Harvard’s Biega, Killorn Selected to All-America First Team

Biega (left) and Killorn made Harvard one of six schools with multiple All-Americans (photos courtesy Thom Kendall, Gil Talbot and Kevin Burns).
Biega (left) and Killorn made Harvard one of six schools with multiple All-Americans (photos courtesy Thom Kendall, Gil Talbot and Kevin Burns).

AHCA Release

TAMPA, Fla.—Senior forward Alex Killorn and junior defenseman Danny Biega of the Harvard men's hockey team have been selected to the CCM Hockey All-America first team, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Friday evening at the NCAA Frozen Four.

Killorn and Biega, both Montreal natives, are Harvard's first All-Americans since Noah Welch '05 was named to the first team and Dov Grumet-Morris '05 made the second team in 2004-05. The last pair of Crimson teammates to earn first-team honors in the same season were Steve Martins '95 and Sean McCann '94 in 1993-94.

Harvard, the only school to land two players on the All-America first team this season, has now had 26 players combine for 38 All-America honors. Twenty Crimson players have accounted for 29 first-team selections. ECAC Hockey led all conferences with four first-team All-Americans and tied the WCHA for the most overall All-America selections with seven.

Both Killorn and Biega were previously selected to the New England Division I All-Star team, ECAC Hockey All-League first team, All-Ivy League first team and ECAC Hockey All-Tournament squad. Biega was the runner-up for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and was named the league's Best Defensive Defenseman. Killorn signed a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League following the Harvard season.

An assistant captain of the Crimson, Killorn led Harvard with 23 goals and 46 points. He ranks third nationally with 0.68 goals per game and fifth with 1.35 points per contest. He helped lead the Crimson to the title game in the ECAC Hockey Championship by totaling a league-high 10 points on five goals and five assists in five playoff games.

Killorn registered 10 goals and 14 assists in 22 league games to rank fifth in ECAC Hockey with 24 league points. He was twice named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week during the season and paced Harvard forwards with a +12 rating. Killorn led the Crimson with four game-winning goals and tied for ninth nationally with nine power-play goals.

Biega ranks second nationally among defensemen with 1.03 points per game, thanks to his 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points. He led all defensemen with eight goals and 23 points in league play and was on the ice for just nine even-strength goals scored by Crimson league opponents.

Harvard's ice-time leader, Biega manned the point on the Harvard power-play unit—the top-rated man-advantage group in the country—and led the league with 14 power-play points in ECAC Hockey games. He led Harvard with a +14 rating and ranked 20th nationally with 0.74 assists per game.

2011-12 CCM Hockey All-America Teams

First Team
Troy Grosenick, SO, Union College
(Brookfield, WI)
Taylor Nelson, SR, Ferris State University
(Regina, SK)
Danny Biega, JR, Harvard University
(Montreal, PQ)
Torey Krug, JR, Michigan State University
(Livonia, MI)
Brian Dumoulin , JR, Boston College*
(Biddeford, ME)
Justin Schultz, JR, University of Wisconsin*
(West Kelowna, BC)
Spencer Abbott, SR, University of Maine
(Hamilton, ON)
Jack Connolly, JR, Minnesota-Duluth*#
(Duluth, MN)
Alex Killorn, SR, Harvard University
(Montreal, PQ)
Jaden Schwartz, SO, Colorado College
(Wilcox, SK)
Austin Smith, SR, Colgate University
(Dallas, TX)
Reilly Smith, JR, Miami University
(Mimico, ON)
Second Team
Joe Cannata, SR, Merrimack College
(Wakefield, MA)
Kent Patterson, SR, University of Minnesota
(Plymouth, MN)
Mat Bodie, SO, Union College
(East St. Paul, MB)
Chad Billins, SR, Ferris State University
(Marysville, MI)
Tim Kirby, SR, U.S. Air Force Academy
(Austin, MN)
Dan DeKeyser, SO, Western Michigan University
(Clay Township, MI)
Barry Almeida, SR, Boston College
(Springfield, MA)
Nick Bjugstad, SO, University of Minnesota
(Blaine, MN)
Brian O'Neill, SR, Yale University
(Yardley, PA)
J.T. Brown, SO, University of Minnesota-Duluth
(Burnsville, MN)
Jeremy Welsh, JR, Union College
(Bayfield, ON)
Jason Zucker, SO, University of Denver
(Las Vegas, NV)
* First Team in in 2010-11; #Second Team in 2009-10