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Updated to add information about the eighth known transfer to a NESCAC school (six from D I schools): a transfer from D I Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to Williams . . . .

At least eight hockey players are transferring to NESCAC schools in the fall, with last year’s top two teams, Amherst and Middlebury, grabbing five of the eight and enhancing their competitive advantage vis-à-vis the rest of the NESCAC. It’s hard to say whether this is the start of a new trend or a one-time aberration but the numbers are startling and have the potential to fundamentally alter NESCAC hockey. Six of the eight transfers are from D I schools but the safer bets are the two established players transferring from other D III schools.

Each of the six D I transfers transferred after his college hockey career foundered. Time will tell whether these D I transfers flourish in their new environments and revive their flagging hockey careers or whether they cause chemistry problems for their new teams.


6 Responses

  1. Great website. Keep up the good work!! A couple of points: Knelman is a forward. Transfers are counted among NESCAC “Tips”, and need to be slotted in the process just like freshman. I’d look for Rubino and Ruberto to both make a big impact. Williams and Hamilton could use an injection of offense, and as a result both these guys should be given the opprotunity to see lots of PP time right away.

  2. Thanks for the info – You’re right about Knelman – Don’t know how I missed that one!!

    As I understand it, transfers are generally exempt from the obligation to submit SAT scores so that would bypass a factor that might otherwise limit tipping opportunities for particular applicants at any school that requires the submission of SAT scores. And aren’t transfers admitted after regular applicants?? That too would, on the surface of things, take transfers out of the normal tipping process.

    • No problem. I think the SAT requirement for transfers varys from school to school, but that is also the case for first year students as many NESCAC’s have gone to SAT optional policies in the last couple of years. However, certainly a potential inequity with transfers could arrise out of the fact that – at least to my knowledge – the number of transfers in general at NESCAC schools can be extremely limited. Some admisssions offices might not want to take two or three tipped atheltes for one sport, let alone for the entire atheltic department, if they are only enrolling 10 total transfers. Many schools also have limited financial aid for transfers as well, which certainly favors the wealthier NESCAC schools – but again this is the same for 1st year admission. Regardless, I think we both would agree that this looks like one of the best recruiting years – across the board – that the NESCAC has seen in some time. I’m especially impressed by the quality and quanity of canadian junior players that will be arriving in the fall. Both the # of D1 transfers and the canadians make this year and anomaly. It should be exciting!

      • It looks like a superb year for the NESCACs. There are many intriguing prospects from both the Canadian junior leagues and the transfer world. I was going to try to do a comparative rating of the incoming classes but concluded that it would be tough to draw meaningful distinctions among the 5 or so strong incoming classes although I do think that the Amherst group is especially impressive.

        On the transfer question, several NESCACs are actively hostile to the idea of transfers. That’s why I expect that there will be some push back (probably quiet and behind the scenes) at the administrative level. This hostility manifests itself in the form of pitifully low acceptance rates at many NESCACs. Bowdoin, Williams, and Colby are extremely hostile to transfers (6 transfers entered Bowdoin in the fall of 2008 out of 196 applicants; 7 entered Williams out of 184 applicants; 9 at Colby out of 164 applicants). Middlebury, Amherst, and Trinity are marginally more friendly to transfers but they are not too friendly either (14 enrolled at Amherst in the fall of 2008 out of 412 applicants and so on). The only NESCAC that seems to be transfer friendly is Wesleyan (56 transfers entered in the fall of 2008) (Tufts probably is too but I could not find data for it or for Hamilton and Conn College).

        So you can see that if you throw tipped athletes in the transfer pot it gets messy quickly for those schools they don’t want to open the transfer door any more than a crack for tipped athletes. I suspect that this will be a one-year aberration but the temptation could be strong if a Joe Brock lights up the NESCAC!! Anyway, it will be fun to watch how this different dynamic plays out next year . . .

  3. Trinity has a transfer from Northeastern coming in. I think nichols might have one too.

  4. Add another D1 transfer to the list:

    Williams – Ben Contini, Jr / So – RPI 07/08 & 08/09
    6, 185 44gm 1-3-4

    He’s never been a guy to put up a ton of points – even in the OPJHL – but he has a very high skill level. It should be an interesting year in NESCAC for sure…

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