June 13, 2012

Harvard's Killorn Caps 2011-12 with Calder Cup Win

Less than three weeks after graduating from Harvard, Alex Killorn capped a brilliant 2011-12 season by hoisting the Calder Cup following his Norfolk Admirals' defeat of the Toronto Marlies to win the American Hockey League championship. The title run highlighted a strong season for former Crimson players in professional hockey.

Killorn, who earned All-America first-team honors and led Harvard to the ECAC Hockey title game this season, ranked fourth on the Admirals with nine assists and sixth with 12 points in 17 playoff games. He previously joined the team in the midst of a 28-game win streak and began his career with two goals and four assists to close the regular season and start his professional career.

Four former Harvard players played in the National Hockey League this season. Craig Adams '99 played in all 82 games to help the Pittsburgh Penguins finish with 108 points, the NHL's fourth-greatest total. Dominic Moore '03 also finished the season in the playoffs, with the San Jose Sharks after a midseason trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Moore totaled 25 points on the season.

Former Crimson forward and first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc made his NHL debut with his hometown Montreal Canadiens, totaling five goals and 10 points in 42 games to go with 22 points in 31 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Defenseman Dylan Reese '07 also spent time at both the NHL and AHL levels. He skated in 28 games for the New York Islanders, registering 11 points from the blue line.

Killorn was one of five members of Harvard's Class of 2012 to play or sign with pro teams. Classmates Ryan Grimshaw, Eric Kroshus and Daniel Moriarty all made their pro debuts before graduating, and Colin Moore signed with Les Repaces de Gap in France's top league.

Below are the 2011-12 regular-season statistics of former Harvard players in pro hockey (courtesy HockeyDB.com).

Craig Adams '99, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) - 82 games played, 5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points, 34 penalty minutes
Alex Biega '11, Rochester Americans (AHL) - 65 GP, 5 G, 18 A, 23 P, 47 PIM
Ryan Grimshaw '12, Rochester Americans (AHL) - 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 2 PIM
Ryan Grimshaw '12, Trenton Titans (ECHL) - 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM
Chris Huxley '11, Ontario Reign (ECHL) - 69 GP, 6 G, 29 A, 35 P, 109 PIM
Alex Killorn '12, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - 10 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 2 PIM
Eric Kroshus '12, Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) - 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM
Ryan Lannon '05, KalPa Kuopio (SM-liiga) - 28 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P, 10 PIM
Louis Leblanc, Montreal Canadiens (NHL) - 42 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 P, 28 PIM
Louis Leblanc, Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) - 31 GP, 11 G, 11 A, 22 G, 30 PIM
Craig MacDonald '99, Mannheim Eagles (DEL) - 28 GP, 6 G, 14 A, 20 P, 12 PIM
Ryan Maki '07, Hannover Scorpions (DEL) - 43 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 P, 34 PIM
Dominic Moore '03, San Jose Sharks (NHL) - 23 GP, 0 G, 6 A, 6 P, 6 PIM
Dominic Moore '03, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) - 56 GP, 4 G, 15 A, 19 P, 48 PIM
Daniel Moriarty '12, Evansville IceMen (CHL) - 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM
Jon Pelle '08, Belfast Giants (EIHL) - 44 GP, 24 G, 33 A, 57 P, 20 PIM
Dylan Reese '07, New York Islanders (NHL) - 28 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 P, 11 PIM
Dylan Reese '07, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) - 27 GP, 2 G, 13 A, 15 P, 12 PIM
Noah Welch '05, HV71 Jonkoping (SEL) - 51 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 85 PIM
Dov Grumet-Morris '05, San Antonio Rampage (AHL) - 34 GP, 2.33 goals-against average, .921
save percentage, 19-13-1 record