HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s hockey head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 has announced the trio of players who will assume leadership roles as captains for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Junior Kevan Kilistoff will wear the ‘C’ as the 119th captain in the 112-year history of the program. Seniors Corey Kalk and Tim Shoup will don the ‘A’ of alternate captains on their sweaters in 2017-18.
“Kevan has shown great leadership since joining our program two years ago,” Gaudet said. “He embodies what it means to ‘lead by example’ as he goes out and works hard in the weight room, in practice and in games. Kevan will set a great example for not only the young guys on this team, but all of his teammates.”
Kilistoff becomes just the seventh British Columbia native to be named captain and the first since Rob Pritchard ’09 in the 2008-09 season. A veteran of 58 games over his first two seasons in Hanover, the winger from the Vancouver suburb of Langley, posted a 2-8-10 scoring line as a sophomore, playing mostly on the Big Green’s third line, tasked with playing against opponents’ top players.
“I’m honored to be recognized as a leader for this program,” Kilistoff said. “The Dartmouth men’s hockey team has had thousands of players in over a century of play and only a select handful have been named captain. That is not lost on me.”
Joining Kilistoff in the leadership group are Kalk and Shoup.
Kalk — a Maple, Ontario, native — is coming off his best collegiate season, finishing second on the team in scoring last season with 23 points. His 11 goals, 12 assists and subsequent 23 points were all career highs. He is the only returning player with two seasons of 10-plus goals as he also reached double digits as a sophomore in 2015-16.
A native of Upper St. Claire, Pennsylvania, Shoup is a skilled, but physical defenseman for Dartmouth. An injury caused Shoup to appear in just 22 games as a junior a season ago. In that time, though, the blueliner managed to amass 29 penalty minutes — good for fourth on the team — demonstrating a willingness to use his body to make the play for the good of the team.
Kilistoff, Kalk, Shoup and the rest of the 2017-18 Big Green get their season started on Oct. 8 with a preseason exhibition contest against Windsor at Thompson Arena.