NHL Star was first New Hampshire native to win the Stanley Cup
Cardigan Mountain School announced this week that veteran National Hockey League defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion Ben Lovejoy ’99 will be the featured speaker at the School’s 73rd Commencement.
Mr. Lovejoy is currently playing in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Dallas Stars, but is looking forward to returning to The Point to address the Class of 2019, their families, and the Cardigan community.
“I am tremendously excited,” shared Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13. “Ben has a great story and a strong family connection to Cardigan. Through determination and hard work, he was able to realize his dream of playing in the NHL. He later became the first New Hampshire native to win the Stanley Cup, and the day he brought the Cup to The Point is a day we’ll never forget. What’s more, he’s a better person than hockey player, and he’s a really good hockey player! I can’t wait for our boys to hear his message.”
After graduating from Cardigan, Lovejoy attended Deerfield Academy and then Dartmouth College, where he was both an all-ECAC hockey player and all-Ivy League lacrosse player. While at Dartmouth, he was offered a contract to play for the Montreal Canadiens, but turned it down in order to finish college. In 2009, Lovejoy broke into the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2016. He has also played for the Anaheim Ducks, the New Jersey Devils, and the Dallas Stars, where his cousin and fellow Cardigan alumnus Gavin Bayreuther ’09 joins him on the roster.
Cardigan Mountain School’s 73rd Commencement takes place Sunday, May 26, 2019.