Hart, Michalek and McNally all signed pro contracts last week (Harvard Athletic Communications/Gil Talbot).
TAMPA BAY, SAN JOSE & MINNEAPOLIS – In a busy week for former Harvard Crimson men's ice hockey players, the trio of Brian Hart, Patrick McNally and Steve Michalek each signed multi-year professional contracts. Hart signed a three-year two-way NHL contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, while McNally and Michalek agreed to two-year deals with the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild, respectively.
Hart completed his junior season in 2014-15, skating in all 37 games with seven goals and 10 assists. A Cumberland, Maine, native, Hart played in 98 career games and finished his college career with 18 goals and 50 points. Hart was drafted by the Lightning in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
McNally, originally a fourth round (115th overall) draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2010, was traded to the Sharks in a draft day trade on June 27, 2015. McNally was a force on the ice for Harvard this season, posting a plus-16 with six goals and 15 assists in 21 games played. Despite battling an injury during the later portion of the regular season, McNally returned to the ice in the ECAC playoffs and helped the Crimson earn the 2015 ECAC Tournament title. He was a ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy League second team selection this year.
Michalek started all 37 games last season in goal for the Crimson, posting a 2.28 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Eberly Award winner as the Beanpot's top goaltender this season, Michalek set new Harvard records with saves in a game (63 in the Beanpot first round), games started (37) and saves in a single-season (1,029). His 21 wins were tied for second most in program history and he was honored by ECAC Hockey as the Goaltender of the Month for November.