Defenseman Wins Team Vote
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mitch Witek, a three-year letterman and regular on the blueline, has been named captain of the 2015-16 Yale men's hockey team.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bulldog played every game the last two years. He tied for third among 2014-15 Yale defensemen with eight points. One of his goals came in a playoff win over Harvard in March.
Witek is an ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team member who played 23 games as a rookie during the national championship season. His first collegiate goal came against UMass-Lowell in the 2013 Frozen Four Semifinal.
The Downers Grove, Ill., native is an economics major in Trumbull College who came to New Haven after playing for Waterloo in the USHL. He had 40 points in 74 games in 2011-12 and led all USHL blueliners in post-season scoring.
The year before helping Waterloo reach the 2012 Clark Cup Championship Series, he skated for Green Bay and helped them do the same.
Witek, who was assistant captain for Team Illinois in 2009-10, played two years for the Chicago Mission with one state title and one state runner-up season.
While at Downers Grove North High School, the hockey and track star broke three school records in hurdles and was a two-time conference champion while earning AP Scholar honors and earning National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society status.
Witek, who studied at the London School of Economics last summer, interned as a claims analyst for The Hub Group in 2013. He earned Yale's Edward Wright M.D. Award this season for "athletic and academic accomplishments, leadership and dedication."
The new Bulldog leader has also volunteered for numerous outreach activities, including Boys and Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director