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#21 Joey LaLeggia
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
Club: Penticton Vees - BCHL
Major: General Business
Experience: 2 Letters
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Joey LaLeggia
Courtesy: Denver Athletics
Release: 08/15/2011

2012-13:

  • One of five sophmpores to appear in all 39 games.
  • Led all Defensemen with 29 points on 11 goals and 18 assists.
  • Tallied six powerplay goals, a team high.
  • Had seven multi-point games and started the season with points in 10 of the first 13 games.
  • Named to the All-WCHA Second Team.

2011-12:

  • Played in all 43 games.
  • Led NCAA rookie defensemen in points (38), goals (11) and assists (27).
  • Tied for fourth among all NCAA rookies in points.
  • Ranked fifth among all NCAA defenseman and sixth among all rookies at .88 points per game.
  • Tied for first on the team with 13 multi-point games.
  • Finished first in WCHA rookie scoring and tied for first in WCHA defenseman scoring with 28 points on eight goals and 20 assists in 28 league games.
  • Named HCA National Rookie of the Year, WCHA Rookie of the Year, All-WCHA First Team, All-WCHA Rookie Team, Inside College Hockey WCHA Freshman of the Year, College Hockey News Rookie of the Year and All-College Hockey News Rookie Team.
  • Named Pioneer Sportsman of the Year by the University of Denver.
  • Named DU's Most Valuable Freshman.
  • Recorded his first two career goals, including a shorthanded tally, in 10-2 win vs. Minnesota State (10/22).
  • Scored the game-winning goal in 7-1 win over Air Force (12/31).
  • Recorded a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in 7-3 win over Nebraska Omaha (11/18) and a career-high three assists in 3-2 win over Bemidji State (1/14).
  • Recorded 15 points (4g, 11a) on an eight-game point streak from Dec. 30-Jan. 28.
  • Assisted on Jason Zucker’s game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Michigan Tech (3/15) in the WCHA Final Five quarterfinals.
  • Contributed 64 hits and 34 blocked shots.
  • Led Denver defensemen with a +13 plus/minus rating.
  • Was named HCA National Rookie of the Month for January.
  • Was named WCHA Defensive Player of the week on Jan. 17.
  • Was selected to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team.
  • Committed 12 penalties for 35 PIMs.

Before Denver:

  • Played for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League from 2009-11.
  • Tallied 82 points on 20 goals and 62 assists in 58 games in 2010-11.
  • Led all BCHL defenseman in scoring and ranked fifth overall.
  • Named BCHL Interior Conference Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Named to the BCHL Interior Conference All-Star Game.
  • Participated in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada West and was the Grant Men's Wear (Penticton) Player of the Month for October 2010.
  • Led BCHL defensemen in scoring in 2009-10 with 65 points (13g, 52a) in 54 games at Penticton.
  • Ranked seventh overall in assists and added 10 power-play goals.
  • Teammate of Pioneer forward Beau Bennett in 2009-10. 

Personal:

  • Son of Joe and Carla LaLeggia.
  • Sister of Natalie (21).
  • Graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2010.
  • Chose Denver for its great hockey program, great academics, unbelievable coaching staff, location, and good reviews from friends who attend.
  • Career goals are to play in the NHL and graduate from DU with a four-year degree.
  • Enjoys golf, in-line hockey and football.
  • Favorite athletes are Sidney Crosby and Duncan Keith.
  • Played three years of high school football and four years of high school soccer.
  • General Business major.
  • Born June 24, 1992.

 

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