Aug. 24, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - After serving as assistant captains for the 2010-11 season, seniors Alden Hirschfeld and Will Weber have been name co-captains for the 2011-12 Miami hockey team, head coach Enrico Blasi announced Wednesday.
Hirschfeld (Sylvania, Ohio) and Weber (Gaylord, Mich.) take over for 2010-11 co-captains Carter Camper and Pat Cannone, both of whom graduated after last season. Miami will announce assistant captains as the season gets closer. Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele was the third assistant captain in 2010-11 for the RedHawks along with Hirschfeld and Weber.
Hirschfeld is Miami's second leading returning scorer behind junior Reilly Smith (Mimico, Ont.), who had 54 points last year, as the 6-foot-1 forward totaled a career-best 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists in 2010-11. Hirschfeld played in 34 games a season ago, notching his first career hat trick Dec. 4 against Notre Dame while earning CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after a six-point weekend against New Hampshire to start the year. He tallied three game-winning goals while finishing with a +15 rating and collecting just eight penalties for 16 minutes as a junior.
Hirschfeld has played in 93 career games as a RedHawk while totaling 46 career points on 24 goals and 22 assists. His biggest goal at Miami came against Michigan in double overtime of the 2010 Midwest Regional Final that sent the `Hawks to their second straight Frozen Four.
Weber will anchor Miami's defense in 2011-12 after playing in 33 games a year ago, despite suffering a severe neck laceration early in the season. The 6-foot-4 bruising defenseman notched 11 points on a goal and 10 assists a season ago while posting a +7 rating. He blocked 36 shots in 2010-11 while being whistled for 23 penalties that totaled 57 minutes. He also led Miami to its first Mason Cup Championship as he was named to the All-CCHA Tournament Team.
For his career, Weber has played in 114 games while tallying 26 points on five goals and 21 assists. He has a career rating of +27 and has 192 career penalty minutes on 85 penalties. The 2007 Columbus Blue Jackets second-round draft pick has 105 blocked shots in his three years at Miami and was named CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman following the 2009-10 campaign.
The RedHawks open their 2011-12 season Sunday, Oct. 2 with an exhibition game against Windsor before hosting Bemidji State Oct. 7-8 to begin the regular season.