Hockey has been at the core of Deerfield’s culture since the program’s inaugural season in 1922. The rich history of the program includes numerous New England Championships, the most recent coming in 2003. Part of the Housatonic League, the boys varsity team plays a 25-game schedule that consistently ranks among the toughest schedules in New England. Every December the team participates in the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament held outside of Boston. Deerfield won the 2016 Flood-Marr, defeating Nobles, KUA, and Milton in route to the championship.
Playing hockey at Deerfield is a truly unique experience. A typical week consists of four practices (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 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. After more than fifty years, Deerfield tore down the storied “Barn” in 2017 and are currently constructing a new state-of-the-art facility set to open in the fall of 2018. The new facility will include multiple film rooms, a dedicated shooting and goalie training space, as well as redesigned and expanded coaches’ and players’ locker rooms.
Over the last eight years, more than thirty Deerfield players have gone on to play hockey at the college level, the majority playing for Ivy League and NESCAC programs. Two recent Deerfield alums – Ben Lovejoy (’03 – New Jersey Devils) and Alex Killorn (’08 – Tampa Bay Lightning) – currently play in the NHL.
Through intensive training on and off the ice, the Deerfield hockey program seeks to instill in players a sense of humility, purpose, and love for the game. The varsity coaches work closely with the junior varsity team to promote the growth of players of all ages and abilities. The varsity team is coached by Tim McVaugh, Jan Flaska and Drew Philie.
Ben Lovejoy ’03: Pittsburg Penguin (Fall 2016 Deerfield Magazine)
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