Vesey Receives Second-Straight Walter Brown Award

Vesey Receives Second-Straight Walter Brown Award

Vesey is the fifth two-time winner of the Walter Brown Award (John Crouch).


BOSTON – The Gridiron Club of Boston announced Friday, March 25 that Harvard senior co-captain Jimmy Vesey has repeated as the Walter Brown Award winner.

In its 64th year of existence, the Walter Brown Award is handed out to New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player. Vesey, the winner in 2015, becomes just the fifth player ever to win the Walter Brown Award twice and first since 2000 when Boston College's Mike Mottau ('99, '00) repeated as the winner. The other three two-time winners are Chris Drury (BU, '97, '98), Tim Sheehy (BC, '68 '70) and Bob Cleary (Harvard, '57, '58). When Vesey won the award in 2015 he became the 11th Harvard player to do so.

The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.

In addition to garnering his second Walter Brown Award, Vesey has already repeated as the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Player of the Year. He is a Hobey Baker Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Vesey led the ECAC in goals and points with 17 and 32, respectively. His 15 assists trailed only teammate Alexander Kerfoot. The North Reading, Massachusetts native as proved to be clutch against league opponents, scoring four of his five game-winning goals in conference. On the national level, Vesey ranks fifth in points per game (1.44) and third in goals per game (0.75).

He was chosen from a field of 23 superb candidates. The others who received strong support in the final balloting were UMass-Lowell senior goalie Kevin Boyle, Yale junior goalie Alex Lyon and Quinnipiac junior forward Sam Anas.