HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold has announced that Soren Jonzzon (Mountain View, California) has been chosen as the team's captain for the 2015-16 season, as voted on by his teammates, coaches and support staff. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) and Sam Anas (Potomac, Maryland) will serve as assistant captains.
"Soren has produced a competitive streak that is apparent from game-to-game and in doing so has emerged as a true leader," Pecknold said. "As a team, we stress playing to our identity and if we do so, we will be rewarded. Soren continually helps us achieve that goal through his commitment to the team and in making his teammates around him better."
Jonzzon will be the 42nd captain in the program's history. This past season, he had a break-out year as he posted career-highs in goals (8), assists (7) and points (15). Off the ice, Jonzzon has been a truly exemplary student-athlete. The California native accelerated his studies and will complete his undergraduate degree in May with the hopes up finishing graduate school in 2016 and entering medical school, ambitiously seeking a career as a surgeon.
"Soren is one of the top students at Quinnipiac University," Pecknold said. "He has accelerated his studies to graduate early while handling all of the rigors of a demanding hockey schedule."
He is a six-time Quinnipiac University Dean's List recipient, earning the honor in each semester in which he has been enrolled. He is also a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, as well as member of Quinnipiac's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and an Orientation Leader, as well as a tutor in Quinnipiac's Learning Commons.
St. Denis had an incredible year for Quinnipiac, matching his career-high in goals (15) from 2013-14, while posting career-highs in assists (18) and points (33). He finished the year third on the Bobcats' roster in assists and points, while his 15 goals were the second-most among all Quinnipiac players. In 22 ECAC Hockey games, St. Denis scored 11 goals and assisted on 11 more, making him and Anas, as the Bobcats' two players to average a point per game in league play. His three goals against Rensselaer on Nov. 15 gave him the 28th hat trick in program history while it also stood as one of 63 in NCAA hockey this season.
He also led the team with five game-winning goal, and was the only player in ECAC Hockey to score the game-winning goal in both games on the same weekend, twice. St. Denis was also selected as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 17 and Jan. 13.
Anas' second season at Quinnipiac was as recognizable as his first. The 2014 National Rookie of the Year earned All-American honors in 2015, becoming the third Quinnipiac player – joining Reid Cashman '07 and Eric Hartzell '13 – to do so.
This year, Anas ranked eighth nationally in goals (23) and was one of 26 players, nationally, to score 20 or more goals this year. His 39 points ranked 33nd nationally as well. Among ECAC Hockey student-athletes, he was one of three - along with Harvard's Jimmy Vesey and Union's Daniel Ciampiani to score 20 goals this year. His 39 points also ranked fifth in the league, while also leading ECAC Hockey in power play goals (9) and shots on goal (161). He was also one of four players in the country to have seven or more games with multiple goals this year. With 39 points in 39 games played, he was also one of 37 players in NCAA Division I hockey to average a point-per-game or higher.
For his career, Anas has accumulated 45 goals and 37 assists for 82 points in 77 career games through his first two seasons at Quinnipiac. For the year, he was one of four players in the league with 10 or more multiple-point games and led the league with eight goals when Quinnipiac was trailing.