The 2018-19 Harvard men's ice hockey team opens its exhibition schedule on Saturday against the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey begins the 2018-19 campaign with an exhibition matchup against the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 Team at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Saturday (Oct. 20). The exhibition will be broadcast on ESPN+ with a start time of 7 p.m. The Crimson will begin the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 27) at Dartmouth, and that game will also air on ESPN+.
What to Know
- Seniors Michael Floodstrand and Lewis Zerter-Gossage were elected by their teammates at the 131st and 132nd captains in the 120-year history of Harvard hockey. All Harvard varsity captains are elected by their teammates. Both three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections, Floodstrand and Zerter-Gossage are coming off their best seasons for Harvard on the ice. Floodstrand competed in a career-high 33 games, notching 10 points (four goals, six assists). Zerter-Gossage recorded a career-best 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 32 games.
- While Harvard lost Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Ryan Donato, seven of its top 10 scorers are back. Leading the group is senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who was second on the team with 29 points (10-19--29). Three other players who topped 20 points return, including two-time All-American defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20), and forward Nathan Krusko (3-17-20).
- Harvard returns a total of 356 career games played on defense, including 73 points scored from the blueline last season, the second highest total of all returning ECAC Hockey defensive units. Leading the way for Harvard on defense will be All-American and First Team All-ECAC Hockey selection, junior defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team honoree, sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20).
- Four U.S. NTDP alumni are current members of the Harvard hockey team. Sophomores Benjamin Solin and Reilly Walsh, junior Adam Fox, and senior Michael Lackey all played for the national team before joining the Crimson. The U-18 Team will face 16 Division I college hockey teams and one Division III program this season. This season the U-18 Team is 2-2 against college teams, picking up impressive wins at Notre Dame and Michigan earlier this month.
- The Crimson own a 3-1 record against the U-18 Team, dating back to the 2001-02 season. Harvard claimed the first match in 2002 with a score of 5-2, while Team USA won 4-3 in 2007. Harvard has won the last two meetings in 2016-17 and 2017-18 by scores of 5-2 and 7-2, respectively.
Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed five NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 10 All-Americans and 12 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.
Free Schedule Magnet
All fans on Saturday will receive a free Harvard Hockey schedule magnet.
Harvard will open the 2018-19 regular season next Saturday (Oct. 27) at Dartmouth. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.