STORRS, Conn. - UConn head men's hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that junior Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) has been elected captain for the 2015-16 season. Pratt served as an alternate captain during his sophomore season. Cavanaugh will announce the alternate captains when the fall semester gets underway.
"Being voted the captain by my teammates is an honor and a privilege," stated Pratt. "I am one person wearing a letter in a locker room full of leaders, and I am extremely excited to start the 2016-17 season."
"Derek (Pratt) is an exemplary leader both on and off the ice," commented Cavanaugh. "He is a tremendous representative of not only our hockey program but of the University of Connecticut. His teammates voted for him to wear that letter on his jersey next season and I think that they have made a great choice."
Pratt has been a mainstay on the Huskies blue line during his first two seasons in Storrs. He has played in 69 games over his first two seasons, leading the Huskies in blocked shots in each of those years. This past season, Pratt appeared in 34 games and recorded a pair of assists. He finished the year with 71 blocked shots, an average of 2.09 per game. Pratt was ranked fourth among Hockey East defensemen and tied for 27th nationally.
As a freshman, he played in 35 games and registered a pair of assists as a rookie. He led the team with 67 blocked shots, 1.91 per game, four in Hockey East and sixth nationally among rookies.