SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State hockey program has announced that junior forward Louis Boudon has been named captain for the 2021-22 season. Senior forward Miroslav Mucha, senior defenseman Jacob Nordqvist, and junior forward Dustin Manz will serve as assistant captains for the Lakers.
Boudon has recorded 46 points (14G, 32A) in 67 career games as a Laker. The Grenoble, France native appeared in 27 games for the Lakers during the 2020-21 season and set new career highs in goals (8), power play goals (4), and game winning goals (2). Boudon finished the season with a career-best +15 rating while also being tied for third on the team in points (19). The forward’s pair of game winning goals came in the team’s 3-2 overtime win at Northern Michigan on Jan. 9 and the 5-2 win at No. 12 Bowling Green on Feb. 13. Boudon, who has been recognized as a scholar athlete on numerous occasions, was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2019-20 after posting 27 points (6G, 21A) as a freshman.
Boudon, who played as the team’s top line center last season, has been a key contributor for the Lakers in his first two seasons. The junior forward has worn a letter on many occasions throughout his hockey career. Boudon served as captain of the Villard-de-Lans U18 team for three seasons from 2013-16, and was named captain as a 15-year old. Boudon was named an alternate captain for the Villard-de-Lans U22 team during the 2015-16 season. In international competition, Boudon has served as an alternate captain for France at the U18 and U20 World Junior Championships. Prior to joining the Lakers, Boudon was named an alternate captain of his junior team, the Northeast Generals, during the 2018-19 season.
Mucha has recorded 22 points (8G, 14A) in 67 career games for the Lakers. The Bytca, Slovakia native appeared in all 29 games for the Lakers during his junior season in 2020-21 and set career highs goals (5), assists (9), and points (14). Mucha scored his first game winning goal on Dec. 6 against Alabama Huntsville, and finished the season with a career-best +7 rating. The senior forward has been named to both the WCHA All-Academic Team and a WCHA Scholar Athlete for two consecutive years.
Nordqvist, who enters his senior season as the Lakers active leader in games played with 102, has recorded 46 points (8G, 38AA) in his career. The Gothenburg, Sweden native played in all 29 games for the Lakers in 2020-21, and finished the season with a career-best, team-leading +22 rating. Nordqvist was tied for fourth among all NCAA skaters in plus/minus last season. As a junior, Nordqvist totaled 15 points (3G, 12A) to tie his previous career-high in goals. The defenseman was named WCHA Defenseman of the Week last season after posting four points in a three-game span, and appeared in his 100th career game as a Laker on March 19. The senior defenseman has been named to both the WCHA All-Academic Team and a WCHA Scholar Athlete for two consecutive years.
Manz enters his junior season with 16 career points (4G, 12A) in 69 career games played, having only missed one game in his first two seasons. The Vanderbilt, Mich. native recorded a three game point streak (1G, 3A) during the Lakers WCHA Championship run, including a multi-point effort in the title game on March 20 with a goal and an assist. Manz has been the Lakers most consistent faceoff center during the past two seasons, leading the team in faceoff percentage in consecutive years. As a sophomore, Manz recorded the sixth-best faceoff percentage in the NCAA (.617). The junior forward has been named to both the WCHA All-Academic Team and a WCHA Scholar Athlete for two consecutive years.
Laker hockey will look to continue its recent success as the team joins the reconstituted Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the 2021-22 season. The Lakers will open the season on the road at Nebraska Omaha on Saturday, Oct. 2 and will return to the Taffy Abel Arena for the team’s home opener against St. Thomas on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:37 p.m..
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