Former Warrior Ryan Heavey Stands Tall for Babson Beavers
There is no question that one former Valley Jr Warrior player is enjoying his collegiate career.
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
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
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.
focus is never on just one player. Every game a different player steps
forward, catalysts that are critical to the program’s perennial success.
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.
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.
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.”
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
Heavey’s ability to shine when it counted most during the
team’s run to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals did not surprise coach
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.