In seven 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, and 2014–15, when the team won a school-record 26 games.
Most recently, in 2015-16, the Bruins earned their first-ever berth in the Elite 8 Tournament, featuring the top eight teams in New England.
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, and Amherst — along with a host of other top Division I and Division III programs.
In the past decade, three hockey alumni have been selected in the NHL Draft. Hugh Jessiman ’02 was selected in the 1st Round in 2003 and is currently playing professional hockey in Austria. 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 St. Louis Blues. And John Hayden ’13, who followed Shattenkirk’s track, was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd Round of the 2013 draft. He is currently the captain at Yale University.
All Brunswick hockey games are held at Hartong Rink, on our King Street Campus.
Brunswick locked up its third-straight trip to the post season, garnering the second seed in the NEPSIHA Large School Tournament. The Bruins (16-9-5) will play seventh-seed Milton Academy (12-9-3) in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, March 1, at Choate’s William C.S. Remsen Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Strauss Mann and Nick VanBelle were named to the 2017 NEPSIHA West All-New England hockey team. The duo led the Bruins to a 16-9-5 record and a second seed in the upcoming Large School Tournament. Coach Ron VanBelle now has three D1 All-New England selections in the last two seasons, as Mann and VanBelle join Max Fuld ’16 with NEPSIHA West honors.
Brunswick topped Millbrook in the finals of the 20th Empire Cup on Saturday, besting the Mustangs, 5-2, for its third-straight tournament title. The road win caps the regular season for the Bruins (16-9-5), as the team hopes to receive news of a post-season bid on Sunday.
Brunswick and Trinity-Pawling skated to a 3-3 tie in the opening round of the Empire Cup at Tirrell Rink on Friday night. Following a scoreless overtime, Brunswick’s Nick VanBelle netted the lone goal of the shootout, sending the Bruins on to the finals. Brunswick will play Millbrook for the 2017 Empire Cup at 6:30 p.m. at Millbrook on Saturday.
Northwood topped Brunswick by a 5-0 margin on Saturday afternoon, ending the Bruins’ unbeaten streak at Hartong Rink at 11 games. Brunswick (15-9-4) gets back on the ice at Trinity-Pawling in the nightcap of the Empire Cup on Friday, February 24, playing the host school at 7:00 p.m.