Men's Hockey's Alex Biega Named Skills Challenge Alternate

Men's Hockey's Alex Biega Named Skills Challenge Alternate

Biega and the Crimson will take on the Big Red for a berth in the ECAC semifinals (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior defenseman Alex Biega of the Harvard men’s hockey team has been named an alternate for the men’s East squad that will compete in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge April 9 in Detroit, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Biega, the Crimson’s 116th captain, will be among the candidates to participate in the event if one of the six selected skaters is injured or his team reaches the Frozen Four. A preseason All-America selection by Inside College Hockey, he earned All-Ivy League honorable mention this season. He has 10 points on two goals and eight assists.

The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be held April 9 at Ford Field and will highlight the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four” event. The night will also include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Award and the announcement of the American Hockey Coaches Association All-America teams.

Biega has logged 70 career points on 15 goals and 55 assists. His assists total is tied for the career lead among active Crimson players and is the most by a Harvard defenseman since Derek Maguire ’94 logged 71 helpers from 1991-94. The Montreal native is one of three Biega brothers on the Crimson this season. He and younger brothers Michael and Danny are the second trio of brothers to simultaneously skate for Harvard.

Harvard swept an ECAC first-round series at Princeton last weekend. The Crimson visits ninth-ranked Cornell for a quarterfinal series Friday-Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y.