In eight seasons of Division I play, Brunswick’s hockey program has solidified itself as one of the most competitive high school programs in New England, securing tournament berths in 2010–2011, 2011–2012, 2014–15, when the team won a school-record 26 games; and 2015-16, when the Bruins earned their first-ever berth in the Elite 8 Tournament, featuring the top eight teams in New England.
Most recently, in 2016-17, Brunswick won its first-ever playoff game at the Division I level and advanced to the semifinals of the Large School Tournament.
At the collegiate level, in the past decade, ’Wick hockey alumni have laced up the skates for Harvard, Boston University, Yale, Holy Cross, Quinnipiac, Colby, Middlebury, Trinity, Williams, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, and Amherst — along with a host of other top Division I and Division III programs.
In the past 14 years, four hockey alumni have been selected in the NHL Draft. Hugh Jessiman ’02 was selected in the 1st Round in 2003 and recently retired from playing professional hockey. Kevin Shattenkirk ’07, who spent his freshman and sophomore years at Brunswick before playing for the United States National Team Development Program, was selected in the 1st Round in 2007 and is currently a member of the New York Rangers. John Hayden ’13, who followed Shattenkirk’s track, was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd Round of the 2013 draft. He captained Yale University during his senior year in 2017 and made his professional debut for the Blackhawks last spring. And Phil Kemp '17, who also played for the USNTDP and is now a freshman at Yale, was drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 draft by the Edmonton Oilers.
Luke Esposito '12, a Brunswick captain and four-year letterman at Harvard, is now a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL).
All Brunswick hockey games are held at Hartong Rink, on our King Street Campus.
Former Brunswick hockey players John Hayden and Kevin Shattenkirk matched up in a recent NHL game in Chicago. Hayden, a second-year pro, is a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, while Shattenkirk, entering his eighth NHL season, is a defenseman for the New York Rangers.
Entering his 13th season leading the Brunswick hockey team, head coach Ron VanBelle has built a winning program that has reached the post season in each of the past three years. With a large group of veteran upperclassmen for the 2017-18 campaign, the Bruins are poised to make another run at a NEPSIHA crown.