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Penn State Hockey: Captains Announced For 2016-17 Season

by on September 08, 2016 2:00 PM

Penn State senior forward David Goodwin has been one of the most decorated players in program history and now he can add team captain to the list of honors. The program announced on Thursday that Goodwin will take over the captaincy alongside assistant captains junior forward James Robinson and fellow senior forward Ricky DeRosa

“We are very proud of the quality of captains we’ve had in this program since our staff has arrived to Penn State and are confident that these three will certainly carry on that tradition,” coach Guy Gadowsky said in a release. “[David, Ricky and James] have a high level of character and hockey IQ, and have also had the added experience of building upon the values of former student-athlete captains like David Glen, Patrick Koudys, Tommy Olcyck, and Dan Louks.”

All three players will wear a letter for the first time in their Penn State careers.

Goodwin joins a small fraternity of players as the fourth Nittany Lion in the varsity era to be named team captain, following Tommy Olczyk, Patrick Koudys  and most recently David Glen. Goodwin has been in the top two on the team in scoring each of the past three seasons including leading the team in 2015-16 with 36 points on 11 goals and 25 assists. He currently ranks first on the all-time scoring list with 90 points and 57 helpers while his 33 goals are good for third.

His 90 points is also good for eighth among active players in all of college hockey.

“David Goodwin has always been a highly intelligent player who has consistently generated offense on whatever line he has played on,” Gadowsky added. “Equally impressive is that David has worked extremely hard to improve his individual battles to become one of the team’s top performers in that area.”

“I feel very honored and privileged to be selected as the captain of this team,” noted Goodwin. “I am looking forward to leading this team in what should be a very special year for Penn State hockey.”

DeRosa has played in 101 games while scoring 14 goals and adding 16 assists for 30 points in his career. Robinson missed all of the 2015-16 season with injury.

“To still be selected by his teammates as a captain after playing just a single game last season is extremely impressive,” said Gadowsky. “It’s a great testament to his level of work ethic on and off the ice, and to his commitment to Penn State and our hockey program.”

The Nittany Lions kick-off their 2016-17 slate with the International Game against Queen’s (Ontario) on Oct. 2 inside Pegula Ice Arena at 1 p.m. before welcoming St. Lawrence to Hockey Valley for a two-game set on Oct. 6-7 at 7 p.m.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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