Alex Biega Selected as Preseason All-American; Leblanc Named All-Rookie

Biega was a key cog in ECAC Hockey's top league power play last season (photo courtesy

INCH Preseason All-America Teams | College Hockey News Instant Impacts

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Harvard senior defenseman Alex Biega has been named to the Inside College Hockey preseason All-America third team and freshman Louis Leblanc has been named to the INCH all-rookie squad, the website announced Thursday.

Leblanc was also recognized Thursday on College Hockey News' list of "instant impacts," freshmen the site expects to make their mark right away.

It is the third preseason honor for Biega, who was named to the ECAC Hockey coaches' and media's preseason all-league teams earlier in the week. The 116th captain of Harvard men's hockey, Biega is coming off an All-Ivy League and All-ECAC season. He totaled 20 points on four goals and 16 assists, becoming the first defenseman since Don Sweeney '88 in 1987-88 to lead the Crimson in assists.

Leblanc received his second recognition of the week from INCH. The site previously named him the nation's top freshman forward in its annual recruiting rankings. Leblanc joins Harvard after one season with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. He was named the league's Rookie of the Year after registering 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points.