Though the team's merit and relevance have been challenged in the past, its journey to the NCAA Tournament the past two years has cemented a place for Harvard Hockey on campus.
Nov. 1, 2015: Vesey opened the year with two goals and three assists in back-to-back wins over Dartmouth.
Over the course of the last few years, the team has come together on and off the ice to bring a stronger core of leadership to Harvard Hockey and establish a connection with the Harvard community.
Patrick McNally (8) was one of three key contributors to leave the Crimson in the fall of 2012 in the midst of the Gov. 1310 investigation.
Ted Donato gets animated during a 2013 Beanpot semifinal loss to Boston College.
Jimmy Vesey's double-overtime winner in Game 3 of the ECAC Quarterfinals against Yale launched Harvard on a path towards the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen earned the start in Harvard's final 11 games of the 2015-2016 season.
Senior forward Kyle Criscuolo takes a shot on goal with classmate Jimmy Vesey (19) in the background. The co-captains were two of the biggest contributors to the rejuvenated success of the program.
Harvard coach Ted Donato, seen behind the bench during a game against RPI, has overseen the ups and downs of the program during his 12-year tenure with Harvard.
Ted Donato (left) and Jimmy Vesey (right) speak during an emotional final press conference in Worcester after being eliminated by BC.
When Jimmy Vesey (19) was a freshman, Harvard won just 10 games, leading the media to take aim at Ted Donato's coaching performance.
Since being one of the Crimson's top recruits, Vesey has developed into the nation's best player, winning the Hobey Baker Award this season.
Ted Donato has now spent 12 years behind the bench with the Crimson.
Meanwhile, Paul Pearl has spent the last two seasons on the Harvard sideline.
Nov. 7, 2015: In a 5-2 home win over Brown, Vesey scored twice, including on this shorthanded breakaway in the first period.