Farinacci, Thrun, and Abruzzese of Men's Ice Hockey Selected in 2019 NHL Draft

Farinacci, Thrun, and Abruzzese of Men's Ice Hockey Selected in 2019 NHL Draft

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Three incoming first-years on the Harvard men's ice hockey team, John Farinacci, Henry Thrun, and Nick Abruzzese were selected in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

In the third round of the draft, the Arizona Coyotes selected incoming first-year forward John Farinacci with the 76th overall pick. Farinacci is the first Harvard player to be taken by the Coyotes in the draft. A member of the Dexter Southfield team the past two seasons where he was team captain, Farinacci appeared in 43 games notching 38 goals and 48 assists. He was named to the 2018-19 USA Today All-USA Boys Hockey First Team. He is the nephew of Ted Donato, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey.

Harvard had two players selected in the fourth round of the draft. Incoming first-year defenseman Henry Thrun was selected with the 101st overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks. Thrun was a member of the US NTDP U-18 Team during the 2018-19 season, recording 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) in 64 games. He won a bronze medal with U.S. U-18 team at the IIHF World U18 Championships in 2019 and was selected for the 2018 All-American Prospects Game last fall.

Incoming first-year forward Nick Abruzzese was taken with the 124th pick overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Abruzzese notched 80 points (29 goals, 51 assists) in 62 games with the Chicago Steel of the USHL during the 2018-19 season, leading the league in scoring. As assistant captain for the Steel, he helped lead his team to the Clark Cup finals. 

102 players have been selected in the NHL Draft in program history. Harvard will feature 10 drafted players on the 2019-20 roster