Rob Mann and Alex Kerfoot bring different skill sets to the ice but they’ll both be asked to perform the same role – as team captain – in the upcoming NCAA season.
Mann, going into his senior year at Robert Morris University, is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenceman who plays a no-nonsense game, responsible in his own end with the size to provide a physical presence. He posted a goal and two helpers in 37 games last season, helping the Colonials to a 24-11-4 mark. The Oshawa, Ont. product played 40 games with the Penticton Vees in the 2012-13 season.
As the Colonials captain for the coming season, Mann will lead a group that includes BCHL alums Kyle Horsman as well as incoming freshmen Chris Schutz and Matt Graham. Robert Morris competes in the NCAA’s Div. I Atlantic Hockey Association alongside RIT, Sacred Heart, Army, AIC, Bentley, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Air Force, Canisius and Niagara.
Kerfoot, meanwhile, offers a speed-and-skill game at Harvard University where he registered four goals and 30 assists last season playing on a line with 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey. The West Vancouver native was drafted in 2012 by the New Jersey Devils and will lead the Crimson in his final college season before looking to the pro ranks.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward will be one of two dual captains at Harvard with fellow senior Devin Tringale. Together, they’ll lead a Crimson squad that will feature BCHL alums Luke Esposito, Seb Lloyd, Phil Zielonka, Viktor Dombrovskiy, Lewis Zerter-Gossage and incoming freshmen Justin Szeto, Nick Azar and Kerfoot’s younger brother Colton.
Harvard competes in the ECAC Hockey conference alongside Union, Quinnipiac, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Princeton, Colgate, Dartmouth and RPI.