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Jimmy Vesey: The Rangers’ Rising Star
- Updated: November 4, 2016
One of the rising stars of the National Hockey League this year is 23-year-old Jimmy Vesey of the New York Rangers. This year, he has scored six goals in his first ten games, and he appears poised to develop a following of delighted Rangers fans.
Jimmy Vesey learned to play the sport of hockey at an early age. His father, Jim Vesey, played with the St. Louis Blues before briefly joining the Boston Bruins. Following his retirement, he accepted a position as a Toronto Maple Leafs scout. Jimmy Vesey, born in Boston in 1993, attended Harvard University where he enjoyed a successful collegiate hockey career.
By the time he graduated, he had played in 128 games and won the honor of becoming the Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey Player of the Year. He became only the fourth Harvard hockey player to win the prestigious Hobey Baker Award as a leading men’s collegiate hockey player.
On August 20, 2016, the 23-year old 6’3″ player signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers. He won the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award, an honor given by the Rangers to the most promising new rookie after he played on behalf of the Rangers in the 2016 Traverse City Tournament with great success. During that event, he scored five goals and a total of 20 shots. He achieved the highest scores in the tournament.
So far this season while playing for the New York Rangers, Jimmy Vesey has played in all 10 Ranger games. He has scored 6 goals so far, which has him ranked in the top 3 in scoring. His skillful competition has attracted notice, and most importantly he is finishing on his scoring opportunities.
The New York Rangers made a smart decision in signing Jimmy Vesey. However, they had to contend for the left forward against several other professional hockey teams. Reportedly, he met with representatives of six other teams before selecting the Rangers. Teams hoping to sign him included: the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils, and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Buffalo Sabres had previously tried to persuade him to sign with them. At the end of the day, a proven team in the Big Apple was too much too much to turn down.
Vesey’s presence resonates throughout the Rangers roster. His linemate Rick Nash has 5 goals himself, and the team is averaging a league-leading 4 goals per game. Even with the team’s performance, and their solid core group of skilled players, Jimmy Vesey is the standout in the early stretch of this season.