By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will host three former NHL players and program alumni when it plays host to St. Lawrence on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Lee Stempniak ’05, Ben Lovejoy ’06 and Tanner Glass ’07 will all be back in Hanover and at Thompson Arena for a special night honoring the trio who all announced their retirement from pro hockey following last season.
The first 500 fans through the doors that night will receive a commemorative t-shirt courtesy of The Richards Group.
Stempniak stepped away from the game in early October after 14 seasons in the NHL. Dartmouth’s all-time leader 911 NHL games in his career. His 203 career goals, 266 assists and 469 points are all Dartmouth records at the NHL level.
Lovejoy announced his departure from the NHL in August after 11 seasons, making his announcement in a guest analyst appearance on NHL Tonight on the NHL Network. Third all-time in career games played by a Dartmouth alum with 544, he became the first New Hampshire native to win the Stanley Cup as a player, earning that distinction in 2016 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In doing so, he became the first Dartmouth alum to win a Stanley Cup since Myles Lane did so with the Bruins in 1929.
Glass made his announcement late last spring after finishing his career overseas. Like Stempniak, he is a former Dartmouth captain and 2003 NHL Entry Draft selection, a draft that is widely considered the best and deepest in league history. Third all-time in Dartmouth history, Glass played in 527 career games and recorded 658, a number that ranks first in program history. He would reach the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Vancouver Canucks before moving over to the Winnipeg Jets the following season where he played a career-high 78 games.
The three former Big Green skaters will be honored on the ice during the game and will also be on-hand to sign autographs during a designated period of time that evening. In addition to the shirts, fans will also receive a commemorative poster.
Fans planning on attending should contact the Dartmouth Ticket Office at 603-646-2466 or through its online store.