HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth men's hockey head coach Bob Gaudet has announced the addition of three alternate captains for the 2012-13 season. Senior Dustin Walsh and juniors Matt Lindblad and Eric Robinson will all don the 'A' on their sweaters this winter.
The additional three players to take on leadership roles for the Big Green will join senior Mike Keenan, a defenseman who will wear the 'C' for the second straight year in 2012-13. Keenan is just the sixth player in the program's 107-year history to be named captain for multiple seasons and the first since Jamie Herrington '02 and Mike Maturo '02 also were captains as both a junior and senior in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
Walsh was hurt for much of his junior campaign, but when he was in the lineup, the Shannonville, Ontario, native averaged more than a point per game. Preseason pundits have tabbed Walsh as the league's top player, early recognition that if he can stay healthy is certainly attainable.
Lindblad also was a player who was in and out of the lineup in 2011-12 with injuries. However, much like Walsh, when the Winnetka, Ill., native was suited up for the Green and White, he was a superb talent. In just 26 games last year, Lindblad had a team-best 18 assists and finished third on the Big Green in scoring with 24 points.
Robinson had a breakout sophomore year, leading the team with 12 goals. As a freshman, the Foxborough, Mass., native scored three times and had 11 points, leading to new off-season workout regiments that have paid off on the scoresheet. In addition to his team-leading 12 scores, Robinson added 12 helpers to finished tied for third on the team in scoring with Lindblad.
With the Big Green's leadership now firmly in place, they will get the 2012-13 regular season underway this weekend in Providence at the Ivy Shootout. Brown hosts the two-day event this year at Meehan Auditorium. Dartmouth and Yale will get things started Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. before the Bears play host to Princeton. Saturday's games will also be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with participants depending on the outcomes of the weekend's first two contests.