ALBANY, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey was once again well represented in the annual NHL Entry Draft with the selection of seven future student- athletes and three current players on June 22–23, 2012, at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, hosted by the NHLs Pittsburgh Penguins. Cornell led the way with three student-athletes (two current and one incoming) selected, followed by Harvards (two incoming) and Unions (one current and one future) two players each, while Brown, Clarkson, and Yale each had one incoming player selected.
Born in Cumberland ME, forward Brian Hart was selected in the second round (53rd overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hart, who heads to Harvard in the Fall, is known as a strong skater and for his strong shot. He skated in his second season at Phillip Exeter Academy finishing with 32 goals and adding 36 assists in 29 games.
One current ECAC Hockey student-athlete and one incoming freshman were selected in round three. Union sophomore Shayne Gostisbehere, an ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team selection, finished the 2011-12 season with five goals and 17 assists in 41 games. He matched a school record in ECAC Hockey play with four assists in a 4-4 tie against Cornell on Feb. 4, earning ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts. Jimmy Vesey, on his way to play for
Harvard head coach Ted Donato, is a North Reading, MA, native who set an Eastern Junior Hockey League scoring record last season with the South Shore Kings, registering 91 points on 45 goals and 48 helpers in just 45 games.
Kevin Roy, headed to Brown in the upcoming 2012-13 season, was selected in the fourth round, 97th overall. The Greenfield Park, QC forward was named the 2011-12 United States Hockey League Player of the Year after he became the first player in the leagues current format (since 2002) to score 50 goals. He led the league with 104 points (54-50-104) and helped Lincoln to a 38-18-4 regular-season record, the most wins for the Stars in 10 years. Also, selected in the round four was Tim Boyle, a defenseman for Noble & Greenough, who has committed to Union hockey for next season. Boyle is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He had six goals and 12 assists in 24 games last season.
Incoming freshman at Cornell defenseman Reece Willcox was selected in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Flyers. Wilcox set a career-high in points (23) and tied a career-high in goals (five) in 2011-12. The 62 185 pounds Surrey, BC native participated in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, winning a gold with Team Canada West. Wilcox will be a teammate of John McCarron who developed into a key contributor for the Big Red during his rookie campaign scoring five of his six markers coming in February and March. McCarron, a sophomore forward, was select- ed in the sixth round by Edmonton. The third sixth round selection with ECAC Hockey ties was James de Haas who signed a national letter of intent to attend Clarkson to play under head coach Casey Jones. De Haas was selected by the Detroit Red Wings. He had 10 goals and 29 points in 45 games this past season. De Haas was a first-team selection to the OJHL Prospects Team last season.
Cornell sophomore defenseman Joakim Ryan was selected in the round number seven (198th overall) by San Jose. Ryan set a program record for goals scored by a freshman defenseman with seven and was fixture on the teams top power-play unit. Another seventh round selection was incoming Yale freshman forward Matt Beattie. Beattie played one year at Phillips Exeter Academy recording 39 goals and 73 points in 26 games. He was selected as a First-team All-New England and Team Most Valuable Player.
2012 ECAC HOCKEY NHL DRAFT SELECTIONS
2 53 3 66 3 78 4 97 4 106 5 141 6 153 6 170 7 198 7 207
Tampa Bay Nashville Philadelphia Anaheim Ottawa Philadelphia Edmonton Detroit
San Jose Vancouver
Brian Hart Jimmy Vesey Shayne Gostisbehere Kevin Roy Tim Boyle Reece Willcox John McCarron James de Haas Joakim Ryan Matt Beattie
Harvard Harvard Union Brown Union Cornell Cornell Clarkson Cornell Yale
Forward Forward Defenseman Forward Defenseman Defenseman Forward Defenseman Defenseman Forward
BROWN ■ CLARKSON ■ COLGATE ■ CORNELL ■ DARTMOUTH ■ HARVARD PRINCETON ■ QUINNIPIAC ■ RENSSELAER ■ ST. LAWRENCE ■ UNION ■ YALE