February 4, 2014

Agostino, Root on Walter Brown List

Yale Seniors Semifinalists for NE Award

BOSTON, Mass. – The best American-born college hockey players competing in New England were selected yesterday by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as semifinalists for the 62nd annual Walter Brown Award. Yale senior forwards Jesse Root and Kenny Agostino were two of the six ECAC skaters on the list.

Root and Agostino, Yale's scoring leaders, have been particularly productive over the past four weeks, combining for 18 points.
 
Agostino, who had six goals and eight points in January, leads the team with 10 and 21 overall. Root, the captain, is right behind his linemate with seven goals and 20 points while hitting the net once with nine assists last month.

The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that year; the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.

Agostino (Flanders, NJ) is a Hobey Baker Award candidate who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins before having his rights traded to Calgary last March. On the Yale career lists he ranks 13th in points (121), 13th in goals (52) and 11th in assists (69).

Root, who leads the Blue with 13 assists, came within one of the school record when he handed out five in a 6-0 win over Brown on Jan. 25. He has 28 career goals and 75 points over 110 games.

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.

The Bulldogs (11-6-4), ranked 13th in both national polls this week, play at Rensselaer and Union this weekend.

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