STORRS, Conn. – Prior to Saturday’s exhibition game, head coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that juniors David Drake (Naperville, Ill.) and Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) have been named Alternate Captains for the 2016-17 season. Drake and Naas will join classmate and team captain Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) in wearing a letter on their jerseys this season.
“They are great in the locker room and great off the ice,” stated Pratt. “They do everything the right way, whether it’s going to class or being vocal in the locker room or on the ice. These are two guys I am excited to have with me leading this group.”
Drake has appeared in 57 games during his first two seasons at UConn. He has 10 career points on a goal and nine assists. Defensively, he has blocked 71 shots over two seasons. As a sophomore, he played 25 games last year with five assists and 32 blocks. He finished the season with a +1 rating. Drake came to Storrs as seventh round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2013 NHL Draft.
“Obviously it is an honor to have the guys on the team to vote for you to wear the letter,” said Drake. “It’s definitely a big responsibility. I am up to the challenge and I look forward to help lead this team to great season.”
Naas has collected 31 points on 22 goals and nine assists over 71 games his first two seasons. As a freshman, Naas finished with 13 goals and four assists, third on the team in scoring. He led all players in goal scoring and his 13 goals that season rank fourth in the UConn Division I rookie scoring records. Last year, he finished sixth on the team in scoring with 14 points on nine goals and five assist.
“It’s a huge honor,” commented Naas. “To be named an alternate captain and to be elected by the players and the staff, it’s just a huge honor. We have a ton of leaders in that locker room and guys who can be vocal. I’m not going to change a whole lost, just continue to work hard and make sure all the new guys fit right in.”