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Harvard’s Danny Biega Named to ECAC Hockey All-League Squad

Danny Biega ranked first or second among defensemen in ECAC goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power-play goals and shorthanded goals (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore defenseman Danny Biega of the Harvard men’s hockey team has been named to the ECAC Hockey all-league second team, the league announced Wednesday.

Biega led ECAC Hockey defensemen in league points (21), goals (nine), game-winning goals (three) and shorthanded goals (one). He ranked second in assists (12), power-play goals (five) and power-play points (11). Only six forwards registered more league points, eight logged more goals and two had more game-winners.

The Montreal native recorded 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists overall, becoming the first defenseman to lead the Crimson in scoring since Mark Fusco ’83 in 1981-82. Biega registered the highest goal total by a Harvard defenseman since Jeremiah McCarthy ’98 scored 11 goals in 1998 and the highest point total since Sean McCann ’94 notched 39 points on 22 goals and 17 assists in 1993-94.

The third Biega brother to play at Harvard, Danny is also the third to lead Harvard in assists. Alex Biega ’10 paced the Crimson with 16 assists in 2009-10, and Michael Biega had a team-high 15 helpers last season. Alex was also the last Harvard defenseman to earn all-league honors from ECAC Hockey, garnering third-team distinction in 2007-08 and ’08-09.

Biega is one of just two defensemen in the nation to lead his team in scoring and the only one to lead in scoring and rank among his team’s top three in plus/minus. He scored or assisted on 39 percent of Harvard’s goals this season, the highest percentage of any defenseman in the country.

Among defensemen with more than 10 ECAC points, Biega owned the league’s third-highest plus/minus rating at +3. He also led the league’s second-ranked power play, helping Harvard score on 22.7 percent of its man-advantage chances in league play (20 for 88).

2010-11 ECAC Hockey All-League
First Team
Forward - Chase Polacek, Rensselaer
Forward - Brian O'Neill, Yale
Forward - Andrew Miller, Yale
Defenseman - Nick Bailen, Rensselaer
Defenseman - Taylor Fedun, Princeton
Goaltender - Keith Kinkaid, Union

Second Team
Forward - Jack Maclellan, Brown
Forward - Joe Devin, Cornell
Forward - Kelly Zajac, Union
Defenseman - Brock Matheson, Union
Defenseman - Danny Biega, Harvard|
Goaltender - James Mello, Dartmouth 

Third Team
Forward - Andrew Calof, Princeton
Forward - Chris Cahill, Yale
Forward - Jeremy Welsh, Union
Defenseman - Mike Devin, Cornell
Defenseman - Joel Stejskal, Dartmouth
Goaltender - Allen York, Rensselaer

All-Rookie Team
Forward - Andrew Calof, Princeton
Forward - Greg Carey, St. Lawrence
Forward - Dan Carr, Union
Defenseman - Mat Bodie, Union
Defenseman - Dennis Robertson, Brown
Goaltender - Andy Iles, Cornell