Briancon is located in the southeastern part of France. The Diables Rogues are consistently among the top teams in the Magnus League, the top hockey league in France.
“I was pumped when I heard the news and felt a real level of satisfaction when this happened to Greg,” said Hobart Head Coach Mark Taylor. “The Briancon coach said he was looking for a grinder, a character guy, someone who will ‘bring it’ in practice and games every single day, and will play anywhere and do whatever is asked of him. When he said that, Greg was my first thought since he was that guy for me for the past four years. Our reputation and our past successes certainly can be link to guys that have the character attributes and play style that are exemplified perfectly by guys like Greg.”
Alberti had previous experience playing hockey against European teams when the Hobart hockey team took its trip to France and Switzerland in January of 2009. The Statesmen played four games, three of them being against Magnus League teams.
“It was certainly a different experience from where I am today, because it held a little more leisure,” Alberti said about the trip. “Now in Briancon, I have an opportunity to play at the next level mentally and physically. The junior year trip sparked my interest to pursue my hockey career further and at the same time enjoy a friendly, yet different culture.”
A three-time ECAC West All-Academic selection, Alberti was team captain his senior season. In his four years, he led the Statesmen to a 65-33-12 record, and to two NCAA tournament appearances. In his junior season, Hobart made it all the way to the national semifinals, and the team set a program record for wins in a season (21) and highest winning percentage (.733).
Alberti played in 97 games and posted 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in his four years as a Statesmen. As a senior, he was recognized as a co-winner of the Holden Award, which is a team award for character, sportsmanship, and leadership.
“There were financial opportunities to be had after my graduation from Hobart College, but my decision to play in Europe was probed by the unknown and what if,” said Alberti about his decision. “Coach Taylor, my parents, and I set this goal last fall and even though there has been ups and downs, I have finally found my opening and home for the next seven months.”
The Diables Rouges won their season opener 3-2 over Les Ducs d’Angers.