Pictured: Kinasewich scores against BC to clinch the 1963 ECAC title for Harvard.
Three-time all-league selection and former Harvard men's hockey captain Gene Kinasewich '64 has been named one of the top 50 players in league history, ECAC Hockey announced Wednesday.
As part of its 50th-anniversary celebration, ECAC Hockey has compiled a group of its top 50 players to recognize the storied history of the league and honor its significant players. The league released the third installment of five honorees Wednesday. The top 50 players were determined by a selection committee made up of former coaches and media members, who selected the honorees from 145 nominees (47 defensemen, 73 forwards, 25 goaltenders).
Kinasewich, the Most Outstanding Player of the 1963 ECAC tournament and Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Beanpot, is the third Harvard player to be named to the top-50 list. Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Mark Fusco '83 and three-time All-American Joe Cavanagh '71 were previously selected.
The fifth segment of honorees: Kinasewich; Boston College forward John Cunniff; Douglas Murray, a two-time All-America defenseman at Cornell; Boston University defenseman Vic Stanfield, the Terriers' all-time leader in defenseman scoring with 160 points; and Dave Taylor, forward, Clarkson's all-time scoring leader with 251 points.
Kinasewich was named to the ECAC all-league first team in each of his three years with the Crimson and the All-Ivy League first team in 1962 and '64. He scored 61 career goals, the most memorable of which lifted Harvard to victory in overtime of the 1963 ECAC title game against Boston College. He also recorded 60 assists to finish with 111 points in 75 career games.
The Crimson's captain as a senior in 1964, Kinasewich went on to earn the William J. Bingham Award, given to Harvard's top male athlete. He was also co-recipient of the John Tudor Memorial Cup as team MVP that season. Kinasewich was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1996. He passed away in February 2005 at age 63.
All current and former teams' impactful players were reviewed in comprising the list of candidates for the special team. Five players from the top 50 all-time team will be released every two weeks throughout the season leading up the league championship semifinals and final March 18-19 in Atlantic City, N.J.
The top 50 players were determined by a vote of a selection committee of 10 individuals: Joe Bertagna '73, former student-athlete at Harvard, former hockey commissioner of the ECAC and current commissioner of Hockey East; Ed Carpenter, former sports information director at Boston University; Bill Cleary '56, former student-athlete, head coach and director of athletics at Harvard; John Connolly, longtime sports reporter at the Boston Herald; Dan Fridgen, former student-athlete at Colgate and head coach at Rensselaer; Mike Gilligan, former head coach at Yale and Vermont; Lou Lamoriello, former student-athlete and head coach at Providence and current CEO, president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils; Mark Morris, former student-athlete at Colgate and former head coach at Clarkson; Tim Taylor '63, former student-athlete at Harvard and head coach at Yale; and Adam Wodon, editor of the College Hockey News website.