Elis Busy This Summer

Elis Busy This Summer

Some in NHL Camps, Others Get Signed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There isn't much hockey being played but current and former Yale players are still very active this summer. Eight current Bulldogs were taking part in NHL development camps while a few alumni were signing new deals with professional organizations.

Sophomore forward John Hayden, junior defenseman Ryan Obuchowski, sophomore goalie Alex Lyon and freshman forward Ryan Hitchcock were all in the Chicago Blackhawks' camp. Hayden was drafted by the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions before he arrived in New Haven. Obuchowski also skated with the Detroit Red Wings this summer.

A pair of Elis skated in the camp of the 2012 NHL champions. Junior blueliner Rob O'Gara, who was drafted by them, and sophomore forward Mike Doherty were with the Boston Bruins in July.

Meanwhile, Matthew Beattie, a junior forward and Vancouver draft pick, joined Yale senior captain Tommy Fallen this summer with the Canucks.

On the alumni front, Andrew Miller '13, the Eli captain who led his final team to the NCAA title, inked a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. The all-time Yale assist leader will skate with the big club or AHL Oklahoma City, where he tallied eight goals and 26 assists last winter as a forward.

His successor as captain, Jesse Root '14, who finished his Yale career in March and then played with AHL Bridgeport through the end of its season, signed a one-year contract with the AHL Texas Stars. The forward, who led the Blue in scoring last winter, reports in late September to Texas and will skate there or in Idaho with the Steelheads this winter.

Gus Young '14, the other senior on the 2013-14 squad, is waiting to see if he will get signed by the team that drafted him four years ago. Colorado has until Aug. 15 to make a deal before Young becomes a free agent.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/ Sports Publicity Director