MARQUETTE, Mich. – Wearing a letter on a hockey sweater (jersey) is an honor and a privilege for any player. Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Walt Kyle announces the 2010-11 captain and assistant captains for the NMU hockey team. Phil Fox was named the captain of the team and he will be joined by Justin Florek, Andrew Cherniwchan and Kyle Follmer as assistant captains.
Fox a senior from Stillwater, Minn. has appeared in 117 games for the ‘Cats with 29 goals, 18 assists for 47 points. “Phil Fox was as easy guy for us to name captain,” said Kyle. “He has been a real good honest soldier in his entire career. Phil is well respected in the room.”
Fox shares his thoughts on being named captain. “It feels good, it is a great honor to have Walt Kyle and your teammates let you come into this role,” said Fox. “I am going to do just what I can.”
Being the captain has many responsibilities both on and off the ice. “I see (captain) as a spokesperson for the team. Take what the coaches have to say and deliver it to the team,” said Fox. “You get to be a leader on the ice and off the ice. Come out, work hard and hopefully that wears off on the other guys. They notice the hard work you are giving and they will start doing it also.”
Two of the three assistant captains are juniors. The juniors are Florek and Cherniwchan. Florek, the Boston Bruins draft pick and Marquette native, has skated in 81 games for the ‘Cats and has put up the following numbers 21-31-52. Cherniwchan from Hinton, Alberta has seen action in 80 games and has scored 16 goals, 24 assists for 40 points.
The third assistant captain is sophomore Follmer, a native of St. Paul, Minn., he appeared in 41 games during the 2009-10 season as he recorded two goals, 12 assists for 14 points.
According to Kyle he wanted to spread the leadership out among a couple of the classes. “Florek and Cherniwchan are guys who shift in and shift out do everything you want them to do,” said Kyle. “They play the game the way you want to play.”
Kyle had this to say about Follmer who recorded votes last year for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Rookie Team. “We wanted someone in the sophomore class to represent the younger guys,” said Kyle. “We think Kyle will do a great job and take it to heart.”
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