Former Harvard hockey star Louis Leblanc will make his NHL debut in Anahiem, Calif. Wednesday, skating for his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs called up Leblanc from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs to fill the space left by Max Pacioretty, who earned a three-game suspension for a dirty hit.
Leblanc—a former member of the class of 2013—had made a name for himself before stepping foot on campus in fall of 2009, as the Canadiens had taken Leblanc in the first round with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
And the forward lived up to the hype. Skating for the Crimson during his freshman year, Leblanc established himself as a force in the Harvard attack. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Leblanc led the Crimson in points and goals in the 2009-2010 campaign.
In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outsaide of the labs and law offices of the world.
After winning this weekend's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament—which featured eigh teams, including then-No. 4 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Florida State—Harvard men's basketball received 101 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday and 61 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Landing at essentially No. 27 in both polls, the Crimson (6-0) was second in the Others Receiving Votes category in the AP—three behind Creighton (104), and 14 points behind No. 25 Texas A&M.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas—Seth Davis, college basketball writer for Sports Illustrated, attended the Battle 4 Atlantis this past weekend and had plenty to say about tourney champion Harvard's performance.
Davis ranked the Crimson No. 25 in the nation on his AP ballot.
In a memorable, record-book-rewriting year for Harvard football, singling out one player for MVP recognition must’ve been a tall task.
But the Crimson figured it out, naming senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz the winner of the Frederick Greely Crocker Award, annually given to the top player on the team.
A host of other seniors, including defensive tackle Ben Graeff, quarterback Collier Winters, offensive tackle Kevin Murphy, and captain middle linebacker Alex Gedeon, received accolades at the football awards banquet.
But perhaps the evening’s greatest honor went to junior linebacker Bobby Schneider, who will succeed Gedeon as the captain of Harvard football as the program enters its 139th season.