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2017 NESCAC recruits

Here is the link to our database for 2017-18 recruits (class of 2021), with a total of 87 names. In the 9 seasons that we have maintained a database of recruits, the number of NESCAC recruits per year has averaged 85, with a low of 77 in 2013 and a high of 92 in 2009 so have crossed the 100% mark in our data gathering effort. In terms of numbers, we have 12 recruits for Tufts, 10 recruits for Colby, Hamilton, and Middlebury, 9 recruits for Trinity, 8 recruits for Conn College and Williams, 7 recruits for Amherst and Bowdoin, and 6 recruits for Wesleyan. Of the 87 new players, 40 are junior hockey products, 37 are prep school products, 5 are college transfers, 3 are high school products, 1 is a Midget hockey product, and 1 is a Swedish transfer.

A word about the numbers in response to a suggestion by a poster that the number of new players each year in our database is too high and that only 4-5 new players are added to each team per year. Our numbers are reality based and are routinely reconciled with actual rosters every year. If anything, our database slightly undercounts the number of new players each year as there are always a small number of new players who escape our data gathering efforts. Many NESCAC teams have large, inclusive rosters and/or experience a certain amount of attrition every year due to injury and other factors. The total number of players on NESCAC roster in 2016-17 was 288 or 28.8/team. If you do the math, that works out to 7.2 players/class. When attrition is taken into account, the average number of new incoming players per year will be 8 per school (give or take a few in either direction depending on each school’s particular needs).

Coaches, parents, players, teammates, advisors, etc., please let us know of commitments for the 2017-18 season (class of 2021) or corrections by going here to submit names of recruits and corrections.


11/17/17 addition: Alex Einarsson (G)-Amherst via Sweden
11/16/17 addition: Tommy Napolitano (D)-Middlebury via Brunswick (NEPSAC)
11/13/17 addition: Patrick Schena (GH)-Wesleyan via Exeter (NEPSAC) & Central Catholic (MIAA)
11/8/17 addition: Drew Hotte (G)-Tufts via Johnsontown Tomahawks (NAHL), Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) & Milton (ISL)
11/6/17 addition: Connor Krause (D)-Colby via Lawrenceville (MAHL) & St Louis Selects (NAHL U18)
10/28/17 addition: Owen Powers (F)-Middlebury via Holy Cross (Hockey Atlantic (D1)), Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL) & Choate (Founders)
10/26/17: Myles Cunningham (D)-Williams via Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL), Bloomington Thunder (USHL), & Blake (MSHSL)
8/30/17 addition: Joe MacDonald (G)-Colby via Westford Academy (MIAA) & Greely HS (Maine HS)
8/26/17 addition: Anthony Tirabassi (G)-Hamilton via Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey (D1)), IHC (USPHL) & Nichols (CISAA)
8/21/17 addition: Stephen Cochrane (D)-Hamilton via UMaine (Hockey East (D1)), Bay State Breakers (USPHL) & Thayer (ISL)
7/20/17 additions: Tyler Haywood (G)-Tufts via Hotchkiss (Founders) & Selects Hockey Academy (USPHL U16)
7/7/17 addition: Nick Fiorentino (D)-Trinity via Northeastern (Hockey East), Merritt Centennials (BCHL & New Jersey Rockets (EHL & MetJHL)
7/6/17 addition: Eric Benshadle (F)-Trinity via Spruce Grove Saints & Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL), Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) & Loomis Chaffee (Founders)
6/9/17 addition: Dylan Healey (F)-Trinity via New Jersey Jr Titans (NAHL), Philadelphia Flyers (USPHL), North Jersey Avalanche (AYHL) & Don Bosco Prep (NJSIAA)
6/6/17 addition: Brett Stirling (D)-Conn College via Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL), Salisbury (Founders) & St Andrew’s College (MPHL)
6/4/17 addition: Teddy Simson (F)-Hamilton via Ottawa Senators (CCHL), Kent (Founders) & Chatham HS (NJSIAA)
5/29/17 addition: Spencer Hewson (F)-Colby via Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)
5/27/17 addition: Pieter Von Steinbergs (D)-Amherst via Minnesota Magicians & Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL) & Minnetonka HS (MSHSL)
5/16/17 addition: Tim Sestak (G)-Wesleyan via Hobart (ECAC West (D3)), NY Apple Core (EHL) & New Hampton (NEPSAC)
5/7/17 addition: Nick Polsinelli (F)-Trinity via Boston Jr Bruins & Philadelphia Flyers (USPHL) & Team Comcast (USPHL U18 & T1EHL U18)
4/28/17 additions: Reid Howland (F)-Conn College via Springfield Pics (USPHL) & Governor’s (ISL)
Joe Schuler (F)-Colby via Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL), New Jersey Jr Titans (NAHL) & Webster-Schroeder HS (NYSPHSAA)
4/25/17 addition: Paul Capozzi (F)-Conn College via Connecticut Jr Rangers (USPHL) & Brooks (ISL)
4/21/17 additions: Drew Pitcher (D)-Wesleyan via Berkshire (NEPSAC)
Matteo Mangiardi (F)-Amherst via Taft (Founders)
4/17/17 addition: Nick Bondra (F)-Amherst via Springfield Pics (USPHL), Buffalo Jr Sabres (OJHL) & Skipjacks Hockey Club (USPHL U18)
4/6/17 addition: Jack McCool (D)-Williams via Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) & St Sebastian’s (ISL)
4/4/17 addition: Michael Gordon (D)-Tufts via Delbarton (NJSIAA)
Peter Hatton (F)-Tufts via Philadelphia Little Flyers (EHL) & HC Dallas (NAPHL U18)
3/28/17 additions: Sam Kany (G)-Trinity via Philadelphia Little Flyers (EHL), Atlanta Jr Knights (USPHL Elite) & Phoenix Coyotes (T1EHL U18)
Tim Weinstein (D)-Trinity via Northeast Generals (NAHL), Boston Advantage (T1EHL U18), South Shore Kings (USPHL U18) & Catholic Memorial (MIAA)
3/24/17 addition: Peter Negron (G)-Hamilton via Kent (Founders) & Bergen Catholic (NJIAA)
3/23/17 additions: Kyle Moss (D)-Conn College via Walpole Express (EHL) & Andover (NEPSAC)
Charlie Parsons (F)-Middlebury via Rivers (ISL)
3/19/17 additions: Michael Cullen (G)-Amherst via Gloucester Rangers (CCHL)
Charley Borek (F)-Tufts via Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL), Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) & Choate (Founders)
3/18/17 addition: Keenan Murray (D)-Bowdoin via Springfield Pics (USPHL) & Taft (Founders)
3/14/17 addition: Jake Rasch (D)-Colby via Northfield Mount Hermon (NEPSAC) and North Yarmouth Academy (NEPSAC)
3/5/17 addition: Brendan Ryan (F)-Tufts via Andover (NEPSAC) & Minnetonka HS (MSHSL)
3/4/17 addition: Thomas Tresca (D)-Tufts via Rivers (ISL)
3/3/17 addition: Will Lavezzorio (F)-Conn College via Nepean (CCHL), multiple CCCHL, NAHL, OJHL & BCHL teams, & Lake Forest Academy (MPHL)
2/27/17 addition: Cameron Radziwon (F)-Hamilton via Buffalo Jr Sabres (OJHL) & Colgate (ECAC (D1))
2/22/17 addition: Hayden Smith (F)-Tufts va Springfield Pics (USPHL) & Chicago Fury (T1EHL)
2/21/17 addition: Blake Carrick (F)-Trinity via Connecticut Jr Rangers (USPHL), Palm Beach Hawks (USPHL-Elite Div), Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL), Brockville Braves (CCHL) & Compuware (HPHL U18)
2/20/17 addition: Bobby Beniers (F)-Williams via Milton (ISL)
2/18/17 addition: James Callahan (D)-Trinity via South Shore Kings (USPHL), Salisbury (Founders), and Morristown-Beard (NJSIAA)
2/17/17 additions: Billy Overby (D)-Colby via Choate (Founders)
Bradley Ingersoll (F)-Bowdoin via Exeter (NEPSAC)
Nick Botticelli (F)-Conn College via Berkshire (NEPSAC) & Malden Catholic (MIAA)
Jack Lloyd (F)-Amherst via Berkshire (NEPSAC)
Bryan Ackil (F)-Conn College via Walpole Express (EHL), Junior Bruins and Portland Jr Pirates (both USPHL-Elite Div) & Andover (NEPSAC)
2/13/17 additions: Andrew Hadley (F)-Tufts via Deerfield (Founders) & Junior Bruins (USPHL)
Jordan Rose (F)-Wesleyan via Connecticut Jr Rangers and Syracuse Stars (USPHL)
2/11/17 additions: Sean Holly (D)-Colby via East Coast Wizards (EHL) & Kents Hill (NEPSAC)
Cam Peritz (F)-Wesleyan via Pope Francis/Springfield Cathedral (MIAA)
Sean Allen (D)-Hamilton via Brockville Braves (CCHL & Connecticut Jr Rangers (USPHL)
2/10/17 additions: Josh Labonte (D)-Hamilton via Pomfret (NEPSAC)
Jack Flanagan (F)-Middlebury via Westminster (Founders)
2/5/17 addition: Alex Heinritz (F)-Middlebury via Kimball Union (NEPSAC)
2/3/17 addition: Nick VanBelle (F)-Williams via Brunswick (NEPSAC)
2/2/17 addition: Ryan Heath (D)-Bowdoin via Noble & Greenough (ISL)
1/27/17 addition: Jakeb Camel (D)-Hamilton via Middlesex (ISL) & Los Angeles Jr Kings (T1EHL)
1/17/17 addition: Colin Van der Veen (D)-Bowdoin via Islanders Hockey Club  (USPHL) & Milton Academy (ISL)
1/10/17 additions: Ed Hannon (F)-Tufts via Tabor (NEPSAC) & Moses Brown (NEPSAC)
Justin Grillo (F)-Colby via Loomis Chaffee (Founders)
1/7/17 addition: Justin Felhaber (F)-Hamilton via Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCH) & Northwood (prep program)
1/4/17 addition: Greg Pezza (F)-Conn College via Boston Jr Bruins & Hotchkiss (Founders)
12/20/16 additions: Jon Berniers (F)-Hamilton via Pomfret (NEPSAC) & Xaverian (MIAA)
Matt Zandi (F)-Wesleyan via St Pauls (ISL)
12/18/16 addition: Tyler Scott (F)-Williams via Gunnery (NEPSAC) & Breck (MSHSL-Class A)
12/17/16 addition: Mason Babbidge (F)-Tufts via Islanders Hockey Club & Palm Beach Hawks (USPHL (Elite))


