BIRTHPLACE: Burlington, Mass.
BORN: March 12, 1961
TEAMS/ASSOCIATIONS: Harvard University, U.S. Olympic Team, Hartford Whalers
As a defenseman at Harvard, Mark Fusco left his mark among college hockey’s all-time best when he became the first blue-liner to win college hockey’s top honor, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, in 1983. Fusco still holds several Harvard University records for a defenseman, including career goals (44), career points (135), and single-season points (46 as a senior in 1982-83).
The Burlington, Mass., native was also a three-time First Team All-America selection, a four-time All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and All-Ivy League pick, and was the 1980 ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Fusco was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1983, twice won the Walter Brown Award as the East’s best American born player, and was awarded the Leonard F. Foule Award as the MVP in New England by the New England college hockey writers in 1982 and 1983. Fusco led the Crimson to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including the championship game in 1983, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. In addition to his outstanding on-ice performance at Harvard, Fusco also received the Crimson’s John Tudor Memorial Cup in 1980, 1982 and 1983 for his qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and team cooperation.
Fusco has a lengthy international and professional resume as well. He teamed with his younger brother Scott as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team that competed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and notched 28 points (4-24) in 50 games on the teams’ Pre-Olympic Tour. He later played 80 games in two seasons with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers. Fusco also competed in three National Sports Festivals, was a member of the 1981 U.S. National Junior Team, the 1984 Canada Cup Team, and the 1985 U.S. National Team as well.
After his playing career, Fusco graduated from Harvard Business School in 1990. From there he went on to become the President and C.O.O. of Ajilon Consulting USA, a leading provider of IT consulting services with 40 offices and 4,000 employees nationwide. Fusco is also a former member of both the U.S. Olympic Committee Board and USA Hockey’s Board of Directors.
Presently, Fusco resides in Westwood, Mass., with his wife Kristin and son John.