NEW YORK – Recent Harvard men's hockey graduate and the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, Jimmy Vesey, has signed an entry level professional contract with the New York Rangers, as announced by the team's general manager, Jeff Gorton, Friday evening.
Vesey became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday morning after his draft rights had expired. A two-time All-American with the Crimson, Vesey was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker in 2015, finishing as the runner-up to current Buffalo Sabre and former Boston University forward Jack Eichel.
The ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year each of the last two seasons, Vesey led the ECAC in goals (17) and points (32) during the conference portion of the 2015-16 schedule. He finished the year with a team-best 24 goals and 46 points. His 0.73 goals per game mark ranked fourth nationally, while his 1.39 points per contest average was seventh. His stellar play has also earned him the Walter Brown Award each of the last two seasons as New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player.
Vesey is etched in the Harvard record books as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. He is one of just five players to don the Crimson sweater to score 80 goals in their career, while his 144 points is tied for 12th all-time with Ted Donato '91, the current Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. Over his last two seasons at Harvard, Vesey recorded 104 points (56 goals, 48 assists) in 70 games, averaging 0.80 goals per game and 1.49 points per game over the span. Vesey's 56 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 led all collegiate players over the two seasons.
Internationally, the North Reading, Massachusetts, native has represented the United States at several tournaments. Vesey helped the United States earn a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games while playing alongside current Ranger J.T. Miller. In addition, he recorded three assists in nine games while helping the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
The Rangers and Vesey will open the 2016-17 season at Madison Square Garden October 13 against the Islanders.