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8 Frosh To Join Men's Hockey Program

8 Frosh To Join Men's Hockey Program

New Bulldogs Introduced

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The eight freshmen who join the 2012-13 Yale men's hockey team this fall were announced today and include five forwards and three defensemen.

The new Bulldogs come from five different states and one province, and bring experience from the USHL (3), EJHL (2), BCHL, AJHL and a New England prep school.

They range in size from 5-foot-9 to a pair of 6-foot-4 skaters, while the average weight of the class of 2016 is just over 190 pounds.  

"We are very excited to announce our class of 2016.  [Yale assistant coaches] Dan Muse and Red Gendron have done an excellent job putting together a group that can make an immediate contribution to our hockey team," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.  "This group possesses the character, work ethic, and competitiveness that have become trademarks of Yale Hockey.  They will be expected to come in and push us all to a higher level."




Matthew Beattie


6-3, 190

Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Phillips Exeter Academy


Before Yale:  Played one year at Phillips Exeter and had 39 goals and 73 points in 26 games… First-team All-New England… Team MVP… Skated four seasons for The Pingry School in New Jersey… Scored 100 goals and had 230 points in 100 career games… Two-time team MVP… Courier News Player of Year… Star Ledger Central Jersey Player of Year… Led team to Skylander Conference Championship in 2011… Skylander Conference Scholar-Athlete… Advanced math student… Personal: Matthew John Beattie is the son of Olga and John Beattie… Sister, Hanna (Pingry '13). is a highly recruited hockey player… Interested in engineering and business.


Carson Cooper


5-11, 182

Bow Island, AB

Ft. Murray Oil Barons


Before Yale: Played two years for Fort Murray in AJHL… Captain of 2011-12 team that won North Division title… Had 16 goals and 59 points… AJHL "Most Dedicated" Player Award… Team "most dedicated" and "hardest working" awards… Had 18 goals and 48 points for 2010-11 team… … Team's Coach's Choice Award… Skated for Spruce Grove Saints in 2009-10… Six goals and 21 points for AJHL Championship team… Won gold medal and scored winning goal for 2011 Team Canada West at World Junior Challenge… Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for three years… Personal: Carson Randahl Cooper is the son of Shelley and Randy Cooper… Interested in economics.


Cody Learned


5-9, 175
Amherst, N.H.

Boston Junior Bruins


Before Yale: Played 151 games with the Boston Junior Bruins in the "B" league and had 68 goals and 139 points over four years… Had 34 goals and 66 points in 2009-10… Played 75 games with Bruins "A" league team… Had 24 goals and 84 points over two seasons… Three-time Empire League All-Star… 2009-10 team captain… Led league in 2011-12 with 2.27 points per game… Played on three league tournament championship teams and one regular-season champion… 2010 Souhegan High School Senior Class Wellness Award (academic excellence)… Personal: Cody David Learned (lear-nid) is the son of Leslie and Jake Learned… Interested in political science.



Ryan Obuchowski


6-1, 185

West Bloomfield, Mich.

Indiana Ice


Before Yale: Played two years for Indiana Ice… 12-44-56 … Four season at Catholic Central High School… 14-32-46… Two-time all-league… First-team all-state… Two-time All-Catholic… All-academic team… Two-time league, division, regional and state champions… Gabriel Richard Award (4 years)… English Department Award… Math and Science Awards… National Honor Society… Personal: Ryan Obuchowski (o-boo-COW-skee) is the son of Sue and Tom Obuchowski… Interned as a kennel assistant at Stone Veterinary Clinic in Watertown, Conn… Brother, Brad, was a cheerleader at Ohio State University.


Rob O'Gara


6-4, 205

Nesconset, N.Y.

Boston Junior Bruins


Before Yale: Drafted by Boston Bruins in fifth round of 2011 NHL Draft… Played defense for the Junior Bruins U18 squad for two seasons while at Milton Academy… Helped Bruins win 2011 state title… USHR Defenseman of Year in 2011-12 at Milton… All-ISL and All-New England pick… Milton won New England Championship in 2010-11… Captained team and earned two varsity letters… Played for the Long Island Royals between ages of 13 and 16… Royals were 2010 state champions… Also played lacrosse at Milton and earned two varsity letters… Personal: Robert Dominick O'Gara is the son of Christine and Brian O'Gara… Served as counselor at two different hockey camps.


Charles Orzetti


6-4, 215

Wyckoff, N.J.

Surrey Eagles


Before Yale: Scored 10 goals and 19 points for Surrey in 2011-12… Team played in conference finals… Skated for EJHL Jersey Hitmen in 2010-11 and had 11 goals, 23 points… Added to USNDTP U18 team for two months during 2010-11 season… Played three varsity seasons at Delbarton School… Earned two state championships and played on the No. 2 team in the country in 2008-09… Played two years of lacrosse… AP Scholar… National Merit Commended Student… Personal: Charles Matthew Orzetti is the son of Charlene and Edward Orzetti… Brother played hockey at Navy… Sister attends Providence College… Interested in economics and financial services and has interned with Merrill Lynch and others… Studying for Level 1 CFA exam… Lived in Prague for two years during elementary school.


Stu Wilson


5-10, 170

Pittsford, N.Y.

Cedar Rapids Roughriders


Before Yale: Played three years for Cedar Rapids… Scored 19 goals and had 58 points as C and LW… Captain 2011-12 team and earned team community service award (2nd time) and Phillip Weber Memorial Scholarship… Assistant captain in 2010-11… Roughrider of the Year Award… 2011 Anderson Cup Champions… Skated with Yale defenseman Tommy Fallen '15… First-team all-league in Rochester for EJHL Maksymum Jr. B in 2008-09… Scored 30 goals and had 71 points…  Personal: John Stuart Wilson is the son of Lynn and Wayne Wilson… Father played hockey at Bowling Green (1984) and is head coach of the men's hockey team at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Mitch Witek


6-1, 205

Downers Grove, Ill.

Waterloo Black Hawks


Before Yale:  Skated for Waterloo in 2011-12 and had six goals and 40 points in 74 games… Clark Cup Championship runner-up… Led all USHL defensemen in post-season scoring… Played 35 games for USHL Green Bay in 2010-11… Made it to Clark Cup Championship… Two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week… Assistant captain for 2009-10 Team Illinois… Had eight goals and 28 points in 35 games for state title team… Played two years for Chicago Mission with one state title and one runner-up season… Hurdler with four track varsity letters at Downers Grove North… Holds three high school records… No. 12 in state with 39.2 in 300m… Two-time conference champion… Three-time sectional medalist… School all-academic team… AP Scholar… Illinois State Scholar… National Honor Society… Spanish National Honor Society… Conference academic Achievement Award… Scholastic Achievement Award in track… Personal: Mitchell J. Witek (witt-eck) is the son of Linda and Jim Witek… Worked in Habitat for Humanity Camps