UML Captains Are Announced
LOWELL -- They are three players from around the globe with one goal: To lead the UMass Lowell hockey program back to elite status.
After a vote by the players and input from the coaches, head coach Norm Bazin has announced that the 2018-19 River Hawks will be captained by senior forward Connor Wilson (Calgary, Alberta) and junior forward Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.).
Junior defenseman Mattias Goransson (Slottsbron, Sweden) is the assistant captain.
“They were very, very respected by their peers,” Bazin said of the team voting. “You have to understand, (the coaches) see them three hours a day out of the 24 hours in a day. I put a lot of stock in captains. Having said that, you don’t need a letter (on your uniform) if you’re going to lead.”
Wilson called the news that he had been selected a captain an “incredible honor. It’s something really special.”
Wilson said former UML teammates A.J. White and Michael Kapla were exceptional captains and that he learned much from both.
The River Hawks will sport a much different lineup than last season. The team is hoping for different results, as well, following the first sub.-500 season of Bazin’s tenure. The freshmen class features 12 players.
“They’re a very outgoing class. They’ve jumped in right away on and off the ice. A lot of new faces. The team is pretty hungry. We’ve had a long wait,” Wilson said. “We want to play tomorrow.”
The River Hawks host Arcadia on Sunday, Oct. 7 during an exhibition game at the Tsongas Center.
The season opens for real when UMass Lowell entertains RIT on Friday, Oct. 12.
“We’ll get there. I feel very confident we’ll be ready,” Bazin said.
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