Rob O’Gara (‘12) Contributes to Unprecedented Yale Victory
by The Milton Measure on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Two weeks ago, Milton alum and hockey player Rob O’Gara ‘12 helped the Yale University Bulldogs win the school’s first NCAA Championship in Men’s Ice Hockey. Rob played a big role in the championship game, playing solid defense to help Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm secure the shutout in the 4-0 win. Yale was considered the underdog for the entire NCAA tournament as the 15th seed, yet they played their best hockey of the year in the tournament, defeating top seeded teams such as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the University of North Dakota Sioux to secure a berth in the Frozen Four. The Yale Bulldogs then put on an exciting show for hockey fans in Pittsburgh, beating the UMass Lowell River Hawks in overtime and then shutting out the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the final.
Rob O’Gara seems to have carried the winning touch from his high school days to New Haven. He was on Milton’s first NEPSAC championship team during his first year at Milton. To top off that success, the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins drafted O’Gara in the 5th round at the end of his junior year. After being elected captain for the Mustangs in his senior year, O’Gara was excited to attend Yale University to continue his hockey career. Few could have predicted that his freshman year there would be so successful.
When asked about the National Championship win, O’Gara responded, “Oh, man, I think I’m still on Cloud Nine a little bit. Going back to class has kind of knocked it down a couple of notches, but it’s just been absolutely surreal. Having my parents there to share that with me after the game, and to spend time with my teammates; coming back to school and being welcomed by, basically, the whole campus. It’s been so much fun. Such an honor to share it with such a great group of guys.”
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