community he served as a volunteer student-coach for the California Heat and participated in the Dream Catchers Organization.
Wiley Sherman – Defenseman – 6-7/220 – Greenwich, Conn. – The Hotchkiss School
2013 Draft Pick (Fifth Round) of the Boston Bruins
Before Harvard: After lettering all four years at the Hotchkiss School, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Boston Bruins … Was named to the 2013-14 Prep All-New England West team and received the Hotchkiss School James T. Bryan '11 Outstanding Athletic Award after a strong senior season … Also played three seasons for the Mid Fairfield Midget Majors … Played lacrosse at the Hotchkiss School, earning All-American honors … His brother George played lacrosse at Brown until his graduation in 2014.