Welch was recognized as one of the top two ECAC defensemen of the decade (photo courtesy David Silverman).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Former Harvard men’s hockey All-Americans Noah Welch ’05 and Dominic Moore ’03 have been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Decade team for the 2000s, the league office announced Friday.
Welch, a defenseman, is a first-team selection, while Moore has been named to the second team at forward. Harvard was one of three schools , along with Cornell and St. Lawrence, to have multiple players honored. A committee of coaches, media members and league administrators selected the group recognizing distinguished play of ECAC student-athletes from the 1999-2000 season through 2008-09.
The players are the eighth and ninth former Harvard skaters to be named to ECAC All-Decade squads. Joe Cavanagh ’71 was a part of the 1970s team as a forward. Hobey Baker Award-winners Mark Fusco ’83 (defenseman), Scott Fusco ’86 (forward) and Lane MacDonald ’89 (forward) were all named to the 1980s squad. Forwards Peter Ciavaglia ’91 and Ted Drury ’93 and defenseman Sean McCann ’94 were part of the 1990s team.
A first-team All-America selection in 2004-05 and a second-team pick in 2003-04, Welch captained the Crimson as a senior. He earned first-team All-ECAC honors in 2004-05 and second-team selection in 2003-04 while making the All-Ivy League first team both seasons. The Brighton, Mass., native was also an All-New England pick in 2002-03 and 2004-05. Welch registered 76 points on 23 goals and 53 assists in 129 career games. He played on two ECAC title-winning teams (2002, 2004) and two ECAC runners-up (2003, 2005), helping the Crimson reach the NCAA tournament in each of his four years.
Welch is in his fifth professional season. He is under contract with the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers and is a member of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. He has skated 73 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
Moore was a first-team All-America, All-ECAC and All-Ivy League selection as Harvard’s senior captain in 2002-03. He was named second-team All-ECAC and All-Ivy in 2000-01, ECAC All-Tournament in 2003, ECAC All-Rookie in 1999-2000, NCAA All-Northeast Regional in 2003 and All-New England in 2000-01 and 2002-03. Moore ranks 11th all-time at Harvard with 147 career points. He is tied for ninth in program history with 64 goals and tied for 11th with 88 assists, all in 128 games played . He led the team with 51 points and 24 goals as a senior and with 43 points, 15 goals and 28 assists as a sophomore.
The Thornhill, Ont., native currently skates for the Montreal Canadiens after beginning the season with Florida. Moore is in his seventh NHL season, having played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in previous seasons. He has registered 125 points on 40 goals and 85 assists in 367 NHL games.
ECAC Hockey First-Team All-Decade
Forward: Jeff Hamilton, Yale (1996-2001)
Forward: Lee Stempniak, Dartmouth (2001-2005)
Forward: T.J. Trevelyan, St. Lawrence (2002-2006)
Defenseman: Doug Murray, Cornell (1999-2003)
Defenseman: Noah Welch, Harvard (2001-2005)
Goaltender: Yann Danis, Brown (1999-2004)
ECAC Hockey Second-Team All-Decade
Forward: Andy McDonald, Colgate (1996-2000)
Forward: Dominic Moore, Harvard (1999-2003)
Forward: Matt Moulson, Cornell (2002-2006)
Defenseman: Drew Bagnall, St. Lawrence (2003-2007)
Defenseman: Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac (2003-2007)
Defenseman: Kent Huskins, Clarkson (1997-2001)
Goaltender: David LeNeveu, Cornell (2001-2003)