HANOVER, N.H. – On Tuesday afternoon, Dartmouth men’s hockey head coach Bob Gaudet announced the trio of players who will serve as team captains for the 2014-15 season.
Senior Tyler Sikura will once again wear the ‘C’ as team captain after serving in that same role this past season as a junior. Like Sikura, Eric Robinson will also retain his letter from a year ago and will once again sport the ‘A’ of the assistant captain on his sweater.
Joining the leadership group will be senior Eric Neiley. This latest news comes on the heels of an outstanding junior campaign in which he was named the Big Green’s Phelan Award winner, presented annually to the team’s most valuable player.
“I am pleased to announce that Eric Neiley will wear an ‘A’ on his jersey for the upcoming season,” Gaudet said in an address to the team. “This decision was made through consultation with team leaders this spring and was based on Eric's performance this past season and his work ethic both on and off the ice on a daily basis.”
Sikura, a center from Aurora, Ontario, is the 117th captain in the team’s 108-year history, a role he will now assume for a second season. For Robinson, this will be his third straight year as an assistant after also donning the ‘A’ as a junior in 2011-12 and again last season before an injury sidelined him for all but two games. The Foxborough, Massachusetts, product was granted a fifth year of eligibility after sustaining the injury early in the season.
Neiley is being added to the mix after his 16 goals and 29 points led the team in 2013-14. The Warminster, Pennsylvania, native earned Second-Team All-Ivy League honors and was twice named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week over the course of the season. He was also instrumental in helping the Big Green advance to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals with a tremendous effort against RPI in a three-game series victory in the opening round of the postseason.