Oleksuk Named New UMD Assistant Captain

By KBJR News 1

October 27, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Travis Oleksuk is having quite the start to his senior season with the UMD Bulldogs men's hockey team.

He's scored in six of the team's first seven games, and was just this week named the new assistant captain.

"I don't know what I've been doing, just getting a few bounces here and there," Oleksuk said. "I've had a couple easy goals off nice plays from my line mates, and I was just putting it in the net. Hopefully we can start a new streak here."

Oleksuk's goal-scoring streak was snapped at six this past Saturday at Providence, but he credits a lot of his success this season to his new line mates, Jake Hendrickson and Joe Basaraba.

"It's been going good," Oleksuk said. "We're starting to form a little bit of chemistry here, and hopefully each day in practice we can get some more knowledge of where each other are going to be all the time and carry that over into a game."

"It's definitely a lot of fun, especially with him having this great start to his last year," Hendrickson said. "He's a good leader and a good line mate, so it's been a lot of fun so far."

"He knows how to put the puck in the net, he finds those open spots, and he doesn't miss on his chances," Basaraba said. "He's great to have on the line, he's a great guy in the locker room, and that's what we need moving forward from guys like him."

Even for those not on his line, Oleksuk's presence is felt as a senior leader, and now as an assistant captain.

"It's really awesome," Caleb Herbert said. "He's done well for us early on this season, so I hope he carries it out through the rest of the year. It's fun to watch those other guys have success and, obviously, you try to do that as well."

The #15-ranked Bulldogs are back at home this weekend as they host Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday night. Those games are set for 7:07 p.m. starts and can be seen on live television in the Northland on the My 9 Sports Network.

Posted by Zach Schneider