Harvard's 2010-11 captains (from left): Michael Del Mauro, Kyle Richter and Chris Huxley.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Seniors-to-be Michael Del Mauro and Chris Huxley were announced as the 117th and 118th captains of Harvard men’s ice hockey at the Crimson’s season-ending awards banquet Saturday morning at the Harvard Club of Boston. Kyle Richter was named assistant captain, and Alex Biega received his second straight Tudor Cup as the team’s most valuable player.
Del Mauro, Louis Leblanc, Colin Moore and John Riley also received awards at the brunch, as the team looked back on the 2009-10 season and awarded varsity letters.
Del Mauro, a forward from Watchung, N.J., and Huxley, a defenseman hailing from Weymouth, Mass., will be the fifth set of co-captains in 111 seasons of Harvard men’s hockey. It marks the eighth straight season that a defenseman will captain the Crimson. Richter, a Calgary native, will become the first Harvard goaltender to serve as captain or assistant since John Hynes ’80 was a co-captain in 1979-80.
Biega, the Crimson’s 2009-10 captain, became the first two-time winner of the John Tudor Memorial Cup since goaltender J.R. Prestifilippo ’00 in 1996-97 and 1999-2000. He is the first player to earn the award in consecutive seasons since Steve Martins ’95 in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Biega was also the recipient of the Ralph “Cooney” Weiland Award for spirited play and devotion to the game of hockey.
The Montreal native, who played with younger brothers Michael and Danny Biega this season, skated on Harvard’s top defensive pair. He played in all 33 of the Crimson’s games, registering 10 points and earning All-Ivy League honorable mention. Biega was also selected to participate in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. He finished his career tied for eighth on Harvard’s all-time games-played list with 131.
Del Mauro received the Donald Angier Hockey Trophy as Harvard’s most improved player. After skating in just five of the team’s first 15 games, he earned a spot in the lineup for 15 of the final 18, including each of the final eight. He was most productive in the playoffs, ranking second on team with three points and a +2 rating in four postseason games. Del Mauro scored the game-winning goal, breaking a 2-2 tie in the third period, in Harvard’s win at Princeton to open the playoffs.
Leblanc was honored with the George Percy Award, given to the Crimson’s top rookie. The Kirkland, Que., native was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was an ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year finalist and All-Rookie selection. He led Harvard with 23 points, 11 goals and three game-winning goals. Leblanc was the first freshman to lead Harvard in scoring since Mark Fusco ’83 in 1979-80 and the first rookie to pace the Crimson in goals since Dominic Moore ’03 in 1999-2000.
Moore, a sophomore forward from Medfield, Mass., was the recipient of the Iron Crimson award as the team’s top weight-room performer.
Riley was recognized as Harvard’s ECAC Student-Athlete of the Year nominee. The senior goaltender from Lake Forest, Ill., will graduate Harvard with honors as a history concentrator with a secondary field in classics. He was the 2009 winner of the Newbold Rhinelander Landon Memorial Scholarship, recognizing a student of the classics considering a career in public/government service.