2010-11: Brett Pesce skated for the North Jersey Avalanche midget minor team and was selected to participate in the 2011 USA Hockey Select 17 Festival. In 20 games with the Avalanche he scored 9 goals with 18 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. Pesce committed to playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire in either 2013-14 or 2014-15 and was selected by the Omaha Lancers in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.
2011-12: Pesce participated in the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and skated for the Jersey Hitmen in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He also played in six games for the USA NTDP U18 team as a fill-in for Jacob Trouba during the World Junior Championship. An "upper body injury" during the year limited him to 17 games with the Hitmen and he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and had 18 penalty minutes. Pesce assisted on the game-winning goal against Russia at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and in six regular season games for the NTDP team he was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Originally scheduled to spend a season in the USHL, Pesce instead enrolled at the University of New Hampshire a year earlier than expected and skated in 38 games for the Wildcats as a freshman. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and his plus-seven plus/minus was the sixth best mark for the Wildcats. New Hampshire finished fourth in Hockey East and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Pesce had an assist in the Wildcats 5-2 win over Denver in the Northeast regional semifinal before New Hampshire lost, 2-0 to Massachusetts-Lowell in the Northeast final. Pesce was ranked 40th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Pesce is a 6’3” offensive-minded defenseman that thinks the game exceedingly well. He is an excellent skater with speed, agility, great feet, and skates equally well both north-south and east-west. Pesce has excellent puck-moving ability and offensive skills, but what separates him from many freshman defensemen is the fact that he rarely makes bad decisions with the puck. Another standout characteristic about Pesce’s puck handling is the great patience he has shown under pressure. Pesce has a very good shot and can get the puck to the net. He also possesses great on-ice vision and reads plays well. Pesce has seen time on New Hampshire’s power-play this season and could quarterback it as his collegiate career moves forward.
Like virtually all freshmen, Pesce will need to continue to add size and strength to his frame. One notable area that has progressed quite nicely over the course of the season is Pesce’s play in the defensive zone. He possesses a very good stick and does a great job of taking away lanes. While he’s very good in one-on-one situations, his lack of strength doesn’t allow him to effectively shutdown opposing forwards on a regular basis.
Pesce has stated that he intends to finish his collegiate career and will most likely not be seen in the professional ranks until 2016-17.