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Austin Prep star Nolan Vesey commits to Maine

Maine coach Red Gendron has landed his first recruit in Austin Prep star Nolan Vesey.

Jimmy Vesey, Nolan's older brother, poses for pictures after being selected by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Jimmy Vesey, Nolan's older brother, poses for pictures after being selected by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Draft.
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Nolan Vesey has a brother playing at Harvard and a father who played at Merrimack, but the Austin Prep standout has committed to play his college hockey at Maine for new head coach Red Gendron.

The younger Vesey scored 18 goals and added 13 assists for the Cougars this season. Former Merrimack assistant Louis Finocchiaro coaches Austin Prep, a team that made it all the way to the Division IA state finals before falling to Malden Catholic.

Vesey's older brother, Jimmy, just completed his freshman season at Harvard where he led the Crimson in goal scoring. The Nashville Predators selected Jimmy Vesey in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The older Vesey brother took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate his younger brother.

The father, Jim Vesey, is the all-time leading scorer at Merrimack where he led the Warriors to their most successful season in school history in 1988. Following college, he played in 15 NHL games between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues as well as spending time in the AHL and the now defunct IHL.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints selected Nolan Vesey in the USHL Draft back in May, but it is expected he will play for the South Shore Kings in the newly formed USPHL before matriculating to Maine. This is a significant recruiting victory for new Maine coach Red Gendron. Nolan Vesey comes from a strong hockey family and a high school program that knows how to win. Vesey is slated to arrive in Orono in the fall of 2014.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.