Large Gathering Celebrates Seniors at Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team wrapped up its 2013-14 season while honoring its three seniors at tonight's team banquet held inside Widdy's Restaurant at the Course at Yale.
One-hundred people were seated for the dinner, including Yale President Peter Salovey, who shared some remarks at the podium. The head of the university, a great sports fan, spoke about "basking in reflective glory" and how much he and the school have taken from the success of the hockey program.
Salovey was followed by Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, who talked about a few things, most notably the special senior class.
A ritual at every hockey banquet, the Yale Hockey Association Awards were handed out to members of the 2013-14 squad by former Bulldog student-athletes. James MacDonald '78 and Paul Farren '66 took part in the process by saying a few words about each recipient and congratulating them.
Senior captain Jesse Root, who led the team with 14 goals and 37 points, earned the J. Murray Murdoch Award for the team's MVP. His linemate and classmate, Kenny Agostino, who also had 14 goals, was given the David C. Noyes III Award for inspiring his teammates. Both forwards, who each earned All-ECAC and All-Ivy honors, recently returned to school following professional hockey debuts.
The other senior on the team, defenseman Gus Young, earned the prize for sportsmanship and serving the traditions of Yale Hockey, the Malcolm G. Chace Award. Young had a great season at both ends of the rink, including a career-high seven goals and 18 points. He is expected to sign with a professional team before the start of the 2014-15 season.
Freshman goalie Alex Lyon, who was co-Ivy League Player of the Year, took the Martin Dwyer III Award for most outstanding newcomer on the Yale team.
Sophomore defenseman Rob O'Gara was presented the John Poinier Award for the best defensive player, while classmate forward Cody Learned took the Yale Hockey Coaches Award for contributing to team morale. O'Gara played in every game and was a reliable force in front of Lyon. Learned had his best offensive year and was named MVP of the Rivalry on Ice game in New York City last January.
The Edward M. Wright, MD Award for athletic and academic accomplishments went to sophomore forward Carson Cooper, who is working toward a concentrated political science degree in public economy and has a 3.67 GPA.
Handing over the torch to the new captain is also a ritual on this night. Root spoke about his experience and then introduced the new leader, Tommy Fallen '15.
Yale Hockey Association Awards
Martin Dwyer III Award- Presented by the YHA to the most outstanding first-year player of the Yale hockey team.– G, Alex Lyon '17 (Baudette, Minn.)
John Poinier Award- Presented by the YHA to the best defensive player on the Yale hockey team – D, Rob O'Gara '16 (Nesconset, N.Y.)
Yale Hockey Coaches Award- Presented to that member of the Yale Hockey team whose determination and desire have contributed most to team morale and the spirit of hockey at Yale – F, Cody Learned '16 (Amherst, N.H.)
David C. Noyes III Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team whose performance and attitude has most inspired his teammates through determination, grit and courage. – F, Kenny Agostino '14 (Flanders, NJ)
J. Murray Murdoch Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team deemed the most valuable player. – F, Jesse Root '14 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Edward M. Wright, M.D. Award- For athletic and academic accomplishments, leadership and dedication to the higher purposes of intercollegiate athletics. This award is based equally on two factors: success on the ice and success in the classroom. – F, Carson Cooper '17 (Bow Island, Alb.)
Malcom G. Chace Award- Presented by the YHA to that member of the Yale hockey team who, through sportsmanship, spirit, and ability, has best served the finest traditions of Yale hockey as exemplified by Malcom G. Chace. – D, Gus Young '14 (Dedham, Mass.)
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
photo of the seniors by Matthew Dean