Defenceman Mark Fusco played parts of two seasons with the Hartford Whalers in the mid-1980s. The 5'9" talent was a fine puckhandler and playmaker as an amateur and in the minors but experienced difficulty with the close checking of the NHL.
The native of Burlington, Massachusetts spent four years at Harvard University where he amassed 135 points. After scoring 46 points in 33 games for the Crimson in 1982-83, the gifted blueliner was presented the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in U.S. College Hockey, the first Harvard skater so honoured. That same year, Fusco helped his school reach the NCAA Championship tournament and was chosen to the event's all-star squad. He was also a two-time selection to the ECAC first all-star team and was placed on the second team once. Between 1981 and 1983, Fusco was named an NCAA East first all-American.
During his amateur career Fusco displayed offensive prowess on behalf of the United States. He played three games for his country at the 1981 World Junior Championships and later signed on for a year with the national program after college. He scored 28 points in 50 exhibition games then played at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. Following the Games he signed with the Hartford Whalers as a free agent and played the last 17 games of the 1983-84 NHL season.
Fusco's mobility was sought by the U.S. entry at the 1984 Canada Cup. He played only one game since the Americans had a number of experienced players ahead of him on the depth chart. The young rearguard played 63 games for the Whalers in 1984-85. Although he showed flashes of ability, Fusco struggled defensively and was unable to generate offense on a regular basis. He played 10 games for the fourth place U.S. at the 1985 World Championships before retiring.