ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College men's ice hockey coach Adam Krug '12 has announced the Bulldogs' leadership group for the 2015-16 season.
Serving as team captain will be senior defenseman Adam Davies (Bradford, Ontario /Newmarket Hurricanes) and alternate captains will be the trio of senior blueliner Chris Leone (Dearborn Heights/Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings), junior winger Daniel Lisi (King City, Ontario/Sacred Heart University), sophomore center Mathew Thompson (Bolton, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks).
(Pictured, clockwise, are Leone, Thompson, Lisi and Davies.)
"As a whole, our program is full of leaders. That's how the Adrian hockey program has been since Day 1," stated Krug. "This year's team is no different and has a dozen or more players that were in leadership roles in junior hockey. We recruit character and leadership. The culture and integrity of our program is what keeps us strong every year."
Davies last season was an alternate captain who had nine points, including eight assists for third-best among AC blueliners, while playing in all 31 of Adrian's games. He has the second-most experience on the Bulldogs with 78 games under his belt.
"Adam is the kind of kid that works for everything that he earns," Krug said. "In my first year as coach, it took me three or four weeks to start appreciating him and it took until about the halfway point of the season to realize how important he was to our team. He shows up in big-time situations, he's to rock on our back end and the perfect guy to lead this group."
The second-leading returning scorer for the Bulldogs, Thompson racked up 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points last season. He was a member of the 2015 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Freshman Team.
"Mat's as natural a leader as I've ever been around. As a freshman last year, he was voted by his teammates as our team's MVP," added Krug. "But that's hardly why he has a letter on his sweater. Mat was our most consistent player last season and showed up 100 percent of the time. When things weren't going well, he led. He earned an 'A' on his chest after his freshman year and not a single player raised an eyebrow."
Lisi, a Division I transfer from Sacred Heart University, contributed four goals and five points in 17 contests in his first season with the Bulldogs.
"Daniel screams 'character,'" Krug says, "because from the classroom to the ice, he does everything he can do to make sure he succeeds. Since his transfer, he never expected to be handed anything. He just wanted to be in the lineup, and he earned that. He has a fantastic attitude and you know that if he speaks up in the room, the guys will respond."
Leone is the top returning playmaker on the Adrian blueline, coming off career highs with six goals and 18 points in 2014-15. He also is the active leader among AC defensemen in games played (80), goals (13), assists (31) and total points (44).
"Leo is the kind of kid that just flat out cares. If he makes a mistake, he's the first one to point a finger at himself," said Krug. "He wants to be on the ice helping any way he can in every situation. Chris is always looking to get better by doing the extra work in the gym and on the ice. Our younger guys look up to how he handles himself on a daily basis."