Monday, October 1, 2012

Elbrecht, Hayes named MSU captains

Minnesota State announced its captains on Monday, and senior forward Eriah Hayes (right) and senior defenseman Tyler Elbrecht will wear the Cs this season.

Hayes shared the team lead for goals last season, scoring 13, and finished the year with 25 points in 36 games. In three seasons, the La Crescent native has played in 112 games, compiling 32 goals and 28 assists.

Elbrecht, who was a captain last season as well, has played in 101 career games for the Mavericks. The Edwardsville, Ill., native has racked up 19 points for his career.

No real surprise here, especially with Elbrecht serving as a captain last season. Also, new coach Mike Hastings seemed to designate Elbrecht and Hayes as his offseason leaders. However, the team votes for the captains, and that, I'm told, took place in recent days.

This summer, Hastings said that he takes the captaincy very seriously, saying, "I am hard on my captains." Both of those players, based on how they've carried themselves over the last three years, appear to be up to the task.

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