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Kaitlin Gately to Captain Bulldogs in 2017-18

Kaitlin Gately. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kaitlin Gately. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior forward Kaitlin Gately (Hingham, Mass.) has been elected captain of the Yale women's ice hockey team for the 2017-18 season. Gately, who was selected by a team vote, was introduced formally at the team's post-season banquet Tuesday Apr. 18 at the Yale Golf Course. She leads the Bulldogs into their 41st varsity season.

"I'm incredibly honored to have been elected captain by my teammates," said Gately. "I've had the opportunity to learn so much from three outstanding captains throughout my time at Yale, and I'm looking forward to following in their footsteps and embracing this leadership role next year, alongside six other tremendous seniors."

Gately is one of seven rising seniors on the team, joined by defenseman Kara Drexler (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), forward Emily Monaghan (Calgary, Alta.), forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.), forward Courtney Pensavalle (Winchester, Mass.), defenseman Mallory Souliotis (Acton, Mass.) and defenseman Grace Wickens (Toronto, Ont.).

Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey, will look to Gately and her classmates for leadership as the Bulldogs seek to build on a season in which they made their third ECAC Hockey playoff appearance in the last four years.

"I have no doubt that Kaitlin is ready to leave her mark as a captain for the upcoming season," said Flygh. "She is surrounded by a motivated and talented rising senior class, and they are all ready to push our culture forward. Kaitlin has been fortunate to have some very talented captains and leaders around her in her three years at Yale and I know she will draw on that experience and at the same time leave her own mark on our program."

Gately has been one of Yale's most reliable forwards over the past three seasons, playing in at least 25 games each year. She appeared in a career-high 30 games last season, achieving career highs in goals, assists and points (2-4-6).

For Gately, the team's 3-2 win vs. Harvard at Ingalls Rink Jan. 21 -- when she had a goal and an assist -- was a high point. That game was also the team's annual fundraiser in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), whose battle with cancer has served as an inspiration for the team.

"My most memorable moment as a member of the Yale women's hockey team has been beating Harvard at our White Out for Mandi game this year," said Gately. "It was the first time I had beaten Harvard over the course of my college career, and I was really impressed with how much we played for each other that game. I think that moment truly showed just how much of a threat we can be, and how much we can accomplish when we play selfless hockey and everybody puts the team above themselves."

A double major in political science and economics in Morse College, Gately was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection each of her first two seasons (this season's honorees have not been selected yet). She achieved Commissioner's Level recognition last season for having the best GPA on the team. She was also Yale's nominee for ECAC Hockey's Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award this past season, and won Yale Women's Ice Hockey's Brodhead Award for academic achievement.

In addition to her accomplishments on the ice and in the classroom, Gately has been involved in a wide variety of initiatives during her time at Yale. She has written and served as technology editor for the Yale Socially Responsible Investments Journal, writing about topics such as the divestment movement, the Iranian economy and the SpaceX rocket explosion. She has served as the Yale hockey team's representative on the Yale Student Athlete College Council, a group that represents the student-athletes' perspective on Yale, Ivy League and NCAA legislation. Gately also co-founded Support Athletes at Yale (SAY).

Gately's community involvement and leadership dates to her time in high school, when she co-founded the TextLess Live More national campaign. That movement, which discourages people from texting and driving, started after her friend Merritt Levitan was hit and tragically killed by a car while biking across the U.S. as part of the "American Challenge" in the summer of 2013.

Gately is the sixth player from Massachusetts to serve as captain in Yale's history. Prior to coming to Yale she attended Milton Academy, where she was captain and All-ISL. She also played for Assabet Valley, and was selected to USA Hockey Select National Development Camps for four consecutive years (2009-2012).

Gately leads Yale into a 2017-18 season in which the team returns nine forwards and five defensemen who played in 25 or more games, plus a pair of goalies who totaled 26 starts.

"We've proven a lot over the past few seasons about how great of a hockey team we are, and how much potential we have," said Gately. "As a team, we are very excited for next season and the opportunity to come back and truly establish how hard we are to play against. This past season's five seniors had an astonishing amount of leadership and talent, and will most certainly be missed. But I think we are in a good position to be very successful moving forward, especially seeing the individual growth so many players have experienced over this past season. I have high expectations for our senior class next year, knowing how dedicated each and every one of them is to the team's success. I'm very excited to see what lies ahead for this team."

 

Yale Women's Ice Hockey Captains from Massachusetts
1981-82 Laurie Dalheim (Lee, Mass.)
1997-98 Sarah Russell (Belmont, Mass.)
2006-07 Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.)
2011-12 Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.)
2015-16 Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.)
2017-18 Kaitlin Gately (Hingham, Mass.)

 

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity