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EAST LANSING – Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole has announced the team captains for the 2019-20 season. Sam Saliba and Tommy Apap will serve as captains, while Jerad Rosburg and Patrick Khodorenko will be assistant captains. It marks the second straight season Saliba will wear the 'C' and the first for Apap, who served as an assistant captain last year. Rosburg and Khodorenko will both be serving in leadership roles for the first time as Spartans.
"The leadership for next year's team is a true reflection of the work these four young men have put forth both on and off the ice," Cole said. "It is great to see the players vote and elect such a selfless group of leaders.
"All four of these student-athletes have grown in their roles during their time here and will help us to continue to build our Spartan Hockey culture."
Saliba, a rising senior, has never missed a game in his three seasons wearing the Green and White, appearing in all 107 contests. The native of Lincolnshire, Illinois, was announced the winner of the Dr. Steve Swistak Memorial Scholarship for the second straight season earlier this spring. The finance major is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. On the ice, Saliba had 10 points (4g, 6a) last season.
Apap, who will be a junior this fall, was voted winner of the team's Spartan Shield Award this past season as the player that best embodies the qualities of a selfless Spartan. The native of Bloomfield Hills ranked second in the Big Ten in 2018-19 in total faceoff wins (391) and was fourth among all centers in faceoff winning percentage (.570). He also produced six points (3g, 3a).
Rosburg recorded career highs in goals (4), assists (12) and points (16), while serving as a defensive anchor on a young Spartan blue line last season. Rosburg, who hails from Clarksville, Maryland, had a team-high 74 blocked shots in being voted the team's outstanding defensive player. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree played every game for the second straight season and heads into his redshirt senior year as the Spartans' most experienced defenseman with 105 career-games played.
One of the top players in the Big Ten last season, Khodorenko was voted to the All-Big Ten second team. His career-high 18 goals led the Spartans and were fourth most in the Big Ten, while his 37 points tied for eighth in the league. He also ranked eighth nationally power-play goals with nine. The rising senior and native of Walnut Creek, California, garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second straight season.
The Spartans have had two players wear the 'C' multiple years in program history and this upcoming season marks the first time since 2009-10 (Jeff Petry, Nick Sucharski).
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