STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team announced Wednesday that rising senior Jessica Stott (Niverville, Manitoba) and rising junior Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) will captain the squad for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
"We are excited to announce the team has picked Jesse Stott and Justine Fredette as our captains for next year," head coach Chris MacKenzie said. "Along with our named captains, 11 upperclassmen will help guide our team into the 16-17 season and bring along a class of seven freshmen."
Stott assumes the captain role after anchoring the UConn defense last season as an upperclassman. Skating in all 37 games, Stott led the team with 60 blocked shots and also contributed six points (1g, 5a) on the year.
"Jesse is an intense competitor who brings her best effort to the rink every day," MacKenzie said. "She is consistent in her performance level and always there to support her teammates. These attributes have earned the respect of her teammates and coaching staff."
Fredette will serve as co-captain after she led the team in assists last season and finished second on the team in overall points with 26 (8g, 18a). Finishing +13 on the season, Fredette helped drive the UConn offense to the team's first winning record since 2010.
"Justine is a driven and tireless worker," coach MacKenzie said. "She consistently brings the same type of effort to each practice, workout or game. Rebounding from an injury filled freshman year, last year was definitely a break-out year for her."
Stott and Fredette will lead a Husky squad that finished fourth in the league last season and advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the second consecutive season.