Biega was the 2010 recipient of the Crimson's Weiland Award for spirited play and devotion to the game of hockey (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—On the eve of Alex Biega’s graduation from Harvard, Darcy Regier, general manager of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres, has announced that the 2009-10 Crimson captain has signed a professional contract with the club.
Biega, a defenseman and the 116th captain of Harvard men’s hockey, signed a two-year contract with the Sabres, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He was the 147th overall selection in the draft prior to his arrival in Cambridge.
The Montreal native was the Tudor Cup winner as Harvard’s most valuable player in each of the last two seasons. During his career, he was a three-time All-Ivy League pick and a two-time All-ECAC Hockey selection. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie squad after his freshman season, was a league all-tournament pick as a sophomore, was named a New England All-Star as a junior and wrapped up his senior year at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge.
Biega did not miss a game in his four years, tying for eighth on Harvard’s career games-played list with 131, and skated on the Crimson’s top defensive pair throughout much of his career. He logged 70 career points for Harvard. His 55 assists were the most by a Harvard defenseman since Derek Maguire ’94 recorded 71 helpers from 1991-94. In 2008-09, Biega became the first defenseman since Don Sweeney ’88 to lead the Crimson in assists, with 16.
Alex was one of three Biega brothers on the Crimson this season. He and younger brothers Michael and Danny made up the second trio of brothers to simultaneously skate for Harvard. Danny, a rising sophomore in 2010-11, is ranked 46th on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American Skaters for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.