MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Nathan Oystrick has beennamed the captain while Geoff Waugh, Pat Bateman and Andrew Contois have beenselected as the assistant captains of the 2005-06 Northern Michigan University hockey team according to head coach Walt Kyle.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick is a repeatselection as captain from last year as is Waugh as an assistant captain.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis team has a chance to be a very good team,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTo a large degree that will depend on the leadership that we get. So theselection of the captains is a critical component to what we hope will be asuccessful season. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Oystrick, a 6-0, 200, senior defenseman from Regina, Saskatchewan, was the named the CCHAÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Best Defensive Defenseman last year.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He wasalso a first-team selection to the all-conference team as he had seven goals,13 assists for 20 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick led a penalty-kill unit that was second inthe conference in CCHA games with a .866 percent efficiency.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He has appearedin 113 career games with 17 goals, 43 assists for 60 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œClearly theon-ice leader for this team,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe need him to continue hisleadership.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Waugh, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, enters his seniorcampaign with the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The 6-4, 215, defenseman tallied 10 points for the2004-05 season on two goals and eight assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œA guy who proved last year hewas one of the guys in locker room that was looked to lead the team,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kylesaid.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œA quality player a quality leader.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For his career he has 32 points onfour goals and 28 assists in 119 games.
Bateman, a junior from Calgary, Alberta, is the lonenon-senior in the group.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The 6-1, 200 forward had 12 goals during the 2004-05season to go along with his 17 assists for 29 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bateman has skated in 71games for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as he has scored 19 goals, 24 assists for 43 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Marquette native, Contois, led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats last year with19 goals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The 6-1, 186 Contois a forward, also had 17 assists and was secondon the team in 2004-05 with 36 points. Contois has played in 94 career games andearned 27 goals, 39 assists for 66 points.
The two new guys who will be wearing a letter on theirjersey, Contois and Bateman, have proved that they are worthy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey have proven over time that they have the respect ofpeople in the room,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThey understand what I expect from theplayers on the team.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will open the 2005-06 season the weekend of Oct. 7-8with two exhibition games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Friday (Oct. 7) the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will take on the UnitedStates National Team Development Program U-18 team before taking on York University Saturday.