Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vessey.jpg
Born May 26 1993 (1993-05-26) (age 26),
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Buffalo Sabres
New York Rangers
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 66th overall, 2012
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2016–present

Jimmy Vesey (born May 26, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the New York Rangers. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Vesey won the Hobey Baker Award in 2016.

Playing careerEdit


Vesey played four years with Harvard University in the NCAA. The North Reading, Massachusetts native finished his collegiate career with 144 points (80+64) in 128 games and was named ECAC Player of the Year after the 2014–15 season.[2]

In his junior year, Vesey's outstanding play was rewarded with a top-ten nomination for the Hobey Baker Award.[3] On April 2, 2015, Vesey was named to the Hobey Hat Trick, the 3 finalists for the award, along with University of North Dakota's Zane McIntyre and Boston University's Jack Eichel, with Eichel going on to win the award.[4] In 2016, Vesey once again qualified for the Hobey Hat Trick, along with Michigan Wolverine's Kyle Connor and Boston College's Thatcher Demko, this time going on to win the Hobey Baker Award on April 8, 2016.[5]


Vesey was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 3rd round with the 66th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Vesey was good enough for Nashville general manager David Poile to guarantee the senior a roster spot for the end of the 2015–16 regular season and playoffs. But Vesey informed the Predators he was not interested in signing. Vesey wanted to choose his destination, which any collegian can do four years out from when they are drafted.[6]

Vesey's decision came as a huge blow to the Predators' organization. However, it was also within the bounds of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which gives teams four years to sign college draftees and thus allows for the drafted player to move to free agency shortly after his senior year.[7]

On June 20, 2016, the Buffalo Sabres acquired Vesey's rights from the Predators in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[2] The deal was made in order to give the Sabres an extra few weeks of exclusive negotiating rights with Vesey before he became a free agent. Despite this, Vesey's agent informed ESPN that he had still intended to become a free agent.[8] While discussions with the Sabres continued, a deal was not struck and in accordance with the NHL CBA, Vesey became an unrestricted free agent on August 16.[9]

In the two days following his free agency, Vesey met with seven NHL teams.[10] Five more teams requested to meet with Vesey, but were denied.[11][12][13]

On August 20, 2016, Vesey signed with the New York Rangers.[14] After attending the training camp, Vesey received the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award, which is given to the best Rangers' rookie in the camp.[15] On October 17, 2016, Vesey scored his first NHL goal in a 7–4 win over the San Jose Sharks.[16][17]

On November 8, 2017, in a game against the Boston Bruins, Vesey scored 2 goals in 29 seconds. This was the quickest number of goals scored by a Rangers player since Jaromír Jágr did so in 26 seconds in 2006.[18] The Rangers eventually won the game 4–2.[18] On March 12, 2018, Vesey recorded his first career NHL hat trick in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, which the Rangers won 6–3.[19]

On July 1, 2019, the Sabres again acquired Vesey in exchange for another third-round draft selection through a trade with the Rangers. This marks the first time in professional sports that a player was traded to the same team with the same compensation twice.[20]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Gold 2013 Russia

Vesey won a gold medal while playing for the U.S. national junior team at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship and took home a bronze medal as part of senior team at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Jim Vesey, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the eighth round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, going on to play 15 games in the National Hockey League; he works as a scout for the Maple Leafs.[21]

Jimmy's younger brother Nolan was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[21] He was traded in June 2018 to the Edmonton Oilers and signed an entry-level contract with them.[22]

Growing up, Vesey was friends with 2012 NHL Entry Draft pick Matt Grzelcyk. The two first met when they were around the age of six, playing hockey together for a team named the Middlesex Islanders. The Islanders were coached by Vesey's father.[23] They similarly both attended the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and played hockey together there.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 South Shore Kings EJHL 45 48 43 91 52 6 5 3 8 2
2012–13 Harvard University ECAC 27 11 7 18 25
2013–14 Harvard University ECAC 31 13 9 22 14
2014–15 Harvard University ECAC 37 32 26 58 21
2015–16 Harvard University ECAC 33 24 22 46 6
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 80 16 11 27 26 12 1 4 5 9
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 79 17 11 28 20
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 81 17 18 35 21
NHL totals 240 50 40 90 67 12 1 4 5 9


