June 20, 2002
The Brown men's ice hockey team announced the captain and three assistant captains for the upcoming 2002-2003 season. The four Bears played in all 31 games for Brown last season and will help to lead the team, both on an off the ice, in their quest for an ECAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) '03, who served as the Assistant Captain this past season, will fill the shoes left by graduating senior Josh Barker (Swift Current, SASK) as the captain of the 2002-2003 team. The third-leading scorer on the team with 7-10-17 totals, Korbl will again be expected to lead the Bears both on and off the ice this year. He tallied two power play goals and also finished the season with a +6 rating, third on the team. Tye, the son of William and Nancy Korbl, now has career totals of 10 goals and 15 assists (25 points) in 86 games.
Joining Korbl to lead the team will be Assistant Captains Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) '03, Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) '04, and Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) '03. Esdale, the second leading scorer on the team, led all defensemen with 5-13-18 totals. An honorable mention All-Ivy selection, Esdale had three power play goals and one short-handed goal last season. Paul, the son of Peter and Janice Esdale, enters his senior season with 16-25-41 numbers in 84 games. Ford finished last season as the second-leading defensemen with 1-6-7 numbers in 31 games. Scott, the son of Gary and Cheryl Ford, enters his junior campaign with 3-12-15 numbers in 54 games. Kirley ended last season as the fourth-leading scorer with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. A teammate of Korbl's at Deerfield Academy, he scored two power play goals and two game-winners. Keith, the son of Lloyd and Francine Kirley, enters his senior season with 16-24-40 totals in 78 games.
The Brown team completed the 2001-2002 campaign with a 14-15-2 overall ledger, 10-10-2 in ECAC games, while completing one of the best seasons in recent history. Twenty-three letterwinners return to next year's squad.