Pictured: Moore scored two goals, including the game-winner, in his Tampa debut and ranks second on the team in goals (photo courtesy Scott Audette/Getty Images).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men’s hockey season opener is still more than two weeks away, but many former Crimson skaters—led by a pair of National Hockey League players—have already begun the season with their respective professional clubs.
Dominic Moore ’03 is off to a flying start with his new team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The former Crimson All-American has scored four goals and added an assist in just five games. He has been the subject of feature articles on the Lightning website and in The Tampa Tribune. Moore is in his seventh season in the NHL.
Meanwhile, two-time Stanley Cup champion Craig Adams ’99 has begun his 10th NHL season and his third as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has skated in five games and logged an assist to go with his contributions as a standout defensive forward and penalty killer.
Several other former Harvard players are under NHL contracts and have begun the season in the American Hockey League. Alex Biega ’10 signed a contract with the Buffalo Sabres following his year as Harvard captain last season. He skated in the Sabres’ training camp and then logged a pair of assists in his pro debut with the Portland Pirates. He has played in all six Portland games and owns a +2 rating.
A pair of other former Crimson captains skated in their NHL teams’ training camps before kicking off the regular season in the AHL. Dylan Reese ’07 has been a staple on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers blue line in the first five games, while Noah Welch ’05 has skated on defense in all four games for the Chicago Wolves. Reese made his NHL debut last season with the New York Islanders. Welch, who has previously played for the Penguins, Lightning and Florida Panthers, is under contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. Former Crimson forward Louis Leblanc ’13 saw preseason NHL action with the Montreal Canadiens.
Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris ’05 is also in the AHL, having returned from Europe and recently been called up by the Hartford Wolf Pack. Just up Interstate 91 from Grumet-Morris, classmate Tom Cavanagh ’05 has played five games for the Springfield Falcons.
Other Crimson pros in action so far include Doug Rogers ’10, who made his pro debut with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League, and his former Harvard teammate Jon Pelle ’08. Pelle, who won a Central Hockey League title with the Rapid City Rush last season, has scored a British Elite League-high 13 goals. The Cardiff Devils forward is tied for second in the league with 23 points. Elsewhere in Europe, 11-year NHL veteran Craig MacDonald ’99 has seven points in 14 games for the Germany’s Mannheim Eagles.
TampaBayLightning.com: Moore for Less
The Tampa Tribune: Perennial new guy Moore fitting in
Connecticutplus.com: Wolf Pack notebook (Grumet-Morris)
NHL.com: Grumet-Morris hoping for quality time in Greenville
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