March 27, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Walt Kyle, the head hockey coach at Northern Michigan University, announces the co-captains for the 2009-10 season. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson and forward Billy Smith have been selected to be co-captains for the Wildcats next season. According to Kyle an assistant captain might be named at a later date.
Gustafsson just concluded his sophomore campaign for the ‘Cats as he led the team with 30 assists and tied for second on the team with 34 points (4-30-34). He was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Best Offensive Defenseman for the 2008-09 season. Gustafsson was one of five sophomores recently selected to the CCHA all-conference first team. Currently for his NMU career, Gustafsson has 61 points on four goals and 57 assists.
Smith who will be entering his senior campaign next year has been an assistant captain his first two seasons on the squad. He registered 10 points for the 2008-09 season on three goals and seven assists. For his career he currently has seven goals, 18 assists for 25 points.
“These two guys exemplify the qualities which are important to leadership,” said Kyle. “We wanted to have the co-captains in place now to have the leadership through spring training and into next year.”
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