Biega Selected as Finalist for ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Danny Biega of the Harvard men’s hockey team has been named one of three finalists for the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman award, the league office announced Wednesday.

Joining Biega as finalists for the honor are Cornell’s Braden Birch and Michael Sdao of Princeton. The winner will be announced at the league’s awards banquet March 15 in Atlantic City, N.J. The finalists and winner were selected by voting by the 12 ECAC Hockey head coaches.

In addition to leading ECAC Hockey defensemen in league scoring with 23 points, Biega has provided shutdown defense as half of the Crimson’s top blue-line pair. He led Harvard with a +10 rating in ECAC games and, despite seeing more ice time than any other Harvard player, was on the ice for only nine even-strength goals against in 22 league games. He logged a plus or even rating in 17 ECAC games.

The Montreal native and Carolina Hurricanes draft pick helped Harvard hold 15 of its final 16 league opponents to three goals or fewer, limit eight of the final 13 to two goals or fewer and rank fourth in ECAC Hockey in scoring defense. On the other end of the ice, Biega has scored eight goals and leads Harvard with 22 assists. He is the nation’s second-leading defenseman scorer with 1.03 points per game and was named to the All-Ivy League first team last week.

The third-seeded Crimson (10-8-11, 8-5-9 ECAC Hockey) and sixth-seeded Yale will face off in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinal series this weekend at Bright Hockey Center. Tickets are available here.