August 1, 2006

Sr. | D | New York, N.Y.

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 this season.

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."

— Joe Gladziszewski