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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sirota named NMU assistant captain

By Kyle Whitney/NMU Beat Writer

When junior Wildcat forward Nick Sirota took the ice against the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday night, there was a new addition to his green and gold uniform: a capital 'A.'

Sirota was named an assistant captain for the Northern Michigan Wildcats prior to the game and joins defenseman T.J. Miller and forward Billy Smith as Wildcat assistant captains.

"It's definitely an honor. My mindset - I don't think it's really going to change," Sirota said. "As long as I just keep working hard, hopefully people are going to follow."

After picking up a goal and an assist in Saturday's game, Sirota leads the Wildcat team with seven goals and six assists through ten games.

"Does it surprise me that he is having the success that he is having? Not really," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "We knew Nick was going to score his goals."

Kyle added that Sirota's biggest asset may be the jump and energy that he brings to the team every night.

"When he does that," Kyle continued. "The goals are just a bonus."

The coach added that Sirota will continue to get more opportunities this season after the departure of a large senior class last year and that the junior is no longer just a spot player.

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