Matt Harlow makes own name at Brown
Scott Harlow remembers the first time his son, Matt, stepped on the ice at the Bridgewater Ice Arena.
“He was 5 years old and from day one I never had to ask Matt if he wanted to skate. He couldn’t wait for the next trip to the rink,’’ recalled Harlow, a former All-American forward at Boston College, who, at the time, owned the arena. Now he is the general manager and coach of the South Shore Kings junior program.
Matt, a hockey and baseball standout at Noble & Greenough in Dedham, is now a junior left wing at Brown University, where he helped the Bears get off to a flying start in their opener against defending national champion Yale.
With Brown on top, 2-1 in the third period, Harlow worked the forecheck to perfection, poking the puck away from a Yale defenseman behind the net and scoring on a second-chance wraparound.
Brown, an ECAC tournament finalist last year for the first time since 1993, won, 4-1, before defeating Dartmouth, 5-3, to win the Liberty Hockey Invitational.
“That goal was a great moment for me because my parents were there to see it, but an even better one for our team,’’ said Harlow, who registered six goals and nine assists as a sophomore.
Harlow’s sister, Jessica, a junior on the varsity girls’ soccer team at Cardinal Spellman in Brockton, had a game that day and couldn’t make the trip. But she texted her brother when she heard the good news.
“She’s his biggest fan,’’ said their dad, a three-sport athlete at East Bridgewater High, where he met his wife, Jill, who was a cheerleader.
Brown hockey coach Brendan Whittet said Harlow has become a more confident player after making the transition directly from high school to Division 1 hockey.
“Matty came to us with high accolades and he has unbelievable hockey sense. He knows what do to and where to be,’’ said Whittet, whose team hosted Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend. “He also has the character and ability to make us a championship-caliber team.’’
Scott Harlow, a BC Hall of Famer who is also New England scout for the Edmonton Oilers, could not be more proud of his son’s work ethic on the ice and in the classroom.
“His compete level is second to none,’’ said the elder Harlow, who coached his son for seven seasons with the Bridgewater Bandits, then for two seasons as an assistant at Nobles, in addition to 17 games in 2010 with the Kings.
“He’s a high-energy kid with a great hockey IQ, and he’s always been a really good teammate.’’
A New England Prep All-Star in hockey and an all-Independent School League infielder, Harlow also impressed Nobles head hockey coach Brian Day.
“He was just an unbelievably hard worker who gave everything he had every second he was out there,’’ Day said. “What I’m most proud of is that his hockey talent has also led to getting the best education possible in college.’’
Harlow said he’s not the “sniper’’ his dad was at BC, “but I work hard on my skating and I’m willing to go to the net to create opportunities. Brown was a great choice for me. I love it here. I tell recruits that this is a place that will change your life forever.’’
Along with his best friend, Joe Prescott, a sophomore right wing at Brown from Norwell, Harlow chaperoned the Massachusetts Satellite hockey program’s 14-year-old age group team during a nine-day trip to Sweden this summer.
“I’ve known Joe since we were 13 years old,” said Harlow. “His dad (Dean ) coached AAU South Coastal Terriers baseball team, and we played together for four years,’’ said Harlow. “Joe was a pitcher and first baseman and I was the second baseman.’’
Prescott, who also skated for the Kings for one season, was an ISL All-Star at St. Sebastian’s.
“He’s good in the gritty areas, in the corners and in front of the net, and he’s progressing nicely,’’ said Whittet, who promoted Prescott to second line this weekend alongside Harlow and another Nobles grad, senior center Mark Hourihan.
“He’s earned more playing time after what he showed in our first two games.’’
At Nobles, Harlow skated against Jack Ceglarski (Governor’s Academy), the grandson of Len Ceglarski, who was head coach at Boston College when Scott Harlow starred there. Jack Ceglarski is a freshman on the SUNY Geneseo squad this season.
“There comes a time when as a dad coaching your son, you have to make the separation, and that was fine with both of us,’’ said Scott Harlow, who played in the NCAA Frozen Four for the Eagles and skated for several years in the pro ranks, including one NHL game with the St. Louis Blues.
“Seeing how happy he is and how well he’s doing at Brown, well, you just can’t put a price tag on that.’’
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