Yale Hockey Review

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Yale Hockey Review
When you think about which hockey programs you think should be at the top of their game, you may think about programs like the University of Michigan, Notre Dame or Boston College. If you have been paying attention to the news, however, you would know that the Yale University Bulldogs are the crème de la crème of collegiate ice hockey right now.
The Bulldogs: Oldest and Best…?
The Yale University Bulldogs have the distinction of being the oldest men’s collegiate ice hockey team in the country. Despite the program’s age, the Bulldogs are not to be messed with. This past year, they won their first NCAA championship, though they have many Ivy League championships to their name.
To be frank, the entire country was shocked to see the Yale Bulldogs win the NCAA National Championship. ESPN writer Heather Dinich describes the scene:

Heading into the Frozen Four, Yale senior Jeff Malcolm was one of the most unheralded goaltenders in the tournament, overshadowed all season by Quinnipiac rival Eric Hartzell, the ECAC Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year.

On Saturday night, in the game that mattered the most, Malcolm won the day…

It was quite fitting that college hockey’s unlikely national champion found an unlikely hero.

Yale, the last at-large team to sneak into the tournament, beat three No. 1 seeds en route to the program’s first national title with a 4-0 win over Quinnipiac. In what was one of the biggest upsets ever in the Frozen Four, Malcolm tied his season high with 36 saves and helped Yale to only the fifth shutout in the tournament’s history.

It was arguably one of the best college hockey games of the season, featuring two rivals located less than eight miles apart in central Connecticut, but Yale put significant distance between the two programs when it scored three goals in the final period.”

The Future of the Bulldogs

The Yale University Bulldogs will enter next season ranked highly, but there is no way to know for sure whether or not their championship was blind luck. There are some indications that they could hold onto the success, however.

It all comes down to recruiting, and some journalists and bloggers theorize that the bulk of raw hockey talent these days comes from more unconventional sources, specifically, private hockey clubs instead of large high school programs. Because recruiting systems are not yet set up to accommodate the talent coming from these unconventional places, smaller schools like Yale are able to grab them before the larger schools even realize what they have missed out on.

No matter what happens this coming season, the Yale University Bulldogs will certainly be one of the more interesting men’s ice hockey teams to follow.