New England Hockey Journal: Harvard's Next Step

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It’s easy to poke holes in any argument made for Harvard to challenge for an ECAC Hockey championship this season. 

First and foremost, the Crimson trailed in 28 of their 34 games last season, and won only 13 of those 34 games. Second, Harvard graduated its best player and leading scorer, Alex Killorn, a consensus first-team All-America selection. Third, Harvard hasn’t won an ECAC Hockey title since 2006.

Those reasons alone might seem suitable to put the pro-Harvard argument to rest. But consider this:

* Harvard returns five of its top six scorers from a team that held a third-period lead over Union in last season’s ECAC Hockey championship game.

* Although the Crimson tied an NCAA record last season with 11 ties, they also had the nation’s top power play.

* Returning from injury are two of Harvard’s top players from 2010-11, Conor Morrison and Brendan Rempel (Willington, Conn.). That duo combined to miss 45 games last season.

* For the second year in a row, Harvard is being credited by some for having the conference’s top recruiting class.

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