HOCKEY

Hockey has been at the core of Deerfield’s culture since the program’s inaugural season in 1922. The rich history included numerous New England Championships, the most recent coming in 2003 for the boys program in 2001 for the girls program.

Both the boys and girls varsity hockey teams compete in the Housatonic West League, each playing a 25-game schedule that consistently ranks among the toughest schedules in New England.

Every December, both the boys and girls varsity hockey teams participate in their respective holiday tournaments. The boys varsity hockey team travels to Boston for the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament. Deerfield won the 2016 Flood-Marr Tournament, defeating Nobles, KUA, and Milton in route to the Championship. The girls varsity hockey team competes in the Edward G. Watkins Tournament hosted by Cushing Academy. Deerfield won the Watkins Tournament in 2018, defeating the host team Cushing Academy, 1-0 in the championship game.

Playing hockey at Deerfield is a truly unique experience. A typical week consists of four practices (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) with games on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The hockey program’s strong tradition and continued success combines to create an atmosphere that is second to none in the world of prep school athletics.

Winter 2020-2021 Athletic Awards

On Wednesday, during the first School Meeting of the spring term, students and faculty gathered virtually to celebrate the return of students to campus following

Doors of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s final Doors of the Week for the winter 2020-2021 term! Girls Varsity Basketball: Cate Shanahan ’23 This week’s athlete of the

Athletics Week in Review: March 1-7

Deerfield teams had a great final full week of winter practices and competition! Congratulations to students, teams and coaches on a great season! Girls Varsity

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Where We Play

Deerfield opened its new state-of-the-art Athletics Complex in the fall of 2018. The new facility includes multiple film rooms, a dedicated shooting and goalie training space, as well as redesigned and expanded coaches’ and players’ locker rooms. Our boys and girls Varsity and Junior Varsity hockey teams compete in the Class of 1993 Ice Rink. Imbedded in cement just below the rink’s surface lie nine miles of plastic piping that circulate 1,000 gallons of ethylene antifreeze to maintain a constant ice temperature of 17 degrees Fahrenheit; a dedicated facilities staff makes sure Deerfield teams always have optimal playing conditions.

College Bound

Over nearly a decade, more than 30 Deerfield players have gone on to play hockey at the college level, the majority playing for Ivy League and NESCAC programs.

Boys Hockey

  • Henry Bishop ’17 – Suffolk University
  • Wiggle Kerbrat ’17 – Wesleyan University
  • Justin Marler ’17 – Hamilton College
  • Bret Pastor ’18 – Middlebury College
  • Noah de la Durantaye ’19  – Princeton University
  • Thomas Gale ’19 – Holy Cross
  • Mikey Holland ’19 – Miami University
  • Sean McAvoy ’19 – Hamilton College
  • Zach Milton ’19 – Middlebury College
  • Sasha Shogren ’19 – Hamilton College
  • Jake Higgins ’20 – Holy Cross
  • Keith Davenport ‘20 – Nazareth College
  • Eamon Doheny ’20 – Trinity College
  • Connor Guest ‘20 – Amherst College
  • Kyle Jarosz ‘20 – Bowdoin College
  • Alton Machen ‘20 – Amherst College
  • Alex Robert ’20 – Trinity College

GIRLS Hockey

  • Katherine Jackson ’15 – Middlebury College
  • Taylor Morash ’16 – Hobart & William Smith
  • Emily Yue ’16 – Harvard
  • Jenna Greenbaum ’17 – Colby
  • Meghan Halloran ’17 – Williams College
  • Ali Dugal ’18 – Bowdoin College
  • Mary Edmonds ’19 – College of the Holy Cross
  • Deirdre Mullowney ’19 – Boston College
  • Jordan Manning 19 – Sacred Heart
  • Christina Halloran ’20 – Williams College

Noteworthy Alumni

Deerfield Alums in the NHL

  • Paul Hurley ’64 (Boston Bruins 1969)
  • Craig Janney ’85 (Boston Bruins 1987 – 1991, St. Louis Blues 1991 – 1994, San Jose Sharks 1994 – 1995, Winnipeg Jets 1995 – 1996, Phoenix Cayotes 1996 – 1998, Tampa Bay Lightning 1998 – 1999, New York Islanders 1998 – 1999) 
  • Marty Reasoner ‘95 (St. Louis Blues 1998 – 2001, Edmonton Oilers 2001 – 2005, Boston Bruins 2005 – 2006, Edmonton Oilers 2006 – 2008, Atlanta Thrashers 2008 – 2010, Florida Panthers 2010 – 2011, New York Islanders 2011 – 2013)
  • Ben Lovejoy ’02 (Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 – 2012, Anaheim Ducks 2012 – 2015, Pittsburgh Penguins 2015 – 2016, New Jersey Devils 2016 – 2018, Dallas Stars 2018 – 2019)
  • Alex Killorn ’08 (Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 – Present)
  • Kevin Roy (Anaheim Ducks 2017-2019, Florida Panthers 2019 – Present)
  • Sam Lafferty ’14 (Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 – Present)

Deerfield Alums Currently Playing Professionally

  • Antoine Laganiere ’09 (Straubing Tigers (DEL))
  • Casey DeSmith (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
  • Ty Kelleher (IK Oskarshamn (SHL))
  • Ben Masella ’12 (Florida Everblades (ECHL))
  • Trevor Yates ’14 (Reading Royals (ECHL))

Deerfield Alums Coaching Professionally

  • Ty Hennes ’98 (Skill Coach, Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 – Present)
  • Mark Dennehy ’87 (Head Coach, Binghamton Devils (AHL) 2018 – Present)

Coaches

  1. Brooke Fernandez

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  2. Tim McVaugh

    • Head Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  3. Toby Emerson

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
    • Drew Philie

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
    • Genevieve Pitt

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
    • Robertson Howe

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Junior Varsity
    • Sean Keller

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Junior Varsity
    • Joseph Lyons

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Junior Varsity
    • Brian Persons

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Junior Varsity

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

    Students are required to participate in a co-corricular each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

    Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

    Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

    Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

    All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

    Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

    Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

    The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

    Contact Athletics

    athletics@deerfield.edu
    413-774-1430

    Office West Gym
    Mail PO Box 36
    Deerfield, MA 01342