BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior Ethan Somoza will serve as captain of the 2020-21 BSU men’s ice hockey team. The announcement came recently from BSU’s coaching staff.
Somoza continues a tradition of Beaver captains dating back to the 1947-48 season and the program’s first captain Ed Johnson. He is the 58th player to wear the “C” at BSU and follows 2019-20 captains Adam Brady and Tommy Muck.
Alternate captains will be selected by members of the team when they return for the 2020-21 season.
A native of Simi Valley, Calif., Somoza was an alternate captain in 2019-20 and is thought to be the first Californian to wear the “C” for the Beavers. During his junior season he established a career-high 18 points (6g-12a) to rank eighth on the team in scoring. His single-season-best six goals was tied for eighth amongst his teammates, while his 12 assists nearly doubled his previous career-best. Somoza saved his best for WCHA play posting 15 (5g-10a) of his 18 points in BSU’s 28 league contests, which included netting one of the Beavers’ five short-handed goals.
Somoza has been a fixture on the Bemidji State wing for the past three seasons, logging significant time on BSU’s special teams unit. In 104 collegiate games, he has accumulated 36 points (12g-24a).
“Ethan is a natural-born leader that does the right thing on and off the ice,” said Head Coach Tom Serratore. “He leads by example but also understands when his voice is needed in the locker room. He has had the good fortune of learning this role from some great leaders during his time at BSU, so there is no doubt that he is ready to be our captain.”
Somoza’s former teammates, Muck and Brady agree.
I can’t think of a better person for the task than Somoza,” said Muck. “He is one of the hardest working guys on the ice, off the ice, in the weight room and in all aspects of his life. He takes care of business and has a great voice in the room.
“He took a lot of weight off our shoulders last year as seniors and captains.” Muck added.
Brady said, “He comes to the rink every day ready to work and makes everyone around him better. He is an unbelievable human being, who would do anything for anyone in that locker room and will do what it takes to win. He added, “Ethan understands the process and what goes into winning and the hard work and sacrifices a team must have. He is a guy that anyone would want to go to battle with.“
Bemidji State looks to pick up where it left off in 2019-20. The Beavers, 22-10-5 overall, finished the regular season second in the WCHA standings going 20-5-3-2 versus league competition. BSU clinched the No. 2 seed in the league’s postseason tournament and defeated Lake Superior State University in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following the season, Brady became just the second BSU player to be selected First Team All-WCHA to headline a group of five Beavers that received all-league honors, including Third Team All-WCHA pick and All-Rookie Team selection Elias Rosén and Second Team picks Owen Sillinger and Zach Driscoll, who are all returning for the 2020-21 campaign.
The Beavers open the 2020-21 season Oct. 3 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to battle the University of Minnesota I a one-game, non-conference affair. BSU returns to Sanford Center Oct. 9 to kick off the team's 18-game home schedule with the front half of a non-conference home-and-home series with the University of North Dakota.
More information on BSU Hockey season ticket renewal and sales as well as single-game pricing will be available in June.
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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).