Maine Hockey Journal

The Rhode full of Hart from Maine to Providence

Kevin Hart (#2), won a Class B state title with Greely in 2009 and currently plays for Providence College. The Friars faced Boston College on Friday in the Hockey East semifinal, falling 4-2.
(PHOTO: Dan Hickling)

Boston, Mass. – The Providence College Friars have had a little taste of the Greely High School hockey on the roster for the past two seasons.

Kevin Hart, a native of Cumberland, just ended his sophomore season with Providence where he tallied 10 points (2G, 8A) this season after the Friars were dropped from the Hockey East playoffs by the Boston College Eagles, 4-2, Friday night, in the semifinals.

After more than four years without a Hockey East playoff series and the departure of the previous head coach Tim Army, Providence has turned themselves around making to the playoffs and advancing to the semifinals against the Eagles.

“It’s been a tough past couple season for this program,” stated Hart. “Coach Leaman came in and said that our goal was not just to make the playoffs, but make an impact.”

The Friars have had a up and down season finishing the year 12-18-4, getting into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

“Coach Leaman wanted to change the attitude of the team.” explained Hart and went on to explain the differences between their new coach and the previous coach Tim Army. “They’re both good coaches, but coach Leaman just stressed to work hard and play our systems as best we could.”

Providence pulled off an amazing upset of the No. 2 seeded University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East quarterfinals to move onto the tournament at the TD Garden in Boston.

Before heading to Rhode Island, Kevin played his postgraduate year in New Hampshire at Phillips Exeter Academy where he played hockey, soccer and baseball. Hart led all defensemen on the team with 12 points (1G, 11A) and was named to the NEPSHC All-Conference team.

The rest of Hart’s high school career came from his time at Greely where he played with his brother Brian, who will be attending Harvard University in the fall. The defender led Greely to State titles in hockey, baseball and soccer. Kevin was also twice named an All-State athlete in Maine.

The trifecta was completed last weekend when Kevin’s younger brother Ted took home the Class B State Championship with Greely, their second in four years, giving the Hart’s something to add to their already staggering collection of accomplishments.

“Back in 09 my brother and I won our state title,” commented Kevin. So for Ted to step in and win one, it was just great, for him and Greely.”

“To have all three of us to win a state championship, it’s just a great feeling,” said Hart.

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