March 12, 2012

O'Neill Named All-ECAC, Signs With Kings

Big Day For Yale Captain

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.Brian O'Neill, Yale's captain, had two significant honors come his way today. First, he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, and then he was named first-team All-ECAC Hockey for the second straight season after leading the Bulldogs with 21 goals and 46 points.

The All-ECAC team was announced at tonight's conference tournament banquet at Boardwalk Hall prior to the championship weekend.

O'Neill, a three-time all-conference pick who helped the Elis win 89 games over four seasons, was the only Yale player to make an All-ECAC squad. He was named conference player of the month for January and February this winter.

The senior Eli forward reports to Manchester of the American Hockey League and could see action this weekend.

"As a total package, I could make the argument he's the greatest player in the history of Yale hockey," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "In terms of what his teams have produced, and he has led the team in scoring three years in a row. He's so much more than a scorer. I could go on and on about the contributions he's made to the program."

O'Neill, this year's Ivy League Player of the Year, is an All-America candidate because he has been among the top 10 players in Division I for points and goals per game. If career numbers were figured into the voting equation, this Yale senior would benefit. He has 69 goals and 163 points in 138 games; only one active player has more points per games played.

"The last few days have been pretty hectic," said O'Neill, who skated today in his first practice with Manchester. "This is very different than college, all the players are very good. I'm hoping to get a few games under my belt soon."

To see the entire All-ECAC team, go to ecachockey.com.

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