The Yale mens hockey team has added four new forwards and one defenseman to help in its defense of the ECAC Hockey regular season championship. The Bulldogs, who graduated two forwards, two blueliners and a goalie, seek a third straight league regular season title.
Keith Allain 80, Yales Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, just finished a week of work with the 2010 USA National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., as he prepares to serve as head coach for the upcoming world championships.
The captain who led the Yale mens hockey team to an ECAC and Ivy League Championship - and the greatest win in the history of the program - has signed a contract with the Providence Bruins. Ryan Donald 10 (St. Albert, Alberta), a defenseman for Bulldog teams that won more than 20 games the last two winters, agreed to a one-year deal with the American Hockey League team 86 miles Northeast of New Haven.
The NCAA announced today that Fairfield and Yale will host the 2012 NCAA Mens Hockey East Regional at Bridgeports Arena at Harbor Yard, the third such event awarded to the two Connecticut Division I Universities. The Stags and Bulldogs co-hosted the first time with the 2009 East Regional at Harbor Yard and will host again at The Arena in 2011.
Eleven members of the 2009-10 Yale mens hockey team were named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, the final honors from a season that included a second straight conference regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament victory.
Defenseman Tom Dignard 10 (Reading, Mass.) of the Yale mens ice hockey team was named second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America in the at-large category on Tuesday. Dignard, an economics and mathematics major, was a second team collegehockey247.com All-American and helped Yale to an ECAC Hockey championship and an Ivy League championship for the second straight season this past year.
Keith Allain 80, Yales Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey and one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the United States, has been named the head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. The appointment marks Allain's third stint as head coach of a U.S. National Junior Team, having taken on the role in 2001 and 2002.
Two Yale student-athletes who led their teams to Ivy League titles this year -- senior defenseman Tom Dignard (Reading, Mass.) of the ice hockey team and junior goalie Johnathan Falcone (Flemington, N.J.) of the lacrosse team -- were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 mens at-large selections on Thursday. Dignard was a first-team selection and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, which will be announced next month. Falcone was a second-team selection.
Sean Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.), the leading goal scorers on this seasons Yale mens hockey team, have been named to the 2010 Reebok All-America second team. It is the first time that either Bulldog has been selected to an All-American squad. The announcement was made today at Ford Field in Detroit during the NCAA Frozen Four.
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
There are rewards for having a team win back-to-back conference titles and go to the NCAAs both years. The Yale mens hockey team, which just finished its season at 21-10-3 after a loss to Boston College in the Northeast Regional Final, got two players on the All-New England Team, senior Tom Dignard and junior Broc Little.
Yales all-time points leader, Jeff Hamilton, has been named to ECAC Hockeys All-Decade first-team. Hamilton, who was in the class of 2000 but finished his career in 2001, netted 80 goals and added 93 helpers for 173 points in 127 gamess.
Sean Backman has been a star for most of his hockey career, but now he is really a Star. The senior forward from Cos Cob, Conn., signed a one-year deal with the National Hockey Leagues Dallas Stars this week.
The Bulldogs showed why they are one of the most exciting teams in college hockey this season, but seven goals were not enough to send Yale, in the highest scoring NCAA Tournament game in 50 years, to its first-ever Frozen Four. No. 2 ranked Boston College fought off a pair of Bulldog surges to hold on for 9-7 win before 6,054 at the DCU Center in the NCAA Northeast Regional final.
The Yale mens hockey team (20-9-3, 15-5-2 ECAC Hockey) got what it deserved after winning the conference regular season championship and being ranked among the nations top 10 for most of the year. The No. 9 ranked Bulldogs (20-9-3), despite falling short in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, earned the opportunity to compete for a national championship with an invitation to the NCAA Northeast Regional. Yale, the No. 3 seed, will take on fourth-ranked North Dakota (No. 2 seed, 25-12-5) at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The other game, at 1:30 on Saturday, pits Boston College (No. 1, 25-10-3) against Alaska-Fairbanks (No. 4, 18-11-9). The winners play Sunday at 5:30 p.m for a trip to Detroits Ford Field and the 2010 Frozen Four.
During last Sundays NCAA mens college hockey selection show, the announcers noted that the Northeast Regional should come down to a finale that includes Boston College and North Dakota. They were right on one of those national powers, but they forgot about the third highly ranked squad in the field, No. 9 Yale. Ryan Rondeau, making his first start since Nov. 21, stopped 34 of 36 shots and Denny Kearney hit the net twice as the Bulldogs shocked the No. 5 Fighting Sioux before 6,572 at the DCU Center in arguably the Yale programs greatest win.
The day before an NCAA Tournament game means getting familiar with the venue, having a light workout, checking out the ice and boards and meeting the media. The Yale mens hockey team, taking part in an NCAA Regional for the second straight year, had a busy schedule today on and off the ice in preparation for Saturdays 5 p.m. ET game with North Dakota.
The long wait is over, and the Yale mens hockey team got what it deserved after winning the conference regular season championship and being ranked among the nations top 10 for most of the year. The No. 9 ranked Bulldogs (20-9-3), who fell short in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, earned a chance to attain their primary goal when the selection committee placed them at Worcester this weekend for the NCAA Northeast Regional. Yale, the No. 3 seed, will take on No. 2 North Dakota (25-12-5) at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the DCU Center.
The Yale mens hockey teams quest for a national championship and a continuation of its 2009-10 season -- comes down to an invitation from the NCAA Selection Committee. The 16-team field will be announced Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2 during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
Ray Giroux, former Yale captain and All-American defenseman, has skated in the American Hockey League, National Hockey League and in Russia since leading the Bulldogs to their first ECAC Regular Season Championship in 1997-98. He recently corresponded with Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn while traveling with his Russian professional team.
The last thing anyone at Ingalls Rink figured to see in the finale of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series was a defensive battle since the two teams had combined for 38 goals over this years four meetings. Mike Clemente stopped all 44 shots he faced from the nations top scoring team to take Brown past No. 6 Yale 1-0 on the way to the conference semi-finals.
The Bulldogs had something to prove tonight in game two of the ECAC Quarterfinal series with Brown. The Yale mens hockey team not only needed a win to stay in the conference playoffs and potentially keep the season alive, the Elis needed to show they could bounce back from consecutive losses for the first time in 2009-10. Tonights mission was accomplished with a 6-3 victory before 2,939 at Ingalls Rink to set up a winner-take-all game three Sunday night at the Whale.
The Yale mens hockey team (19-7-3, 15-5-2), the No. 1 seed which had a bye last weekend during the first round of the ECAC Hockey Playoffs, is back in action this weekend. The Brown Bears (10-18-4) come to Ingalls Rink to determine one of the four slots for the conference championship next weekend in Albany. The Bulldogs-Bears, best-of-three quarterfinal series is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). All face-off times are 7 p.m. with live video from B2TV.com and audio from WYBC Radio (AM-1340, wybc.com).
The favored home team does not always have the advantage in the post season, especially when trying to get its timing down after a two-week layoff. Mike Clemente stopped 37 of 39 shots and held off a late rally as Brown knocked off No. 6 Yale 3-2 in the first of a best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series at Ingalls Rink.
Keith Allain 80, Yales Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, won his 70th game in four seasons as leader of the Bulldogs on Feb. 26 at Princeton. ECAC Hockey announced Monday that he is one of four finalists for the 2009-10 Men's Tim Taylor Coach of the Year Award, which is voted on by the coaches.
Sean Backman was named 2009-10 Ivy League Player of the Year and was among four Yale mens hockey skaters selected for the All-Ivy League team. Backman, Broc Little and Tom Dignard all earned a spot on the leagues first team, while Mark Arcobello was a second-team selection.
Broc Little has been named Hockey Commissioners Association Division I Player of the Month for February after accumulating 10 goals and 16 points in eight games for a Yale team that won seven of those.
Sean Backman, Broc Little and Tom Dignard, three key members of a Yale men's hockey team that just won a second straight conference regular season championship, were all selected to the 2009-10 All-ECAC Hockey Team announced today.