NMH competes in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association. Year after year, the boy’s hockey program plays one of the strongest and toughest prep school schedules in New England. Part of the yearly schedule includes two of the most prestigious and heavily scouted holiday tournaments at the Lawrenceville Tournament and the Cushing-Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy. The tough schedule at NMH plays a huge part in player development. Practices are focused on developing the skills players will need in order to succeed at the highest level.
NMH has experienced incredible success developing and sending players on to play college hockey. In the past 10 years, over 50 players have gone on to play college hockey including 20 Division I players in the country’s top conferences including Hockey East, ECAC, and Atlantic Hockey. Other players have gone off to play at the top academic schools in the country including every team in the NESCAC Conference. Northfield Mount Hermon players have had success beyond college with many former/ current players going on to play at every level of professional hockey including the NHL, AHL, ECHL and Europe. Former NMH Hogger Brian Strait 06’ currently patrols the blue line for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. Brian had a decorated career at NMH before going on to win a NCAA National Championship with Boston University.
Northfield Mount Hermon announced this year that alumni Kevin Czepiel 07’ will return to the Mount Hermon campus to take over the Hockey Program. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and four year member of the Division I hockey team. Kevin served as the captain of the Minutemen his senior year. Post-graduation he returned to UMass to obtain his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the world renowned Mark H. McCormack School of Management. While pursuing his masters, Kevin worked as a member of the coaching staff from the Minutemen. During his time on the coaching staff at UMass, three players earned All Hockey- East Honors and five went on to sign professional contracts. Coach Czepiel is focused on player development and teaching the skills players he understands first hand players will need in order to succeed at the next level and beyond. Czepiel is assisted by Brandon Hew, who teaches in the Math department, and captained the Amherst College hockey team, and Dave LaPointe a graduate of St. Lawrence University that works as the Associate Director of Admissions.