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC Gold medal icon 7 1 4 5 2
2015 United States WC Bronze medal icon 9 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 7 1 4 5 2
Senior totals 9 0 3 3 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2012–13
Hobey Baker Award top ten finalist 2014–15 [25]
ECAC Player of the Year 2014–15 [26]
All-ECAC First Team 2014–15 [26]
ECAC Player of the Year 2015–16 [27]
All-ECAC First Team 2015–16 [27]
Hobey Baker Award winner 2015–16 [28]


  1. Taylor, Paul (May 12, 2016). Leafs: Has Jimmy Vesey Provided a Clue to Where He Will End up?. SI. Retrieved on June 26, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SABRES ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO VESEY (June 20, 2016).
  3. Ciampini & Vesey Among Hobey Baker Memorial Award Top Ten Finalists. ECAC Hockey (March 19, 2015). Retrieved on April 5, 2015.
  4. 2015 3 Finalists announced. Hobey Baker Award (April 2, 2015). Retrieved on April 2, 2015.
  5. Lambert, Ryan (April 8, 2016). Harvard's Jimmy Vesey wins 2016 Hobey Baker Award. "Yahoo Sports". Retrieved on April 8, 2016.
  6. Shinzawa, Fluto (May 14, 2016). NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey has practiced patience.
  7. Peters, Chris (March 29, 2016). Report: Top prospect Jimmy Vesey picks free agency over Predators.
  8. Clinton, Jared (June 21, 2016). Vesey’s agent says NCAA standout plans to become free agent despite trade to Sabres.
  9. Muir, Allan (August 15, 2016). Big decision looming for prized free-agent Jimmy Vesey.
  10. Clinton, Jared (August 18, 2016). Vesey met with seven teams, discussing options Thursday — what can each team offer?.
  11. Ryan, Chris (August 17, 2016). Jimmy Vesey meeting with final contenders Wednesday, reports say.
  12. Jimmy Vesey wants to play close to home: report (August 16, 2016).
  13. Rangers celebrity fans making pitches to Jimmy Vesey (August 17, 2016).
  14. Rangers Agree to Terms With Jimmy Vesey (August 20, 2016). Retrieved on October 12, 2016.
  15. Jimmy Vesey Named Winner of Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award (October 6, 2016). Retrieved on October 12, 2016.
  16. Jimmy Vesey scores first NHL goal (October 18, 2016). Retrieved on October 18, 2016.
  17. Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey soaks up ‘pure joy’ of first goal (October 18, 2016). Retrieved on October 18, 2016.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Quick-strike ability of Vesey highlights Rangers win (November 9, 2017). Retrieved on November 10, 2017.
  19. Vesey's hat trick lifts Rangers past Hurricanes (March 12, 2018). Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
  20. "Sabres acquire Vesey from Rangers". Buffalo Sabres (July 1, 2019). Retrieved on July 1, 2019.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Fox, Luke (March 30, 2016). Report: Jimmy Vesey will sign with Boston Bruins.
  22. Oilers acquire prospect Nolan Vesey in trade with Leafs (June 8, 2018).
  23. Prewitt, Alex (November 27, 2015). "Prospects and pals, Matt Grzelcyk and Jimmy Vesey make NHL wait".
  24. "Reenergized Grzelcyk embraces captaincy with Terriers", The Daily Free Press, October 9, 2014. Retrieved on November 5, 2018. “After playing high school hockey with Vesey at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Grzelcyk, just 16 years old at the time, made the move out to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to join the USA Hockey National Team Development Program” 
  25. Ciampini & Vesey Among Hobey Baker Memorial Award Top Ten Finalists. ECAC Hockey (March 19, 2015).
  26. 26.0 26.1 2014-15 Men's awards. ECAC Hockey (April 15, 2015). Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Harvard, Quinnipiac, Yale bag top ECAC Hockey postseason honors. ECAC Hockey (March 18, 2016).
  28. 2016 Winner. Retrieved on October 18, 2016.

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