Maine Hockey Journal

Hart decides on Harvard

Brian Hart knows what it takes to get to the next level. In 2008-2009, he led Greely High School to the Maine Class B Boys’ ice hockey state championship before moving on to New England Prep School hockey.

So what’s next for the 16-year old?

How about getting a college offer from a Division I school?

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Earlier this month, the Cumberland Center native made his college commitment to Harvard for the 2012-2013 season.

“It was the best fit for academics and hockey,” Hart said. “It came down to those two things are very important to me.”

Ted Donato, the head coach for Harvard stressed you always need a back up plan.

“There’s life after hockey,” Hart added. “Harvard can give you a chance to be successful in hockey or in the (real) world.”

He also strongly considered University of New Hampshire, Cornell, and Providence. He also talked to other Hockey East and ECAC schools in the recruiting process.

“It started at the end of last year, and talked to a lot of schools,” Hart stated. “I got a lot of help from coach at Brewster (Academy), Greg Churchill. I took some visits, played a lot of hockey this summer, and I just fell in love with Harvard.”

He got some pointers in the recruiting process from his brother Kevin, who’s a freshman at Providence this year.

“He gave me some advice on what to say, and how to act on visits. I thought that was important in my recruiting process.”

He also hopes to have the chance to play against his brother.

“If we end up playing against each other, that would be fun,” the younger Hart said.

Last season, he played at Brewster Academy last season before moving onto Phillips Exeter where his brother played last season.

“It was definitely a jump,” he said about moving from Maine High School hockey to New England Prep School hockey. “I think it’s a lot deep then Maine High School, it’s three or four lines deep instead of one or two.”

“Although you don’t get the same fan base as you do in public high schools.”

He expects to play this year and next at Exeter before heading to Cambridge, Massachusetts in the fall of 2012.

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