ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell men's hockey team announced that forward John McCarron will serve as its captain, and forward Cole Bardreau and goalie Andy Iles will be assistant captains for the 2013-14 season.
“In his short period of time here, John has earned the respect of his teammates. It’s my privilege to introduce him as our captain,” said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey.
McCarron has 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 career points over 68 games with the Big Red, including four power-play goals. He played in all 35 games of his freshman season in 2011-12 as a member of the team’s rock-solid first line with classmate Joel Lowry and then-senior Sean Collins, who now plays in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. The Edmonton Oilers then selected McCarron as an overaged player in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
McCarron went on to post his second straight 19-point season as a sophomore, scoring a career-high seven goals. All 13 of his career goals have come in the final three months of the season. McCarron will be the first junior to serve as the Big Red’s sole captain since Stephen Bâby in the 2001-02 season.
While Bardreau will wear a Cornell letter for the first time, he is no stranger to a leadership role. He served as an assistant captain for the gold medal-winning United States in January at the prestigious International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Bardreau also wore an ‘A’ with the U.S. while taking first place at the Under-18 World Championships two years earlier. With the Big Red, Bardreau has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 47 games.
Iles has been a linchpin in his three seasons with the Big Red, having started 70 consecutive games in goal since the end of his freshman season. He has eight career shutouts and was named the team’s most valuable player at the team’s 2011-12 postseason banquet. Iles will be the first Big Red goalie to serve as an assistant captain under Schafer, who will be at the helm for his 19th season.
“It’s unique to have a goalie as an assistant captain, because he has to concentrate on his role in the game,” Schafer said. “But at the same time, Andy and Cole are both excellent role models on the ice, in the locker room and in the classroom as well.”