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Friday, September 25, 2009

Petry, Sucharski named MSU co-captains

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Michigan State has announced that redshirt senior centerman Nick Sucharski and junior defenseman Jeff Petry (Farmington Hills) have been named captains for the 2009-10 Spartan hockey team.

Sucharski and Petry were elected by a vote from team members.

“With such a young team, leadership is so important,” noted MSU head coach Rick Comley. “We have 19 sophomores and freshmen in our dressing room and holding off the vote until they had been through much of the pre-season training was designed so that the leaders had time to emerge and everyone had their say. The team has selected two quality individuals who both lead by example. I think that both Jeff and Nick are excellent choices and that they will do a good job of leading our team this season.”

“It is an honor to be a captain who is chosen by his team,” commented Petry (pictured). “Everyone on this team had a say, so it’s nice to know that your teammates have faith in you and see you as a leader. We’re anxious to get this season underway.”

“To be selected by your teammates is a large honor and really something special,” added Sucharski. “I think Jeff and I have large shoes to fill. The captains of this team since I have been here have all been great leaders for this program and I’ve learned from all of them. To have the respect of the guys in the dressing room gives us some confidence. I’m really looking forward to getting this season underway because I really missed being on the ice last year.”

Petry is in his second season of wearing a letter as he served as an alternate captain as a sophomore in 2008-09. The big blueliner was a second-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and earned All-Rookie Team honors from the CCHA in 2007-08. He was also named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team in 2008 and has been honored as the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player the last two seasons at the annual MSU hockey banquet. Petry has appeared in 80 games over his two seasons in East Lansing and has either led or ranked second among defenseman in scoring both years. He has five goals and 33 assists for 38 total points.

Sucharski returns to the Spartan lineup as a redshirt senior after losing the 2008-09 season to an injury. Granted a medical redshirt for what would have been his senior season, he gives this Michigan State team another veteran voice in the dressing room as well as a two-way player who can win faceoffs. Sucharski is one of just four players on the roster who were on MSU’s 2007 national championship team. He has appeared in 124 career games, scoring 20 goals and 38 assists for 58 points.

Sucharski and Petry are the first co-captains in the MSU hockey program since the 1992-93 season when Bryan Smolinski and Wes McCauley both wore the 'C' in their senior year for the Spartans.

Photo courtesy Michigan State Athletics

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