There are certainly easier tasks to accomplish than preparing for final exams at Harvard, but for more than 6,000 students, including two Nashville Predators prospects, it’s all about the textbooks for the time being. Then it’s back to hockey.
Forwards Jimmy Vesey and Tyler Moy, who both skate for the Harvard Crimson, are also Preds draftees. The two took a break from their studies to see the Predators defeat the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Monday night, just a short commute from the Harvard campus.
It was a nice change for the pair, who usually rely on social media to keep tabs on the NHL club.
“The NHL Facebook page has been keeping me up to date,” Moy laughed.
The pair currently have their own hockey club to worry about, skating for a Crimson team that has just one loss in 10 games this season, a 6-1-3 record that’s good enough earn the team a No. 7 ranking in the USCHO.com NCAA Division I poll.
Vesey, drafted 66th overall by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, leads Harvard with eight goals and 16 points through 10 games this season. The potential exists for Vesey to make his NHL debut with the Preds once the Harvard season comes to a close, but the Crimson captain isn’t getting too far ahead of himself just yet.
“Last year, I started thinking about the end of the season in the second half and in the stretch run, but I’m just still trying to focus on Harvard,” Vesey said. “We all think in our locker room that we have the talent and the team to make a long run, so I think that’s my main priority right now.”
Harvard got a taste of the NCAA Tournament last season, and much like the current Preds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2014-15, the future Preds want to go further this time around.
“That’s what we want to achieve and that’s something we see within reach,” Moy said of Harvard reaching the Frozen Four. “We always want to be shooting for the stars and not sell ourselves short, but I do think what we’ve shown in the first part of the season here, we definitely have the firepower to make it that far, it’s just a matter of execution.”
Nashville’s sixth choice, 175th overall, in the 2015 Draft, Moy is talented artist off the ice, often trying his hand at drawing when he needs an escape from hockey or schoolwork. The forward plans to design a tattoo for a friend in the coming months, in addition to competing for a national title.
“There’s still a lot of the season left after the break here, but with a lot of younger guys coming in, people taking new roles, it’s been good,” Moy said. “We’ve shown a lot of promise for the future.”
But before they’re sporting Preds Gold, before they’re vying for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, before the second half of the season commences, it’s all about those textbooks. Moy and Vesey will just let the promise of more hockey motivate them through.
“You have to make sure that you keep track of your studies and you don’t ever want to get behind because then it starts to add up,” Vesey said. “We’re really focused on school right now. It’s going to be nice when exams are over and we can really start focusing on hockey all of January.
“We had a pretty good first half. We have one loss in 10 games, we’re Top 10 in the national rankings and everything’s going well so far.”