Nick is a Harvard University ECAC ice hockey player.
Hockey player in a club
Despite the fact that his high school did not have a hockey team, Abruzzese was a standout club hockey player and signed a letter of intent to play for Harvard in 2017, where he is currently a psychology major. While playing hockey, Abruzesse plays in the center and shoots to one side. The ice hockey player’s main strengths are his playmaking and hostile abilities.
Men’s ice hockey team of the United States of America
At home in Slate Hill, Orange County, New York, the 14-year-old was rooting for Team USA’s men’s ice hockey team. The United States began their Sochi 2014 campaign with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia. Eight years later, he’s in Beijing 2022, donning the number 16 jersey and representing the United States as they begin their quest for gold. The sport was introduced to the 22-year-old by his father, who played hockey in New York City and was a huge Rangers fan. David Quinn, a former Rangers coach, will lead Team USA.
A career in college
The left-handed forward had an outstanding college career. In 2019/20, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and he’s been on a roll ever since.
He’s also the Harvard team captain, which is unusual for someone who hasn’t yet completed their senior year. Abruzzese’s 1.62 points per game were the best in the top tier of collegiate hockey in the United States at the time he received the call from Team USA management.
Abruzzese, a Slate Hill, New York native, leads Harvard with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) and leads the NCAA with 1.62 points per game. So far this season, he has a team-high seven multiple-point performances, the most recent of which was three points (goal, two assists) in Saturday’s win over Union.
In 2019-20, Abruzzese had a breakout freshman season at Harvard. He was named to the CCM/AHCA Hockey Second Team All-America. With 44 points, he was named the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Rookie of the Year, as well as First Team All-ECAC Hockey and First Team All-Ivy League.
Rookie of the Week
Nick Abruzzese, a freshman Harvard hockey player, and Toronto Maple Leaf’s prospect was named the ECAC hockey rookie of the week in February 2020.
After scoring two goals and two assists in Harvard’s lone game this week versus Union, Abruzzese was granted the award. This year, the Slate Hill, NY native leads the country in rookie scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists in 20 games. He also had a strong January, scoring 12 points to lead all NCAA rookies (four goals, eight assists).
Nick had already undergone hip surgery. Abruzzese was named to the ECAC First All-Star and Rookie Teams during his green bean season.
The NAHL and the USHL
He has played in leagues such as the NAHL and the USHL, appearing in 31 games and scoring 14 goals.
The competitor is focusing intently on his career and making a successful Olympic Hockey debut. Abruzzese is a scoring-oriented forward who should do well in the NHL.
Harvard’s top line
In 2019-20, he was Harvard’s top-line center, scoring 44 points to lead the team. Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Harvard from playing in the 2020-21 season. Although missing last season was a setback in his development, given how well he played in the 2019-20 season, he deserves to remain in our prospect rankings. It’s also possible that, like all of us, all prospects experienced some form of disturbance this past year. Perhaps a year of games and a concentration on off-ice conditioning will be beneficial to him.
Draft of the National Hockey League
After being passed over in the previous two NHL draughts, the Toronto Maple Leafs picked Abruzzese in the fourth round (No. 124) at the 2019 NHL Draft.