PRINCETON, N.J. -- Seven Ivies began their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup Wednesday, dotting the playoff rosters of five NHL clubs.
Twelve-year NHL veteran Dominic Moore and sixth-year pro Riley Nash make the Boston Bruins 1-of-2 playoff teams to feature a pair of Ivy League hockey alumni. Moore, a forward who donned the Harvard Crimson in college, recorded 11 goals and 14 assists for the Bruins this season. He claims the most playoff experience—93 games—of any Ivy in this year's 16-team affair. Nash, a forward who played his college hockey for the Cornell Big Red, is making his first playoff appearance after tallying seven goals and 10 assists for Boston during the 2016-17 campaign.
After netting a team-high 21 goals for the Yale Bulldogs en route to First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC Hockey accolades in 2016-17, John Hayden finds himself on the playoff roster of the Chicago Blackhawks. Hayden, a forward who was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2013, inked his professional contract on March 12—less than 24 hours after Yale's season ended with a 4-3 loss to Harvard in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Hayden recorded his first NHL goal in just his second professional game on March 18 and tallied three assists for the Blackhawks in 12 regular-season appearances.
Harry Zolnierczyk, a sixth-year forward out of Brown, sees his first playoff action with the Nashville Predators after scoring two goals and adding two assists in 24 regular-season showings. Zolnierczyk's appearance and point totals are the most for the former Brown Bear since his rookie campaign in 2011-12.
The New York Rangers claim Dartmouth alum Tanner Glass and Harvard alum Jimmy Vesey among their playoff contingent. A physical forward in his 10th NHL season, Glass appeared in 11 games for the Rangers after a March call up, recording a goal and an assist. Vesey—the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner who will see his first playoff action—has scored 16 goals and tallied 11 assists in his rookie campaign in New York. With 27 points on the season, the first-year forward boasts the most points of any Ivy to reach the NHL playoffs.
Mike Condon, a second-year goaltender out of Princeton, is the lone non-forward to represent the Ivy League in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After starting the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Condon was traded to Ottawa, where he started 38 games in net. Condon owns a 2.48 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 2,325 minutes between the pipes for the Senators.
After opening the season with 11 players on active NHL rosters, all six Ivy League men's ice hockey programs are represented in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. In total, 21 Ivies made NHL appearances during the 2016-17 regular season, with six making their NHL debuts. Two Ivies—Yale's Hayden and Harvard's Sean Malone—were among a select group of 12 players to get a taste of the NHL following the completion of their NCAA seasons in 2016-17.