Ice Hockey - Boys 1st Team
Ice Hockey - Boys 1st Team
Over the last decade, the Boys 1st hockey team has enjoyed some of the most successful seasons in school history. The team won two New England Prep Championships, two Independent School League (ISL) Eberhart League Championships and made six straight playoff appearances. Two players – Mitch Nylen ’13 and Max Prawdzik ’15 – were named ISL Eberhart League MVP before moving on to NCAA Division I careers.
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 School, St. Mark’s School and Groton School. The balance of the schedule is non-league games against some of the top schools in Eastern New England, including Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Saint Sebastian's School, Belmont Hill School, Milton Academy, The Governor’s Academy and The Dexter Southfield School. Brooks and nearby Pingree School co-host the Brooks-Pingree Christmas Tournament, which draws teams from all over New England.
The program provides 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.
The coaching staff works in tandem with the college counseling office to help players determine their best academic and athletic options. Brooks alumni have gone on to play college hockey at all levels. Recent graduates have played for several Division I schools, including The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Arizona State University, Boston College, Boston University and Sacred Heart University. Many have enjoyed successful careers at Division III schools, including Connecticut College, Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Nazareth College, St. Michael’s College, Assumption University and Salve Regina University. Others have played competitive ACHA hockey at schools all over the U.S., such as the University of Delaware, Clemson University and the College of Charleston.
Top players have also gone on to successful college careers in other sports — including soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse — at the Division I or Division III level. Mike Johnson ’09, a two-year letterman in hockey, played baseball at Dartmouth College and was selected by the Dodgers in the MLB draft. Greg Conrad ’13, a member of the soccer and hockey teams at Middlebury College, was named the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year in soccer. Co-captains Michael Hughes and Owen Borek ’19 are both playing Division I lacrosse at Providence College.
Interested players are welcome to email Coach Ries or to stop by the Brooks Arena during any home game.
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.
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.