Harvard forward Ted Drury's accomplishments in hockey are well documneted . Captain of the 1990 Junior National Team. Ivy League (and team) rookie of the year in 1991. Olympian in 1992.
And, now, the Leverett resident has one more honor to add to that rapidly growing list: captain of the Harvard men's hockey team.
The hockey team, in a vote of the players, elected drury captain last week, but made the announcement formal Thursday night at the team's annual awards banquet.
The announcement came as somewhat of a suprise, since Drury, who will return to Harvard this fall as a junior, has two years of eligibilities left. The team's fourth-leading scorer in 1990-1 took the year off to play with Team USA in the Winter Olympics.
Players said Drury's year in school is no measure of the experience he will bring to the Crimson on the ice. Hockey players said the voting was close (junior fowards Matt Mallgrave and Steve Flomenhoft were the other candidates). The team settled on Drury not only because of his unparallled talent and experience, but also because of his qualities as a person.
Forward Cory Gustafson said that his class of freshman has never played with Drury on the ice, but said that, the former Olympian was too attractive a choice to pass up.
"He's played a higher level than everyone else," Gustafson said. "My feeling was that when it comes down to the stretch, little distractions aren't going to throw him off.
"He just has a certain presence. He's someone who can lead us through the jungle and to an NCAA championships," Gustafson continuted.
Senior defender Brian McCormack agreed that Drury's sterling hockey credentials were the deciding factor.
The junior, McCormack said, has already earned the respect and admiration of his peers much as Lane MacDonald '88-89 had when he served as captain after returning from the 1988 Olympics.
"Lane came in after the Olympics and everyone held him in such high esteem. The guy's recognize Ted's leadership and drive that way. His accomplishments are a reflection of his inner drive and work ethic," McCormack said.
McCormack and Flomenhoft both predicted that Drury's style of leadership will be similar to C.J. Young's in 1990-91: a fiery, but soft-spoken, on-the-ice leader.
Lead Like Young
"He's a quite guy, not overly vocal. He'll say what needs to be said in a succinct manner," Flomenhoft said. "I think he'll lead by example ala C.J. Young. C.J. went out and performed and everyone else followed."
Many expected Flomenhoft, who received the Most Improved Player award, to be the team's choice. Flomenhoft said he and Mallgrave will still, as the team's only seniors, serve as leaders.
"Matt and I are still going to play hard and serve as leaders on the team whether or not we have the 'C' on our jersey," Flomenhoft said.
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