STORRS, Conn. - UConn head men's hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh announced the Patrick Kirtland (Rocky Hill, Conn.) has been elected captain for the 2015-16 season while forward Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) and defenseman Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) were selected as alternate captains by a vote of their teammates, coaches and staff.
Kirtland, who was an alternate captain this past season, enters his senior season in 2015-16. He played in all 36 games in 2014-15, finishing the season with eight points on four goals and four assists. For the second-straight season, Kirtland finished the year leading all UConn forwards in blocked shots, stopping 54 on the season to rank third on the team. Heading into his final season at UConn, Kirtland has appeared in 101 career games and has 31 career points on 14 goals and 17 assists. He has 107 blocked shots over three seasons.
Pauly finished 2014-15 as UConn's leading scorer, posting 20 points on five goals and a team-high 15 assists. He posted at least a point in 16 games this past season and had a pair of multi-point efforts. Pauly scored a career-high four points to help lead the Huskies to a 4-4 tie at nationally ranked Boston University early in the season. He matched his career-high with two goals and two assists against the Terriers. Pauly has had 20 points or more in each of his three seasons at UConn and will enter his final season in a Husky uniform with 21 career goals and 41 career assists. He also led the team in the face-off circle, winning a team-high 324 on the year (324-339/.489).
Pratt entered the UConn line-up in game two at Penn State and never left, playing 35 games during his rookie season. Pratt finished the season as one of the Huskies top-defenseman and led the team in blocked shots with 67. He finished the regular season ranked in the top-10 in Hockey East in blocked shots. He also had a pair of assists and finished with and even rating for the season.
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