The college hockey season isn't over for four teams yet that didn't stop Michigan head coach Red Berenson from naming his captains and alternates for 2014-15.
To-be junior Andrew Copp will be the Wolverines captain next season, Berenson announced Saturday at Michigan's end of the year banquet. Additionally, to-be Michigan senior Zach Hyman (Florida Panthers) and to-be sophomore JT Compher (Buffalo Sabres) will serve as alternates.
Copp, a 2013 Winnipeg Jets draft pick, led the Wolverines in goals last season as a sophomore with 15. The 19 year-old Ann Arbor native has previous leadership experience. Copp was an alternate captain last season, in which the Wolverines went 18-13-4 and barely missed the NCAA Tournament. He also wore an "A" for Team USA in the 2014 World Junior Championship.
I feel honored and grateful for the opportunity to be the Michigan Captain, and to carry on the tradition and legacy that has come before me— Andrew Copp (@Copp94) April 5, 2014
Copp replaces Mac Bennett, who graduated college and subsequently signed a pro contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
He will be supported by Hyman, a Toronto native, and Compher, who was named the 2014 Big Ten freshman of the year and earned three of the team's eight awards Saturday after scoring a team-high 31 points.
They look to return Michigan to the NCAA Tournament after a two year hiatus. Red Berenson's team will be without four seniors and both Alex Guptill and Phil Di Giuseppe following the duo signing pro contracts with Dallas and Carolina, respectively. Several pieces return, including goaltender Zach Nagelvoort, forward Tyler Motte and of course three new leaders.