The Harvard Crimson hockey team has quickly made a national name for itself this season.
| From the VJW to a top-ranked team. Devin Tringale is excelling for #9-ranked Harvard University.
The team has won six straight (9-1-2, 5-1-2 ECAC), sits in a tie for first in the ECAC with Quinnipiac and is now ranked 5th in the country according to the latest USCHO poll.
The recent surge by the Crimson has been attributed to great goaltending and timely scoring. Playing a key role for Harvard this season is VJW alumni Devin Tringale. The Medford native played for the VJW Junior A team during the 2012-13 season before heading off to Cambridge to play for Ted Donato and his staff.
Tringale made an immediate impact and played in all but one game during his freshman campaign. Thus far this season, Tringale has been on the ice for the Crimson dating back to November 1st when the team began its season with a 3-3 tie against Dartmouth. Since that time, the Crimson has been simply dominating. Recent highlights include victories over #8 Boston College (on 11/11), #1 Boston University (11/25) and #4 UMass Lowell (11/29).
His resume heading into college is without reproach. As part of the Warrior organization, Tringale finished with 19-18-37 points in 45 games during that 2012-13 season. He was selected to play - along with VJW teammate and current Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald - in the First Inaugural USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2012.
Prior to his time playing for the blue and gold, Tringale was a standout in hockey, baseball and golf at Lawrence Academy and a 2012 Hockey Night in Boston Boys Prep School Elite Tournament MVP. A pure student athlete, Tringale was a high-honor student at Lawrence Academy!
One name absent from the Crimson gamesheet this season is Colin Blackwell from North Andover. A longtime youth player for the Warriors, Blackwell was sidelined most of last year with post-concussion syndrome. He did return for one game this season - on November 21 - and was +1 in a 5-1 win over Bentley.
Blackwell - now a junior at Harvard - began his hockey career as a member of the VJW program. He matriculated to St. John's Prep in Danvers, where he captained the Eagles for two seasons and guided them to the Super 8 Tournament. Blackwell was drafted in the 7th Round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He tallied 33 points in 55 games through his freshman and sophomore year at Harvard.
Blackwell, Tringale and their entire Harvard team will be off from competition until December 28 when it hosts the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson returns to regular season action on December 30 when it hosts Rensselaer.
Way to go, Devin & Colin!