In the finals of the 2011 Women’s World U18 Championship, freshman Michelle Picard and classmate Sarah Edney suited up against each other as captains of their respective national teams. And although Picard’s American squad took home the gold over Edney and Team Canada, both defenders capped off their final year of high school by earning international hardware.
Donning the Crimson uniform for the first time, Edney and Picard will join forces and help the Harvard women’s hockey team compete for the top spot in the ECAC this season.
The Harvard women’s hockey team is used to having a few seniors to look up to for guidance and example. But this season, the Crimson has just one senior: captain Alisa Baumgartner.
Baumgartner has had to step into a leadership position on the team this season after being the sole player in her class since her sophomore year.
The Harvard men’s hockey team started off last season in a rut, dropping 15 of its first 18 contests. But something clicked in February, and the Crimson finished the year on a tear en route to a 12-21-1 (7-14-1 ECAC) record.
“Overall, our record last year was not where we wanted it to be,” Harvard coach Ted Donato ’91 said. “But I think at the end of the year … we pulled it together and really finished very strongly and had a good showing at the playoffs.”
Harvard doesn’t often send many athletes into professional sports. But the freshmen of the Crimson men’s hockey team are on their way to bucking that trend.
Of the nine freshman listed on the Harvard roster, five have already been drafted by NHL teams—four in June’s 2011 amateur draft, and one in 2010.
When Danny Biega was a senior at Salisbury High School in Connecticut three years ago, he decided to break the rules.
He wasn’t allowed to have cable in his dorm room, but there was something he really wanted to watch—his brothers.