Bulldog Forward Gets Nod From Teammates
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jesse Root led his team with three goals in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, now he is the elected leader of the 2013-14 Yale men's hockey team. Root was named captain after a team vote on Wednesday afternoon at the Ray Tompkins House.
"It was incredibly humbling to be selected by my teammates. It is a privilege to play for such a historic program and for such an accomplished coaching staff. Just to receive an honor like this is very special," said the 6-foot, 185-pound forward, who served as co-captain of the Taft School hockey team his senior year.
The best story of the 2013 Frozen Four featured Root, who scored game-winning goals in the West Regional against both Minnesota and North Dakota to send the Bulldogs to his hometown for the national semifinals. Root set an NCAA Tournament record by scoring nine seconds into overtime against the Gophers at Grand Rapids. He added the icing on the cake with the fourth goal in Yale's 4-0 win in the Frozen Four Championship game against Quinnipiac on April 13 at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center.
Root, who led the Elis with four game-winners, was fourth on the 2012-13 Bulldog team with 12 goals and 23 points. Other than the NCAA Tournament, his best game may have been a two-goal performance in a win at Harvard early in the campaign. He has 21 goals and 55 points in 92 career games for Yale.
"There is no question in my mind that Jesse, with the help of our other seniors, will provide outstanding leadership for our team. He understands the commitment required to be successful and is more than willing to make that commitment. He is driven to improve each and every day and that drive will permeate our entire team," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
The Eli captain of the defending national champions has plenty of help in the class of 2014 and is aware it takes a group effort to set the desired tone.
"We'll have a great senior class with Gus Young, Kenny Agostino, and Clinton Bourbonais. Each is a strong leader in their own right and I think we'll be even more effective when leading as a unit," said Root, who centered the Blue's top line in 2012-13 with Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino and earned a spot on the West Regional's all-tournament team.
Root, a political science major in Ezra Stiles College who has an internship this summer with Morgan Stanley, succeeds Yale's career assist leader, Andrew Miller '13, as team leader and has watched all three of his captains very closely.
"I hope to take what I've learned from the previous three captains and translate that into continued success for the program. I believe if I can bring out the best in my teammates each day then well have another successful season," said Root, who drew the loudest cheers of any Bulldog at Pittsburgh. "Andrew Miller, Brian O'Neill, and Jimmy Martin were the consummate leaders by example. On and off the ice, they held themselves to the highest standard and I'll be sure to do the same for my teammates."
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director