NESCAC recruits tend to “commit” to the admissions process for via the early decision (round 1) (ED 1) process starting in the summer and right up until a few days before the deadlines for applications. A smaller number of NESCAC recruits are admitted through the early decision (round 2) (ED 2) process, which has slightly later deadlines. Generally speaking, applications for NESCAC recruits will have been informally pre-cleared through the admissions process so admission is close to guaranteed for those applicants who have committed to a particular school, with the support of the coach. This process is called a “pre-read” and, by agreement among the NESCAC schools, cannot begin until July 1 of the year in which the athlete plans to apply to a NESCAC school. The pre-read is the process by which NESCAC coaches determine how to dole out their “slots” thought the “tipping” system to incoming hockey players (and other athletes).

A substantial majority (perhaps as many as 70% and maybe more) of NESCAC hockey players are admitted through ED 1 and ED 2, with Nov. 1 deadlines for ED 1 applications at Tufts and Middlebury and Nov 15 ED 1 applications deadlines at all other NESCAC hockey schools and Jan. 1 for ED 2 applications. All NESCAC schools have ED 2 except for Amherst and Williams.

Key Dates in NESCAC Admission Process:

Release dates for regular decision (RD) admissions:

March 17: Bowdoin (7pm) & Colby (3pm)
March 18: Middlebury
March 22: Williams (evening)
March 23: Trinity
March 24: Amherst (“late in the day”), Hamilton (evening) & Wesleyan
March 25: Conn College (10am)
March 30: Tufts

Release of regular decision “early writes”  (early writes are released on a staggered basis) as follows:
March 3: Amherst
March 9: Bowdoin
March 10: Williams
March 11: Wesleyan

Release dates for early decision round two (ED 2):
Feb. 2: Bowdoin
Feb. 4: Middlebury
Feb. 10: Colby, Conn College, Hamilton, Trinity, and Tufts
Feb. 11: Wesleyan

Release dates for early decision round one (ED 1):
Dec. 3: Middlebury
Dec. 9: Amherst, Bowdoin, and Williams
Dec. 10: Wesleyan
Dec. 14: Hamilton and Trinity
Dec. 15: Colby and Tufts
Dec. 16: Conn College



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