PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's hockey head coach Brendan Whittet announced Thursday that Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) will join the incoming freshman class and is set to join the roster for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Lafferty, a 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound forward, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and went on to participate in Pittsburgh's Development Camp in July. Lafferty played high school prep hockey the past three seasons at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
"We are excited to add Sam Lafferty to our Brown Bears team for the coming year," said Whittet. "He is a gifted offensive player who plays an intelligent two-way game. He is an effortless skater, plays with tenacity and has a very good stick. Sam is a wonderful person and will be a great ambassador for Brown University and our program."
Lafferty played in 25 games for Deerfield this past winter, notching 55 points on 21 goals and 34 assists. He increased his production in each of the three years at Deerfield, posting 16 points as a sophomore and 24 points as a junior. Lafferty, the team captain and leading scorer, was named to the 2013-14 All-New England Team following his senior campaign.
Lafferty is the third 2014 NHL draftee set to join the Brown roster next season, along with fellow newcomers Max Willman (Buffalo Sabres, fifth round) and Tyler Bird (Columbus Blue Jackets, fifth round). The trio joins Dane Cooper (Chicago, Ill.), Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.), Tim Lappin (St. Charles, Ill.), Connor Maher (Marshfield, Mass.), Josh McArdle (Roscoe, Ill.), Braeden Russell (Oakville, Ontario) and Ben Tegtmeyer (Minneapolis, Minn.) on the list of incoming freshmen for 2014-15.