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Logan O'Connor Named Captain for 2018-2019 Season

June 7, 2018

Logan O’Connor has been named captain of the Denver Pioneers for the 2018-2019 season while Jarid Lukosevicius and Colin Staub will serve as alternates, Richard and Kitzia Goodman Head Coach David Carle announced on Thursday.

“We are excited about the leaders these young men will be for our program,” Carle said. “They all have a great understanding of what it means to be a Pioneer and there is no doubt in the minds of our staff that they will show our team the way next season.”

O’Connor has 43 points (16-27-43) and 25 penalty minutes in 108 career games. The Calgary, Alberta native recorded a career-high 21 points (7-14-21) playing in all 41 games as a junior during the 2017-2018 campaign. O’Connor’s two (2) shorthanded goals led the team last season, while his 100 shots marked the fourth-most on the squad. In the postseason, his three (3) assists in the 2018 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff earned him a spot on the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team. After playing 23 games during his freshman year, O’Connor has played every game in the past two seasons.

“It is an honor to be named captain of such a prestigious program which has had exceptional leaders previously,” O’Connor said. “This program has a great history and we look forward to carrying the tradition of being a team that competes every day with one goal in mind, to win a National Championship.”


 

 

Lukosevicius will enter his senior season as the Pioneers’ active leading scorer with 76 points (43-33-76) and 34 penalty minutes in 118 career games. Last season, the Squamish, British Columbia native finished fourth in scoring with 34 points (21-13-34) and led the squad with 11 power-play goals as well as 158 shots. Lukosevicius has posted seven (7) goals and one (1) assist in nine (9) NCAA Tournament games, notching a hat trick in the 2017 National Championship game and being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Frozen Four.

“I am honored to be named an alternate captain,” Lukosevicius said. “We know everyone will doubt us and treat us as an underdog because of the talent we lost. We couldn’t be more excited to prove people wrong.”

In three seasons, Staub has recorded 51 points (22-29-51) and six (6) penalty minutes in 117 career games. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native recorded 22 points (7-15-22) and two (2) penalty minutes in 41 games last season. In February, Staub was named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and recognized as an NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete. He is a two-time winner of the Dr. Ken Bredesen Award, annually awarded to the Pioneers’ most sportsmanlike player.

“It is humbling to be given the honor of being an alternate captain,” Staub said. “Denver has a great history of leaders and to be considered a part of that group is an incredible feeling. I am very excited for the upcoming season and to help Denver to another successful year.”

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