December 7, 2011

Agostino Hoping to Play in World Championships

Bulldog on Jr. National Team's Preliminary Roster

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ), Yale's sophomore standout forward, has been named to the 30-man U.S. National Junior Team's preliminary roster. Team USA competes in the Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 IIHF World Junior Championships in Calgary and Edmonton.

Agostino, one of three ECAC Hockey players on the list, is one of 17 forwards selected by team general manager Jim Johannson, director of player personnel Tim Taylor, the former Yale head coach, and head coach Dean Blais. The final, 22-man roster will be announced on Dec. 22.

Agostino, who missed the Brown series with an injury, has goals in his last three games and leads the Bulldogs with six on the year. His best game this year was two goals and four points against Connecticut on Nov. 19.

He became the first Yale newcomer in 30 years to record five points in one game on Jan. 2, 2011. He notched three goals and two assists against Holy Cross and became the school's first freshman to tally five points since former Olympian and NHL star Bob Brooke '83 established the school rookie record against Dartmouth in 1980.

Yale's rookie of the year last winter after scoring 11 goals and 25 points, Agostino was the Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month for January (8 goals, 12 points), the first Bulldog to receive that award. He was ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Rookie of the Week on Jan. 23 (3 goals vs. Clarkson/SLU), becoming the only Bulldog to earn conference rookie honors in 2010-11.

The former Delbarton School star had a goal and three assists before the holiday break, and 10 goals and 11 assists after. He ranked 11th among Division I rookies with .86 points per game.

Agostino could be following the paths of former Yale skaters like Bob Brooke '84, John Emmons '96 and Chris Higgins '05, all of whom went on to National Hockey League careers.

The U.S. National Junior Team is coming off its first-ever consecutive medals in the IIHF World Junior Championship, having earned a bronze medal in last year's event in Buffalo, N.Y., and a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask.

 

Full USA Junior National Preliminary Team Roster

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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