Sept. 3, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- Senior forward Sean Dolan (St. Louis) is Wisconsin men's hockey's latest team captain, Head Coach Mike Eaves announced to the team today. Junior defenseman Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) and sophomore forward Craig Smith (Madison, Wis.) will serve as assistant captains for the 2010-11 season.
Wisconsin's student-athletes and coaching staff voted on the captains at the team's information meeting Thursday at the Kohl Center. Eaves let the team know of the results of the vote during mid-afternoon on Friday.
Dolan skated in 27 games last season, posting three goals and seven points, and has 11 goals and 26 points in 102 career games for the Badgers.
Gardiner tallied six goals and 13 points in 41 games during last season, which also included a gold medal-winning performance with Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. A 2007 first-round draft pick by the Anaheim Ducks, he has nine goals and 34 points in 80 career Badger games. Gardiner was also a 2009 WCHA All-Rookie Team selection.
Smith returns as UW's leading scorer after posting 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists his freshman season. A member of the 2010 WCHA All-Rookie Team, Smith belongs to the Nashville Predators, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. His 25 points in WCHA action last year was the most of any league rookie.
Wisconsin officially opens practice on Oct. 2, with the UW's season-opening contest taking place in Dolan's hometown of St. Louis against Boston University at the Ice Breaker Tournament. Game time is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT, on Oct. 8.