BEMIDJI, Minn. – Graeme McCormack, Markus Gerbrandt and John Parker will serve as the captains of the 2015-16 Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team. McCormack will wear the “C” and captain the team, while Gerbrandt and Parker were named alternate captains.
The trio continues a tradition of Beaver captains dating back to the 1947-48 season and the program’s first captain Ed Johnson. McCormack is the 50th player to wear the “C” at BSU.
McCormack, Gerbrandt and Parker, all seniors in 2015-16, were selected in a vote of returning players.
“We have good leadership on this team from our freshmen to our seniors,” said BSU head coach Tom Serratore. “This senior class has been through a lot and know how to lead. They are guys who are serious about the game and do things the right way.”
McCormack has been a fixture on the Bemidji State blueline for the past three seasons, while his passing and offensive skills have earned him significant time on BSU’s special teams units. In 98 collegiate games, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native has accumulated 29 points (5g-24a), which includes a career-high scoring output of 17 points (3g-14a) in 2013-14. As a junior, the defender finished third on the team with a +9 plus/minus mark. McCormack is also annually among BSU’s top shot blockers, posting 121 during his career.
Gerbrandt has solidified himself as one of the Beavers top goal scoring threats. A senior, the Edmonton, Alberta native has totaled 25 goals in 99 games as a Beaver, which includes four power-play goals, a pair of game-winners and a game-tying goal. In all, he has 44 points (25g-19a) including a 2013-14 campaign in which he finished second on the team with 25 points (15g-10a).
Parker is coming off of an offensive breakout year in 2014-15. The senior transfer from the University of Maine collected career-highs with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. The Green Brooke, N.J. native saw ice time in all situations, collecting a power-play goal and one of BSU’s short-handed goals a year ago. Parker saved his best play for Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, logging all 12 points as a junior versus league competition.
Bemidji State looks to build upon a solid finish to the 2014-15 season. The Beavers closed the season by going 13-7-5 over its final 25 games to grab the fourth and final home playoff spot for the first time since joining the WCHA prior to the 2010-11 season. BSU finished with a 16-17-5 overall record, while it was 12-11-5 in league play.
The Beavers host the University of Manitoba at 1:37 p.m. Sunday at Sanford Center to kick off the team's 19-game home schedule with an exhibition. Admission is just $10 for adults, while youth and BSU students are free.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).