All-American Skater Helped Yale Reach Unprecedented Heights
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Broc Little, the most prolific scorer in Yale hockey's most successful class ever, has been named the winner of the 2011 William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale.
Little is a two-time All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy League selection who led the nation in three different offensive categories three straight seasons while accumulating 72 goals and 142 points, both fifth on the school's career charts. He also owns the school's season (5) and career (7) record for shorthanded goals.
This past season, Little helped the Elis to the best record in school history (28-7-1), ECAC and Ivy League Championships, a No. 1 overall national tournament seed and a second straight NCAA East Regional Final appearance. Little, a first-team All-Ivy selection, was second on the team with 19 goals and third with 43 points. He was also a Hobey Baker candidate (nation's top male hockey player) and a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (community, leadership, academic).
Little led the Blue with 27 goals in 2009-10, a Yale record for juniors. He also led Division I players with .79 goals per game, which helped him earn Reebok Second-Team All-America honors while making first-team All-ECAC, All-Ivy and All-New England.
During his sophomore season, Little skated in all 34 games while leading the nation with five shorthanded goals. He was tied for the team lead with 35 points while ranking third with 15 goals. He was third-team All-ECAC and a member of the ECAC All-Tournament Team while also garnering ECAC Hockey All-Academic honors.
Little led all freshmen (4th overall) in Division I with six game-winning goals in 2007-08, while finishing second on the team in points (23) and goals (11). He shared (with Denny Kearney) the Martin Dwyer Award, which goes to the team's best freshman.
The speedy forward helped Yale to 89 victories, but he also helped the Blue win fans off the ice. Little was involved in team (skate with Bulldogs, youth days) and individual (talking at local schools) outreach activities as one of the most popular Eli hockey players in modern times.
The Rindge, N.H., native, who scored so many highlight goals during his four-year collegiate career, will skate professionally in Sweden next winter. Little, who led the 2010 Detroit Red Wings Free-Agent Camp in scoring, was signed by Vasteras from the Swedish Allsvenskan League.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director