18 - Aleca Hughes
Aleca Hughes
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Westwood, Mass.
High School: Hotchkiss
Position: F
Major: American studies
Previous Team: Connecticut Stars
S/C: R

USA Hockey: Attended USA Hockey’s Open Olympic Tryouts in summer of 2009.

Notes: Finished career in Yale's top 20 in goals (30, 20th), assists (31, t-19th) and points (61, 20th).

2011-12 (Senior): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... Elected captain by her teammates ... Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup winner ... BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award winner (second year in a row as a finalist) ... Sarah Devens Award winner, joint award for leadership among ECAC Hockey and Hockey East players ... Finalist for ECAC Hockey's Mandi Schwartz Award as student-athlete of the year ... Finalist for National Consortium for Academics and Sports’ Giant Steps Award as founder of Mandi Schwartz Foundation ... Won Yale's Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award (senior female who has done the most for others) ... Earned Yale team's Bingham Award for leadership ... Earned Yale team's Brodhead Award for academic excellence ... Led team in points and assists (4-11-15) ... Incurred only seven penalties in 29 games ... Finished her career having played in all 116 games.

2010-11 (Junior): Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist … ECAC Hockey All-Academic for the third straight season … For the second straight season, earned Yale’s Mandi Schwartz Award for courage, grit and determination … Led team in goals and was fourth on team in points (10-3-13) … Scored all 10 of her goals in ECAC Hockey games ... Scored game-winning goal in overtime for 3-2 win vs. Clarkson Nov. 20.

2009-10 (Sophomore): ECAC Hockey All-Academic … Earned Yale’s Mandi Schwartz Award (known at the time as the Bulldog Award) for courage, grit and determination … Second on team in goals (9) and points (17) … tied for third on team in assists (8).

2008-09 (Freshman): ECAC Hockey All-Academic … Tied for third on team in goals (7) … Fourth on team in assists (9) and points (16) … Incurred just four penalties all season ... Had a goal and an assist in her first collegiate game Oct. 25 at New Hampshire.

Before Yale: Played for the Connecticut Stars for four years, earning two bronze medals and one silver at Nationals ... Also played at Hotchkiss ... Was Hotchkiss team captain and made the All-New England Division I team in 2007-08 ... Was All-Founder's League the two previous years ... Also captained the Hotchkiss field hockey team, and was on lacrosse, softball and track teams ... Father, George, played hockey for Harvard and is seventh on the Crimson's career scoring list (66 goals, 95 assists) … Uncle, Jack, played for Harvard and the NHL's Colorado Rockies ... Mother, Allison, played for BU ... Older brother, George, plays at St. Lawrence... Younger brother, Gunnar, will play at St. Lawrence.

Off the Ice: Member of Berkeley College … American studies major … Coaches Yale Youth Hockey team … Co-chair of committee organizing annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale ... Organized marrow donor drive and “Goals for Mandi” fundraiser for teammate Mandi Schwartz in her battle with cancer at the Chowder Cup tournament in the summer of 2010 … Event raised more than $5,800 … Also organized the Nov. 12, 2010 “White Out for Mandi” fundraiser at Ingalls Rink, raising more than $15,500 ... Organized event again Dec. 2, 2011, and raised more than $25,000 … Serves as Yale women’s ice hockey team’s representative for Yale Athletic Department’s Thomas W. Ford ’42 Community Outreach Program … Takes part in Yale Athletics’ Kiphuth Leadership Academy ... founder, Mandi Schwartz Foundation.