Defenseman Michael Paliotta has been selected as the captain of the Vermont men's hockey team for the 2014-15 season. Head coach Kevin Sneddon made the announcement on Monday afternoon. Paliotta will take over the role from senior forwards H.T. Lenz and Chris McCarthy.
"Mike has been elected to serve as the 2014-15 UVM men's hockey captain. Our staff as well as the returning players were unanimous with this selection," said Sneddon. "Mike has done a great job of improving each year on and off the ice. He's become one of the top defensemen in Hockey East, and will be a fantastic leader for us. I look forward to working closely with him as we focus our program on taking another step forward next season."
Paliotta ranked 12th nationally and third in Hockey East in scoring by a defenseman during the 2013-14 season with 27 points, seven more than his first two years combined. The defenseman, who ranked third on the team in overall scoring and second with 22 assists, enters his senior campaign just three points shy of 50.
The junior earned 2014 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star honors and finished the year tied for eighth in the league in power play scoring with 13 points. He was also named the MVP of the annual Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup after notching four points in a pair of Vermont victories.
The Westport, Conn. native skated in his 100th career game during the Hockey East Quarterfinals against UMass Lowell and had three assists in the series. Paliotta was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, and he is the first defenseman to be elected captain since Kevan Miller '11.
Courtesy: Vermont Athletics
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