Harvard Seniors Begin Pro Hockey Careers

Grimshaw began his pro career after playing 110 career games for Harvard (photo courtesy Dennis Pellerin).
Grimshaw began his pro career after playing 110 career games for Harvard (photo courtesy Dennis Pellerin).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Ryan Grimshaw signed for an amateur tryout with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League Saturday and is one of four Harvard seniors to play for a professional team since the conclusion of the Crimson men’s hockey team’s season last month.

Grimshaw, who served as the 119th captain of Harvard men’s hockey this season, made his debut with the Americans Saturday night and made another appearance Tuesday night. The Rochester native owns a +3 rating through two games with his hometown team.

Former Crimson forward Alex Killorn is also playing in the AHL, with the Norfolk Admirals. He has registered four points and a +5 rating in seven games to help the Admirals to extend their winning streak to 25 games, a North American pro hockey record.

Two other members of the Class of 2012, both forwards, have already seen professional action. Eric Kroshus skated in three regular-season games and has played in three playoff games for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League. Daniel Moriarty has skated in two games for the Evansville Icemen of the Central Hockey League.

Before joining Rochester, Grimshaw also played in the ECHL, suiting up for three games with the Trenton Titans. One of his Rochester teammates is former Crimson teammate and fellow defenseman Alex Biega ’10, also a former Harvard captain. Biega serves as an assistant captain of the Americans.

Harvard finished the season ranked 18th in the national poll after finishing second in the ECAC Hockey Championship and third in the ECAC regular-season standings with an 8-5-9 league record. The Crimson was 13-10-11 overall, setting an NCAA record for ties in a season.