MEN’S HOCKEY: Brady, Muck to captain Beavers in 2019-20
BEMIDJI -- Seniors Adam Brady and Tommy Muck will captain the Bemidji State men’s hockey team in the 2019-20 season, the team announced Wednesday. A “C” will adorn the jerseys of Brady and Muck, while senior Hampus Sjodahl and junior Ethan Somoza will each wear an “A” on their sweaters as alternate captains.
Brady and Muck will become the 56th and 57th players to captain the Beavers since the program’s first captain Ed Johnson carried that distinction in the 1947-48 season.
The four captains and alternate captains were selected in a vote of returning players.
“Our senior class is an experienced group of players with tremendous leadership qualities and that shows in this year’s captains,” head coach Tom Serratore said in a release. “These are guys who are serious about the game and do things the right way on and off the ice. For Ethan to be selected along with these guys as a junior, is a testament to the person he is and the amount of respect his teammates have for him.”
Brady has finished top three in scoring on the team in each of his two seasons at BSU, collecting 21 points (8g-13a) last season as a junior. The forward has amassed 47 points (16g-31a) over 75 collegiate games and has posted back-to-back 20-point campaigns. The Delhi, Ontario, native has also been a key component on the Beavers’ power play, netting eight power-play goals and recorded 25 points (8g-17a) on the man advantage.
Muck has been a stalwart of the Bemidji State defensive corps for the past three seasons. The Inver Grove Heights native is the team’s top returning shot blocker with 33 last season. The blueliner has missed only two games in three seasons while recording 14 points (0g-14a) over 115 career games.
Brady and Muck served as alternate captains in 2018-19.
Sjodahl played in eight games last season before his junior year was cut short by injury. The forward from Stockholm, Sweden, has posted six points (3g-3a) in 65 career contests, including five points (2g-3a) as a sophomore.
Somoza was one of eight Beavers to appear in all 38 games last season. The forward from Simi Valley, Calif., logged career-bests in goals (5), assists (7) and points (12) and finished his sophomore campaign with a plus-13 rating, the second best on the team. Somoza has collected 18 points (6g-12a) in 67 career games.
Bemidji State will open the 2019-20 regular season with a two-game series against St. Cloud State at the Sanford Center, Oct. 11-12.