TEMPE, Ariz. – For the second-straight season, Sun Devil ice hockey head coach Greg Powers has named redshirt junior Dylan Hollman as the team captain, as well as fellow juniors Louie Rowe and Anthony Croston as the alternates.
Hollman officially becomes the longest tenured captain in the program's young history.
"Those three embody our motto of 'Be the Tradition'," said Powers. "They are incredible human beings and set a great example both on and off the ice for the rest of our players. They are setting the standard here so well, and I couldn't be more proud of all three of them."
It is a rare occurrence to see three sophomores wear patches for an NCAA program, but Powers put full trust in all three of them a season ago to lead the Devils during an important stretch in the program's development.
"Being put into a leadership position with a young program has helped all three of us grow personally," said Hollman. "Last season had some extreme highs and lows, so from an emotional perspective, it was challenging to stay the course at times. But I feel we did a fairly good job. Coach Powers has put a lot of trust in us and we have a very transparent relationship with him. He is an excellent communicator and makes it easy for us to collaborate ideas and all get on the same page."
The three also collaborated easily on the ice as well. Starting in late November, the three shared a line together for all but six games, totaling 17 goals and 26 assists as a line in 17 games.
It wasn't until early in that month that Croston first dawned the 'A' on his sweater. Prior to his promotion, he totaled no goals and an assist with a minus-3 rating on the ice. In the last 23 games of the season with the patch, he buried 10 goals and 10 assists for a plus-6 rating. He finished the season as the team leader in goals and points.
"Since getting the 'A', I have definitely felt that the added responsibility to lead on and off the ice has helped in pushing me to be my best," said Croston. "I think it's a major reason why I was successful last year. I see myself as a leader by example and I push myself every day to be that. Last year was a good season for us as a program and with that said, I started to learn what it takes to lead in a winning environment. Although we didn't have that great of a record, we were able to beat some top-level teams. I think a lot of that has to do with leadership throughout the locker room, not just the guys who wear the letters.
The upcoming season for the Sun Devils features a total of 10 new faces – eight freshmen -- accounting for over a third of the roster, thus giving the captains an additional responsibility to acclimate them to program and learn as quickly as possible.
"With such a large freshman group, I think it can help them feel comfortable right away knowing that they are sharing the experience with seven or eight other guys," said Hollman. "The quicker they adjust the better off we are going to be as a team, so really we are just trying to involve them as much as possible. Being here in the summer to workout, skate and just be around each other is a huge part of that since it allows them to get comfortable before they begin school full time and practicing full time."
The three of them see the responsibility more as an honor, as they get the rare opportunity to leave a legacy and build a tradition with a new program. Something not many collegiate athletes get the privilege of doing.
"It's been a tremendous honor to be able to lead this program throughout its growth," said Hollman. "To watch us grow from being the new team, to being competitive, to beating top 20 opponents, it has been one of the coolest experiences of my hockey career.
"The next step for us is to adopt some consistency to our game and put ourselves in a position to make the NCAA tournament. I feel as if we are well on our way towards that goal and I am extremely optimistic about the future of our program."
The 2017-18 season begins on Saturday, Sept. 30 as the Sun Devils take on Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in an exhibition game at Oceanside Ice Arena.
Game one of the regular season begins on Friday, Oct. 6 against UMass at Oceanside Ice Arena.
Just 1:09 into the third period the Sun Devil Hockey have their first lead of the weekend over Princeton Hockey 2-1
With 9:13 to play Princeton Hockey ties the game with a rebound goal from Ryan Kuffner!
Adjusting to anything can take time, but when you are making the jump as a goaltender in NCAA college hockey it can be even more challenging. For Joey Daccord, Arizona State University's freshman goaltender the process has been quick and the rewards very beneficial. After joining the Sun Devils as a highly touted NHL draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, Daccord knew the expectations would be high. After nearly a full season of action it is clear Daccord has found his niche and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Hockey has added another destination to their 2017-18 schedule, as they'll participate in the sixth annual Three Rivers Classic hosted by Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Penn. on Dec. 29-30, 2017.
The two-day, four-team tournament will be played at PPG Paints Arena, the home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. The other two participating teams have yet to be announced.
"Our program is thrilled to be a participant in such a great event hosted by a very successful program in Robert Morris," said head coach Greg Powers. "For our guys to get to play in such a tremendous hockey town like Pittsburgh in an NHL venue makes it yet another great opportunity for our young program to gain experience and to get our brand out in the hockey community more."
The tournament falls two weeks after the two-game series at Colorado College, and one week prior to the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
The host, Robert Morris University, is the two-time, defending tournament champion, as they defeated Quinnipiac in the championship in 2016 and UMass-Lowell in 2015.
This will officially be the second tournament the Devils will have played in outside of Arizona as an NCAA Division I program, following the 2015 Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. The Three Rivers Classic and Ice Vegas Invitational replace the annual Desert Hockey Classic this season.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Sun Devil Hockey will play in the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational at the new T-Mobile Arena on Jan. 5-6, 2018, announced tournament host bd Global, who will promote the event in partnership with T-Mobile Arena -- the home of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights.
The four-team tournament features Hockey East co-champion Boston College, WCHA tournament champion Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.
"We are very much looking forward to exposing the growing Vegas hockey market to NCAA Division I hockey," said head coach Greg Powers. "Being the only Division I program in the Southwest, it is important for us to try and gain as much exposure in this region as possible. Top that with being able to play two games against other great programs in the brand new T-Mobile Arena, this tournament will certainly be one of our season's highlights."
The tournament ultimately replaces the annual Desert Hockey Classic this season, which ASU has hosted each of the past two seasons. This is the second NCAA Division I tournament the Devils will participate in outside of the Desert Hockey Classic, as they competed in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage in 2015.
"Las Vegas is quickly transforming from a purely entertainment mecca to one of the world's destination locations for sports as well," said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global (www.bdglobalsports.com). "We are excited to partner with T-Mobile Arena to bring the best teams in college hockey to Las Vegas each year as the new era of hockey in the Valley begins this fall."
It will be the first two games for the Devils in 2018, as it will fall between the two-game road trip versus Colorado College on Dec. 16-17 and the home series against UMass-Lowell on Jan. 12-13.
Dan Quinn, General Manager of T-Mobile Arena, said, "We are thrilled to host the Ice Vegas Invitational next January in what will be the first Division 1 college hockey games played in T-Mobile Arena. Having the opportunity to be the home of the NHL's new Vegas Golden Knights starting this fall, along with being the site for this collegiate hockey tournament, makes T-Mobile Arena the premier destination for sports fans worldwide. We look forward to a successful tournament."
The four teams in the field represent some of the best in college hockey with a combined nine national championships and 38 Frozen Four appearances. Boston College leads the pack with five national titles and a record 25 berths in the Frozen Four.
The Ice Vegas Invitational seeks to capture the excitement for hockey in Las Vegas as the new Vegas Golden Knights take the NHL ice for the first time next season. More than 9,000 local fans recently attended a hockey "open house" at T-Mobile Arena and the franchise has sold nearly 14,000 season tickets.
The Ice Vegas Invitational joins a number college basketball events in Vegas that bd Global runs in partnership with MGM Resorts International. bdG currently manages the MGM Grand Main Event men's tournament and Play4Kay Shootout women's tournament, and set an arena attendance record when UNLV battled Duke in the first college basketball game at T-Mobile Arena last December.
Ticket and hotel information for fans will be released at a later date and will be available at www.icevegasinvitational.com and on Twitter at @IceVegasInv.
With 7:28 Princeton Hockey has the lead back
at 3-2 after a sniper shot from Kuffner!
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Freshman on Fire, Daccord Leads Sun Devils!