Since he came to the Ducks in a February 6 trade with Pittsburgh, defenseman Ben Lovejoy became universally admired by teammates, fans and coaches alike. His tenacious play on the ice earned him immediate respect on the ice and was on full display during a tough first-round playoff series with Detroit. Away from it, he showed a quirky, humor-filled personality that endured on social media, where his Twitter identity @revlovejoy6 reflects a nickname he earned during his time with the Penguins.
So when Lovejoy was rewarded with a three-year contract by the Ducks on Thursday, the news was met with universal love and joy from fans and teammates (see a sample here).
Lovejoy himself talked Friday morning about making a home in Orange County for the long term.