Wayne State University men's hockey coach Bill Wilkinson has announced the team captains for the upcoming 2007-08 season.
Redshirt senior forward Mike Forgie will wear the "C" for the second consecutive year.
Despite two injury-shortened seasons in his WSU career, Forgie has emerged as a leader for Wilkinson's squad while totaling 39 points in 78 career games. He saw action in 30 games in 2006-07 and accumulated six goals and six assists for 12 points, eight of which came in league contests.
Junior forward Derek Punches and sophomore defenseman Jeff Caister will serve as assistant captains in 2007-08.
Punches, a College Hockey America All-Academic Team honoree and recipient of Wayne State's Coaches' Award last year, played in all 35 games and recorded eight points, including a career-high seven assists. He was selected as WSU's Rookie of the Year following the 2005-06 campaign.
Caister was named to the CHA All-Rookie Team after totaling 16 points in 35 games last season. He finished third on the team with 14 assists and tied-for-fifth among CHA defensemen and freshmen in points. Caister posted half of his points (1-7--8) in league games, setting school records with classmate Ryan Bernardi for most league points and assists by a rookie defenseman.
"I think these gentlemen are great leaders," said Wilkinson. "They are responsible on and off the ice, particularly in the classroom."
Wayne State will open the season Oct. 12-13 at the 17th annual Nye Frontier Classic, hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage.