Hockey, Boys

Hockey has been at the core of Deerfield’s culture since the program’s inaugural season in 1922. The rich history of the boys hockey team 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.


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. As many current Deerfield players and alums will attest, few events on campus are as memorable as a Friday night game in “The Barn.”

SAN JOSE, CA – JUNE 12: Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after their 3-1 victory to win the Stanley Cup against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 12, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 (’02) and Alex Killorn (’08) – currently play in the NHL.

Through intensive training on and off the ice, Deerfield hockey players develop a sense of purpose, humility, commitment to team concepts, 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, Drew Philie, and John Abraham.

From the Fall 2016 Deerfield Magazine –

Ben Lovejoy ’03: Pittsburg Penguin

New England Hockey Journal January 2017 Issue: Boys Hockey Wins Flood-Marr Tournament