Ben Lovejoy

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Ben Lovejoy
2011-10-15 Lovejoy.jpg
Born (1984-02-20) February 20, 1984 (age 30)
Concord, NH, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Benjamin N. "Rev" Lovejoy (born February 20, 1984 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Ben Lovejoy played high school hockey for prep school Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The program has turned out numerous Division 1 standouts over the past two decades, many of whom have gone on to continue their playing careers in the NHL.

Ben Lovejoy was offered an NHL contract by Montreal during his third year of college. Lovejoy turned down the offer so that he could finish school and grow more as a player. Undrafted, Lovejoy played one year for Boston College and three years for Dartmouth College of the NCAA. Lovejoy also played lacrosse at Dartmouth, earning All-Ivy honors in 2006. He graduated from Dartmouth with the class of 2007. He began his professional career a few days after graduation and played five games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League to end the 2006–07 season. That summer, Lovejoy signed an AHL contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ben Lovejoy scored his first pro goal at home during the Saint Patrick's Day game. Lovejoy ended the season with 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) appearing in 72 games and a plus-16 rating.

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

On July 7, 2008, Lovejoy signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1] On December 7, 2008, when a replacement was needed for Pittsburgh blueliner Hal Gill, Lovejoy received his first recall to the Penguins. At the time of his recall, Ben was ranked in the top ten among the AHL defensemen with 14 points (4+10) and placed in the top ten among all AHL players with a plus/-14 rating in 24 games. He made his NHL debut on December 8, 2008, in a 4-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres.

Ben Lovejoy was named to the PlanetUSA squad for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, which was held January 25-26th, 2009 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. During the Skills Competition, Ben took part in the hardest shot and breakaway.

On April 11, 2009, Ben Lovejoy received the 2nd team AHL All-Star award along with Most Valuable Defenseman. Lovejoy ended the regular 2008–09 campaign leading the entire AHL with a Plus/Minus rating of 42

Lovejoy earned his first NHL point with an assist during a 6-5 Penguins win over the Boston Bruins on November 14, 2009. His first NHL goal was scored on December 22, 2010 against Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers. In the same game, he took an opposing shot off of his cheek, causing massive swelling.

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

After the commencement of the shortened 2012–13 season, he was traded by the Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks for a 5th round draft pick in 2014 on February 6, 2013.[2]

Prior to the 2013-2014 season, Lovejoy, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Ducks, inking a three year contract.

On December 31, 2013, Lovejoy celebrated the birth of his first child, Lila, by scoring two first period goals against the San Jose Sharks. The two goals were scored less than three minutes apart, establishing a new Duck's franchise record.

Ben Lovejoy, January 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Boston College HE 22 0 6 6 6
2004–05 Dartmouth College ECAC 32 2 11 13 28
2005–06 Dartmouth College ECAC 32 2 16 18 24
2006–07 Dartmouth College ECAC 32 7 16 23 28
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 72 2 18 20 63 23 2 8 10 18
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 76 7 24 31 84 12 1 1 2 14
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 9 20 29 92 2 1 2 2 2
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 3 3 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 3 14 17 48 7 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 1 4 5 13 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 32 0 10 10 29 7 0 2 2 4
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 5 13 18 39 13 2 0 2 8
NHL totals 208 9 44 53 131 28 2 4 6 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2006–07

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