Louis Belpedio
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Louis Belpedio

Hometown:

Skokie Illinois

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-05-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (80th overall), 2014

Weight:

193 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Louis Belpedio skated for the Culver Military Academy in Indiana. In 26 games he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and 36 penalty minutes. He was invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program evaluation camp and was selected for the program for the 2012-13 season.

2012-13: Belpedio moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for the USA NTDP U17 team and represented the USA in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. In 56 games he scored 1 goal with 11 assists and had 33 penalty minutes. In six games at the WHC he had 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes. The USA defeated Canada Quebec, 4-3, in the bronze medal game.

2013-14: Belpedio returned to Ann Arbor to skate for the NTDP’s U18 team and in November committed to playing college hockey at Miami University in 2014-15. He served as the USA team captain at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Finland. In 61 games with the NTDP U18 team he scored 7 goals with 16 assists and 46 penalty minutes. He had 2 assists and was +3 in seven games at the WJC as the USA finished fifth; falling to Russia, 5-3, in a quarterfinal game. Belpedio was ranked 107th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Minnesota in the third round (80th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Belpedio skated in 40 games for Miami University as a freshman. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was +15 with 28 penalty minutes. The RedHawks finished second in the NCHC in the regular season and earned an NCAA tournament bid after defeating St. Cloud State, 3-2, in the NCHC tournament championship game. Belpedio was +1 with an assist in Miami’s wild 7-5 loss to Providence in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

2015-16: Belpedio was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Miami in his sophomore season and was an assistant captain for the bronze medal-winning USA U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and was -14 with 30 penalty minutes in 34 games for the RedHawks. Miami finished fifth in the NCHC, ending the year 15-18-3 after being swept by Minnesota-Duluth in the conference quarterfinals. Belpedio scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +4 with no penalties in seven games for the USA at the WJC. The USA defeated Sweden, 8-3, in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Belpedio is an attack-oriented, skating defenseman. Somewhat smaller than typical NHL defensemen, he plays with situational awareness and moves the puck decisively. Belpedio will likely have to add bulk and strength to be successful at the higher levels of hockey. He has leadership skills and was a team captain for the USA U18 team in 2014.

Future

Belpedio led Miami University's defensemen in scoring in 2015-16 as a sophomore but struggled in his own end at times. The RedHawks had an uncharacteristic losing season; missing the NCAA tournament for just the second time in the last 11 years. Belpedio will be expected to be a team leader for the RedHawks as a junior and his two-way play will be a strong indicator of his eventual pro potential. He projects as a Torey Krug-type puck moving defenseman with an ornery edge to his game.

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