Brett Watson, Justin Braun Named Hockey Co-Captains For 2009-10 Season
March 31, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Head Hockey Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon announced his captains for the 2009-10 season on Tuesday. Rising senior Brett Watson was named captain for the second straight season, while classmate Justin Braun will also wear the "C" for the Minutemen next year. Additionally, rising senior Martin Nolet and rising junior James Marcou were each named assistant captains. The Mass Attack will hold its annual Reverse Raffle on Friday and the Team Banquet on Saturday.
"We are delighted with our captains for the upcoming season," said Cahoon. "The leadership of our team has never been stronger and we can't wait to get started."
Watson, the team's co-captain this past season, finished the year with five assists in 36 games. Watson was also one of the team's best penalty killers on a UMass squad that killed off nearly 84% of its penalties in 2008-09. Along with his work on the ice, Watson is also heavily involved in the Amherst Big Brothers Program and is a member of the Commonwealth College Honors Program at UMass.
Watson will share the leadership duties with Braun, who was named an assistant captain during the second half of the 2008-09 season. A Second-Team Hockey East All-Star pick, Braun led UMass defensemen in scoring with seven goals and 16 assists, good for seventh overall among Hockey East blueliners. Braun, a two-time Hobey Baker nominee, averaged nearly 30 minutes of ice time seeing time on the power play and penalty kill units where he added two power play and two shorthanded goals.
Nolet was one of UMass' top defensive players last season, finishing with two goals and seven assists in 38 games. His seven assists were a career high for a season. Nolet was part of both the power play and penalty killing units for the Minutemen. He had one multi-point game this season with one goal and an assist in UMass' 4-3 overtime victory over Boston College on November 22.
Marcou will enter the 2009-10 season needing just 21 points to become the ninth player in UMass Hockey history to reach the 100 point plateau. He finished last season leading the team in scoring with 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points, and was tied for first in Hockey East scoring with Boston University's Colin Wilson - the first time a UMass skater finished as the league scoring leader. Marcou was tied for the team-lead in power play goals with six, and shattered the UMass sophomore assist record previously held by Greg Mauldin (20 assists in 2002-03). In just two seasons with the Minutemen, Marcou is already 22nd all-time in scoring (79 points) and tied for 12th in assists (56). He was a Hobey Baker nominee and a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award.
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