CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a year in which Harvard men's hockey won the ECAC regular season and tournament championships, the Ivy League title, and secured a spot in the Frozen Four, the Crimson has announced eight new freshmen as the class of 2021.
The group of eight represents six different states, is made up of five forwards and three defensemen and brings in additional talent to the reigning conference champions.
Nick Azar | Defense | Grosse Pointe Mich. | University Liggett School
Represented USHL Tri-City Storm in 2016-17 … Played for Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League in 2015-2016 … After transferring from Belle Tire U16 in 2013-14, performed in Honeybaked U16 and U18 teams in 2013-2015 … Was ranked as high as No. 146 by ISS hockey prior the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jack Badini | Forward | Old Greenwich, Conn. | Greenwich High School
Represented Lincoln Stars USHL team in 2014-2016 … Finished his junior career as an assistant captain of the Chicago Steel USHL team in 2016-2017 … Was the leading scorer of the USHL 2017 playoffs … 2017 USHL Clark Cup champion … Named Computer Art Scholastic Silver Key Award in 2015 … Participated in Live Strong as Steel program as a member of Chicago Steel 2016-2017 … Aunt, Stacey, competed in the 1998 Nagano Olympics in freestyle skiing.
Henry Bowlby | Forward | Edina, Minn. | Edina High
Represented the USHL junior league side Lincoln Stars in 2015-2017 … Marked a total of 32 points with 17 goals and 15 assists at Lincoln in 2016-2017 … Played for Edina High for two years prior the juniors producing seven goals and 16 assists.
Jack Donato | Forward | Scituate, Mass. | Dexter Southfield
Represented Cape Cod Whalers as a forward in 2012-2016 … Captained varsity hockey at Dexter in 2015-2016 … Won Coaches Award in 2015-2016 … Elite 8 qualifier in 2012-13 … Small school runner-up in 2013-2014 … Elite 8 Runner-up un 2014-2015 … Travel hockey Massachusetts runner-up in seasons 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 … Honor Roll from freshman to junior year … Made the High Honor Roll senior year … Was named student body president junior year … Vice president of the student body senior year … Father, Ted '91, played hockey for Harvard and is currently the head coach of the men's team … Brother, Ryan '19, enrolled at Harvard and plays for the men's hockey team.
Benjamin Foley | Defense | Edina, Minn. | Edina
Represented USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders (2015-2017) … Captained the Roughriders in 2016-17 … Was named to All-Metro third team and All-Lake Conference in 2014-2015 … Back-to-back Minnesota state tournament champion (2013 and 2014) … Third place in Minnesota state tournament in 2015 … Secured three consecutive conference and section championships in 2013-2015 … Scholar athlete ... AP scholar with distinction … Kola scholarship award winner.
Mitchell Perrault | Forward | Findlay, Ohio. | Findlay
Represented Omaha Lancers USHL team in 2015-2017 … Finished the 2017 season with Sioux Falls Stampede USHL … Clinched Tier 1 Elite League championship in 2015 … Member of the National Honor Society 2013-2015.
Benjamin Solin | Forward | Madison, Conn. | Phillips Exeter Academy
Awarded MVP of the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament in 2013 … New Haven Register All Second Team 2013 … Nominated Connecticut All-State first team in 2014 … Named All-Southern Connecticut conference first team in 2014 … Connecticut High School Coaches Association male athlete and ice hockey player of the year 2014 … New Haven Register All First team 2014 … State's leading scorer at Daniel Hand racking up 75 points in 24 games …Clinched division II championship title with Daniel Hand in 2014, marking three goals and two assists in 5-4 win ... All-time leading scorer at Daniel Hand in three years with 123 points … Was the top scorer of Phillips Exeter Academy with 49 points in 2016 … Team leading scorer as a rookie at Nanaimo Clippers of British Columbia Hockey League with 39 points in 2017 … Dorm Proctor and David T. Swift award (proctor of the year) in 2016 at Phillips Exeter Academy … Graduated Cum Laude & member of the Cum Laude Society … Voting and council member of student council in 2015 and 2016 at Phillips Exeter Academy … Won engineering excellence award at Daniel Hand high school in 2014 … Earned science commemorative award in 2013 at Daniel Hand.
Reilly Walsh | Defense | Andover, N.H. | Proctor Academy
Ranked as high as No. 60 on Central Scouting's final list prior the 2017 NHL Entry Draft … Represented both USHS Proctor Academy and USHL team Chicago Steel in 2016-17 … Named as alternate captain at Proctor Academy his senior year … Racked up total of 69 points with 30 goals and 39 assists at Proctor Academy in 2016-17 … Represented Team USA U18 at Hlinka Memorial in 2016-17 … Was selected to U.S. National U17 Team in 2015-16 … 2016-2017 USHL Clark Cup champion … Was selected to USHS All-USA Hockey Second Team in 2016-2017 … Marked 1.48 PPG with a total of 181 points including 64 goals and 117 assists in 122 USHS games.