(Press release courtesy TD Garden.)
BOSTON - Harvard University goaltender Wade Lau, who backstopped his team to the 1981 Beanpot Tournament championship with a 2-0 shutout of Boston College, is the newest member of the Beanpot Hall of Fame. Tournament Director Steve Nazro announced Lau's induction today at the annual tournament press conference at TD Garden.
Lau will be honored and introduced to TD Garden fans between the two first-round Beanpot games on Monday, February 6. Northeastern and Harvard play in the evening's first game while Boston University and Boston College face off in the second game.
A native of East Saint Paul, Minnesota, Lau was in his junior year at Harvard when his team snapped a five-game losing streak and routed favored Northeastern 10-2 in the first round of the 1981 Beanpot. The Huskies, who were the defending champions, had beaten the Crimson 11-5 earlier in the year. Lau had 21 saves in the game and nine Harvard players scored goals.
In the championship game the following week, Lau made 15 stops against the Eagles. BC had also defeated the Crimson previously, by a score of 6-2. The outcome of the title game was in doubt until David Burke scored the clinching goal with 1:55 to play.
Lau was named Most Valuable Player in the 1981 Beanpot. He also received that year's Eberly Award, accorded annually to the goalie with the best save percentage. Lau's 36 saves and two goals allowed for the two games gave him a save percentage of .947.
Lau played a total of four Beanpot games during his Harvard career, posting a record of 2-2. At the time of his graduation in 1982, he was Harvard's all-time saves leader with 2,160 stops. He now ranks fifth in saves in Crimson hockey history.
Lau is the tenth goaltender and the eleventh Harvard-affiliated member to be named to the Beanpot Hall of Fame. The only Harvard goalie who is also on the Hall of Fame roster is Bob Bland, Tournament MVP of Harvard's Beanpot-winning squad in 1960.
After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, Lau earned his Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He subsequently returned to Minnesota and launched his business career. In 1999, he joined the real estate investment firm Founders Properties as senior vice president. In 2013 he became the company's president and CEO.