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Benjamin N. Lovejoy (born February 20, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Anaheim Ducks and the New Jersey Devils.

Ben Lovejoy
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Lovejoy while with the Penguins in 2016
Born (1984-02-20) February 20, 1984 (age 35)
Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Pittsburgh Penguins
Anaheim Ducks
New Jersey Devils
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

His nickname "The Reverend" comes from The Simpsons character Reverend Lovejoy.[1]

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Lovejoy played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Middlesex Islanders minor ice hockey team.[2]

Lovejoy played hockey at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire[3] and then at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The two programs have turned out numerous NCAA Division 1 standout players over the past two decades, many of whom have gone on to continue their playing careers in the NHL.[citation needed]

Undrafted by an NHL team, Lovejoy played one year for Boston College and three years for Dartmouth College of the NCAA's Hockey East and ECAC conferences, respectively. During his third year of collegiate hockey, he was offered a professional contract by the Montreal Canadiens, though he declined the offer in order to finish his degree and develop further as a player. Lovejoy also played lacrosse at Dartmouth, earning All-Ivy honors in 2006. He graduated from Dartmouth in 2006.[4]

ProfessionalEdit

Lovejoy began his professional career a few days after graduation and played five games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) to end the 2006–07 season. In the summer of 2007, Lovejoy signed an AHL contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored his first professional goal at home on March 17, 2008. Lovejoy ended the season with 20 points (two goals and 18 assists) from 72 games and recording a +16 plus-minus rating.[citation needed]

 
Lovejoy during his first stint with the Penguins in 2011.

On July 7, 2008, Lovejoy signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] On December 7, 2008, when a replacement was needed for Pittsburgh defenseman Hal Gill, Lovejoy received his first call-up to the NHL. At the time of his recall, he was ranked in the top ten amongst AHL defensemen in 14 points (four goals and ten assists) and placed in the top ten amongst all AHL players in plus minus, with +14 in 24 games. Lovejoy made his NHL debut on December 8, 2008, in a 4–3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres.[citation needed]

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

On April 11, 2009, Lovejoy received the Second Team AHL All-Star Award, as well as being named the League's top defenseman. He ended the regular 2008–09 season leading the entire AHL in plus-minus, with +42. He was up called during the playoffs by Pittsburgh a spare player. Lovejoy did not play in the playoffs, but was included on the team picture, and awarded a Stanley Cup ring. Lovejoy only played 2 games for Pittsburgh in 2008–09, so he did not qualify to have his name stamped on the Stanley Cup.[citation needed]

Lovejoy notched his first NHL point with an assist during a 6–5 Penguins victory over the Boston Bruins on November 14, 2009. He scored his first NHL goal 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.[citation needed]

Shortly after the beginning of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, on February 6, 2013, Lovejoy was traded by the Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2014.[6]

Prior to the beginning of 2013–14 season, Lovejoy, as an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Ducks on a three-year contract. On January 3, 2014, Lovejoy scored two first period goals against the Edmonton Oilers. The two goals were scored less than three minutes apart, establishing a new Ducks franchise record.[citation needed]

 
Ben Lovejoy, January 2011

On March 2, 2015, Lovejoy was traded back to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Simon Després.[7] In the 2015–16 season, Lovejoy contributed 4 goals and 10 points in 66 games before playing in all 24 post-season games en route to the Penguins' claiming their fourth Stanley Cup. Lovejoy became the first New Hampshire native to win the trophy.[8]

On July 1, 2016, Lovejoy left as a free agent to sign a three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.[9]

In the final year of his contract with the Devils in the 2018–19 season, Lovejoy appeared in 51 games from the blueline adding 7 points while leading the team in shorthanded icetime. With the Devils out of playoff contention, on February 23, 2019, he was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Connor Carrick and a third-round draft pick in 2019.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Lovejoy married Avery Eyre in 2010, and has two daughters.[11] His parents are Carl and Cari Lovejoy, both of athletic backgrounds, and they have three children. His father has played hockey for Colby College, and his mother was a two-time All-American leading-scorer in lacrosse at UMass. Lovejoy has two younger brothers, both of whom play college lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. Brother Nick Lovejoy has played hockey and lacrosse for Dartmouth Big Green, whereas Matt played lacrosse for the University of Virginia.[12]

On December 7, 2017, Lovejoy announced he would be donating his brain to concussion research, becoming the first active NHL player to do so.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

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 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 5 13 18 39 13 2 0 2 8
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 40 1 10 11 17
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 2 3 8 5 0 2 2 0
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 4 6 10 30 24 2 4 6 12
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 2 6 8 39
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 2 6 8 25 5 1 0 1 2
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 2 5 7 33
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 20 0 2 2 4 13 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 544 20 81 101 287 76 5 11 16 26

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Q&A: New Ducks Defenseman Ben Lovejoy". NHL.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ben Lovejoy Brings Stanley Cup Back to School". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Spotlight on Will Boardman". Dartmouth College Athletics. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Penguins sign defenseman Ben Lovejoy". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 7, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "Ducks acquire Lovejoy from Penguins in exchange for pick". The Sports Network. January 6, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Penguins Acquire Defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Anaheim Ducks for Simon Despres". Pittsburgh Penguins. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ben Lovejoy Brings Stanley Cup Back to School". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Ben Lovejoy". New Jersey Devils. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Stars acquire Ben Lovejoy in a trade with Devils". Dallas Stars. February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Fennell, Greg (August 2, 2016). "Concord-born Lovejoy celebrates with Cup at alma mater Dartmouth". Concord Monitor. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "40 MATT LOVEJOY". virginiasports.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (December 7, 2017). "Ben Lovejoy: Donating brain 'my way of giving back to hockey'". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. June 12, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.

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