BCHL extra: Vees alum earns NCAA honour

Former Penticton Vee and current University of Denver Pioneer Joey LaLeggia was named the Red Baron WCHA defensive player of the week.

  • Mon Jan 23rd, 2012 1:00pm
  • Sports

From BCHL media:

University of Denver defenceman and Penticton Vees alum Joey LaLeggia has been named the Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Jan. 17.

The Burnaby native helped his Pioneers nab two wins over Bemidji State last weekend, recording five points, six hits, two blocked shots and a plus-two rating.

The five-foot-10 and 180 pound freshman netted the go-ahead goal and one assist in DU’s 6-3 triumph over the Beavers Jan. 13.

He then came back the next day to assist on all three Denver goals in a 3-2 comeback win over BSU, including one on teammate Jason Zucker’s game-winning goal at 11:50 of the third period.

LaLeggia, who leads all NCAA Division I rookie blueliners in points (24), goals (nine) and assists (15), has also put together a six-game point-scoring streak during which he has 11 points (three goals and eight assists).

He ranks second among WCHA defenseman in goals and third in points.

In two seasons in Penticton, Laleggia recorded 33 goals and 114 assists in 114 games.