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National champion Yale has new captain

The defending national champions have a new captain.

Yale has named rising senior Jesse Root their leader for next season after a team vote on Wednesday afternoon at the Ray Tompkins House.

The forward will replace beloved senior Andrew Miller, whose steady leadership helped guide the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title.

“It was incredibly humbling to be selected by my teammates,” Root said. “It is a privilege to play for such a historic program and for such an accomplished coaching staff. Just to receive an honor like this is very special.”

The 6-foot, 185-pound forward also served as co-captain of the Taft School hockey team his senior year.

Root, who led the Elis with four game-winners, was fourth on the 2012-13 Bulldog team with 12 goals and 23 points. Other than the NCAA Tournament, his best game may have been a two-goal performance in a win at Harvard early in the campaign. He has 21 goals and 55 points in 92 career games for Yale.

“There is no question in my mind that Jesse, with the help of our other seniors, will provide outstanding leadership for our team,” said head coach Keith Allain.  ”He understands the commitment required to be successful and is more than willing to make that commitment.  He is driven to improve each and every day and that drive will permeate our entire team.”

The Eli captain of the defending national champions has plenty of help in the class of 2014 and is aware it takes a group effort to set the desired tone.

“We’ll have a great senior class with Gus YoungKenny Agostino, and Clinton Bourbonais. Each is a strong leader in their own right and I think we’ll be even more effective when leading as a unit,” said Root, who centered the Blue’s top line in 2012-13 withAndrew Miller and Kenny Agostino and earned a spot on the West Regional’s all-tournament team.

“I hope to take what I’ve learned from the previous three captains and translate that into continued success for the program. I believe if I can bring out the best in my teammates each day then well have another successful season,” Root said.

 

Information from Steve Conn, Yale sports publicity director, was used in this report.