EAST LANSING – Michigan State Head Coach Danton Cole announced the team captains for the coming season. Senior Dennis Cesana was elected team captain, while Mitchell lewandowski and Josh nodler were elected assistant captains. In addition, the elderly Cole krygier, Christian Krygier, Adam goodsir and Mitchell mattson will serve as assistant captains in turn throughout the season.
“Leadership is a strength of this team and of the seniors that we have in this leadership group with Junior. Josh nodler will set the tone on and off the ice, ”Cole said. “As a group they will be following in the footsteps of many great leaders here in Spartan Hockey.
Cesana was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection a year ago and also wore an “A” as an assistant captain. Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island had 10 assists last season and produced a total of 12 points. In 99 career games, Cesana has 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points.
Cesana was voted into the Big Ten All-Freshman squad as a rookie and was a second-round All-Big Ten selection in sophomore year. The defender has been honored twice with the Academic All-Big Ten.
Lewandowski is back for a fifth season, taking advantage of the extra year granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19. In 105 career games, Lewandowski has 101 points, the sixth-highest total among active NCAA players. Lewandowski is under 50 in his career and has 52 assists.
Lewandowski, who was an assistant captain last season, is a three-time Honorable Mention selection among the All-Big Ten and was the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
For Nodler, this will be his first time as a Spartan carrying a letter. The Oak Park junior set a career-best 11 points (3g, 8a) last season and appeared in every game for the second year in a row. He was voted Rookie of the Year by the team in 2020 and won the Amo Bessone Award, honoring athletic and academic achievement and community engagement last season.
Nodler is a choice 2019 (150e overall) of the Calgary Flames.
Cole krygier skated in 87 career games at the start of his senior season, accumulating 14 points, including six goals and eight assists. Christian Krygier is a two-time Academy All-Big Ten winner and has appeared in 94 games for the Greens and Whites. Last season Christian Kryiger was an AHCA / Krampade All-American Scholar as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Goodsir and Mattson were both US AHCA / Krampade Fellows; Big Ten Distinguished Scholars; and the All-Big Ten Academic Selections in 2020-2021. Goodsir, a native of Okemos, played 95 games for the Spartans in his first three seasons. Mattson, a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, posted a career-high four points last season and appeared in a total of 57 games.
Michigan State opens the 2021-22 season at Munn Ice Arena, Oct. 8-9, against Air Force.