Leblanc Earns ECAC Hockey, COOP Honors

ECAC Hockey Awards Release

Leblanc has five goals in the last three league games, all Harvard wins (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Louis Leblanc was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week Monday in recognition of his two-goal game in the Harvard men’s hockey team’s 3-2 win against No. 5 Yale last week and before his two-goal game Monday against Dartmouth.

For his performance in both games, Leblanc was also named Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week.

The Kirkland, Que., native scored to tie the Jan. 12 game with the rival Bulldogs at 1-1 just 92 seconds after Yale had taken a second-period lead. His second goal gave the Crimson a 3-1 edge later in the period and held up as the game-winner. He also posted a 12-7 record on faceoffs and a +1 plus/minus rating.

Leblanc responded to the news of the ECAC honor by scoring two more goals in Harvard’s 4-1 win against the Big Green Monday. He became the first Crimson player since Dominic Moore ’03 in February 2003 to post back-to-back multiple-goal games. Leblanc has scored the game-winning goal in each of Harvard’s three straight league wins and leads ECAC Hockey with three game-winning goals in league play.

With eight goals and 14 points on the season, Leblanc leads the Crimson in goal-scoring and ranks second in points. He has 13 points on eight goals and five assists in league play to hold the ECAC scoring lead among freshmen. He is tied for fifth in ECAC Hockey in league goals and eighth in league points. Among the nation’s freshmen, Leblanc ranks first with three game-winning goals, second with 0.57 goals per game and tied for fifth with 1.00 point per game.

Leblanc is Harvard’s third recipient of an ECAC Hockey weekly award. Alex Killorn was named Player of the Week Nov. 2, and Conor Morrison was selected as Rookie of the Week Nov. 30.

The Crimson (4-10-2, 4-5-2 ECAC Hockey, 3-2-2 Ivy League) puts its three-game league win streak on the line when it returns to action Friday at first-place Union.