The Anaheim Ducks have given defenseman Ben Lovejoy a three year contract extension.

Undrafted, Lovejoy played one year for Boston College and three years for Dartmouth College of the NCAA, receiving offers to play with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. On July 7, 2008, Lovejoy signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made his NHL debut on December 8, 2008, in a 4-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres. 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. Acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 6, 2013, Lovejoy ranked tied for second among Anaheim defensemen with 10 assists in 32 games.

Although he is not known for bone-crunching checks, Lovejoy does play a gritty game. He is more than willing to get into shooting lanes to block shots, and will not hesitate to stick up for teammates.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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