More than a dozen Harvard students have signed a petition demanding that the school admit two former NHL players who will be among the top 10-ranked recruits in the country next year.
“The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Hockey Program and its Hockey Scholars Program, in partnership with the Boston Bruins and Boston University Hockey Foundation, has agreed to commit to recruiting and supporting the Harvard-Dartmouth hockey program to the highest degree possible,” the petition said.
The players who are expected to land scholarships are: Connor Murphy, a left wing for the Providence Bruins; Jack Eichel, a center for the Chicago Blackhawks; Jake Bean, a defenseman for the Florida Panthers; and Matt Finn, a forward for the Nashville Predators. “
In the future, we will also make it clear that the Dartmouth Hockey Scholars program is the only program of its kind in the United States and Canada.”
The players who are expected to land scholarships are: Connor Murphy, a left wing for the Providence Bruins; Jack Eichel, a center for the Chicago Blackhawks; Jake Bean, a defenseman for the Florida Panthers; and Matt Finn, a forward for the Nashville Predators.
They will join more than 300 Harvard students in a campaign that began last summer and will run until Feb. 17.
“We’re really excited about these prospects, we’re very excited about what they bring to the program and we’re really looking forward to seeing what they do on the ice,” Harvard President Drew Faust said.
The players signed the petition last week, a month after a group of former NHLers, including Hall of Famers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, announced their intentions to enroll at Harvard in a bid to secure scholarships.
Harvard has already said it is open to adding more players from other programs, including the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame University and the University at Buffalo.
The Bruins have committed $150 million for next season, a figure that will surpass $500 million in commitments made in previous years.
The NHL is also looking at adding players from colleges in the U.S. and Canada, including McGill University and Ryerson University, the Globe and Mail reported earlier this month.
The petition, which was signed by 10 current and former players, also names Harvard’s athletics department, its hockey programs and the Boston University Foundation as sponsors.