DULUTH, Minn. – The defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey team officially announced their team captains on Monday afternoon.
Via a tweet, they revealed that senior goaltender Hunter Shepard and senior defenseman Nick Wolff will be wearing the “C” for the Bulldogs in their 2019-20 season.
We know many people have been anxiously awaiting a captain announcement. Hunter Shepard an Nick Wolff will both be wearing C’s this year for the Bulldogs. Story to follow.
— UMD Men's Hockey (@UMDMensHockey) September 9, 2019
Shepard was voted MVP by his teammates after a dominant postseason run, leading UMD to their second consecutive NCAA Division I title. He was also a finalist for the Mike Richter award, given to the nations top collegiate goaltender.
He allowed only three goals in four games throughout the 2018-19 NCAA tournament, and seven in all eight postseason contests.
Wolff is one of the Bulldogs other three seniors, who was an alternate captain in the 2018-19 season. He notched 18 points, with an overall plus/minus rating of +19. Entering his fourth season playing with UMD, he has played in 123 total games as a Bulldog.
Although head coach Scott Sandelin did not like to rank his lines, Wolff started as the left defenseman for much of his junior year. For the third consecutive summer, he attended camp with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.
For the full UMD press release, click here.
The Bulldogs will open the season on Friday, October 11 against UMass-Lowell, where they will raise their third national championship banner.