LOWELL, Mass.— UMass Lowell Hockey Head Coach Norm Bazin formally named the River Hawks’ management core for the impending season, pronouncing the four-man staff Tuesday morning.
Graduate pupil Jon McDonald (Livonia, Mich.) and senior Carl Berglund (Hammaro, Sweden) will each game the ‘C’ this yr, whilst seniors Blake Wells (Blackie, Alberta) and Zach Kaiser (Orangeville, Ontario) will function change captains.
“I’ve seen [McDonald and Berglund] grow up over the past few years. They have both been impact players since their arrival and both strive to improve every day despite their success,” remarked Bazin on his captains.
Returning for a 5th yr, McDonald has been the most important fixture at the River Hawks’ blueline all the way through his profession. An change captain as a senior, McDonald dressed for all 35 video games ultimate season and performed a pivotal function within the crew’s adventure to its 14th NCAA Tournament look.
“Mac is so good for our team culture, having been a leader for us for the past couple of years. He has an undeniable will to succeed and has a knack for bringing others along with him in a very positive way,” commented Bazin. “His enthusiasm for the program is infectious, and we are lucky to have him. He is ready for a big year.”
With 110 video games underneath his belt and 42 profession issues off seven targets and 35 assists, the veteran defenseman is poised to cap his profession on a excessive observe.
“To be named captain of this program is a great honor and a personal goal of mine from the time I committed,” mentioned McDonald. “I have seen many different leadership styles throughout my tenure and have been fortunate enough to learn from all of them. I’m excited for a year of growth, both as a team and as individuals.”
Berglund, UMass Lowell’s main scorer in 2021-22, has been a essential playmaker for the River Hawks over the process the ultimate 3 seasons due to each his offensive manufacturing and hockey IQ. His penchant for well timed performs made him a treasured asset up the center all the way through his junior season, collecting a career-best 28 issues off a career-high 19 assists and 9 targets.
“Carl is someone who continues to grow both physically and mentally within the program. His progress as a person is impressive. I would say he leads by example, but has shown tremendous assertiveness this past summer,” famous Bazin. “His habits are exemplary and his impact is felt daily. He will be leaned on as we welcome a big freshman class this upcoming season.”
A two-time Hockey East All-Academic variety and a 2022 Hockey East All-Star Third Team variety, Berglund hopes to proceed being a catalyst each off and on the ice for the River Hawks.
“It’s a huge honor to be named one of the captains for this year. It means a lot knowing that your teammates and coaching staff believe in you and trust you with this role,” said Berglund. “I have learned a lot from previous captains, which will help me take on this role. We have a lot of great leaders this season, and we will lean on the great culture that has been developed for many years within the program.”
No stranger to dressed in the ‘A’, Wells and Kaiser suppose the jobs of alternates after serving as per 30 days change captains all the way through the 2021-22 season. Gritty competition, the pair has equipped power and steering at the ice and within the locker room for the crew of their 3 years.
“Both are high-character guys who have led our team off the ice this summer. Blake has persevered through injuries, while remaining very positive,” mentioned Bazin concerning the seniors. “Zach continues to set the bar on what it means to be a glue guy within our program. We are fortunate to have these guys in support roles, as we battle in a tough Hockey East conference.”
UMass Lowell opens the yr on Saturday, October 1, once they welcome St. Lawrence to the Tsongas Center for Homecoming Weekend. Puck drop is slated for six:05 p.m.