Men's Hockey's Leblanc Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year

Men's Hockey's Leblanc Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year

Leblanc logged at least a point in eight of his nine Ivy League games (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

2009-10 All-Ivy League teams and Ivy League postseason awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Freshman forward Louis Leblanc of the Harvard men's hockey team has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and is one of three Crimson players to receive All-Ivy League honorable mention, the Ivy office announced Thursday. Senior defenseman Alex Biega and junior goaltender Kyle Richter were also honored.

Leblanc, who leads the Crimson with 21 points and 11 goals, is the 12th Harvard player to be named Rookie of the Year and the first since Tim Pettit '04 in 2000‑01. With 11 points and seven goals in Ivy games, he was the Ancient Eight's top rookie scorer by a three-point margin.

The Kirkland, Que., native also had three more goals than the league's second-leading freshman sniper, despite missing one of the Crimson's 10 Ivy games with an injury. He owned a team-high +4 plus/minus rating in Ivy games.

Biega, Harvard's captain and one of its top defensemen, recorded two goals, one on the power play, in Ivy League action. He added a pair of assists and was +3. Biega, who hails from Montreal, Que., received recognition from the Ivy League for the third straight season. He was a first-team selection last season after earning honorable mention as a sophomore.

Richter stopped 121 of the 131 shots he faced in Ivy play, good for a league-leading .924 save percentage. A native of Calgary, Alta., he ranked second in the Ivy League with a 2.48 goals-against average in league play. It is his second All-Ivy honor; he was a first-team pick in 2007-08.

Harvard begins its postseason by visiting Ivy rival Princeton this weekend for a best-of-three series in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs.