Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Harvard Athletic Achievements
Hall of Fame
Remembering Harvard Athletics
My decision to attend Harvard was based on my feeling that it was the only school where I could receive a world-class education and also be competitive on a national level in hockey. Due to a combination of excellent coaching, talented teammates, support from the atheltic community, and some luck, I feel that these goals were accomplished. The success and positive experiences drawn from this period have led me to stay active in the hockey program in order to hopefully help provide the same ecperience to future generations of athletes.
Team sports teach many lessons that are valuable throughout life, and it is done in a compressed time environment that even a twenty-year-old can easily understand. Testing yourself, and your ability to work as a team and motivate your teammates, on a daily basis, is not only a lot of fun, but also a challenge. You work hard to prepare and chase a goal, and you learn the results two hours later. You then have the opportunity to make adjustments and try it again. this and the personal interactions involved make it a valuable learning experience.
I feel very fortunate to have come into contact with, and been influenced by, the quality of people that have been involved in Harvard Athletics. Teammates that accomplished great things both on and off the ice, coaches that were great teachers and role models, and the perspective and experience of members of the athletics department are the things that I most remember and continue to draw upon. There were a lot of victories and success; however, it is the people that are most memorable.
I also feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with my brother Mark for two years while at Harvard. It was a lot of fun to play together and we had a lot of success. Nothing motivates a younger sibling than competition with an older brother. The hours of one on one in the backyard did wonders for my skills, competitiveness and toughness. He helped to pave the way for me and was also my biggest support, and at times my biggest protector on the ice. It helped immeasurably to have his support, trust and confidence.
I would like to thank my parents for providing me the proper support and environment that allowed me to develop both my academic and athletic skills, and for encouraging and supporting my decision to attend Harvard. Being a parent myself makes me appreciate more all that they did for me and the support and love that they showed.
Finally, I would like to thank Coach Cleary for spending many hours helping me learn the game, while also helping instill valuable life lessons. Having the opportunity to learn from one of the all time greats was something that I have always cherished.
It is an honor to be elected to the Harvard Hall of Fame, especially with such an outstanding group of athletes and friends.