Head coach Guy Gadowsky announced on Thursday his new captains. Senior defensemen Paul DeNaples will serve as the ninth team captain in program history.
Penn State announces @PDenaples3 as the ninth captain in program history for the 2021-22 season!!@philli_clay, @AdamPilewicz and @mc_somethin to serve as alternates!!#WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Mens Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) September 2, 2021
DeNaples has played in 95 straight games and has a career plus-38, which is the fifth highest in Nittany Lion history. He is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Alongside DeNaples, fifth-year seniors Adam Pilewicz and Clayton Phillips will have an "A" on their sweaters. Junior forward Connor McMenamin will also join the leadership squad, making it the first time in Penn State's history to have three alternate captains.
DeNaples was an alternate captain last year, and was voted on by his teammates to lead the Nittany Lions into the 2021-22 campaign.
"Being a good teammate and properly representing the University that gave me this amazing opportunity has been a priority of mine since I stepped foot on campus." DeNaples said.
Penn State has its season opener against the Long Island University Sharks on October 3.