EXCLUSIVE: Caffrey’s sights set on the Crimson

Joey Caffrey has done nothing but excel in all parts of the game during his four years at Choate Rosemary Hall, whether it be be scoring goals in the clutch or exemplifying defensive grit. Any time his stick touched the puck, he seemed to be changing the game.

This past fall, he amassed an incredible 26 goals and 17 assists in 30 games with the U18 Tier 1 Springfield Rifles. His 43 points led him to the title of leading scorer in the prestigious U18 Mass Midget Selects League. That same nose for goal was on display this past season at Choate as well.

His ability to pull the puck in close and maneuver through tight competition has rewarded him with plenty of D1 attention. However, Harvard has won over Caffrey. There, he will be joining past Founder League athletes in Avon Old Farms’ Greg Gozzo, and Hotchkiss’ Petr Placek. The New Jersey native had known from the very beginning of the commitment process that he wanted to become a Harvard Crimson.

“For me, the chance to play hockey at Harvard is a dream come true. Athletically and academically, I feel like it will offer me a great opportunity, and I am looking forward to attending in the fall. When Harvard offered, I knew right away that I wanted to go there. ”

Many hockey players from the Founders League choose to take a year in between high school and college for a year in junior league hockey. With someone as talented as Caffrey, many wanted to know what his plans were for the fall of next year.

“The plan right now is to jump right in next year. Hopefully, I will be able to contribute to the team as much as possible.”

The Founders League has a rich history of producing D1 athletes and setting student athletes up for the next step in their career. With so much parity within the league, why did he choose Choate instead of another Founders League school?

“For the great hockey tradition and the many other opportunities that it has to offer academically and socially. Choate’s history of success in the Founders League was also something that really impressed me.”

Making the jump from prep school hockey to D1 athletics can look daunting to anyone, especially if they decide to opt out of a junior league. However, Caffrey’s game has matured at an alarming rate, with prep school hockey to thank for that.

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“Prep-school hockey has taught me a number of lessons that I will carry with me moving into the future; one being that every game is important—especially in the Founders League, which has been very tight for hockey, no points are easy to come by, so it is important that you prepare for every game.”

Now that his hockey career at Choate has come to an end, Caffrey has only looked ahead for the new goals and hardships he will inevitably face in the high level of hockey he will be playing.

“I think my goal is just to contribute as much as possible. My two goals are to work as hard as I can and to help the Harvard hockey team and community as much as possible.”

Highlights from his time at Choate are easy to come by. His career has been one filled with a plentiful amount of unforgettable games and overtime thrillers.

“Our team winning the Lawrenceville Tournament would have to be the highlight of my hockey career at Choate. Our team showed a great effort all throughout the tournament and really showed some perseverance after having the final game go to double overtime. The team really came together and thanks to some great goaltending by Andrew Tucci and a huge overtime goal by Jeremy Germain, we were able to beat Nichols, and I think that is what I will remember the most.”

“I can’t say that I have any regrets. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who gets to play hockey is pretty lucky. I’ve been very fortunate to have gotten to play for some great coaches, and the friends I have made along the way will be cherished forever.”

Harvard finished the 2013-14 season with a 10-17-4 record. Caffrey hopes that his efforts will bring the Crimson back to a winning season and into the NCAA D1 tournament for the first time since 2006.