Nov. 23, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior forward Erik Haula has been named an alternate captain for the Minnesota men's hockey team Gophers head coach Don Lucia announced today as the team prepares to open its nonconference series at Vermont.
"Erik has been a leader for us on and off the ice this season, and he has certainly earned this," Lucia said before Friday night's contest. "Like many young people, Erik made a mistake this summer, he's learned from that experience, and we feel that he deserves to be recognized as a leader on this team."
A native of Pori, Finland, Haula currently leads the Gophers in points (14) and assists (eight) while his six goals are also tied for the team lead with Nick Bjugstad. Haula ranks tied for second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring race this season and trails only Nick Shore of St. Cloud State (5-11--16).
The Minnesota Wild draft pick paced Minnesota last year with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 43 games as the Gophers returned to the Frozen Four and captured the MacNaughton Cup as the WCHA regular season champions. No active Gopher has more career points than Haula with 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists) in 88 games.
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