Defenseman Gets Team Vote
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Anthony Walsh, a defenseman from Burr Ridge, Ill., has been voted captain of the 2018-19 Yale Men's Hockey Team.
"Anthony was a great selection from a rising senior class that has many terrific leaders," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "He is courageous, intelligent, hard-working and selfless, qualities that will be vital as we work to become a team that will compete for championships. The entire senior class will be responsible for setting the standards that will ultimately determine our success."
Walsh, who earned the nod as the sole captain from his teammates, played in all 31 games during his recently completed junior season and now has 76 career contests under his belt.
"It's such a big honor and privilege to be voted captain," said Walsh, the first defenseman to serve as Yale captain since Mitch Witek '16, also an Illinois native. "It's such a storied program with so much tradition and history, so it's just hard to put into words how much of an honor it really is."
The defensive-minded blueliner, who had 8 points this winter, has accumulated 18 career points, including 5 career goals. Two of those points came in the post season, where he pitched in a goal and an assist in a home playoff win over Dartmouth his sophomore season.
That 2016-17 campaign was a tough one for the former USHL defenseman, who returned from an early injury to skate in the last 13 games of the year. His presence was sorely missed among a young group of defensemen.
Walsh, who captained the Chicago Mission to a 2013 midget major state championship, earned playing time immediately for the Bulldogs, skating in 27 contests his rookie season at the Whale.
The new Bulldog team leader comes from a hockey family. His grandfather, Anthony Rossi, was VP of USA Hockey, received the 2011 Lester Patrick Award, and currently serves on International Ice Hockey Federation Board. His uncle, Michael Rossi, played goalie at University of Michigan, while another uncle, Tony Rossi, was a defenseman at Miami.
Walsh has already begun to lead the next Eli squad in the weight room and in the preparation for next season.
"Our biggest focus is building a culture where winning is expected again in every game, something we stared to develop the second half of this past season. If we can build on that aspect from last year, the group that returns can do some great things," said Walsh, the third blueliner in the last 5 years to be named captain of the Bulldogs.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org