Cohen will be Yale's first captain under new head
coach Keith Allain. (Photo by David Silverman)
Key Statistics: Cohen
is a steady defender who didn't record a single point
as a freshman and just three as a sophomore. Last year
he lit up the scoresheet with four goals and seven points.
One of his four goals was the overtime game-winner at
Union in game one of the opening round of the ECAC Hockey
League playoffs. Yale went on to win the series, and
the Bulldog players elected Cohen as team captain for
What He Does: He is a solid, but unspectacular
player and will be counted on for consistency as a young
and improving Bulldogs team hopes to move upward in
the ECAC Hockey League standings. Cohen's role as captain
is amplified this year as his teammates transition to
a new leadership style behind the bench. Keith Allain
took over as head coach earlier this summer and he has
been in regular communication with Cohen about his plans
for the team.
The Bigger Picture: Cohen's
demeanor is reflective of the overall attitude of Yale's
team. As a young team that took small strides one year
ago, the Bulldogs have a confident air heading into
the 2006-07 season. They improved in the standings from
12th to ninth place and won a playoff series on the
road at Union. New head coach Keith Allain is a former
Yale player who is very proud of Yale's history and
will bring new energy to the hockey program.
Yale assistant coach C.J. Marottolo
on Cohen: “Matty displays a quiet confidence
about him. He doesn't take any shortcuts in training
or how he goes about his life. He is a very dedicated
person and that's why he was voted captain by his peers."