Michigan senior forward Brandon Kaleniecki has been tabbed by head coach Red Berenson as an alternate captain for the upcoming 2005-06 campaign. He will assist senior co-captains Andrew Ebbett and Jeff Tambellini with their leadership duties, which include bringing 11 freshmen into the fold.
"Brandon is an obvious choice as a captain since we lost Al Montoya," Berenson said of the 23-year-old Livonia native. "Brandon is a senior, he works hard and sets a good example. He plays with a lot of intensity and passion and he leads by example. As an older senior, I think the younger players will look to him."
Kaleniecki has been a key contributor up front for the Wolverines and has tallied eight game-winning goals and 14 power-play goals in his three-year career. He has two career hat tricks and in both instances he tallied the game-winner when the score was tied in the third period.
In his sophomore campaign in 2003-04, Kaleniecki scored a career-high 20 goals to lead the team while also notching career highs in assists (11) and points (31).