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Hart, Brian

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-12

McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.

Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.

Brian Hart


Out of Organization
Right Wing
Cumberland, ME
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 2 (#53) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Third line power forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Exeter (USHS)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$703 333
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$635 000
$715 000
$760 000



Scored 27 goals and 61 points in 27 games for Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Scored 32 goals and 68 points in 29 games for Exeter and committed to Harvard University for his college hockey. Rated the #54 North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Service before being selected in the 2nd round, 53rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Power winger has shown the skill set to succeed at the next level, but also has raised some questions. His strengths are his shot and offensive instincts. Has a powerful shot and utilizes both a heavy slapper and extremely effective snap shot. Soft hands and great release and has a goal scorer's touch. Shows fine hand-eye coordination on deflections around net. An underrated passer who moves the puck very well and does a nice job getting pucks through seams and patiently waiting for teammates to open up. Skating still needs some work, especially his first few steps. One of the best natural athletes in the draft, and set numerous scoring records in soccer, buy we need to see him grind more and use his strength to win battles. Should develop quickly concentrating solely on hockey now.

Projection: Powerful 3rd liner who chips in on offense.
Style compares to: David Jones" (Red Line Report)

"Brian may draw some comparisons to former NHL player Bill Guerin. Bill possessed excellent speed at 18 years of age and it's something that Brian will have to improve upon to be considered in the same skating class. The comparison is apt in the sense that they are both hard driving players who engage physically and have the size to not only gain advantages for themselves, they have temperaments that can make an opponent hesitant to want to engage with them. Brian has a very strong shot and it can be categorized as cannon like in terms of how heavy it is. He's not afraid to shoot and do it a lot but he will take the puck to the net and he does it with determination and he has a hunger to score. He's capable of making plays but he knows the foundation of his game and he plays to those strengths. As he moves up levels, he is smart enough to know that his game will have to become less one-dimensional. Overall, he's a very good athlete who has a hunger to be better and a desire to be an imposing winger." (Craig Button, TSN)


Great size and strength already. Heavy shot with a quick release. Soft hands around the net and good on deflections. Great natural athlete who is an accomplished soccer player, too.


First step acceleration. Could use his size more in the physical game.


Third line power forward


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Greely High USHS-ME20 28 2149 -|        
 2009-2010 Brewster AcademyUSHS-Prep28 27 2451 -|        
 2010-2011 Phillips Exeter AcademyUSHS-Prep27 29 3261 12|        
 2011-2012 Phillips Exeter AcademyUSHS-Prep29 32 3668 20|        
 2012-2013 Harvard Univ.NCAA30 5 1318 10|        
 2013-2014 Harvard Univ.NCAA31 6 915 22|        
 2014-2015 Harvard Univ.NCAA37 7 1017 21|        
 2015-2016 Syracuse CrunchAHL25 2 02 14|        
  Greenville Swamp RabbitsECHL36 11 415 4|        
 2016-2017 Syracuse CrunchAHL33 3 47 26|        
  Kalamazoo WingsECHL33 6 511 6|Playoffs7 4 15
 2017-2018 Dundee StarsEIHL52 19 1938 32|        
  Dundee StarsEIHL Cup2 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Dundee StarsEIHL1 0 00 2|        
  Dundee StarsEIHL Cup5 1 12 2|        

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