Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tommy Fallen voted next Yale captain

Tommy Fallen, the high-flying defenseman with the wicked one-timer, was been voted captain at Yale. He'll be officially introduced at the team banquet tonight. Fallen grew up in Minnesota Gopher country and originally planned to attend Air Force before changing his mind and opting for Yale. He was a key member of the national championship team as a sophomore, and now has the prestige of wearing the 'C'.

"It's a great honor," Fallen said earlier today. "Jesse Root was giving me some grief today that he casts an enormous shadow that I'll have to live under for a little while. But it's an honor and I don't quite understand the size of the matter right now. It's just a letter on a jersey until I go out and prove myself as the year goes on."

Fallen has 18 goals and 59 points through three years. If he continues that scoring pace, he could pass Tom Dignard (76 points) to become the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in program history, behind only Dave Baseggio (108), D'Arcy Ryan and Ray Giroux (84 each.)

He said he'll draw a little on Brian O'Neill, Andrew Miller and Root, the past three Yale captains, while adding in his own interpretation of how a leader should present himself. One thing he expects the team to improve upon next season is consistency from game to game.

"This past year we had some great games," Fallen said. "We also would commonly tear that up with a not-so-great game. Next year we're going to focus on having consistency in everything we do. I think that every single person that is worthy enough to put on a Yale jersey is worthy enough to lead this team With all the returners we do have, it's such a large core group of guys who are very close, I think every one of us is going to have a leadership role."


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