After making a trip to the Frozen Four for the first time in 23 years this past season, the men’s hockey team looked to duplicate the feat this coming winter. That task was made all the more difficult yesterday, as the Red’s netminder from a season ago, David LeNeveu ’05 agreed to a multi-year contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, thereby forfeiting his remaining two seasons of college eligibility. LeNeveu, the country’s top goalie during the 2002-2003 campaign, was a second round selection and 46th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Sitting between the pipes for the Red this season, LeNeveu broke numerous Cornell and NCAA records. In his sophomore year, LeNeveu set the ECAC and Red record for shutouts in a season with nine, breaking the mark previously set by the legendary Ken Dryden ’69. Backstopping the nation’s top defense, he also set the NCAA record for the lowest single-season goals-against-average at 1.20.
For his efforts in net, LeNeveu earned a laundry list of accolades. After the regular season, LeNeveu was named the ECAC co-Player of the Year and also won the Ken Dryden Award as the conference’s top goalie. The awards kept piling up for LeNeveu during the postseason, as he was honored as the ECAC Tournament MVP, a first-team All-American, and a Hobey Hat Trick finalist.
During the Winter Recess last season, LeNeveu was also the only player selected to the Canadian Junior National Team, which won the silver medal at the World Championships held in December.
LeNeveu, who would have been a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the fall semester, leaves Cornell after having played 46 games and posting a GAA of 1.29 and a record of 39-5-2 during that stretch.
With LeNeveu’s departure, the Red will turn to the duo of senior Todd Marr and sophomore Louis Chabot. Marr, who saw action in four games last season while LeNeveu was competing in the World Junior Championships, posted a 2-2 mark in his four starts in net while allowing just 1.76 goals per game. Meanwhile, Chabot played just three minutes during his rookie season on the East Hill.
Archived article by Alex Ip