"It’s obviously a great honor to be elected the captain of your team," noted Bryan Lerg. "It really means a lot, because the staff and the players feel that they have confidence in you to lead the team. Coming off the year we just did, I have some big shoes to fill."
Bryan Lerg has appeared in 127 career games in Green and White, and has 48 goals and 41 assists. As a junior, he led the team with his career-best 23 goals and added 13 assists to rank second on the team with 36 points. He led the nation in game-winning goals (eight), and was named the Most Valuable Player as the Spartans captured their 11th Great Lakes Invitational Tournament.
"I’ve been able to learn from some great captains in my time at
"All of our guys have been working really hard this summer to make sure that we’re prepared to come in and be ready to go once practice starts. We’re confident that we can have an exciting season."
Mueller will wear an "A" for the second consecutive season. The Spartans’ best defensive forward, Mueller plays in all situations and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 16 assists. In addition to his career-high goal output as a junior, he set a career high in power-play goals (five) and potted two game-winners. He has appeared in 124 career games, and enters his senior season with 29 goals and 48 assists (77 points).
"He’s probably the best defensive forward in the league, and I’ve been lucky to have the chance to play on a line with him the last two years," added Bryan Lerg. "He leads by example – he’s one of the hardest workers on the team, and is out there to make plays. As a guy who also wore a letter last year, he really knows how important his leadership role is. As good as he is with on-ice leadership, he’s also really good off the ice with keeping the guys together."
A trio of juniors will wear captain letters for the first time in their collegiate careers. The MVP of the Frozen Four, Abdelkader scored both the first goal of the 2006-07 season (against Western Michigan) and also the biggest – the game-winner in the National Championship game against
Kennedy, who missed 16 games as a freshman with a broken hand, had a breakout sophomore season. He led the team in scoring a year ago (18-25—43), and was perhaps
"Kennedy and Abdelkader are both guys who can make big plays at big times - they both can step up for us when the game is on the line. Jeff Lerg is a guy whose main concern is team success – any of the individual stuff is nice to him, but he’s really just concerned with helping our team win. With everything he’s battled, he’s always proven himself – and that makes him a guy that brings the team together," added the captain.
Comley added praise for the four alternate captains. "If we’re going to have a chance to duplicate what we accomplished a year ago, the leadership in the locker room is incredibly important. I think we touch all of the areas with the four alternate captains – there is a nice mix of styles and approaches, and each of them can be a leader in a slightly different manner. I believe that the five, together, will do a nice job in leading our hockey team."