Recently honored ECAC Hockey first-team forward and Ivy League player of the year Sean Backman seriously injured his foot last Sunday, and is likely done for the year, according to reports by the New Haven Register and Yale Daily News.
This would also mark the end of the senior’s NCAA experience, following a career highlighted by league co-rookie of the year honors, four All-ECAC team seasons, two team MVP awards, an ECAC Hockey tournament MVP award, Walter Brown Award semifinalist status, and 77 goals with 49 assists for 126 points in 122 games for the Bulldogs.
Early reports indicated the injury was suffered in practice; that has since come into question.
The local product of Cos Cob, Conn., had 21 goals and 35 points in 29 games this year. He accounted for just beyond a sixth of the team’s goals, and was under consideration for a spot on the Frozen Four Skills Challenge team.
Yale — ranked sixth in the nation — earned the ECAC Hockey regular-season title this year, and will play in the quarterfinals next weekend after enjoying a bye week during the first round of the league playoffs.