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Former Warrior Ryan Heavey Stands Tall for Babson Beavers
Ryan_Heavey_Babson_Fenway_640.jpgThere is no question that one former Valley Jr Warrior player is enjoying his collegiate career.

Ryan Heavey, who led his Warrior team to a Mass State Select League title when he was a bantam major, has spent the past four years at Babson College and established himself as one of the top offensive defensemen in the ECAC East.

Over the course of his storied collegiate career, Heavey has compiled a set of accolades that many would envy. In 2011, Heavey was a standout freshman and was named to the ECAC East All-Conference Second Team and the ECAC East All-Rookie Team. Two years later, he was named to the ECAC East All-Conference Second Team and ECAC East All-Tournament Team.

Thus far during his senior year, the four-year starter and captain has led his Beaver team to a 16-3-0 overall record and a 10-2-0 mark in league play.

In a recent email to the VJW coaching staff, Heavey's parents explained proudly that their son's success "...all started with the Warriors."

To learn more about Heavey's outstanding collegiate career, read the article below which appeared in a recent issue of the Boston Globe.

Andover’s Heavey is prototype 2-way player
By Jeff Powalisz | Globe Correspondent | January 23, 2014

Individual accolades are not widely celebrated within the men’s hockey program at Babson College.

The focus is never on just one player. Every game a different player steps forward, catalysts that are critical to the program’s perennial success.

One such catalyst is Ryan Heavey, a senior defenseman from Andover via Phillips Andover and Choate Rosemary Hall, who has been a four-year starter for the Beavers.

An assistant captain, the 6-foot, 190-pound Heavey defines the role of an offensive defenseman: an ability to stay aggressive and put the puck on net, but with a clear sense of responsibility to maintain security back in his own zone.

“He’s unbelievable back there,” said junior forward Mike Driscoll, the team’s leading scorer in a 14-3 start. “He’s so reliable in getting the puck out. Sometimes when he breaks the puck out, he’ll take it upon himself to go up there on the rush with us. He knows what he has to do. And that’s what you need from a leader.”

‘He’s so reliable in getting the puck out.’

Senior cocaptain Matt Furey added: “Not a lot of guys have that same two-way ability.

“He’s a guy who’s as good offensively as he is defensively,” said Furey, a defenseman. “He’ll steal the puck from you and beat the competition down the ice, but can defend in our zone with a quick transition attack.”

Heavey’s comfort level and natural skill set explain his seamless transition to Babson Park, where he’s been a mainstay at left defense since his freshman season. Starting in his first year, when he posted 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) and was named to the ECAC East All-Rookie Team, he has been consistently productive.

“I knew I was going to be thrust into a big role when I came to Babson, but I tried to seize the moment,” Heavey said. “Everyone is nervous their first few games, but I just tried to make the simple plays.”

While his numbers did drop to 2-5-7 as a sophomore, Heavey was one of the ECAC’s best as a junior, tallying a 1-15-16 line and being named to the all-conference second team.

Heavey’s ability to shine when it counted most during the team’s run to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals did not surprise coach Jamie Rice.

“He does it every game,” Rice said. “There will be a shift or two where it will look like things are getting unglued a bit on our end, and all of a sudden he’ll take the puck off an opponent’s stick. It’s a really nice thing to have that type of player, a one-man breakout. It takes a lot of pressure off other people.”

Heavey said he finds it easy to push himself in big games, including the team’s four-game series against Norwich last season. Babson took the first game on the road, 4-1, before the teams settled on a tie, 2-2. Babson then defeated Norwich, 2-1, for the ECAC East Championship. But Norwich had the final say when it shut out the Beavers, 4-0, in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

“Those games are probably my favorite accomplishments at Babson,” said Heavey, who has a goal and seven assists in 17 games this season. “In those games, you’re just able to push yourself to the next level. I was confident in the way I was playing, and every time I was out there I just had the mentality that I would get the job done. I didn’t want to come off the ice, especially in those one-and-done situations in the playoffs.”

Heavey, a marketing major, has plans to continue his hockey career when he leaves Babson. He is planning on putting together a hockey resume and video for coaches in Europe.

That decision, however, will wait until after the season.

Patrick Young, a freshman forward from Medford who prepped at the Rivers School in Weston, has also contributed to Babson’s success, tallying an assist in nine games. He was a two-year captain at Rivers, earning two selections to the Independent School League all-star team.

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