By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – Former Dartmouth standout and longtime National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman Ben Lovejoy ’06 has been selected as a member of the Class of 2020 for enshrinement into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey.
The state’s hall of fame, the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey announced on Wednesday that Lovejoy, as well as former Cornell goalie Lauren Slebodnick would be inducted as players, while Brian Murphy (official), Bruce Valley (media) and Paul Chalue (builder) also earned spots in their respective categories.
“I’ve always been so incredibly proud to be from New Hampshire and this is such a special honor,” Lovejoy said. “To represent this great state and show Granite State youth hockey players that you can make it to the highest level through hard work and dedication is very humbling. I am so grateful and so proud.”
Lovejoy owns the distinction of being the first New Hampshire-born player to win the Stanley Cup when he did so with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.
A native of nearby Canaan, Lovejoy joins his former head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 as members of the inductees into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey. Gaudet was enshrined alongside former Dartmouth teammate Rich Ryerson ’80 as members of the Class of 2018.
The former Big Green defenseman would play 11 seasons in the NHL after graduation, announcing his retirement after the 2018-19 season. Third all-time in career games played by a Dartmouth alum with 544, Lovejoy played for four teams during his career:
Pittsburgh Penguins (twice), Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars.
Lovejoy retired from the NHL with 20 goals and 81 assists for 101 career points. His plus-51 rating is the best by a former Big Green skater at the NHL level. The defensive defenseman also holds the Dartmouth record for most Stanley Cup Playoff games with 76 over eight appearances.
At Dartmouth, Lovejoy played 96 games over three seasons after transferring from Boston College. In those three campaigns in Hanover, he amassed 11 goals and 43 assists for 54 points.
Lovejoy made an impact on the hockey world when he announced in 2017 that he would donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to support Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussion research, becoming the first active player to do so. Following Lovejoy’s lead, men’s and women’s players Shawn McEachern, Angela Ruggiero, Hayley Wickenheiser, A. J. Mleczko, Bob Sweeney and Ted Drury have also made the same pledge.
The Induction Ceremony, originally slated for this Oct. 25, will take place on Oct. 24, 2021.