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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