Pierce Named Captain for 2018-19, Rockwood and Beaulieu as Alternates

Pierce Named Captain for 2018-19, Rockwood and Beaulieu as Alternates

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 20 Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey has announced senior forward Denver Pierce (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) has been named a captain for the 2018-19 season. Senior forward Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) have been named alternate captains for the Wildcats.

"Denver, Adam, and Phil exemplify what we strive for in our program," Head Coach Grant Potulny said of the three individuals. "All three are outstanding students, active members of our community, and great athletes. I am very excited to have Denver, Adam, and Phil leading our team as captains this season."

Pierce played in 38 games a season ago, scoring 19 points on 13 goals and six assists. He is one of four returners to have netted double-digit goals during the 2017-18 campaign. For his career, Pierce has 30 points after scoring 19 goals and adding 11 assists. He is also a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar Athlete and All-Academic Team honoree. 

Rockwood finished his junior season with 48 points, the most for a Wildcat skater. His 40 assists led the country outright and where the most for a Wildcat since the 1991-92 campaign, while he also added eight goals. Rockwood was named Second-Team All-WCHA at the end of the regular season after leading league play in assists and tying for second in points.

Beaulieu was named a Second-Team All-American as a sophomore after leading NCAA Division I defenseman in points with 42 and assists with 31. His 42 points were fifth-most in a single season for a Wildcat defenseman in program history. Beaulieu was named a WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions in 2017-18 and was named Second-Team All-WCHA after the regular season.

NMU begins their season with a road series at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on October 12 and 13. Both contests will start at 7:05 p.m. in Munn Ice Arena. The first home series for the Wildcats will be the team's first WCHA matchup when Bemidji State University comes to the Berry Events Center October 26 and 27 for 7 p.m. puck drops both nights.