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UConn Hockey’s Derek Pratt on Being a Captain

The junior captain was an alternate last year as a sophomore.

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Over his two seasons in Storrs, newly named captain Derek Pratt has seen two different captains in Ryan Tyson and Patrick Kirtland. Both were seniors, while Pratt is heading into his junior year.

“It’s a huge honor to be named captain by my peers,” he said. “I still keep in touch with Ryan Tyson and Patrick Kirtland, those are two great guys who showed me the way.

Pratt will anchor a team that has improved with each passing year. In a freshman year in which the Huskies were transitioning into Hockey East, Pratt was able to contribute on the defensive end, leading the team in blocked shots, with 67. He was also one of two Huskies to not have a positive plus/minus.

The following year, UConn improved their record to 11-21-4, including the opportunity to host a Hockey East quarterfinal for the first time. He again led the team with blocked shots, blocking 71 as a sophomore.

This year, Pratt looks to lead the rest of the Husky squad to a higher finish than the coaches’ poll for the third year in a row in Hockey East.