NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Tommy Fallen, who ranks fifth on the school’s career goals list for defensemen, has been named captain of the 2014-15 Yale men’s hockey team. He will be formally announced tonight at the team banquet at the Course at Yale.
“This means a lot to me and it’s very humbling,” said Fallen. “A lot of great players and great people have been captain of this team. And I haven’t proven myself yet, it’s just a letter on my jersey now. Over the course of the next year I want to prove myself worthy of this captaincy.”
Fallen earned honorable mention All-Ivy League status in 2012-13 and was the Bulldogs’ rookie of the year in 2011-12. He has scored 18 goals while his 58 career points rank eighth among Yale blueliners.
"Tommy fully understands the level of commitment and work ethic required to lead our hockey team. The entire senior class also understands their responsibility to assist him in upholding the standards of excellence that define Yale Hockey,” said Keith Allain ’80, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. “We are all working diligently in preparation for next season."
Fallen, who had seven goals and 16 points last winter, had three multiple-goal games while skating in every contest. He led all Eli defensemen with seven goals and 23 points during the national championship season in 2012-13.
The Plymouth, Minn., native was the top scorer among the Yale newcomers with four goals and 20 points in 2011-12.
“The leadership can’t fall on one guy or even an entire class. Anyone worthy enough to put on a Yale jersey is worthy of leading this team,” said Fallen.
Fallen, the assistant captain for the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders in 2010-11, helped his team set franchise records for wins (42) and points (90) while taking the Anderson Cup for the best regular season record. His 118 games, 46 points and +36 are among best marks for defenseman in franchise history.
During his career with Cedar Rapids, Fallen was one of seven USHL defensemen named to the U.S. team that captured gold at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge.
A former Robbinsdale Armstrong High School star, Fallen notched 61 points over 78 games.