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Seven Ivy Leaguers Selected in NHL Draft

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Seven Ivy League student-athletes were selected in the 2012 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry draft on Saturday afternoon at the at Consol Energy Center. Cornell led the way with three selections, followed by Harvard (2), Brown (1) and Yale).

For Cornell, incoming freshman Reece Willcox and rising sophomores John McCarron and Joakim Ryan were taken in the draft. Wilcox was drafted in the fifth round by Philadelphia with the 141st overall pick. McCarron went to Edmonton in the sixth round (153rd overall), and then San Joes took Ryan in the seventh round (198th overall).

For Harvard, incoming freshmen Brian Hart and Jimmy Vesey were chosen. Hart was taken in the second round by Tampa Bay with the 53rd pick, the highest Ivy Leaguer taken in the draft. Thirteen picks later, Nashville selected Vesey in the third round (66th overall).

Rounding out the Ivy contingent, Brown's Kevin Roy was taken in the fourth round by Anaheim (97th overall) and Yale's Matt Beattie was selected in the seventh round by Vancouver (207th overall). Roy and Beattie are both incoming freshmen.