Ice Hockey - Boys 1st Team



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Ice Hockey - Boys 1st Team

The last 5 years have been a period of unprecedented success for the Brooks boys 1st hockey team. The team has won two New England Prep Championships, two ISL Eberhart League Championships and made five straight playoff appearances. In the past three years, two Brooks players have been named ISL Eberhart League MVP. Max Prawdzik ’15 was also named to the All New England Prep East team and currently plays at Boston University. Mitch Nylen ’13 was named to the Atlantic Hockey All Rookie team after his freshman season at Sacred Heart University and was named team captain as a junior.

Brooks plays in the competitive ISL and at the Division I level of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association. The Eberhart league schedule consists of 14 games against opponents that include Rivers and St. Mark’s. The balance of the schedule is non-league games against some of the top schools in Eastern New England, including Andover, Exeter, St. Sebastian’s, Belmont Hill, Milton, Governor’s and Dexter. Brooks and nearby Pingree co-host the Brooks-Pingree Christmas Tournament, which draws teams from all over New England.

The program provides its players with an opportunity to develop by focusing on fundamentals and work ethic during daily practices and off-ice training. A typical week consists of two games, four 90-minute practices, two off-ice workouts with the school’s strength coach and two video sessions.

Brooks alumni have gone on to play college hockey at all levels. Recent graduates have played for several Division I schools, including Boston College, Boston University and Sacred Heart. Many have enjoyed successful careers at Division III schools, including Connecticut College, Middlebury, Wesleyan, St. Michael’s, Assumption and Salve Regina. Others have played competitive ACHA hockey at schools all over the U.S., such as Delaware, Clemson, and the College of Charleston.

Recent top players have also gone on to pursue successful athletic careers in other sports – soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse – at schools that include Bowdoin, Brown, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Middlebury, St. Lawrence and the U.S. Naval Academy. Mike Johnson ’09, a two-year letterman in hockey, recently capped off his baseball career at Dartmouth and was selected by the Dodgers in the MLB draft. Greg Conrad ’13, a member of the soccer and hockey teams at Middlebury, was named the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year in soccer.


  • Head Coach

    Dave Ries has been a boys ice hockey coach at Brooks School for more than 10 years. A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., he is a graduate of Avon Old Farms and College of the Holy Cross. Previously, he taught and coached at Avon Old Farms, coached at Tufts University and worked with both U.S.A. Hockey and Mass. Hockey. Ries lives in the PBA dormitory with his wife Jenelle and their three young children: Ellie, Dave and Lucy.

  • Assistant Coach

    Michael Settipani has been an assistant ice hockey coach at Brooks School since 2016. He attended Arlington Catholic High School, where he and his teammates won the MIAA State Championship in 2010. Settipani later played at the prep school level for Hebron Academy before attending Southern New Hampshire University, where he played as a forward until 2014. Prior to coaching at Brooks, he coached for Charlestown Youth Hockey and the U15 River Rats, a half-season team based in Neponset Valley. Outside of Brooks, Settipani works full-time in hockey operations and administration for the Valley Hockey League.