Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Hockey Program

Cardigan's Ice Hockey Team

Since 1945, Cardigan has developed a rich tradition of top pre-prep hockey. Many of our players have gone on to the finest secondary schools and junior programs in the country, and several Cardigan alumni have enjoyed successful college and professional careers.

Cardigan Mountain School takes great pride in providing a structured and supportive environment in which boys develop into responsible young men. We understand that athletics can play a key role in the development of a boy's character, and we remain committed to our student-athletes in the classroom and on the ice. We have four teams, each with a dedicated and experienced coaching staff. There is place for every boy to play in an environment that fosters skill development and understanding of team concepts.

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Ben Lovejoy ’99 Gives Commencement Address

Veteran National Hockey League defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion Ben Lovejoy ’99 was the featured speaker at Cardigan's 73rd Commencement Ceremony on May 26, 2019.

Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center

Built in 2013, the beautiful Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center is a modern athletic training facility featuring the latest technology in fitness equipment, cardiovascular training equipment, and free weights.

A view of the Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center's weights and exercise equipment

Turner Arena

Cardigan hockey players practice and play in Turner Arena at the Wakely Center, a state-of-the-art hockey venue, located on campus just minutes away from dormitories and classrooms.

Cardigan players line up for the face off against Belmont Hill

Cougars in College

The Cardigan graduates listed below have recently played or are still playing collegiate hockey.

Cougars in College Hockey

Gavin Bayruether '09, St. Lawrence University, Texas Stars (AHL)
Collin McCusker '09, St. Michael's College
Cam McCusker '10, Wesleyan University
Connor Van Arman '10, Skidmore College
Jason Cahoon '12, Bowdoin College 
Spencer Cookson '12, Curry College
Ace Cowans '12, University of Vermont
Cam Lee '12, Western Michigan
John MacLeod '12, US National U18 Team, Boston University, Hershey Bears (AHL)
Joe Smith '12, Elmira College 
August Von Ungern-Sternberg '12, Merrimack College
Paul Capozzi '13, Connecticut College
Ben Finkelstein '13, Boston College
Reilly Walsh '14, Harvard University
Connor Fedorek '14, Ferris State University
Matteo Mangiardi '14, Amherst College
Drew Bavaro '15, Bentley University

“Cardigan Mountain School completely changed my life. I was extremely fortunate to have had so many incredible classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches, and mentors. After seeing a few old teachers and meeting new Cardigan faculty members, I knew right away that this is where I am supposed to be.”                        Coach Leisenring

Portrait photo Cardigan Head Hockey Brady Leisenring '98

Brady Leisenring ’98 

Program Director

After graduating from Cardigan in 1998, Coach Leisenring played in the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNDP) and served as captain of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2001. He remains second in total games played for the USNDP. At the University of Vermont, he captained the Catamounts for three seasons and earned both All-East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and ECAC All-Academic Team selections. 

Coach Leisenring played professional hockey for nine years in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and teams in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. He most recently served as Director of Hockey Coaching at The St. James, a sports, wellness, and entertainment center in Springfield, Virginia. He has also coached professional hockey with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.

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