2009-10: Brian Hart skated for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after winning a state public school championship with Maine’s Greely High School in 2008-09. Hart attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 Player Development Camp in the summer of 2009 and in 28 games with Brewster he scored 27 goals with 24 assists.
2010-11: Hart transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy and was the leading scorer for the Big Red. He scored 29 goals with 32 assists in 27 games. Hart committed to playing college hockey at Harvard in 2012-13.
2011-12: Hart was named to the All-New England team after a successful senior season that saw Phillips Exeter reach the New England Prep School semifinals and top the 20-win plateau. Hart scored 30 goals with 32 assists for the Big Red. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 54th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Hart skated in 30 of 32 games and was Harvard’s fourth-leading scorer as a freshman. He scored 5 goals with 13 assists and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes. Harvard, after losing four players due to an academic scandal, finished last in ECAC Hockey and lost to Dartmouth in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament.
2013-14: Hart was Harvard’s fourth-leading scorer as a sophomore in what was a disappointing season for the Crimson. He scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was -8 with 22 penalty minutes. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.
2014-15: Hart skated in all 37 games for Harvard in his junior season. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was +5 with 21 penalty minutes. The Crimson finished sixth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season but won the league’s playoff championship to earn an NCAA tournament berth. Harvard defeated Colgate, 4-2, in the ECAC championship game before losing 4-1 to Nebraska-Omaha in the Midwest Regional semifinals to finish the year 21-13-3.
Hart has the potential to be a prototypical power forward with offensive ability. He has the size to leverage scoring opportunities in the offensive zone and a good shot to help close the deal. Hart does not have a high skill level, and he has to work on the defensive side of his game.
Opting to forego his senior season at Harvard University, Brian Hart signed a three-year, two-way deal with the Lightning this past summer and will almost certainly begin his pro career in Syracuse of the AHL. He may not have bring enough offense initially to play in a top-six role for the Crunch, but could be an effective bottom-six forward who, along with veterans Phillip Paradis and Carter Ashton, can provide some size to the Crunch lineup.