When Harvard freshman Jimmy Vesey was a kid, he practically grew up inside the walls Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena.
His dad, Jim, is one of the best players to ever don the Merrimack jersey. His 103 goals, 129 assists and 232 points are still a career record for the Warriors. His incredible senior season in 1988 is still the record for points in a season with 83, including 33 goals in just 33 games.
If not for Jim Vesey, Merrimack College probably would not be in Division 1 and almost certainly not in Hockey East.
Tonight will be a full-circle moment of sorts for the Vesey family, when nearly 100 family and friends pack Lawler Arena to watch Jim’s son, Jimmy, skate for Harvard against the team his father put on the map at the Div. 1 level. It’s also the Crimson’s first ever visit to Lawler Arena.
“When I was in elementary school my dad would take me and my brother to pretty much all of the Merrimack home games,” said Vesey, who as a freshman is leading Harvard in scoring with eight points (five goals) in seven games. “Chris Serino was still the coach then and my dad was friendly with him, so he let us go and run around the locker room after games. I was pretty young but that was my first real exposure to college hockey.”
When it comes to hockey, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Vesey, who was born in 1993, was a two-year star at Belmont Hill. Last season, he led the Eastern Junior Hockey League in scoring with a whopping 91 points, including 48 goals in just 45 games.
He’s not just prolific on the ice, though. He’s a scholar in the classroom as well. Before committing to Harvard, Vesey said he looked at almost all of the Ivy league schools, including Yale and Dartmouth. He also looked at Boston University, Northeastern and Providence before choosing Harvard.