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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Huskies name Olson, Cousens captains

Michigan Tech Press Release

Head coach Jamie Russell recently announced that junior Brett Olson and senior Deron Cousens will both serve as team captains for the Michigan Tech hockey team for the 2010-11 seasons. Seniors Jordan Baker and Bennett Royer will serve as assistant captains.

Olson, who will serve as captain after serving as the assistant captain last season, was named the Merv Youngs Most Valuable Player last season after tying for the team lead in points (30) and leading the team in goals (18) and finishing second in assists (12).

"Being selected as captain for this season is a real honor," said Olson. "I am anxious to take on a larger leadership role as captain. Deron and I will have great support from Jordan and Bennett."

Cousens will wear a letter for the first time in his career. Last season he earned the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award and finished third among the team’s defenseman with eight points (one goal, seven assists).

"It is exciting to join with Brett, Jordan and Bennett to lead this team," said Cousens. "Brett and I have different leadership skills and we can focus our strengths to combine with Jordan and Bennett to provide a united message and be an extension of the coaching staff."

Baker will serve as assistant captain for the second straight season. Last season he finished fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) and earned the George McCarthy Performance Award for scholastic and athletic achievement.

Royer will also wear an “A” on his jersey for the first time. Last season he recorded career-highs in goals (four) and points (10) and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team for the second time.

"Leadership at the college level and in hockey in general is a critical piece to finding success," said Russell. "The leaders in the room must set the tone for the team. We need to be a team that sets a high level of sacrifice and commitment to a team concept. I have all the confidence in the world in these four men. They will lead by example with their work ethic and competitiveness on and off the ice. On any successful team, individual agendas have been put aside and the culture of the team revolves solely around the success of the team."

Michigan Tech will open the season with an exhibition game against Nipissing University on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:07 p.m.

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