ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage head hockey coach Matt Thomas announced that senior forward Matt Anholt will serve as the team captain this year. Senior goalie Olivier Mantha, senior forward Tad Kozun and sophomore Nolan Nicholas will serve as assistant captains.
“This year features two returning captains in Matt and Olivier and last year was a tremendous learning experience for them,” said Thomas. “Tad and Nolan each add different leadership styles to this group which will benefit our team.”
Matt Anholt served as an assistant captain as a sophomore (2015-16) and as captain during his junior campaign (2016-17). The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, native has recorded 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 102 career games.
“Matt is a consistent performer and an intense individual that demands a standard that we want to strive for. As a three-time captain he is more than ready to lead our team,” said Thomas.
Olivier Mantha currently ranks in the top-five in program history in five career categories; first in save percentage (.910), second in saves (2,503), third in goals against average (2.87) and third in minutes played (5,188:56).
“Olivier is a guy that our players respect. He competes hard and prepares diligently on a daily basis. He will continue to push our team to achieve new heights,” said Thomas.
Tad Kozun, who has appeared in 100 career games, leads the team in both career goals (24) and points (54).
“Tad brings a dedicated and relentless pursuit to the leadership group,” said Thomas. “His intensity will show our young players what it takes to be a Division I athlete on a daily basis.”
Nolan Nicholas appeared in 30 of 34 games as a freshman last season.
“Nolan was voted our rookie of the year because of his character and team first attitude,” said Thomas. “He is a player that knows how to lead and will be a great supporting leader for our underclassmen.”
Alaska Anchorage will host North Dakota in a season-opening series at Sullivan Arena Oct. 6-7.