Hall of Fame

Mark E. Fusco
Ice Hockey

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Harvard Athletic Achievements

Mark was the first defenseman ever to receive the Hobey Baker Award (1983). He holds the Harvard record for most career goals by a defenseman (44), most points by a defenseman in a season (46 in 1982-83), and most career points by a defenseman (135). He was a first team All-American, All-ECAC, and All-Ivy selection in 1981,1982, and 1983. He received Harvard's John Tudor Memorial Cup in 1980, 1982, and 1983 for his qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and team cooperation. He was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team and played 80 games during two NHL seasons with the Hartford Whalers.

Hall of Fame

Remembering Harvard Athletics

It is with great humility that I find myself here. Hockey is a team game and although individuals can make a difference the best team usually wins. Great teams are made of a combination of players with unique and different skills, some of better ability than others, but all wanting and needing to win. I was fortunate while at Harvard to play with many good players who wanted to win and play the game well. We all came here with ability and enthusiasm that needed coaching and training. Coaches make a difference. We were lead by the greatest most competitive player in Harvard history, Bill Cleary, who instilled in all of us how to compete, work hard, and win with dignity. Billy came to the rink every day to teach, have fun and win. We all enjoyed playing and winning for Billy and Harvard.

Twenty-five years ago I met Bill Cleary at an alumni hockey game at the Belmont Hill School, where I attended high school. He had the best stick I'd ever seen and kept the puck away from me for what seemed hours as we played. From that day on I wanted to go to Harvard, play for Billy, play in the Olympic Game's and play in the NHL, much as Billy did. The decision to try and attend Harvard changed my life. School became important to me because I knew admission to Harvard was difficult. While at Harvard the daily coaching and encouragment from Billy made me a better player and allowed me to seek and fulfill my hockey dreams. And finally, I met lifelong friends and teammates at Harvard who remain a core part of my life today including my wife and her family.

I am grateful for the support and encouragment of my Mom and Dad. My parents have made all things possible. From the rink in our back yard all the way through school, hockey, and into the real world my parents have been with me. I am appreciative of their sacrafice and commitment to my brother and me. As a parent I now understand much better their hard work and self sacrifice for us. I hope I will be the parent to my son that they were to me. I also want to thank my wife Kristin for her support over the last twelve years. My wife and son are the center of my world today and where I spend my time.

I would like to congratulate my brother Scott for his induction into the Harvard Hall of Fame tonight. He was a great player and a tremendous competitor. There are some players that make a difference. Scott was one of them. He had the knack to score and always got the big goals. He was a leader, Captain of his team, and he was tough. I am privileged to have been able to share my hockey experience at Belmont Hill, Harvard and Olympic Team with him. Brothers don't often get to share the same experiences but we have and it was great.

I am very thankful for the education and opportunities that Harvard has provided me. I have been very fortunate and owe the school, faculty, staff, and coaches more than I can repay. My education, whether in the classroom, on the ice, or at Dillon working for Chet was more than I could have imagined. Harvard is a great place with a terrific tradition of athletics, which I hope will never change.