“He is an elite-level defenseman in the east and in the country right now.”
Those words were used by men’s hockey head coach Brendan Whittet ’94 in a March 4 Herald article to describe Dennis Robertson ’14, his first-year defenseman who had just won All-Ivy honors. As Day 2 of the NHL Draft showed, Whittet and the Toronto Maple Leafs were on the same wavelength. The Leafs selected Robertson in the 6th Round of the draft Saturday, giving Toronto the rights to Bruno’s very own blueliner .
Robertson is the second Brown icer to make NHL news in 2011. A few months ago, captain Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 signed a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers upon completing his senior season. Zolnierczyk played in the final 16 games for Philly’s AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, scoring three goals and adding two assists. Just recently in an article on CSNPhilly.com, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren hinted that the Flyers regard Zolnierczyk as a player they hope can contribute soon on NHL ice, calling Zolnierczyk a player Philadelphia “likes and feels will play games for us [this coming season].”
While Bears fans should keep an eye out for Zolnierczyk in NHL arenas next season — along with Aaron Volpatti ’10 of the Vancouver Canucks — Robertson in all likelihood will be back at Meehan Auditorium to further hone his skills and help anchor the Brown blue line. Per NCAA rules, a player retains his collegiate eligibility and amateur status as long as he does not play in a pro game or hire an agent. In the NHL, it is customary for teams to draft players whom they expect to spend more time with their college or junior league teams to develop before coming up to the big club.
The recent accomplishments of Robertson and Zolnierczyk make one thing clear: Meehan may not have been the ideal place for a Diddy concert, but when the ice is out and the temperature drops, the Bears have the talent and drive to skate with anyone.
Just ask Yale.
Image c/o Jonathan Bateman
Catcher Matt Colantonio is turning in the rainy days of Providence for the sunshine of San Diego, as the baseball squad’s senior captain was selected by the Padres in the 21st round of the 2011 MLB draft. Of course, though, it won’t be a direct flight. Colantonio is set to report first to mini-camp in Phoenix before heading up the West Coast to Eugene, Oregon to join the Padres’ Single-A affiliate and enter the farm system. Here, the real journey will begin for Colantonio in his attempt to navigate the minor leagues and break through into the big show.
Colantonio will look to join a slew of Ivy Leaguers who have left a mark on baseball’s modern game. At his own position, recently retired Dartmouth alum Brad Ausmus won three Gold Gloves and was once named an All Star. Former Princeton pitchers Ross Ohlendorf (Pirates) and Chris Young (Mets) have proven themselves as reliable starting pitchers. Yale alum and Athletics relief pitcher Craig Breslow has been dubbed “the smartest man in baseball.” And while no Bear has made a huge impact on the game since Lee Richmond 1880 threw baseball’s first perfect game in 1880, Brown is not unfamiliar with seeing its players drafted. Colantonio’s predecessor at backstop, Devin Thomas, was drafted by the Tigers in 2007 along with teammate Jeff Dietz (Diamondbacks), and in 2009, shortstop Matt Nuzzo was taken by the Blue Jays.
For Colantonio, who started all four years and led the Bears in seven offensive categories in 2011, the journey is just beginning, and the future looks bright.
Photo c/o Brownbears.com
On a day where the focus of the Brown community was centered on Commencement, the women’s crew team was on the other coast, capturing the Division I National Championship in Gold River, California. The Bears tied in total points with Stanford with 85, but the tie was broken in the final race of the day where the varsity eight edged out the Cardinal with a time of 6:28.62 to Stanford’s 6:28.67. Going into the final race, Brown trailed both Stanford and Cal, but pulled out the incredible come-from-behind victory. The win marks the Bears’ seventh national crown in fifteen years, as the program continues to prove itself as a national powerhouse. For these Bears and head coach of 26 years John Murphy, major props are in order. Ever True!
Image c/o David Silverman
The Bears’ schedule was released today and, after the success of last fall’s triumph over Harvard under the lights, Bruno will host its second ever night game in 2011. While the opponent will sadly not be the pompous Crimson from the north–or any other Ivy League foe, for that matter–the stakes will still be high. The visitors will be the Rams of URI, and the winner gets to host some silverware–the Governor’s Cup–and prove who really is the best team in the smallest state in the union. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM on October 1st, so clear your calendars now and prepare to get rowdy.
Last fall against Harvard, the evening setting provided one of the more memorable moments for both the team and fans–all 17,350 that nearly filled Brown Stadium to capacity. So get stoked, Brunonians. Fall semester may be months away, but it’s never too early to start putting on the facepaint.
While you were enjoying your last week or so on break at home, the men’s ice hockey team was busy taking down the #1 college hockey team in the nation in dramatic fashion! Just a day after falling to the Bulldogs 5-2 in New Haven, Bruno enacted its revenge back in Providence on Sunday. Continue Reading
Cambridge, MA—The men’s hockey team came away with a 4-3 victory over Harvard Friday night, improving its record to 5-5-4 while picking up three valuable points in ECAC play. Bruno trailed 3-2 in the third period, but two goals in the span of only nineteen seconds proved to be the difference, giving the Bears their second win in three games of the new year (they had previously defeated No. 10 Boston University 6-1 in the Shillelagh Holiday Tournament). Continue Reading