Class of 2023 Bulldogs Announced
NEW HAVEN. Conn. – Seven new student-athletes from three different states and one Canadian province join the Yale men's hockey team for the 2019-20 season.
The new class includes four forwards, two defensemen and a goalie. Five of the newcomers skated last year in the British Columbia Hockey League while one was in the United States Hockey League and another in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. There are three from Massachusetts, two New Yorkers and one each from Ohio and Saskatchewan.
Cole Donhauser, F, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Connor Hopkins, G, West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL)
Quinton Ong, F, Canmore Eagles (AJHL)
Hayden Rowan, F, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)
Brandon Tabakin, D, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Teddy Wooding, F, Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Michael Young, D, Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Buffalo, New York
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL): Totaled 17 goals, 42 points (56 gp) in 2018-19… Had 5 in playoffs… Helped lead Chiefs to regular season championship…
Nichols School (Buffalo, NY): Played hockey and lacrosse all 4 years at The Nichols School in Buffalo… Captain for both teams senior year… Graduated with honors and the award of the Alumni Cup… Career included 58 points in 42 games played in the CISAA… Led the CISAA with 10 goals and 23 points in 2016-17
Personal: Pronounced don-HOWZ-er… Son of Thomas and Patricia… Youngest of 3 kids, older brother Kyle, and older sister Shelby
West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL): Played 37 games in 2018-19, posting a .912 SP and 3.26 GAA, adding a .922 SP and 3.08 GAA in 7 playoff games. Was named BCHL Player of the Week for 9/23/2018. Received West Kelowna Warriors Rookie of the Year as well as the West Kelowna Warriors Academic Achievement Award for 2018-2019.
Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA): Led Belmont to Elite 8 birth in 2016-17… Made over 1,500 saves on .921 SP in 3 seasons. Received the Belmont Hill Ken Martin Hockey Trophy for Most Valuable Player in junior season in 2017-2018. Awarded ISL All-League honors in both sophomore and junior seasons. Also played baseball and received ISL 2nd Team All-League in 2017-2018.
Personal: Connor Patrick Hopkins is the son of Paul and Charlene Hopkins… Father played football at Bentley. Brother, Chris, plays baseball at Bentley.
Canmore Eagles (AJHL): Played two seasons and amassed 35 goals and 85 points in 114 games… Helped Eagles to conference semifinals with 9 points in 10 playoff games.
Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL): Played two seasons and scored 93 points over 91-game career… League rookie of year in first season and team MVP in final year… Team reached Telus Cup and was finalist in the prestigious Mac's Midget Tournament… 2016-17 SMHL Second All-Star Team
Personal: Son of Dennis and Shelley Ong… Has four siblings… Finished with high distinction in each of his four years at Bishop James Mahoney High School, where he also played football, golf and badminton.
Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL): Played 2018-19 season… Had 33 points and added 7 in the playoffs… Led team with 10 power play goals… Served as alternate captain.
Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL): Totaled 45 points in 57 games as a rookie in 2016-17… Named to 2016-17 NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team… Named team Rookie of the Year
Personal: Pronounced Row-an… Son of Julia and Thomas Rowan… Father played football at University of Toledo… Enjoys boating and is interested in economics
Woodbury, New York
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL): Clark Cup Champion (2018-2019)... Skated in 102 regular season games over two seasons from 2017 to 2019… Totaled 16 points.
North Jersey Avalanche (AYHL): Scored 139 points in 167 games over three seasons from 2014-2017…Alternate Captain in final season…2x Atlantic Youth Hockey League Champion (AYHL)…AYHL Most Points by 16U Defenseman (2016)… 2x AYHL All-Star Game Player (2014 & 2015)…2x Labor Day Showcase Champion (2015 & 2016)…2x College Cup Champion…Tier-1 Elite League Regular Season Champion and League Champion (2015)
USA Hockey: 2016 NTDP Top-40 Camp Participant…2016 and 2017 National Camp All-Star Game Player…2016 4-Nations Tournament Gold Medalist with USNTDP
Personal: Pronounced TAB-uh-KIN… Son of Barry and Susan Tabakin… Interested in computer science and history… Graduated with the President's Award for Educational Excellence, Regents Scholar Award, and Advanced Placement Achievement from Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD.
Vernon Vipers (BCHL): Played center under head coach Mark Ferner and notched 21-19-40 in 54 games during 2018-19 regular season… Had 6-9-15 in 21 games during the playoffs… Reached BCHL finals and lost to Prince George… Rookie of the Year for the Vipers and the Wayne Buck Memorial Award.
Rivers School (Weston, MA): Played center from 2014-18 for Coach Shawn McEachern… Recorded 51-56-107 in 117 games through 4 seasons… Captained team to a St. Sebastian's Tournament and Belmont Hill/ Nichols tournament championship along with a NEPSAC elite 8 semi-final… Earned All-ISL and All-New England awards… Reached elite 8 finals junior year and the small school finals sophomore year… All- ISL honorable mention… School Honor Roll junior and senior years.
Note: Notched 32-40-72 in 62 games through two fall seasons for the River Rats under Ross Pasquatonio.
Personal: Son of Ted and June Wooding… Has younger sister, Josie, attending Bishop Feehan… Wants to study business and economics.
Vernon Vipers (BCHL): Two seasons under head coach Mark Ferner… Assistant captain in 2018-19… 150 games played including playoffs… Earned top defenseman honors for Vipers in 2018-19… Interior Conference champion 2018-19… Scored 18 goals and had 54 points combined.
The Rivers School (Weston, MA): Played 8th-12th grade… 100 career points… Two-year captain… Three-time ISL Eberhardt League champion… All-league 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17… Second Team All-New England 2016-17… Eberhardt League MVP 2016-17… Played 4 years on Varsity Baseball (senior captain)… 2017 James A. Navoni Athletics Prize Winner… Harvard Book Prize winner… Cum Laude Society at Rivers graduation
Personal: son of Kevin and Gail Young… Both parents played varsity hockey at Boston College… Youngest of five children, all played collegiate hockey… Interested in golf, music, and comedy… Finance, history, and chemistry academic interests
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications – firstname.lastname@example.org