Leblanc a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year

Leblanc was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year last week (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Freshman forward Louis Leblanc of the Harvard men’s hockey team has been named a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The other finalists are Rensselaer forward Jerry D’Amigo and Union goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Five Harvard players have previously been named ECAC Rookie of the Year: Kent Parrot ’68 in 1965-66, Joe Cavanagh ’71 in 1968-69, Jack Hughes ’80 in 1976-77, Mark Fusco ’83 in 1979-80 and J.R. Prestifilippo ’00 in 1996-97.

Leblanc is the Crimson’s leading scorer with 23 points. He scored all 11 of his goals and registered nine of his 12 assists in league play, leading league freshmen in goals and ranking third in the league in points among rookies. He tied for second in ECAC Hockey with three game-winning goals in league play.

A native of Kirkland, Que., and the Montreal Canadiens' first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Leblanc was twice named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week. He ranks sixth nationally in freshman goal-scoring and 11th in point-scoring among rookies.