Root Signs With AHL Bridgeport

Root Signs With AHL Bridgeport

Bulldog Captain's Tryout Begins This Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's 2013-14 team captain is taking his leadership skills to the next level. Jesse Root has signed a deal for a tryout with the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Root, one of three seniors on the 2013-14 Yale squad, had his best offensive season a year after helping the Bulldogs win the NCAA Championship. He shared the team lead with 14 goals while having a team-high 23 assists and 37 points this season.

The Sound Tigers play at Hartford on Wednesday before hosting St. John's at Webster Bank Arena. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.

"I just had the first practice, and I'm not sure if I'll be in the lineup tomorrow night for a game," said Root. "I'm enjoying it, and I'm extremely excited for the opportunity."

The 6-foot, 185-pound center, who will likely earn more honors over the next week, was a first-team All-Ivy League selection this winter.

"Jesse is a terrific two-way hockey player, effective in any role and productive on both special teams.  His skill set combined with his determined mental approach will make any team he plays for more competitive," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.

His most productive offensive day as a Bulldog was two goals – including a shorthander – and two assists in a win over Princeton this season. However, Root's most famous tally was the winner nine seconds into overtime against top-seeded Minnesota at the 2013 West Regional. It was the fastest goal of its kind in NCAA history.

Root, who earned a spot on the West Regional All-Tournament Team, finished his collegiate career with 35 goals and 92 points in 122 contests.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director