Canisius hockey head coach Trevor Large has announced senior Ian Edmondson has been named captain for the 2018-19 season.
In addition, fellow seniors Cameron Heath, Dylan McLaughlin and Jimmy Mazza have been chosen to serve as assistant captains for the upcoming campaign.
“This year, our leadership group is special,” Large said. “Each of them possesses a belief in what it means to be a Griff. I believe in who they are as people and I know they will drive our team success. Ian will lead the way as captain and he will lean on the rest of the team to lead when they are called upon. Protecting our culture is everything and I know our captains will be positive, competitive and team-first.”
A native of Toronto, Edmondson served as an assistant captain during the 2017-18 season, helping guide the Golden Griffins to a 19-17-2 overall mark and a 17-11-0 ledger in league play.
The veteran defenseman recorded one goal and nine assists in 36 games played while also contributing 38 blocked shots.
Heath garnered All-Atlantic Hockey First Team honors last season after pacing Canisius’ defensemen in goals (7), assists (14) and points (21). The Troy, Mich., product was one of five skaters to appear in all 38 games for the Griffs in 2017-18 and finished the season second on the squad in plus/minus rating (+11) and fourth in blocked shots (46).
The 2017-18 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist, McLaughlin paced Canisius in goals (17), assists (31) and points (48) last season as he finished the 2017-18 campaign ranked in among the top 10 players nationally in total assists (31/T-8th), assists per game (0.84/8th) and points per game (1.30/7th).
The Lancaster, N.Y., native was also an All-AHC First Team selection as he claimed the league’s scoring trophy after pacing Atlantic Hockey in points (38) and assists (25) during the regular season.
Mazza finished the 2017-18 season tied for the team lead among defensemen in assists (14) and ranked second among Canisius’ blueliners in both goals (5) and points (19). A native of Kings Park, N.Y., Mazza was one of five skaters to take part in all 38 games last season and finished the season third on the squad with 48 blocked shots.
(Photo of Edmondson provided by Canisius College)