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.”
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 –
Boys Hockey Wins OT Thriller
Behind an unbelievable performance by Sophomore goalie Thomas Gale ‘19 (40 saves), the boys varsity hockey team defeated 2nd ranked Loomis 3-2 in overtime. For the second game in a row, the scoring opened up less than thirty seconds into the game. Although this time it was the visitors who...
Varsity Teams Go Undefeated in 2017 Openers
Deerfield varsity teams went 4-0 yesterday to start 2017 undefeated. The girls varsity basketball team got a road win at Ethel Walker by a score of 57-50. At home, the boys varsity basketball team defeated an athletic Pomfret team, 68-55. On the ice, the boys varsity hockey team...
Winter LIVE Stream Schedule Announced
Catch more LIVE streamed Deerfield games this year! Even if you can’t make it to campus for a game, you have the opportunity to stay connected and watch the Big Green sports teams in action. Preview the upcoming LIVE stream game schedule below; Team – Date – Time –...
Boys Hockey Featured in the New England Hockey Journal
The New England Hockey Journal January issue features the Deerfield Boys Hockey team who won the 2016 Flood-Marr Tournament for the first time since 2002. In the championship game, the boys defeated Milton Academy 4-3. Read more from the article.
Deerfield Wins 52nd Annual Flood-Marr Hockey Tournament
by Bob Howe On Sunday, 12/18 the Deerfield boys hockey team won their first Flood-Marr tournament title since 2002 beating a very good Milton Academy squad 4-3. The team had played well all three days of the tournament with impressive wins over Nobles (3-2 in overtime) and Kimball Union...
Holiday Tournament Preview – Basketball & Hockey
The final academic week of 2016 is in the books. The Big Green basketball and hockey teams are shifting their focus from the classroom to their holiday tournaments. This weekend the boys and girls varsity basketball teams will travel to Exeter and Miss Porter’s respectively for their tournaments. Boys...
Catch 2 More Live Streamed Games this Month
Can’t make it to Deerfield before 2017? Tune in from home to watch 2 live streamed hockey games this month. Click to watch the boys varsity hockey team vs. Avon this Sunday, 12/11 at 3:00pm. Tune in next week to watch the girls varsity hockey team vs. St. Paul’s...
Varsity Hockey Undefeated in Winter Weekend Opener
In the winter weekend opener, the boys and girls varsity hockey teams went undefeated on the road. The boys varsity hockey team defeated Groton School by a score of 5-1 with 5 different players netting goals for the Big Green. The girls battled to a 1-1 tie at St....
Winter Season Varsity Team Preview
Boys Varsity Basketball The boys varsity basketball team will begin their 2016-2017 campaign with only a few practices under their belt as they open their season today, Wednesday, 11/30 as they take on Nobles at home. The team returns a nucleus of starting players and will be led by...
New Faces for Winter Athletic Teams
The Athletic Department is excited to announce new coaches and coaching changes for the winter sports season. Tim McVaugh will assume the role of head coach for the boys varsity hockey team. Tim will be joined on the bench by assistant coach, Jan Flaska. Both the boys and girls...