Sept. 2, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has named its captains for the 2010-11 season. Senior Meghan Duggan will serve as the team captain, and she will be assisted by fellow seniors Mallory Deluce and Geena Prough along with junior Hilary Knight.
Duggan served as an assistant captain during 2007-08 before missing the 2008-09 season to join Knight and Johnson with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games. The Danver, Mass., native enters her final season as a Badger having played in 118 career games. She has posted 69 goals and 82 assists for 151 career points, which ranks sixth in UW history.
A three-time All-WCHA honoree, Duggan is the program leader for all-time postseason points with 13-19—32 in 21 games. The forward also ranks in UW’s top 10 career records for goals (69, fourth-best all-time), assists (82, ninth), power play goals (20, fifth) and shorthanded goals (2, tied for eighth).
Deluce and Prough each enter their first season as assistant captains. Deluce has tallied 95 points on 37 goals and 58 assists in 112 career games for the Badgers. The London, Ontario, native led UW with 19 assists and ranked second on the team in scoring last season.
Prough played two seasons at Mercyhurst before transferring to UW for 2009-10. In her debut season with the Badgers, she recorded 17 points in 33 games. The Farmington, Mich., native received the team's 2010 Most Inspiring Player Badger Award, given annually to the player who inspires others through her commitment to hard work and unselfish play along with her tenacity and persistence. A versatile player, Prough saw time on both offense and defense last season.
Knight rounds out the assistant captain trio, returning to UW for her junior season following a year off with the U.S. Olympic team. An RBK Hockey/AHCA Division I First Team All-American as a sophomore, Knight was also the WCHA Player of the Year and a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalist in 2008-09.
The Sun Valley, Idaho, native already ranks among Wisconsin’s top ten all-time in points (10th with 121), goals (65, 6th), game-winning goals (12, 7th), power play goals (22, 3rd) and shorthanded goals (2, tied for 8th). Knight’s 83 points, 45 goals and 16 power play goals in 2008-09 are all UW single-season scoring records. The forward also owns the Badger record for goals in a game with five against Quinnipiac in 2008.
Led by Duggan, Deluce, Prough and Knight, Wisconsin opens the 2010-11 season with a home series against Rensselaer Polytechnic Oct. 1-2 at 7 p.m. The Badgers will begin preparation for the upcoming season in early September.