The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team’s captains for this season will be senior forwards Ben Hanowski and Drew LeBlanc and junior defenseman Nick Jensen. Hanowski and LeBlanc were captains last season. Hanowski and LeBlanc will wear the “C,” Jensen will be an assistant captain.
Hanowski led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 20 assists last season and was named to the preseason All-WCHA team this fall. LeBlanc had his season shortened to 10 games last season because of a broken leg. He was an All-WCHA third team pick as a junior when he led the team with 39 points. Jensen was an All-WCHA third team pick last season when he had
LeBlanc missed most of the 2011-12 season as an injury redshirt and will return for his senior season at SCSU in 2012-13. LeBlanc paced the Huskies on offense in 2010-11 with 13 goals, 26 assists and 39 points, and he is just three points shy of joining the team’s 100-point club with 29 career goals and 68 career assists. LeBlanc gained All-WCHA honors during his junior season in 2010-11.
Jensen was named to the preseason All-WCHA team, was an All-WCHA third team pick last season when he was third on the team in scoring with 32 points. He also has been named a college defenseman to watch this season by USCHO.com.
St. Cloud State’s first official practice of the season will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Hockey and Event Center. The Huskies open their season on Oct. 12 at New Hampshire. St. Cloud State’s first home game will be Oct. 19 against Alabama-Huntsville.