BOSTON, Mass.—Head coach Peter Belisle and his coaching staff announced that senior Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) will captain the 2013-14 UMass Boston men's hockey team, with fellow seniors Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) serving as the assistant captains.
The Beacon's senior leaders will look to help build off the 2012-13 team's success, after UMass Boston finished the season ranked 14th in the nation with a 19-6-2 record. UMass Boston advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC East Tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season and finished the season with the third-ranked offense in the nation.
Daniel, the Beacon's top-line right-winger this past season, figures to be one of UMass Boston's top offensive threats for a fourth straight year. The All-Region forward finished in the top six in the nation in both points per game (1.48 ppg) and total points (40), while becoming the first UMass Boston player to reach the 40-point mark in 16 years. He enters the 2013-14 season just 11 points shy of becoming the 13th member of the UMass Boston 100 Point Club.
"Travis leads by example, he just has a tremendous passion for the game and his work ethic, on-and-off the ice is phenomenal," Belisle said. "Pound for pound he's one of the strongest guys in the weight room, he's an excellent student and he has the potential to be an All-American-you put all those things together and I think it's a good recipe for a guy to have as your captain."
Harvey and Grinhaus will help Daniel shoulder the load, after enjoying career years of their own this past season.
Harvey is one of three returning starting defenseman for the Beacons and recorded career-bests in goals (four), assists (eight) and points (12) this winter. On the other side, Grinhaus brings a veteran presence to a young Beacons' group up front that featured nine freshmen on a nightly basis. The senior from Scarsdale, N.Y. ended the year with six goals and six assists, while serving as one of the Beacons' top players on special teams.
"To compliment Travis, we've got two guys that match his passion for the game," said Belisle. "Both guys are good students and hard working on-and-off the ice. And those are our three seniors, so it was really easy to come to that decision of leadership when we had those three guys in our room. I think they're going to lead well and they want to lead. This group came in together and they're going to leave together, and they want to do something special this year and everyone's on the same page with that goal."
Together the group of three players will look to lead another youthful UMass Boston roster-that lost five senior starters to graduation in May.
"We've got a really good incoming class in, a good young croup of defenseman who I think can really pick up where our defenseman left off last season," said Belisle. "And our freshman forwards will join a really young group up front and we'll be a little bit more mature and have the potential to be even better."
"Along the back we have to replace three guys, but we bring back three stalwarts and we bring back Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) who believe is going to be even better this year. One would hope that we're going to improve upon this year and achieve our ultimate goal of a conference championship."