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Goalie Paul Dainton Named UMass Hockey Captain

Paul Dainton will be the first UMass goalie since 1974 to be named team captain.

Paul Dainton will be the first UMass goalie since 1974 to be named team captain.

Sept. 16, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior goalie Paul Dainton has been named team captain for the 2010-11 season as announced by UMass hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon. Dainton becomes the first goalie since Brian Regan in 1997-98 to wear the "C" for UMass. Juniors Danny Hobbs, Michael Marcou and T.J. Syner will serve as assistant captains for the Minutemen.

In the history of the UMass hockey program dating back to 1909-10, Dainton is just the eighth goalie to ever be named Captain. David Buttrick was the first in 1917.

UMass Goalie Captains:
David Buttrick - 1917
Allen Ingalls - 1937
Clifton Morey - 1939
Bob Roland - 1961
Archer "Skip" Bowen - 1965
Charlie Rheault - 1974
Brian Regan - 1997
Paul Dainton - 2010-11

Dainton is a three-year starter in goal with a 39-43-7 record in 92 games played at UMass. For his career, he has a 2.70 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Statistically, Dainton ranks 2nd at UMass in career wins, goals-against-average, and save percentage. He ranks just behind former UMass All-American, NHL starter, and Olympian Jonathan Quick in terms of GAA and save percentage.

Hobbs has played in 57 games during his two years at UMass with 4 goals and 7 assists, while Syner is the team's top returning scorer from 2009-10 with 8 goals and 12 assists. For his career, the Springfield, Mass., native has 15 goals and 18 assists in 64 games.

Marcou is one of UMass' top returning blueliners after having a breakout year in 2009-10. He posted a career-best seven goals and three assists after playing in 36 games. For his career, he has 7 goals and 4 assists in 56 games.

 

 

Junior goalie Kevin Moore will also have a special leadership capacity according to Cahoon as the executive to the captaincy. As such, Moore will assist Dainton with many of the daily team functions throughout the season.

The Mass Attack will open the season with an exhibition game against New Brunswick on Oct. 2 in the Mullins Center Practice Rink. The regular-season officially gets underway with a pair of games at Minnesota on Oct. 8-9. The Minutemen open their home schedule on Oct. 22 against Boston University.

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