February 20, 1984 |
Concord, NH, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Benjamin N. "The Reverend" Lovejoy (born February 20, 1984 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.
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.
On July 7, 2008, Lovejoy signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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 +/- of 14 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.
Prior to the 2013-2014 season, Lovejoy, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Ducks, inking a three year contract.
On January 3, 2014, Lovejoy celebrated the birth of his first child, Lila (born 12/31/13), by scoring two first period goals against the Edmonton Oilers. The two goals were scored less than three minutes apart, establishing a new Duck's franchise record.
Awards and honours
|All-ECAC Hockey Third Team||2006–07|
- "Penguins sign defenseman Ben Lovejoy". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "Ducks acquire Lovejoy from Penguins in exchange for pick". The Sports Network. 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "Penguins Acquire Defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Anaheim Ducks for Simon Despres". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02.