Crimson in the NHL Playoffs

Crimson in the NHL Playoffs

Dominic Moore '03 (left), Steve Michalek '15 (middle) and Jimmy Vesey '16 (right) all hope to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2017 (Gil Talbot). 

– The Harvard men's hockey program is well represented in the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs this year, as three former Crimson players are battling for the Stanley Cup in 2017. Jimmy Vesey '16, Steve Michalek '15 and Dominic Moore '03 will all try to hoist the Cup as they play for their respective teams throughout the NHL postseason.

Vesey, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, helped the New York Rangers clinch the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Vesey played in 80 games for the Rangers this season, scoring 16 goals and dishing out 11 assists for 27 total points in his rookie campaign. Vesey potted six game-winning goals during the year, tying teammate J.T. Miller for the highest total on the squad.

Michalek was called up from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) to the Minnesota Wild for the playoffs. Michalek posted a 12-14-1 record in goal for Iowa this season, totaling a 2.65 goal-against average and a .918 save percentage. The Hartford, Connecticut native was selected in the 2011 NHL Entry draft and has not yet appeared in an NHL contest.

Moore returns to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, including his first with the Boston Bruins. Moore spent the past three years with the New York Rangers before making his way back to the Boston area. The 13-year veteran racked up 11 goals and 14 assists on the year, and has played in 93 career playoff games entering the 2017 postseason.

The three former Crimson were joined by Alex Killorn '12 (Tampa Bay Lightning), Alex Biega '10 (Vancouver Canucks) and Sean Malone '17 (Buffalo Sabres) as Harvard players who skated in the NHL this season.