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from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

Forward Jimmy Vesey feels that earning a degree from Harvard University will provide him with plenty of future opportunities outside of hockey, even though it pushed back his chance to make the Nashville Predators.

When the Predators selected Vesey in the third round (No. 66) in the 2012 NHL Draft, they knew he had the potential to be a dynamic offensive player. Vesey showed off that potential at Harvard during the 2014-15 season, leading the nation with 32 goals. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college player in the country.

Vesey, a junior, could have turned pro and signed with the Predators in March, after the Crimson's season ended. Instead, he chose to return for his senior season.

Earning his degree from Harvard is important to Vesey.

"It was a really tough decision for me," Vesey said this week at Nashville's development camp. "I sat down with my family and we kind of weighed our options. At the end of the day, I just wanted to make sure I got that degree from Harvard because hockey is not going to last forever and that's something good to fall back on. I'm going to wait one more year and finish my college season and hopefully sign after the year."

Although the Predators felt Vesey, a government major at Harvard, was good enough to turn pro, he said they were supportive of his decision to return to school.

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Hank1974's avatar

Good for him!
If you’re good enough, that NHL contract will always be there for you.
Unless you’re a superstar player, a Havard degree will take you places and open more doors than almost any pro sport could.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/09/15 at 07:53 AM ET

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Hell. If he’s smart enough he can name more than any hockey player ever could. Degrees from Harvard aren’t exactly like a land grant state u degree.

Posted by teldar on 07/09/15 at 08:24 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Hell. If he’s smart enough he can name more than any hockey player ever could. Degrees from Harvard aren’t exactly like a land grant state u degree.

...depends on the Major….an MD from “a land grant state u” will most likely pay more than an PhD arts degree at Harvard (and there’s a reason for that).. getting an MD from a land grant is probably much more difficult than a Harvard Journalism, Theology, History etc degree…comparable degrees: probably your right—-but just because you got a degree from Harvard doesn’t mean you’re better educated or more successful than graduating from a school such as MSU.

Posted by d ca on 07/09/15 at 08:49 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

but just because you got a degree from Harvard doesn’t mean you’re better educated or more successful than graduating from a school such as MSU.

BUT, they will always have the Harvard sweater to wear wink

Degrees….that’s a whole topic of it’s own.  I learned more when receiving more for my associates than I did when I received my bachelors.  The bachelors actually taught me very little - I had two classes which were worthwhile, and they weren’t even in my major/college.  All about gettin’ that paper at the end though. 

I’d imagine this guy get’s a degree and if hockey doesn’t work out for a lengthy career or something he enjoys, he’ll have a multitude of options - great for him.  I don’t know I’d have the maturity to stay in school when I had an opportunity to play pro hockey.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/09/15 at 09:16 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Smart kid.

Hockey can come and go, but a degree from Harvard will benefit him for the rest of his life.  Hockey can wait another year.  He also gets to be a leader for another season for Harvard’s hockey program, which will benefit him as well.

And let’s be honest here…. it’s Nashville waiting on him, it’s not the Rangers, Canadiens, Leafs, etc.  the Preds can wait.

Posted by Primis on 07/09/15 at 12:57 PM ET

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