Before his coaching career started, Topher was fortunate enough to play for some of the top teams of his age throughout his career and was first introduced to the Bruins as a member of the 1986 Junior Bruins AAA tournament team. He later went on to play for the Little Bruins as well as the Junior Bruins (EJHL) team.
Topher played his college hockey at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). In 2007, Bevis helped take his Minutemen to program best 21-13-5 record, a trip to the Hockey East semi-finals as well as the NCAA Tournament’s Elite-8. The trip to the NCAA was a program first for UMass, and Bevis was a key contributor on the ice for the overtime winner against Clarkson to get to the Elite-8.
The 2007 UMass squad was the most successful team in school history and backboned by LA Kings netminder, and Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick. Bevis battled injury throughout his college career, however capped off his UMass career nicely chipping in with 13pts his senior season. Prior to UMass, Bevis played his hockey for Junior Bruins, the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as at Lawrence Academy. In 2004, Topher played for the Boston Junior Bruins in the EJHL. He was selected as a Captain for the team, as well as an EJHL All-Star. Bevis led the Bruins to a 45-12-9 record and the organization’s first EJHL Championship.
In 2003, Bevis was invited to join the National Team Development Program Under-18 team for the year. Bevis helped lead the USA squad to a silver medal at the World Championships, in Minsk, Belarus, losing to Evgeny Malkin and Team Russia. Bevis’ game winning goal against Team Canada put theUSA squad through to the medal round.
During the Summer, Bevis was chosen to play for the USA Under-17 Select Team to participate in the five nations cup. Bevis was co-captain of the squad and led the team to a gold medal finish in Prague,Czech Republic. Bevis grew up playing for the Minuteman Flames in the Metropolitan Boston Hockey League. His 1986 Flames team still holds the record for most consecutive league wins without a tie or loss at 88 over a span of 3 seasons. His Flames team participated in the famous World Pee Wee Championships in Quebec City, Quebec in 2000.
Topher, wife Sarah and son Crewe currently resides in Boston, MA. The couple will welcome thier second child in Feb/March of 2019.