Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Harvard Athletic Achievements
Hall of Fame
Remembering Harvard Athletics
First, I’d like to thank the Varsity Club for inducting me into the Harvard Athletics Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and humbled to be included in such outstanding and impressive company. Congratulations to the other inductees this year for all your impressive accomplishments and worthy attributes. In considering some of the ways I could express my gratitude for this honor, and to a greater extent my time at Harvard and with Harvard hocke,y I keep coming back to one overwhelming realization: I have received and benefited more from my time with Harvard hockey than I could ever give back. The friendships, life lessons, and memories of my time at Harvard with the Harvard Hockey team are responsible for many of the positive experiences and accomplishments, which I have been fortunate enough to be part of since that time.
Having been lucky enough to compete 13 years in the National Hockey League and the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, winning the National Championship in 1989 is still my greatest sports memory. Not only for winning the championship, but for the guys and team I was able to share it with. I can’t say I remember all my teammates from all the professional teams I have played with over the years, but the members of the 1989 NCAA Championship team will always be indelibly etched into my memory. Harvard Hockey was a tight-knit family. Coaches Clearly, Tommassoni, and Hampe along with our student managers (Jason Weinberg and Julie Rim) and the Harvard Athletic department provided us with the support essential for great accomplishments.
I remember being a naïve, cocky, excitable 18-year-old from Catholic Memorial High School who had an insatiable appetite for hockey. Harvard opened my eyes and mind to so many other interests outside of hockey that have grown to allow for me a much more enjoyable and balanced existence. The Harvard Hockey program allowed me to develop far more off the ice than on it. I remember my conversations and social activities with roommates and teammates as wholly fulfilling. Having had the opportunity to be surrounded with such quality people filled with intelligence, compassion, and character has changed my life in the most positive fashion I could ever imagine.
Working in the equipment room with Chet Stone and Artie Clifford provided me with a humor and perspective that made my Harvard experience so much more enjoyable. I could never express in words the gratitude I feel towards Chet for all the things he did to make my time at Harvard as a student, and now as a coach, the best experience anyone could hope for.
Coming back to Harvard to be the Hockey Coach the last two years has allowed me to reconnect to a lot of the memories and feelings I had as a student-athlete at Harvard. It has been an experience I wish everyone could have the opportunity to do. The most daunting task of being the coach of Harvard Hockey is to continue the tradition of great character, camaraderie, and chemistry within the Harvard Community. The easy part is that I believe wholeheartedly in what Harvard and Harvard Hockey represent. I loved my time at Harvard and want to provide the same environment for opportunities and enjoyment that I feel so fortunate to have experienced.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family. My mom and dad, who were at almost all my games, my grandparents who came to most home games and my brothers and sister who were all there for me. For the support and sacrifices my family made for me to attend Harvard and compete in the sport of ice hockey, I will forever be grateful.
Again, I would like to congratulate all the other inductees on this great honor. I am humbled to be part of such a great group of Harvard athletes.
While I could write at great length of all the people I would like to thank (and I’m sure to miss so many others), I wanted to list some of the most influential: