The Penn State men’s ice hockey team will have a new leadership structure in 2015-16, as head coach Guy Gadowsky announced new captains and alternates for the squad on Thursday.
Senior center David Glen will wear the “C” for the Nittany Lions this season, with senior defenseman Luke Juha and junior defenseman David Thompson, serving as alternates.
“Our staff supports a hundred percent, the team’s choice for captains,” Gadowsky said in a press release. “All three exhibit a high level of work ethic and an extremely strong commitment to Penn State University and our hockey program.”
Glen, 24, scored four goals and recorded eight assists last season with Penn State, while frequently centering the team’s third line against the opposing team’s top offensive players.
He was an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons. Glen will be the third captain in Penn State’s NCAA history, following Tommy Olczyk (2013-14) and Patrick Koudys (2014-15).
Juha, 22, led the Penn State blueline with 14 points in last season, while playing in just 26 of the team’s 37 games. He’s is the program’s all-time leading scorer amongst defensemen.
Thompson, 22, came into his own last season as a defensive defenseman, and often earned top-pairing minutes alongside Koudys. The Glens Mills, Pa. native played responsibly, as well, collecting only six penalty minutes over 31 games.
The Nittany Lions will take to the ice for the first time in 2015-16 in an exhibition game against Windsor University on October 4 at Pegula Ice Arena.
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