September 17, 2004

Men's Ice Hockey names captains for upcoming season

Sept. 17, 2004

FAIRFIELD, CT (September 17) - Sacred Heart University head men's ice hockey coach Shaun Hannah has today announced the team captains for the forthcoming 2004-05 season. Senior forward Garrett Larson (Rycroft, AB) will wear the traditional captain's C on his jersey for the season, with fellow seniors Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, QC) and Noel Henck (Long Bechh, NY) serving as assistants.

Larson, a native of Rycroft, Alberta, has been a steady scoring threat since stepping onto the ice as a freshman in 2001-02 season. Last year Larson lead the Sacred Heart attack with 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists. With three seasons in the books, Larson already ranks fifth all time in points scored for Sacred Heart with 91 and is the current active scoring leader. He also received national honors when he was named US College Hockey Online Player-of-the-Week along with being named Atlantic Hockey Player-of-the-Week, and SHU Athlete-of-the-Week on Feb. 3rd after scoring five goals with one assist in a weekend sweep of Connecticut.

LaPointe, who firmly established himself as a top goaltender in Atlantic Hockey, finished the 03-04 season with a 2.92 GAA and a .904 save percentage, with two shutouts on the season. LaPointe's play in net was instrumental in helping Sacred Heart to its first ever appearance in the Atlantic Hockey Championship game. He was also received Atlantic Hockey goaltender of the week honors three times during the season.

Henck, the only Pioneer blue-liner to suit up in all 36 contests last season, finished the season with 11 points, scoring one goal while assisting on ten others. His consistent play will help anchor a young defensive corps that may feature as many as four underclassmen

The Pioneers will lace the skates up to start the 2004-05 season when they travel to face ECAC opponent Vermont on Friday, October 8. The puck drops at 7:00 PM.