Chad Morin is part of the Crimson's veteran defense corps (photo courtesy DSPics.com).
The Harvard men's hockey team skates competitively for the first time in 2009-10, hosting an exhibition game Friday at 7 p.m. against McGill in the Crimson's final tuneup before traveling to Dartmouth Oct. 30 to start its 110th regular season. Admission is free.
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Fans can follow the action from home with free live audio and live statistics from GoCrimson.com. WHRB FM's Tom Brennan and Brendan Roche will have the call. Beginning with the Nov. 20 home opener, GoCrimson.com and Stretch Internet will be providing live video via pay-per-view and season subscription.
The Crimson has reached the title game of the ECAC Hockey championship in six of the last eight years and finished the 2008-09 regular season with a six-game unbeaten run that included wins over Ivy League rivals Cornell and Princeton, both ranked sixth in the nation. Harvard compiled a 9-7-6 record in ECAC play, ending the season tied for fifth with Dartmouth.
Harvard's captain for the 2009-10 campaign, the 116th captain of Harvard men's hockey, is senior defenseman Alex Biega.
Returning Statistical Leaders
Senior Doug Rogers led the Crimson offense last season with 21 points and is the team's top active scorer with 77 points (28 goals, 49 assists). Senior captain Alex Biega became the first defenseman in more than two decades to lead Harvard in assists (16) and ranked second among ECAC defensemen in scoring (three goals, 13 assists). The Crimson welcomes back its top seven scorers and four defensemen who skated in at least 30 of the team's 31 games.
In goal, Ryan Carroll played a large role in the Crimson's success at the end of last season, allowing two or fewer goals in seven of his nine starts. Junior Kyle Richter returns to the Crimson as well. In his 2007-08 campaign, Richter was awarded the Dryden Award as ECAC Hockey's top goaltender after leading the league in goals-against average (1.82) and save percentage (.935). He set Harvard records for games played and starts (34) as well as minutes played (2,023).
The ECAC Hockey coaches picked Harvard to finish fourth in the preseason conference poll and voted senior defensemen Alex Biega to the preseason all-conference team. Biega was named to the Inside College Hockey (INCH) preseason All-America third team and freshman Louis Leblanc was named to the all-rookie squad. INCH recognized the Crimson rookies as the nation's No. 5 freshman class.
McGill has opened up its season with a 2-0 record, defeating Concordia, 5-2, and Queen's, 5-1. In the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) top-10 poll of the 2009-10 season, the team is ranked eighth. After Harvard, McGill travels to Dartmouth before returning home to McConnell Arena to take on Queen's for the second time this season. Guillaume Doucet and Francis Verreault-Parent lead the team with two goals a piece. Alexandre Picard-Hooper has four assists on the season.
The Crimson opens the regular season a week from today at Dartmouth. Harvard kicks off its home schedule Nov. 20 against St. Lawrence.