Maine Hockey Journal

Hart will play for Providence in 2010-’11

Kevin Hart, the former Greely High School standout, spent this past season with Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, New Hampshire) honing his skills with the intent of grabbing the attention of NCAA Division III program for next season.

He did more than catch NCAA D-III coaches’ attention; he caught the eye of the defending NCAA Division I National Champions, Boston University, and Providence College.

Hart decided to attend Providence College for the 2010-‘11 season.

“In late February, my plan was to go a (Division) III, all sudden Boston University showed up at a game and the next game Providence showed up,” Kevin Hart said. “They both brought me in for visits and Providence seemed to be a better fit for me as a player.”

“They were a young team this (year), but they are looking to compete next season.”

Earlier in the season, he wasn’t accepted into Bowdoin College, but his coach at Phillips Exeter told him to keep his head up.

“Coach (Dana) Barbin told me keep playing and things will work out for you,” said Hart.

The University of Maine wasn’t a part of the recruiting process for Hart.

“I am definitely excited to play some games up (at Maine),” Hart said. “I know a lot of people that go up there.”

He also liked what Providence had to offer.

“It’s in the city which I like, and it’s a pretty small campus.” Hart added. “They have a lot to offer academically.”

Hart had a solid season with Phillips Exeter Academy where he tallied a goal and 11 assists in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association play.

“It was definitely a step-up from high school,” he said. “Coming from a Class B school, the teams are (deeper) than high school.”

Kevin was able to make the transition from being a go-to-guy to a team player.

“At the beginning of the season, I was finding a role for myself. After that it was similar to high school, I got play a lot more.”

He felt going the prep school route was better for him then playing junior hockey.

“I definitely considered junior route, but academically, prep school is better for me,” Hart stated. “Plus, I still wanted to play baseball, and I wouldn’t have able to do it, if I didn’t go the prep school route.”

For now, Hart looks to prepare for next season by hitting the gym in the off-season.

Hart becomes the third player from Maine this year to commit to a NCAA D-I school joining Scarborough native Jacob Rutt (Maine) and Falmouth native Derek Kump (Holy Cross).

Due to NCAA rules, Providence can’t comment on a verbal commitment.

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