April 9, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - UConn men's hockey head coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that Ryan Tyson (Harleysville, Pa.) has been elected captain of the 2014-15 Huskies while Trevor Gerling (Seattle, Wash.) and Patrick Kirtland (Cary, N.C.) were selected as alternate captains by a vote of their teammates and coaches.
Tyson, who begins his senior season in 2014-15, appeared in 35 games this past year. He finished with a career-best nine points on four goals and four assists. Two of Tyson's goals came in wins over future Hockey East opponents UMass and Providence, the program's first-ever win over a top-10 ranked team. He finished third among UConn forwards with 34 blocked shots and was also third on the team in the face-off circle, winning 191 of 430 (.444).
Gerling served as an alternate captain this past season and will once again wear the "A" on his uniform for his senior season. Gerling saw action every game this past season and finished tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 20 points coming on nine goals and 11 assists. He scored twice on the power play and had a pair of game-winning goals while finishing with a +3 rating on the year. He registered a point in 14 games and had four multi-point games on the year while the Huskies finished 5-3-0 on the year when he scored a goal. Gerling set a new career-high with four points on a pair of goals and two assists in a 4-2 win over Army (Nov. 1).
Kirtland will serve as an alternate captain for his junior campaign in 2014-15. He appeared in 34 games last season and finished tied for seventh on the team in scoring with 15 points on six goals and nine assists. Kirtland ended the year tied for second on the team with a +10 rating this season, improving on his +1 as a freshman (31 games). He posted a pair of multi-point games, scoring a goal with an assist in an 8-1 win at AIC (Nov. 23) and in a 3-2 upset at future Hockey East member, #9 ranked Providence (Feb. 11). He also netted the game-winning goal to help beat Air Force on the road, 5-3 (Jan. 31), just the program's third win all-time at the USAF Academy. He was tied for fifth on the team and first among UConn forwards with 39 blocked shots on the season. Kirtland ended his sophomore season on a strong note, scoring a point in the last five regular season games and last six of seven.