Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Ask around the Bulldogs locker room, and it's really no surprise that Adam Krause this season is serving as a junior captain.
"He works hard every shift and rarely does he get beat. He's always accountable for his position, and I think that's what a captain should be able to do."
"He's just been a model Bulldog. He's a great kid to look after on the ice, in the weight room, and in the locker room especially."
If you ask the Hermantown native, he'll tell you it's been a dream to wear the letter for his hometown team.
"It still hasn't totally sunk in yet. It probably won't until I leave. It's really cool, and it's cool to be around such a young group of guys with so much talent and so much potential."
Krause is one of those guys with potential, and it's shown this season. Midway through the year, he's already doubled his career goal total at UMD.
In true captain form, Krause accepts none of the credit.
"I've had the opportunity to play with some really talented forwards this year. That definitely helps. They get me the puck a few times, and it goes in. I'm really grateful for the opportunities Coach Sandelin has given me."
It's an opportunity that Krause knows is rare. He's the team's first non–senior captain in seven years.
With only a year and a half left at UMD, he says it's all about making the most of each day.
"The time is flying by way too fast right now. To be a captain at UMD is pretty special, and it's something I never take for granted."
What's made Krause even more special is his durability. He's skated in 74 consecutive games for the Bulldogs, the most on the team.
That's not the only thing he wants to be remembered for.
"I just want to set a good example especially for the young guys and set the culture here at UMD with the hard work and be a good person around the rink and work hard."