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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wayne State names captains for '10-11

Wayne State Press Release

Wayne State University women’s hockey head coach Jim Fetter has named three captains for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

Junior forwards Veronique Laramee-Paquette and Alyssa Baldin will wear the “C” on their jerseys, while junior defenseman Ciara Lee will serve as an assistant captain.

Laramee-Paquette, an assistant captain last season, was selected to the All-College Hockey America Second Team as well as the CHA All-Academic Team. She collected 12 points including five goals in 2009-10 after bursting onto the CHA scene with a 20-point freshman campaign the year before, finishing sixth among all rookies in the conference.

"This year we are expecting Vero to become more of a leader after working with Christine Jefferson and Lindsey Park," said Fetter. "She has another year of experience to understand what it takes to be a leader. The team admires her work ethic both on and off the ice."

Baldin led Wayne State with 11 assists and 20 points, both career-highs, a year ago. She also matched her career-best with nine goals and enters the 2010-11 season as WSU’s active leader in career points (38) and assists (20). Baldin had nine goals and 18 points as a freshman in 2008-09.

"Baldin is a first-time captain but has much experience," said Fetter. "She was a captain for past teams growing up, and she is a player who brings a strong work ethic and leads by example."

After seeing limited action in 12 games as a freshman, Lee played in all 31 games last year and was among the more improved players on the squad. She was frequently paired with former captain Jefferson on the blue line last year, earning ice time in many key situations.

"Ciara continues to grow and mature as a player. Her teammates look up to her leadership and hard work," said Fetter.

These three captains will lead Wayne State into its 12th season of women’s ice hockey beginning in late September.

Photo by Mark Hicks/Wayne State Athletics

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