The captains for the 2021-22 Penn State men’s hockey season were announced on Thursday afternoon.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky announced that senior Paul DeNaples will be the 9th captain in the history of Penn State men’s hockey after serving as alternate captain last season. DeNaples has played in 95 consecutive games for the Nittany Lions and has a career plus/minus of +38, which ranks 5th all-time in Penn State history.
“Being a good teammate and properly representing the University that gave me this amazing opportunity has been a priority of mine since I stepped football on campus,” said DeNaples. “For my teammates and coaches to believe and trust in me to represent them is very humbling. Nothing is more important to me than to keep building this culture and to lead this team to a championship. I’m excited to get the season going and to see what we will achieve as a team.”
For the first time in program history, Penn State will have three alternate captains- 5th year senior Clayton Phillips, 5th year senior Adam Pilewicz and junior Connor McMenamin. It will be the first time that any of these three players will be wearing a letter in their collegiate career. Both Phillips and Pilewicz are using the extra year of eligibility granted to them by the NCAA due to COVID-19.
Penn State opens the 2021-22 season at home against Long Island on October 3.