By Joel Alderman
One of the consolations in being knocked out of post season play is that for some, such as hockey player Kenny Agostino of Yale, the opportunity comes earlier to turn pro.
Agostino just signed a two-year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.
He had many personal highlights during his four years on ice for the Bulldogs, but the one that stands out took place last year in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, when he was instrumental in Yale registering the fastest overtime goal ever made in that event.
It came against Minnesota in the West Regional when he stole the puck from a Gophers player off the opening faceoff and set up the winning goal at the nine second mark. It kept Yale alive and the Bulldogs then went on to become national champions.
Agostino, a 6-1, 210-pound forward, was a fifth round draft choice by Pittsburgh before he came to Yale. Three years later the Penguins traded their rights to him and another player to the Flames for Jerome Iginla. That was two days before the Bulldogs began play in the 2013 West Regional.
But Kenny then turned down a contract offer from Calgary in order to return to New Haven for his senior year and to play one more season of college hockey. Now that his Yale career has ended when the Bulldogs lost to Quinnipiac last Saturday (March 15th), he was free to sign with the Flames, which he promptly did less than two days later.
This past season he had 14 goals and 32 points. He comes from Flanders, NJ and attended the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ.
Yale coach Keith Allain said that Agostino has been a “fantastic Bulldog from the day he arrived on campus” and that we “can’t wait to see him in a Calgary Flames jersey.”