Tariq Hammond Named Captain of Pioneers
Defenseman Adam Plant & Forward Troy Terry will Serve as Alternates
June 15, 2017
Head University of Denver men’s hockey coach Jim Montgomery has announced that rising senior defenseman Tariq Hammond (Calgary, Alta.) will serve as the Pioneers’ captain for the 2017-18 season. Hammond’s classmate Adam Plant (Penticton, B.C.) will serve as an alternate captain, as will rising junior Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.). A third alternate will be announced in later-summer/early-autumn.
“Tariq lives and breathes Denver Hockey while exuding the culture we’ve established here, making him an obvious choice to serve as our next captain,” says Montgomery. “He has a warrior’s mentality and is well-respected by his teammates, coaches and opponents alike. Adam does a great job of leading by example and has been a tremendous competitor for us these last three years – both in the way he plays and how he prepares for games. Troy is mature beyond his years and has shown great potential as a leader as he’s developed into an elite collegiate player in a short amount of time. Our staff is confident in this leadership group’s ability to help Denver maintain its position as a national powerhouse in 2017-18 and guide us to another successful season.”
Hammond, 23, appeared in all 44 of Denver’s games last season, scoring a career-high three goals while also dishing out six assists to finish his junior campaign with nine points to go along with a +20 plus/minus rating and 68 shots on goal. He finished third on the team with 54 blocked shots. In Denver’s National Semifinal victory over Notre Dame, Hammond registered a career-high three points (1G-2A) in a 6-1 victory at Chicago’s United Center.
“It’s truly an honor to be named captain of the Pioneers,” says Hammond. “I’ve had two amazing captains during my time here in Grant Arnold and Will Butcher, who I learned a lot from, and the quality of the leadership we’ve had at DU the last few years has been nothing short of fantastic. We have a great group here and the culture our coaching staff has established breeds success. We’re all looking forward to making another run at a national title in 2017-18.”
Plant, 22, was named the co-recipient (along with goaltender Tanner Jaillet) of the Keith Magnuson Award as Denver’s top defensive player for 2016-17 after registering a career-best +13 plus/minus rating in addition to 3G-10A-13P in 43 appearances. He finished second on the team with 80 blocked shots and was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team in recognition of having a GPA over 3.0.
“The great thing about Denver is that everyone involved with the program is a leader so being selected to wear a letter for my senior year is a big thrill,” says Plant. “Winning it all last year was definitely a huge accomplishment for us but we’re already focused on the challenge of repeating as national champions in 2017-18.”
Terry, 19, led the Pioneers in scoring in 2016-17, registering 22G-23A-45P in 35 games played to earn the Dallas Guame Award as Denver’s top offensive player. A two-time NCHC Offensive Player of the Week last season and the NCAA’s First Star of the Week for Jan. 4-10, Terry earned All-Frozen Four Team honors after registering 0G-4A-4P in the final two games of DU’s national championship run and was also named to the All-Midwest Regional Team after tallying 3G-2A-5P in wins over MTU and PSU. The Colorado Thunderbirds product became just the third American (Matt Carle, Chris Kreider) to win a Gold Medal at the IIHF World U20 Championships and an NCAA Title in the same year in 2017; he memorably went 4-for-4 in post-OT shootouts vs. Team Russia and Team Canada in the semifinals and finals of this year’s world junior tournament in Montréal to lead Team USA to victory.
“I’ve been fortunate to play with some incredible leaders during my time at DU and it’s a huge honor for me to get to wear a letter for the program I grew up watching,” says Terry. “My role in the program has increased in each of my seasons here so this is another step that I’m excited to embrace and I can’t wait to get back on the ice in the fall to begin the defense of our national championship.”
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